I’m so excited to write about this!! If you’re a regular follower of my blog you’ll know of my personal battle with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I’ve been fundraising for around 2 months on the lead up to this years WALK IT Bristol event for Crohns and Colitis UK which are a charity that support the disease in every way from extensive ongoing research to providing help and advice for anyone it affects. Their forum has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and support since being diagnosed and I want nothing more than to give back in any way I can to the charity and community of people suffering like I do.
I was only diagnosed a week or two before last years event so unfortunately I was nowhere near well enough and didn’t have the time or energy to fundraise to be quite honest. I think I’ve made up for it this year as we managed to raise an amazing £722 in total for the charity over on my Justgiving page aswell as a separate £25 donation directly to the charity on top. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to anyone who’s donated. Literally every last penny is so gratefully received and I did the walk yesterday shining with pride! Anyway, onto that…
The lovely people that signed up to do the WALK IT with me were my mum, my brother, my dad, my boyfriend Jake, two of my bestest pals Marika and Sadie and Sadies mum! Nacho even ended up coming on the day and drawing lots of attention too. I decided to go for the 10km rather than the 5km as I thought it’d be more of a challenge and I wanted to do something a bit more worthy of peoples money. Plus, I love a good walk and with how pretty Bristol is, it was bound to be a nice one!
Around 400 people turned up on the day to take part and collectively the Bristol WALK IT event alone raised over £20,000 for the charity which is incredible – so well done us! We set off just after 10:30am on our route first going through the centre and Castle Park then back around through Queens Square and to the harbourside. The 5km walkers turned off and across the horn bridge at this point but we carried on across to the M shed, past the SS Great Britain and all the way along to the cottage.
After coming back around to the other side of the harbour, we veered off through Hotwells and up a few pretty steep hills (god help us). Arriving at Clifton triangle, we walked along to the museum and went right down Brandon Hill eventually ending up by @ Bristol (now named We Are Curious, but who calls it that?). Heading up a few flights of steps and there we were, back at College Green to cross the finish line in 2 hours and 16 minutes! For someone with such small legs, I’m pretty proud of that time.
We all got given our medals, including Nacho. Then went to take some photos of our victory before heading to Slug and Lettuce for a celebratory drink and bite to eat.
For the average person, a 10km walk isn’t the biggest challenge but for someone with an immune system that’s attacking their body it really can be. I’m incredibly proud of myself for completing it as I’m generally really quite weak, achey and constantly exhausted due to the disease, medication I’m on and being severely anaemic. I will definitely be suffering the after effects of it for a bit longer than everyone else but it was so worth it for a great cause and to do something fun with my favourite people! It was a great day for all and I’m so excited to take part in WALK IT again next year.
Thanks for reading and if you would like to make a donation or learn a bit more about the awesome things Crohns and Colitis UK do, head on over to their website here!