Having never done any exercise before COVID I began to go for walks when we were in our first lockdown. Slowly but surely I began to build up my distance and began to get much fitter. I also found that walking was really good for my mental health – being outside, enjoying the fresh air and “switching off”. It gave me a real sense of achievement to complete long walks with lots of hills and climbing.
For anyone who knows me, this transformation to loving exercise is something no one would have expected!
The Ullswater Way Challenge will be my longest walk to date so I am a bit nervous about being on the go for up to 10 hours – and of course I will have my Sergeant Major in Raphi to push me along! (The longest walk I have done up to know has been 11 miles so this is literally a big “step up”).
Of course, I am doing this to raise vital money for The Fed. Most of you reading this will know some or most of what The Fed does but if you do not here is a small summary.
The Fed is the largest Jewish social care charity in Manchester and last year supported over 1,400 homes across Greater Manchester. That is one in eight homes in our city region and is a quite staggering – and scary – statistic. Mental health, poverty, domestic abuse, loneliness, sexual abuse, isolation, self harm and more. The Fed really does provide life enhancing – and often lifesaving – support to thousands of Jewish people in our community.
I volunteer for The Fed and support two elderly people every week. I see first hand what a difference this support makes to their lives and I am proud to be able to help.
The Fed is a local charity – not a national one – and can mostly only rely on the Manchester Jewish community to support it. It needs to raise £2 million this year to continue to be our community’s safety net.
By sponsoring me you will help The Fed ensure no one who needs help goes without it. Whatever amount you can give is hugely appreciated.