Three weeks ago I came across a post on social media by Muscular Dystrophy UK, they were launching their big 60 challenge. Now normally when I see any fundraising events it’s either something to do with running or jumping out of a plane – unfortunately having Muscular Dystrophy myself I need to know my limits and running is definitely not one of them jumping out of a plane, on the other hand, I would definitely be up for by my husband might have a heart attack if I even mentioned it!
Thinking that this was an events that I couldn’t get involved in – until I read the words the ‘event for everyone – no matter your age or ability, where you live or how much time you can commit, anyone can take part!’ It was like music to my ears finally I can get my thinking cap on and raise some money for a charity that is so close to my heart.
For six days straight I got my legs out now don’t get too excited not in the way that you are possibly thinking!! – Over six days I did 10 minutes on my pedal bike making it 60 minutes altogether over 6 days.
On my fifth day I even had a special guest join me all the way in Cornwall my very best Cornish favourite human being Ross Lennon from A life on wheels which was amazing. It definitely gave my fundraiser a nice little push that it needed, and to have his support was even better.
My challenge is now complete my legs feel like jelly and definitely need a little rest but I’m so glad I reached my goal and target, I set my sponsorship target of £200 and I smashed it thanks to so many wonderful people that have supported and sponsored me through this cycle journey. To date I have managed to raise £342 which will go towards supporting the thousands people living with Muscular Dystrophy and their families.
I know this might sound crazy to some but I definitely feel like I’ve achieved something that I’ve wanted to achieve for so such a long time now, being disabled I am very limited to the types of fundraiser that I can do like I said at the beginning running definitely is not my forte!
It also wasn’t just about fundraising for me, it’s been a long time since I’ve really pushed myself out of my comfort zone pushing my body and mind. Having muscular dystrophy myself a progressive muscle wasting condition I knew I was probably going to have to push my body though the tiredness/fatigue testing my mind at the same time,
But i’ve always said that I would never let my disability stop me from achieving anything that I want to achieve yes it may have taken me six days, yes I have push my body more than I would on an average day, but if we didn’t test ourselves every now and then how would even know our limits.
Why the name big 60?
For more than 60 years muscular Dystrophy UK have been there funding world-class research and supporting families living with over 60 rare muscle-wasting conditions. Unfortunately like most charities, MDUK has been affected massively though COVID-19. it’s important to keep charity like MDUK going for years to come because of the massive work they do help not just people like myself but for the hundreds of families out there living with Muscular Dystrophy and for the not yet diagnosed.
Here my end video hope you enjoy because I’ve had a blast.
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