I currently live in Medway in Kent. I grew up here before moving to London for university. I stayed in London for about 10 years then due to ill health I had to move back to Medway. I’m a freelance graphic designer which allows me to manage my own schedule and work from home.
I have signed up for the 10k. Figured I may as well dive in at the deep end! I used to go to the gym four times a week prior to my turn of ill health and have a qualification of Level 2 fitness instructor along with an extra Level 3 in disability and exercise. This was achieved with the help and funding though Instructability and Aspire. A course set up to train disabled people in the gym environment and become instructors with the aim to get more disabled people into sport and fitness.
Following a year of chemotherapy and steroid treatment which has come to an end, I need to get my fitness back on track and lose some weight. These games are a fantastic event for me to aim and train for and by taking part I can raise money for Livability.
Livability is a charity I’ve been involved with for several years. I attended their Enterprise course which helped me set up as a freelance graphic designer. I was named their Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and have continued to stay in touch and work with the charity as part of my freelancing.
They’re a a worthwhile charity working with people of all ages and disabilities enabling them to have work, independence and quality of life.
I want to help them, help others, like they have me.