One of the best moments this week was watching Celebrity Island with Bear Grills. Ollie Locke was on it so I was more interested than I might have been. He’s shared some snippets of the experience with me and I must say – better him then me!
Lack of food and clean water. The heat, and endless bugs plus the danger of rows and major upsets with teammates. What is nice about any of that? If anyone was expecting paradise, they were sorely disappointed.
I only realised at the end that the whole show was in aid of Stand Up to Cancer – an obviously fabulously worthwhile cause.
It became apparent that the lives of many of the people involved had been affected by this disease – hence the reason they put themselves up for such a horrendous ordeal. It needs to be said that they weren’t paid for this as all donations went towards the charity – which is right and proper.
At the end of the show there was an interview with a man. Everything started fairly normally with pics of him and his wife at their wedding. Then there were videos of them all and their three children – one just a baby – a normal family, living their lives.
I feared the worst, and sadly I wasn’t proven wrong. He lost his wife to breast cancer. The loss of his wife was made easier (if possible) by the love and bond he had with his little son. SORT of filled the gap a bit – if anything could.
Then – more horror. At just eight years old the little boy developed a brain tumour. By ten, he too was gone.
I looked at Binks to find her in tears and madly grappling for her phone to make a donation, and similarly I did the same. It was one of those moments where you wonder how you couldn’t have realised sooner the awful reality of this disease, and we both wished we could do more.
I don’t want to depress anyone here. Thankfully they’re finding cures for this evil disease and one day before too long I believe it will be a thing of the past.
What is vital I think though is that we don’t all just wait for somebody else to do something about this. There is so much we can do collectively, and I love the camaraderie and fun that can be found in these fund raising events.
I get letters all the time from people who are lost and lonely – and want…need to find a cause to get behind and work to help.
There are so many charities out there that really need help, and I can’t imagine a nicer way to feel better about life than to give of yourself.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month – any of the wonderful Race for Life events could be a chance to get out and about. Macmillan, who support people going through cancer are holding World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events, and there are a ton of ways you can support Stand Up to Cancer, and have a wonderful giggle doing it.
Whatever you decide, make tea, make cakes, make friends. Just get out there, and no matter what…make a difference.
Catch up with show here
Make a donation to Stand Up To Cancer here
It was last year when the idea of a site for other women like me dawned – active, busy and ambitious women who just happen to be older.
Firstly it was going to be just fashion, but very quickly I realised that if I were going to write anything – then it would have to have more meaning than just that.
I decided to incorporate lifestyle and wellbeing and make the whole thing truly interactive and inclusive. I felt that with these issues covered, then there really was no end to what could be discussed and discovered – and who may benefit as a result.