Time to face the fear again!
It’s been quite a while since our first joint challenge, nearly a year in fact. We always intended on doing more challenges but you know what it’s like, life gets in the way and before you know it a few months have passed. Now however we’re finally planning our second joint challenge.
As you may remember Cath and I aren’t brilliant with heights, although we did surprise ourselves with our first challenge. This time we are off to Sheffield! Not an obvious choice of location seeing as Cath lives in Berkshire and I live in Hertfordshire, however there is a method to our madness. A group of us who are friends and live all over the country are meeting up in Sheffield for a catch up, which doesn’t happen too often. One of the reasons we’re meeting in Sheffield is that it’s one of the most central places for us all, another is that it’s where Fiona (the person who inspired us to start Hearts and Heads) lives.
So what are we doing this time? We’re doing Sheffield’s Aerial Extreme! This Sunday! This time we may not be alone either in our challenge as a few of our friends have shown an interest in doing it with us, which is fantastic! If not a few will be watching us and cheering us on hopefully.
I personally feel this is a good time to be doing something else, I need to do something as there are other things happening that I can’t do much to control. Robyn in the last few months has had increasing visits to the Brompton as things are starting to slide for her again. We knew it was going to happen but still awful when you are told news other than ‘everything is still great!’. She’s now on medication, we’re waiting for a date for an MRI, and now her next op may be a much bigger one than the already big 8 hour one we knew it was going to be. It’s knocked us a lot, that’s for sure, especially as she still looks so well and throws herself into everything with a smile on her face!
So once again we politely ask you to sponsor us. This time we’re doing it for Heartline. They are a voluntary organisation set up to offer help and support to families of children with heart disorders regardless of how slight or severe the condition may be. It was a book put together by Heartline that we were given when Robyn was first diagnosed, and was a huge help to us. They also run a forum which allowed me (husband not computer savvy) to talk to other parents and feel less alone.
To sponsor us please visit our JustGiving Page.
Thanking you hopefully!
Just to echo what Lisa has said, it has been some time since our last challenge. We still talk about what we’re going to do next and we still hold our chosen charities very close to our hearts – we always will. But sometimes life just gets in the way; often it’s work, family, friends, holiday - all the things that should be distracting us if we’re honest! Then there’s the less good stuff, like Robyn’s latest check up at the wonderful Brompton hospital. I’ve only experienced a fraction of the worry and uncertainty that Lisa and her husband are going through now. And my son grew out of his problems; there came a point where we could draw a line under it.
Organisations like Heartline give parents like Lisa and Ross the support they need – from people who know exactly what they are going through. So I’ve decided that on this occasion, I’d like to support Heartline as well. I haven’t abandoned the Stroke Association and I hope to fit in another 5K for them this year. The harsh reality though is that Mum’s situation isn’t going to change – I have a whole lifetime to honour her memory and remind you all to watch your BP and cholesterol levels
Thank you all for your support xx