I have mentioned before that I currently attend Slimming World. I joined to lose the baby weight I put on with Jack, lost loads, put it all back on when I was pregnant with Olivia and am now trying to lose again. I’ve been keen to get back into exercise too but so far since Olivia has been born, I haven’t done all that much. Somehow I ended up running a charity race this past Sunday and boy, was it tough! But let’s talk about Jack and how he did.
When Em mentioned that Slimming World would again be running their Slimming World Walk All Over Cancer race again, I signed myself and Jack up once again. Jack really enjoyed running last year, raising over £50. This year he was determined to beat that amount and boy did he!
Our consultant Em, who is a personal friend of mine also, beat cancer a couple of years ago so the cause is very close to her heart. It is also a cause very close to our hearts – my brother and my sister in law have battled the disease in my immediate family, aunts and cousins in my extended family. Steve’s grandfather, uncle and aunt have all battled it and we’ve had friends and friends children who have also battled the disease. This is such an important charity to us all so we are keen to raise as much money as possible.
Jack asked plenty of his family if they’d like to sponsor him and he has had great support from his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Various friends also sponsored him as well as members of our Slimming World group too. He was even lucky enough to receive a substantial donation from the charitable trust set up in his great great grandparent’s names – something he is ever so grateful to his great uncle, great aunt and cousins for who are trustees.
My son has been very active in getting donations from people and I even posted on Facebook to see if any other people would like to donate – he has been so happy with the amount of people who have taken the time to support him. He loves running and raising money for charity – this is the child who will sit there and put things aside for the charity shop; want to visit charity shops when in town and always loves a go on a charity raffle or tombola! This has again reiterated the fact that he really loves running so I’m also going to be looking for some athletics or running groups for his age group.
I’m so proud of him for what he has achieved and I think that raising over £180 is amazing for a five year old! Let’s see if we can beat that next year!