Crohn’s and Colitis UK Walk It 2018

Be there for the people who mean the most to you

It’s that time of the year again – the annual “Crohn’s and Colitis Walk It” event!

For those of you who pay close attention to the blog, I’m sure you’ll remember that I wrote about this event last year – as my girlfriend Rebecca was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2016. As last year was such a success we wanted to raise even more money for such a fantastic charity and push ourselves to the 10km walk instead of the 5km we previously did.

Now, permit me to be very descriptive here - It was a swelteringly hot day, which was good as it brought more people out of their homes and into the City Centre, which helped us raise more awareness for the charity and disease! But it was also so hot that, as a fully-grown man, boob sweat was an undeniable factor of my day.

If you’ve never been to Newcastle and wanted to see all of what the city could offer, then you should have definitely been a part of this charity walk! We started in Leazes Park, moving swiftly on to St James Park, Northumberland Street, the Theatre Royal, Sage, Quayside, Civic Centre, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, and then finished up with the Hancock Museum and back to Leazes Park!

Just so you can get a grasp of how far we really walked, I’ve included the map in the picture below.

Quick side note, whoever came up with the idea to do a charity walk instead of something more hardcore was an absolute genius - as most people who were involved in the walk would have been affected by the disease, meaning they’d be easily fatigued and wouldn’t be able to participate. So making the event a walk meant more people could be involved in the day!

I‘m sure I speak for all of us who attended when I say It was an absolutely lovely day out – we felt part of something bigger, we gave to charity, and most importantly we raised awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. As someone who’s fairly healthy it was nice to be able to be there for a loved one in such a simple way, I’m obviously there for Becca in a personal way on a daily basis but to be able to give to the charity as a whole - with just a small use of my time and effort, was an amazing feeling to have.

So, if you have a loved one who is currently having a hard time - or is currently going through a rough patch, then the best thing you can do is to offer them your time and effort.

I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.    

Eric Wansell

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