– by Siân Griffith, Fundraiser
Welcoming a new year also means welcoming new challenges. It’s time to wipe the slate clean and start to plan the resolutions that we want to accomplish in the next 12 months. I’ve set myself 10 new, exciting (and pretty daunting!) goals to achieve in 2018.
1) Beat my time from last year in the Longhorn 10k
Last year I completed the Longhorn, and was able to tick off completing my first ever 10k! It was such a beautiful run in the scenic countryside of Thoresby Hall (so, thankfully, only a few cows could see how red and huffy and puffy I was!), and I’d recommend it to anyone scoping out their first long-distance run.
2) Beat my time from last year in the Asda Nottingham 10k
Last year, one month after the Longhorn, I also completed the Asda 10k – all to raise funds for The Big Appeal and The Breast Institute. I beat my Longhorn time, so this year I’m hoping for sub-1 hour by the time the Asda 10k comes around!
3) Go to a country I’ve never been to before
This is one of my TOP rules of travelling, I always aim to go to a country I haven’t visited before – there’s so much world to see out there!
4) Break a World Record!!
And what better way to do this than to join in with hundreds of other Nottingham-ites dressed up as Robin Hood? I intend to invite every mother, brother, man & his dog to attend Robin’s Big World Record! Looking forward to making history by smashing the world record for the most Robin Hoods in one place. Hilarious, and legendary. Join me.
5) Own and care for a house plant
One that isn’t a cactus.
6) Hold a charity cheese & wine evening
To combat my new-found love for physical exercise after joining the gym, naturally.
7) Complete a half marathon
I’m 100% reluctant to put this on my list, but here it is! I figure if I’m running two 10ks again, I may as well just double it and have a crack at my first ever half marathon. The legendary Robin Hood Half/Full Marathon is taking place again in September. Last year I helped out at the event and the buzz was incredible! I promised myself I’d give it a go this year… I better start training. Like, now.
8) Volunteer in my local community
There are so many ways to do this! Charities are always on the lookout for enthusiastic people to give some of their time to help out. This year I think I’ll volunteer at a big charity event like the QMC Abseil – that way, I can feel like I’m a part of it by cheering on all those crazy brave people without actually abseiling down a huge hospital. Win, win! #fearofheights
9) Do something I’ve never done before!
It’s one of those things that we all say we’re going to do, but never do – or just do for a month. I haven’t yet decided what this’ll be: maybe it’ll be to face my fears and do a skydive; maybe it’s to join the gym and actually go every week (just as scary!). Watch this space because THIS IS MY YEAR.
10) See Beyoncé live in concert
This has been on my bucket list for years past, and will remain on my bucket list henceforth until its completion. Dead serious about this one. #Queen
Have you started writing your 2018 bucket list? We’ve a whole range of events for you to get stuck in to – from skydives, to cycling challenges – to help you make 2018 a year to remember! And you can do it all whilst raising money for your chosen area of Nottingham Hospitals.
Want to do something completely different? Get in touch: 01159627905 / Charity@nuh.nhs.uk