Margaret fund raised and walked to achieve a personal best.

After doing the exercise program STABLE last November and following a difficult time in my life I decided to set myself a challenge, so I signed up for a 6 mile circular walk near Packwood House in the West Midlands with one of my daughters in support.  The challenge committed me to getting in the best physical shape I could, doing the walk and raising as much money as I could.   I did my exercises most days, I swam two or three times each week and walked most days.   I mostly used my walking poles as they help my balance and also help me to keep up a regular rhythm.   I did three walks of 6 miles or more in the weeks before the walk to give myself confidence that I would manage on the day.   I started fund raising about ten weeks before and went on for a couple of weeks after the walk raising over £1000 which is double the target I set myself.  In the event I was joined, not only by my daughter Charlie but her twin sister Nicky, son in law Martin and one of my grandson, Ashley.    With them I managed to do the walk in my personal best, two and a quarter hours with only one brief stop

The walk was very well organised with about 140 people taking part including  children and dogs.   The weather wasn’t brilliant but at least the rain held off until we had almost finished.   When I finished I got a lovely  hug from the team organiser, and was relieved and emotional when she said I should be very proud of myself!   Actually I am, but more importantly doing the challenge has left me feeling fitter, more positive, well supported and amazed at how many people were glad to pay up!!

 Margaret Stone