The Year of Challenges came about over a period of time and for a variety of reasons. I had a pretty active 2015 and completed a variety of endurance and challenge events, but sadly due to various niggly illnesses and injuries, 2016 didn’t quite work out the same way, which has had an impact on me mentally and physically. Then in the autumn of 2016, two people from different parts of my life suddenly passed away and this had a huge impact on me. Both people were full of life, energy and I couldn’t help but think about everything they wouldn’t get to do, dreams that would go unfulfilled, places they wouldn’t see. This was a turning point and I decided to do something positive out of such sadness. And so the Year of Challenges was born.
As I was unsuccessful in the ballot for the London Marathon again and this was an event I always wanted to do, I decided to apply for a charity place and was successful in joining the Mind team. I decided pretty early on I wanted to partner with a mental health charity. Mental health is a huge issue and still such a taboo, particularly in the workplace and this is something I’m passionate about. Mental illness affects so many people in so many ways and Mind do amazing work on a local and national level to support people struggling with mental health issues, whilst also working with various organisations to make this an issue we can all talk about.
To find out more about Mind and their work, please check out their website: www.mind.org.uk