Why I am doing the walk in the first place

So my recent blog posts have been mainly about my journey on route but I wanted to post something a little different today. I wanted to talk about what the cause of this whole walk is all about. 
The charity, which you should all know by now is called TWOWEEKS, it is a small not for profit charity which started off by allowing professional medics to go and volunteer abroad for just two weeks. As medics find it difficult to commit to long durations of holiday time TWOWEEKS wanted to cater for this and not disrupt their work time. 

The charity has grown rapidly over the last few years and now sends both medics and non medics out to South Africa all year long. Whe volunteering with TWOWEEKS you work closely with the kids, the teachers, schools, clinics to support as best as you can and also to allow you to really be apart of the project. TWOWEEKS sits very close to my heart as I have been out and worked on projects, seen the hard work that everyone puts in and I’ve seen the difference each TWOWEEKS volunteer makes during their time away from home. It is important to understand that when you are donating to my walk you are donating to an amazing and incredible cause and the money really does go to the people. 

The amazing women behind this charity put their whole everything into giving kids and their families as much support as they can to get them on the road to living a better life. This is all done out of choice, there is no salary or big promotion for those that run or involve themselves in TWOWEEKS. 
Here are a few snaps from the lovely Elly who is out in SA at the moment. 

  

  

  

   
   

You can donate through my Virgin Giving page here

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The last 3 miles of the day… 

So I’m just walking to Retford at the moment. I have a pretty decent path and I’ve only about 3 miles left to do. I thought I would do a little update whilst walking. Something to kill the time. 

Today has been rather nice. The Suns been out keeping me company along the road side. The roads were a bit killer today, lots of trucks and no path this morning. 

I am very much looking forward to getting back to London but I am also not wishing this to be over to quickly as it’s been a big eye opener to see how the rest of the UK live and putting things on the map in my head.  

There’s just something so nice about walking it’s strange. I feel very attached to it.  Very calm and at one when I walk along the road. Even if I feel tired or bored I still find it ok to walk. I’m not hating it and I don’t think I will get to a point where I hate it. Even if I am exhausted I will still walk. After all tomorrow brings a new day and I carry on until the end. 

Here are a few snaps from my time so far on the road. Some that I’ve missed from the beginning and some recent memories.

  

                                       

Walking walking walking…

I don’t even know what day I am on anymore.. How many days have I even been walking? 14 days of walking. It doesn’t seem like that long but to me it feels like a life time.. 

I am sat having a smoothie in Richmond town centre. It’s so very strange to be around others. Especially dressed in my walking boots and gear. I have done about 6 miles and I plan to get to Newton-le-Willows which is approx 9 miles away. 

Tomorrow I will start early early, we’ve had a couple of later starts what with it being my birthday oh and our tent blowing down!! Yes… It is sad to say but the tent poles broke in the gale force winds we’ve had up here. Hopefully the kind folk at Go Outdoors are going to mend the poles. 

   
 

We can only laugh! 

I shall not give up whatever the weather. Maybe some more donations might help keep me going 🙂 x

   
       

Today.

So today, I woke up and checked my phone, as a usual morning starts for me. Checked my emails… ‘You have a new donation’ Fantastic, but even MORE fantastic… £500! A £500 donation! I couldn’t believe my eyes. A huge thank you to ‘Anonymous’ for their kindest and support, this money is going to be well used by TWOWEEKS.

Options for where my walk money might go to.

I had a discussion with one of the trustees from TWOWEEKS about where some of the money is going to go to once I have completed the walk. Here was our brainstorm.

  • To build a permanent base in South Africa for the TWOWEEKS team to have a secure home when they come and go.
  • Supplies both in South Africa and England (medical, stationary to send to the kids, clothing, shoes etc.)
  • Manikins to use to teach basic medical training to house mums, kids and staff out in SA.
  • Room hire for Intro meetings

These are just a few of the ideas we discussed, I will of course update you all on what we actually do spend the money on. Very exciting.

Happy Bank holidays all x

World Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Go forth and plant a tree, kiss the ground and be at one with nature for Mother Earth is the reason we humans are able to live and breathe. She has lent us her planet so we should respect what we have been given. No fighting now please!

Take it all in, and you might just discover a place you never knew you could reach. 😉

Why am I walking from London to Scotland?!

It might be a good idea to explain why this is all taking place…

Last year, as I previously mentioned, I went out to South Africa. I didn’t want to just go do the travelling thing I wanted to give back and get involved in a project that I actually believed in. I was struggling to find an organisation or charity that didn’t charge ridiculous costs (which quite frankly I do not know where this money goes to?!) and that allowed me to explore my creative side.

I then came across TWOWEEKS. They are a small not for profit organisation based in the UK, currently supporting organisations out in South Africa – I was able to work on my photography and teach creatively to the kids

PERFECT! This was just what I was looking for!

So who are TWOWEEKS exactly?

TWOWEEKS are an organisation that enables professionals with a variety of skills to volunteer overseas for a minimum of two weeks. They aim to relieve suffering through improved healthcare, education and relief of social deprivation. They provide assistance to projects already in existence around the world, in particular South Africa where they work with 3 orphanages and assist with other community endeavours.

TWOWEEKS Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/18982451856/TWOWEEKS

Website:
http://www.twoweeks.org.uk

I feel this is a incredible charity which is completely run by a small group of volunteers and it deserves every bit of recognition and penny that I can raise!

So now you know the core meaning behind the walk, maybe you feel like donating a little 🙂

If you do my Virgin giving page is-

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LondontoEdinburgh