I've never been one for running and have always looked on those that do fundraising runs with real admiration. So I did the next best thing and signed up to the Midnight Walk which was part of fundraising for my local hospice back home where my parents live.
I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic chance to spend time with my Mum and it really spurred conversation too. We talked non stop for the two hours that it took us to complete the walk. The atmosphere was brilliant too. Everyone had made the effort to wear some sort of pink - whether it was flashing pink bunny ears or neon pink sweat bands and tu tu's, it was quite a sight, especially when you looked behind you and just saw a sea of pink! It felt wonderful to know that everyone there was walking for a friend or family member who had been supported by the local hospice and were incredibly grateful for the amazing work they do for local people who are terminally ill.
What's more, just from our registration fee, everyone who took part raised £98,000 - that figure will be lots more once people donate their sponsorship money.
But if you're not so much of a gym bunny (!) you could always support your local hospice through volunteering instead. You can get involved in things such as meeting and greeting patients, offering specialist skills such as hairdressing or complementary therapies, doing some decorating or gardening or offering bereavement support and information. Just log on to the Help the Hospices websiteto find your local hospice and then contact them directly to find out if they need volunters.
I haven't done it yet but I'm seriously considering signing up to do a 10k on 11th July. I can choose from a list of charities I want to fundraise for. Not long to train though so I better get bunny hopping!