Walking The Big 100

Hi guys,

Last weekend I received an email from The British Lung Foundation talking about their new challenge, the Big 100 which is happening in June. It means walking 100km in thirty days to raise money for the BLF.

The BLF is a charity that is very close to my heart. My dad has had chronic lung disease since I was five and the BLF’s support and amazing research has helped my dad and my whole family. My dad is doing really well and living life to the full every day, but the research is still ongoing and we hope one day there’ll be a complete cure for conditions like my dads.

The BLF receive 17,000 calls to their helpline every year and in the last 30 year they have spent £30 million on research into lung disease.

My whole family has been involved in raising money for the BLF over the years, with my siblings running the Great North Run and my mam running the Great North Run multiple times and running the London Marathon. Although I helped out with fundraising, I haven’t been able to take part in those challenges because of my own health problems so when I received the email about the Big 100, I signed up immediately.

But, walking 3.3km a day doesn’t feel like enough of a challenge. So I’m setting myself a few rules to make it a bigger challenge:

  • My walk to and from work doesn’t count towards my daily km count.
  • The walks which will count are after work or at the weekend.
  • I’ll post each day on my Just Giving page keeping everyone updated on my km count (including pictures of Charlie and the beautiful North East).
  • I’ll blog once a week about the walks I’ve been on and how the fundraising is going.

If you would like advice about lung health then read about quitting smoking here and get information about the BLF helpline here.

Thank-you so much for reading and if you would like to donate please visit my Just Giving page.

Speak soon,

Hannah

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