Yay! We did it. A whole 10km walked and pushed in aid of ME Research.

My husband Paul and friend Phil walked and pushed for the first 5k which we did in about 1hr 15mins. I'd say half a dozen or so walked each lap with me.

My neighbour Nick pushed me for the 1st lap in under 15 minutes he was going so fast! My dad's partner Isobel pushed for the 2nd lap with a short stretch shared between her and my dad taking a handle each of my wheelchair (ending in hitting the grass verge of course).

The third lap my sister-in-law Kate pushed and my big brother Simon on the 4th and final lap. He had a little help for a short stretch from my a couple of my neighbours Hazel and Nick's kid's - we had a conga line of kid A pushing kid B pushing Simon pushing me :)

Paul walked the whole 10k. Phil walked the 5k plus a little of the last lap and covered a lot more ground taking photos which I was very grateful for as my photos aren't good! And my dad, Isobel, Simon, Kate (and Maud my baby neice in her pushchair), my mum, Hazel, Nick and 3 of their lovely kids all walked at least 2 laps each.

Everyone was chatting as we went round and it was a great atmosphere and a lovely group of people. We had a sharp rain shower at the very start, then sun. Then as the laps started for it poured down with rain and was very windy, but it dried up on the 2nd lap and everyone stayed the distance.

I felt ok round the course. I literally couldn't have done it with the support of such fantastic people and all the good wishes sent by so many.  Now back at home my brain is slowing down (a sign a health crash is on it's way) and I'm feeling weary and achey.  I have nothing planned for a couple of days to allow for serious resting - even though it was everyone else on the team that did all the really hard work!

As I write we've raised £656 online, plus £35 offline so looking to be £691 in total (plus ME Research will get another £100 in giftaid).

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in this challenge with their kindness, their muscle and their cash. I'm absolutely delighted at how much we've managed to raise (far beyond my expectations) and really proud of what we've achieved.  What next ...?  Maybe some rest and then I might start planning a new challenge

 
 
It's the big day with the 10k push this afternoon. I have 9 family and friends who will be walking some (or all) of the distance with me and most will also be helping to push my wheelchair.

As I write we've raised £641 (plus another £100 in giftaid) and I expect a few more donations yet. When I set a target of £1000 for the Push It I'd anticipated doing 3 or 4 events, so to raise over £600 is incredible.  Everyone has been so generous, kind and supportive.

I'm feeling ok health wise and excited about the walk this afternoon. It's great to be doing this with so many of my friends and family too. I'll be updating on Facebook and Twitter as we make progress today.

Thanks to everyone who has offered their support and best wi
 
 
So when I could only find print on demand caps I decided to try and use ink jet transfers to see if I could do it myself using a bucket hat. The results aren't perfect but good enough and get the message across how to donate.  Also it worked out a lot cheaper which can't be bad!

I have another couple to do as this hat turned out to be enormous. Fingers crossed they turn out ok too.
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I have a handful of ribbon sashes on order which will be available on the day for a few walkers to wear if they wish. This is an easy way of displaying the donation information, particularly how to text donate.

I'm using a stash of my exisiting art postcards and adding a little blurb on the back to tell people about what we're doing and why.  Those walking with me can give these out to folks before the event and maybe even on the day.  It just tells people we're doing a 10k wheelchair push, how to make a donation and who ME Research are.

I'm also making a couple of hats with the donation info on. I usually need to wear a hat when I'm out as the sky can be a bit too bright for my head to handle so I may as well make use of the space to promote our event.

I have sponsorship forms printed and on digital file for any walkers taking part who want to try and raise some money - after all they're the ones doing the hard work!

Next is to get a couple of photos taken and prepare an article for the local press. Eeeek! Publicity is good f

 
 
So far we have 9 adults and children signed up to take part in the 10k wheelchair walk doing varying distances, plus myself and my husband. All are friends and family.

If you'd like to join us you can sign up on the Join In page or contact me.

You can walk anything from 1km (just under 3/4 mile), 5km (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles). And maybe even take a turn pushing my wheelchair to help me around the course.

The event takes place on the afternoon oSunday 11th September 2011
 
 
The site is live, the fundraising page ready for donations and the route map published.

If you'd like to come walk part or all of the 10k route around Lichfield with me please get in touch. I'll also be drawing up a rota for people to push my wheelchair so if you're willing to do some pushing just shout.

I've set an ambitious fundraising target of £1,000 but I hope if all goes well I may be able to do more Push It events in my trusty wheelchair in the future.

Rachel

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