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Sunday, 4 June 2017

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Heather Drake and I, Jane Dakin from Inspirations Pencoed, recently took part in a 38-mile trek around the West Sussex countryside.

The event was organised by www.just-walk.co.uk to give the participants the opportunity to raise money for the charity of their choice with a variety of distances to suit all abilities.

Based on the challenges that are faced by many of the clients who visit us at Inspirations it was decided that the only option was to take on the longest walk. How hard can a walk be?

And yes, we thought the same. Having competed in a marathon I thought I could do an extra 12 miles or so with the right training plan. Training started earlier this year.

The day of the walk arrived. We stood at the start line at Goodwood Racecourse, and then… we’re off!

All our training paid off, though we couldn’t have anticipated quite how hard the walk would be.

We walked through the most beautiful and sometimes breathtaking countryside and tried to enjoy the vista, however our natural competitive instinct drove us to a frenzied walking race to overtake our fellow walkers in an attempt to finish under our estimated 12 hours and in the top 10.

We kept the pace up and crossed the line in 11 hours and 20 minutes, in joint ninth place.

This was the hardest challenge we have ever taken on, but it is nothing compared to the challenges that our cancer clients face daily as they undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and then the loss of their hair.

The ridicule, bullying, insecurity and lack of self confidence that our clients with alopecia face during their day and then disappointment when they hear that there isn’t a cure for their condition and finally, acceptance.

This is why we chose to support the Little Princess Trust and Alopecia UK.

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments and other illnesses.

Alopecia UK is a registered charity providing information, support and advice for people with experience of alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.

It also works to raise public awareness and understanding throughout the UK and supports and funds research.

The two charities are very close to our hearts as we are an NHS registered supplier of wigs to clients of all ages, men and women suffering from hair loss.

We will continue to raise money until the end of September 2017 and if anyone would like to donate to these two very worthy charities then please pop into the salon, 6a Penybont Road, Pencoed, or follow the link uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Inspirations2isTeam=true or visit our Facebook page Inspirations Pencoed.

A huge thank you to all those that have already made very generous donations.

Report by Jane Dakin

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