The past weeks have been really busy and very exciting, I am learning a huge amount and having fun at the same time, which is great.
On a personal level things have also been fun – I have registered to do the Thames Marathon (and been accepted). This is my 14km swim from Henley bridge to Marlow bridge for charity. A few charities have always been close to my heart but I decided to dedicate this swim to two charities, MS Society and Children with Special Needs Foundation (meetingsclub chosen charity for 2017) I chose to swim for MS Society because my Dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 (that’s my father in the photo). Before he was diagnosed he was very active, he was an avid mountain biker and squash player. It affects him daily, with severe fatigue, body aches and pains. Luckily, he has not got a severe case, but others remain wheelchair bound and reliant on others due to the condition. Many people are not aware of the causes and effects of MS so therefore I want to use this opportunity to raise some money to help MS Society achieve their goal: to drive research into more – and better – treatments for everyone.
Children with Special Needs Foundation is the charity that meetingsclub support’s this year CWSNF’s aim is to raise funds to support individuals, groups and schools in their requests for equipment, holidays and tuition and to provide essential care for children with special needs in Surrey, East Berkshire and North Hampshire. This also includes assisting very talented children who are finding it difficult to reach their true potential without support. – please visit my fundraising page here:
I also had my PDA (placement development advisor) come and visit me at meetingsclub. What I mainly gained from that meeting is how much I am learning and how great the opportunities that meetingsclub is giving me are, in such a short space of time. It also did scare me a little, as I was asked to start thinking about my graduate CV. It also made me realise how happy I am that I stuck with my gut instinct about a placement year – honestly the best decision I have made; the opportunities you get as a student really are endless.
That’s all for now – next week I will be getting my Christmas spirit back on and looking at the best days out that do not need to be booked months in advance!