Katie's Diary

Shining bright

13th February 2014

I was recently supported by my enablers to participate in an exciting charity walk called the ‘Illumathon’ for a local Hospice. 

This particularly colourful event is held every year, when approximately 2,000 women adorned in the chosen colour theme for the event, walk up to 13 miles along Blackpool promenade. Needless to say, I didn’t quite make the whole 13 miles, probably because I was so busy chatting to everyone en-route.   

What makes the charity walk so different and exciting is that it is women only and takes place at midnight. The Blackpool illuminations are put on especially for the occasion to light the way for the participants.  

This event was particularly special for me as I had the opportunity to meet many volunteers, whom I greeted with my warm and engaging smile and a gift of one of my many ‘glow sticks’. This made people feel good; even two policemen waved at me wearing them with a huge smile. It made me realise how one small act of thought and kindness can go a long way and is reciprocated many times over.

I really enjoyed the walk and managed to raise £60.00 for the Hospice which I was tremendously proud of as it is such a worthwhile cause.   My goal next year is to raise £100.00, or even more!


Shining bright

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