OOps I got a bit behind with these!
#MyMarathon for the British Heart Foundation is in its last phase now and my last six walks have each been a mile or 2 long with really lovely friends.
First I walked 2 miles and put the world to rights with the very inspirational Jess. Jess is forever pushing her fitness to achieve new and fabulous goals and always in aid of a wonderful cause. She has a big heart does Jess and it is full of courage, loyalty and determination. A pleasure to catch up with her. She always leaves me determined to be better than I am and to push myself.
I walked with Jules for a mile with her gorgeous dog Alfie and Jules too is one of life’s game changers.
Jules has 2 gorgeous sons, one of whom uses PODD communication boards.
(PODD) is a means of selecting and organising symbols so that people with complex communication needs and their communication partners can communicate more easily. PODD is an example of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
It is the most marvellous system.
Jules is a huge advocate of AAC and is one of the most dynamic people I know in supporting inclusion. I love her and her passion for supporting and educating not only her son, but all of us in the art of alternative communication. She always inspires me.
Click her to find out more about PODD
The next day I walked with my beautiful and dear friend Catherine who is one of the gentlest and funniest and sweetest people I know.
Catherine always makes me think and laugh and every time I see her I wonder why I don’t see her more. My mum absolutely thought she was the bees knees in loveliness and she really is. We had such a lovely walk.
Next I walked with Jamie and my daughter L along the canal . I haven’t seen Jamie properly to talk to in many a year, just quick chats if we’ve met by chance. Our walk was fabulous fun and it felt as if it was only yesterday we were at school together. He even barn danced with my L down the canal and had her running being filmed in slo mo shouting Jamie is a Wally. Hilarious. I honestly don’t think he’s changed much in the last 25 years since we left school. Still warm and funny and kind.
Jamie and his partner Cadi cycled from London to Paris in the 24 hours before our walk (how cool are they!) and he was still full of energy and fun. Impressive.
What a brilliant way to catch up with someone.
Today I walked a mile and a bit with Amanda one of my lovely local bloggy pals (she writes the Ana Mum Diary – a beautiful lifestyle and interiors blog.) I haven’t seen her properly for a catch up in FAR too long, despite being my neighbour really we mainly communicate on Facebook and its just NOT the same.
Oh we had a good giggle about the comings and goings of blogland and the fun things we have been up to and it was great to see her in real life. (And she’s truly the only one of my walking companion who can take a selfie and lose my double chins. Way to go Amanda. ) Like me walking is an effort for Amanda but she dug deep and I really appreciated it.
What absolutely delightful, fabulous, inspiring, warm friends I have and what a pleasure to have walked with them raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
I thank you all x
Tonight I did a quick .75m with my lovely family who have cheered me on through all this, we came back to hot chocs and an early night.
One more walk to go !
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