I wanted to do the London 2 Brighton walk because it was not only a physical, but also a mental challenge. I managed to rope in a few friends to take part as well – though they now probably won't speak to me for a while!
Throughout the lead up to the challenge, I received amazing support from North London Cares, making me feel more than willing and ready to take on the journey.
On the day, the 100km walk was not only physically demanding (I have the odd blister and sore leg-muscle to prove it!) but also a test of mental perseverance. But I couldn’t have asked for a better group of fellow walkers.
They showed me how kind humanity can be. Throughout the walk, they were encouraging and continuously positive. And the older neighbours I met prior to taking part really helped me to keep going through the hard moments where I felt myself lagging in energy.
And although the path was long (and sometimes rather muddy), and though the dark scared me a little through the night, and though my legs may not forgive me for a while, every single step was worth taking; not just to raise money for such a worthy cause, but also to remind myself that community – being together and spending time with others from all walks of life – is truly what a happy life is all about.
Posted by Fi Mason on Friday 30th June 2017
Fi is a volunteer with North London Cares.