I thought I would post a short update as I am now in the middle of a run of 5 twelve hour shifts, 3 days and 2 nights!
Since my last blog saying my chosen charity is called Off The Record, I have been in contact with them via email. They are thrilled that I have chosen them and have offered me enormous support saying that they are going to let their Twitter and Facebook followers know what I am doing and intend “making a lot of noise” on my behalf. I am blown away by their support and kindness.
I had my second gym session Thursday morning. I had just about recovered the use of my arms, but only just! I thought to myself ‘please don’t let Kane ask me to do more weight lifting on my upper body’. Guess what, wishful thinking on my part! If I thought not being able to wipe my own backside was bad, I now feel like I have a ten ton weight sitting on each shoulder! When booking some more sessions, however, I was a bit alarmed to say the least when he warned me that when he actually got me started on leg exercises I had better make sure I was not doing anything for 2 or 3 days afterwards! Doesn’t bode well , does it!
Anyway, on Thursday afternoon I decided to bite the bullet and go and see a couple of local businesses to see if they would be prepared to be my sponsors. I was apprehensive about this as only my close family knew the full extent of my problems but I thought to myself, go for it Rob. I was always bemoaning the fact that there was little help or publicity out there for those with mental health issues. If I didn’t do this, then I was as much to blame as everyone else!
If you want to know what happened next, then visit my blog in a few days time!!
Just one more thing, there is an article in Thursday’s Daily Mail called “Anxious Generation” which states that nearly a million British children between the ages of 5 and 15 are suffering from a mental health problem. I don’t know about you, but I was really shocked at how many kids are having their lives disrupted by this invisible illness. On the positive side, It makes me all the more determined to raise as much money as I can, so please take the time to think about how you would feel if this happened to someone close to you. Thanks.