Updated: Nov 30, 2020
There hasn't been much to look forward to in the past twelve months. That being said, I didn't expect to relish the prospect of two hours of constant pain in May.
Hello, me again. You might remember me from things such as 'Relentless Photos of Blue Sky on Instagram' and 'The London to Paris Gig'.
In today's TED Talk, I'll be discussing the London Landmarks Half Marathon 2021 - a new challenge that I have decided to take on, not least because it gives me a reason to spend more time outside of my nice-but-slightly-pokey third-floor flat. My last half marathon attempt, the Great Birmingham Run in 2019, ended prematurely - they literally shortened the course by several kilometres due to a security threat. Let's hope the LLHM can go ahead safely in May.
But it's not the event itself I want to talk about (though the route looks very cool - check it out). Next year, I will be running the LLHM in aid of the St George's Hospital Charity which, if I'm being totally honest, I didn't know existed until last week.
Some of you will be familiar with St George's Hospital, the second-largest hospital in the UK by number of beds (1,300). Throughout my childhood, it was my go-to medical centre for anything from cuts and bruises, to more serious injuries or operations. From personal experience, I can say with confidence that the staff there - from doctors and nurses, to cleaners and caterers - consistently carry out their duties out to the best of their abilities with smiles on their faces.
Living through a pandemic serves as a reminder of the importance of our health service, and the people that keep the cogs turning. This is why I'll be fundraising for the SGHC 'Thank You Appeal', which uses the money raised to improve life within the hospital in as many ways as possible. These include:
Opening wellbeing hubs for the staff
Funding iPads to patients so that they can stay in touch with their families
Providing snacks, toiletries, and arts & crafts to patients - small gifts that cannot be given to them by friends and families at the moment
Making 'Chemotherapy Comfort Kits' for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment
And much, much more
This is an amazing cause to be fundraising for, as the things listed above will be making life in the hospital more bearable for staff and patients alike. If you fancy donating, simply hop over to my JustGiving page here. And don't worry - training and fundraising updates will be posted on social media and Strava in due course.