It is perhaps unoriginal to say that the suffering of others is upsetting to me. But becoming a mum has turned me into an absolute mess when I hear sad stories. I can’t watch any of those big charity fundraising programmes on TV because I just sob all the way through.
When I read the paper on the train to work, I’m often fighting back tears. It’s not that I didn’t have empathy before I had kids, but now that I do, that empathy is visceral.
When someone loses their child, I feel the fear of losing my own child.
When someone loses their parent, I think how much the idea of not being there for my own children worries me.
When children are lost, abused, broken, I think of the sweet innocence of my own children and how brutal it would be if that was torn from them.
Children are living in war zones, watching their families being murdered as they run away to escape their own death, rape or enslavement. Children whose families have lost their homes through debt are living in filthy hostels full of drug dealing and despair. Children are living rough to escape abuse at home. Children are sacrificing their childhoods to look after parents who are unable to look after them.
It’s easy to feel helpless when faced with the world’s violence, hatred and despair. I can only find my way through this by resolving to make some small contribution whenever I have the means or opportunity. So when The Children’s Society asked me to support them by doing a 10K in support of their charity and then blogging about it, I saw a great opportunity to help disadvantaged children whilst doing something healthy for me too.
Last year, The Children’s Society worked with over 18,000 vulnerable children and young people, and their campaign wins will bring life-changing support to more than 5.6 million children. I’m not that keen on running to be honest and never thought I would do a 10K. But it’s very motivating to know that by doing something that will improve my health, I will be playing a small part in improving other people’s lives as well.
If you’d like to know more about The Children’s Society and my training plans, please check out this little YouTube video.
How you can help
If you want to support me, the best (and completely free) thing you can do is to share this post on social media.
If you would like to donate to The Children’s Society in support of my 10K run, you can do it on my JustGiving page.
If you would like to get involved in your own charity challenge, check out The Children’s Society’s challenge page.