A group of people walking for the Walk 1000 miles challenge

Walk 1000 miles for Carers

Walking to raise awareness for Carer Support South Lakes because of the work they do supporting unpaid Carers.

When Jane started walking towards her walk 1000 miles challenge, the idea behind it was to fill a void. 2020 wasn’t easy on anyone, especially unpaid Carers like Jane. Last March, she broke her ankle which put her in a tight spot because her husband Jimmy had dementia and required round the clock active care and attention, but they managed with help from her daughters, neighbours and online deliveries. Then, in June, Jane lost her mother and, tragically, six weeks later, Jimmy.

Jane says, “It was all somewhat surreal, organising two funerals with only limited numbers allowed due to Covid, then not being able to grieve properly as contact with family members was so limited. Carer Support South Lakes knew exactly how to help and put me in touch with a bereavement counsellor. Having someone to talk to definitely helped”.

“As time passes, I am beginning to feel stronger, both mentally and physically and found that walking is really helping. We all know the benefits of exercise but when you’re feeling so broken with grief and loneliness it can be really tough to find the motivation to get moving”.

Setting herself the challenge of walking 1000 miles in a year initially felt like “way too much of a commitment” but then after some more thought she realised it would be a great way to keep up momentum to help her through the challenging times ahead as well as an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for CSSL, “especially after the support I have received from them in the last year”, she says.

She has also laid down the gauntlet for others within the charity to join her and currently has a small posse uniting in the endeavour.  Two CSSL volunteers (Rowena and Sharron) , a friend (Karen) and 2 team members (Nicola and James), each walking their own 1000 miles, making 6000 miles in total!

Please would you consider encouraging them as they aim to fit this challenge into their busy schedules, by giving a donation via Just Giving? Your generosity is very gratefully appreciated – thank you so much!