For some people who experience challenges beyond the everyday in life there is only one answer – to make some good come out of it and turn an unexpected and perhaps unkind twist of fate into an opportunity.
There are times in all of our lives when the overwhelming need to do something for an individual or a cause cannot be ignored.
I know we are on the receiving end of requests for help every day. Whether an advert highlighting the plight of working animals abroad or an envelope through the door –usually replete with stickers and a pen – asking us directly for a donation. We can’t escape, even if we wanted to.
All of these cries for help have one thing in common, they are all worthy of our support, they are all good causes. Whether you have a passion to save the Amur tiger or want to help bring fresh water to a remote village, the world is a better place if we all give as much as we can.
Humanity is awesome when we all pull together.
I try, as I’m sure many people do, to spread my charity pennies across a number of buckets and then there’s always something that hits you between the eyes and you feel the need to give a little more.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how a few pence adds up to changing lives or circumstances, but collectively the results can be impressive.
In Doncaster there are four local ladies training for the trek of their lives and each is supporting a charity close to many hearts.
Their challenge is to walk around Loch Ness – 81 miles in six days through some stunning but difficult terrain in the Scottish Highlands.
The fabulous foursome are Ruth Langley (supporting Multiple Sclerosis Trust), Cathy McCall (Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity), Sarah King (Alzheimer’s research) and last but not least Claire O’Halloran (Crohn’s and Colitis UK).
I have known Ruth for 30 years as owner of the Pink Orchid Beauty Salon and for Ruth and her three colleagues each of these causes is very close to the heart.
Their training programme, to ensure they have the stamina and skill to avoid sprained ankles and similar calamities is well under way ahead of the event in May.
They have created this adventure themselves and are not part of a wider group.
So far their inspiring enthusiasm and energy has raised thousands of pounds before they even set off, thanks to the support of friends, family and generous clientele.
You can find out more about Four Ladies and a Loch by visiting their page at Four Ladies and Loch, Just Giving Page
This will not be a walk in the park for Ruth, Claire, Sarah and Cathy as they will be taking a route that isn’t tackled very often – and of course there’s always our elusive friend Nessie to consider.