Million step challenge week 12
The Christmas period has seen another 105,934 steps added to the total steps which now stands at 1,215,511
Things returned back to normal at work on the 31st December and the steps increased as we started to prepare the Abbey stadium playing surface for the fixture against Portsmouth. This fixture could also help with the donations as the football club have very kindly agreed to allow a bucket collection at the turnstiles.
We will be using a play on words (A SMALL CHANGE CAN HELP MENTAL HEALTH) we are hopeful that supporters will bring their unwanted small change that has been sitting around the house in a draw, a jar, or down the back of the sofa, every penny really does count and could help those who are suffering with their mental health and could save a life. The challenge has currently raised £8,440 which will already help SHOUT 85258.
Mick and I have been into the stadium most days over the Christmas period to move the pitch grow lights to ensure we can provide the team with the best surface we can as we enter the most challenging time of the season for the pitch. It has been a strange Christmas for me as I think it is only the second time in 40 plus years that I have not had a game to prepare for during the festive period.
The donations have continued to rise and there have been some heart-warming comments from the people making the donations.
One of the most rewarding things about the million step challenge has been the affect it has had on a number of people who have spoken about their challenges in life for the first time and the effect certain media events have had on them.
WHAT PRICE DO YOU PUT ON THAT? I did not expect this reaction when we started the challenge but it has given me the opportunity to reflect on how I felt when I was struggling and more importantly the copping strategies I was given at the time.
It is very easy for people to say that it is important to try to have a balance within your lifestyle and there will be people who say DREAM ON MATE I cannot do that? But it is very important to try to have work time, family/friend time, social time, along with time to exercise and in some form add to this trying to eat a healthy diet. I know this is not possible for everybody but just having 2-3 of these things can make a difference to your wellbeing.
I no longer worry about things I cannot change?
I very seldom listen to any national news on the TV as it is generally depressing and again in most cases I cannot do anything about the topic of discussion and let’s be honest if the producer and editor took out the words COULD, MAY, POSSIBLY they would be limited on any actual facts? What is quite clear is that the people responsible for the national news programs do not appreciate the effect it has on people suffering with their mental health. With the estimated number of 1 in 4 people suffering with some form of mental health problem they in my opinion really should wake up to the effects they have on certain elements of their viewing public. The positive stories are very limited which is a shame as good positive light hearted stories really can help give people a lift. Take a look at the Steph McGovern programme Steph’s packed lunch, it’s light hearted but often deals with problems people have to deal with day to day and in most cases has a positive outcome but more importantly is always uplifting. I guess what I am saying is watch programs that give you a lift not programs that can drag you down.
I must thank everybody who have again been generous in donating over the past few days and for the very kind words posted with some of the donations, special thanks to my Norwegian friends who made a very generous donation.
Cambridge Foot Golf
Fredagskaffen med Ole, Roger og Jens
Thanks for your support keep talking and offer help to those who may be lonely.
Ian Darler B.E.M