Happy New Year! I’m sure many of us would have contemplated the idea of making New Year’s resolutions- hands up if you’ve failed already! However, if you’re yet to make any, then read on. Usually my resolution includes a big oath to myself to try something new. So this year I’m challenging you… do something new.
At first it sounds quite scary but honestly, it’s far from it and actually can be quite liberating. You might decide to try a new hobby, whether that’s a particular sport or activity or even find an evening class to join. Or you might wish to take it to the extreme and push yourself to complete a challenge and raise money for charity. Ideas include:
The National 3 Peaks Challenge: For this challenge, you will need to climb three mountains... one after the other! They are Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales). There are a number of organisations that you can book your challenge through and who will give you plenty of information, guidance and support.
Skydive: This is a challenge that I completed a couple of years ago for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. I organised my parachute jump through Skyline Parachuting (.co.uk) who made the whole process a breeze! I set up a Just Giving page and needed to raise a set amount before I could do the jump then continued to fundraise up until and a little bit after the day. I absolutely loved it and would do it again if I could!
Sleep Out: Homelessness is a real and growing issue in a number of places and the organisation Centrepoint has been raising awareness of the challenges faced by those rough sleeping for over ten years. They encourage their supporters to swap their beds for sleeping bags and raise money for homeless young people. For more information or support, visit: www.centrepoint.org.uk/sleepout
Whatever your new experience is, try to embrace it and why not challenge a friend to do it with you?