Weʼre raising £500 to split equally and donate to the Desiree Molloy Breath of Life Fund and North Tyneside Young Carers Association
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Hi lads and lasses! On the left is me, Danielle and as you can see by the photo, I'm busy creasing at this funny nugget on the right, Sonj (Sonia/Mirzybabes). We're really excited because as of today (29th of July) we only have 6 weeks left until the Great North Run! And it's my first one!
Sonia is my oldest (and possibly most crazy) friend. She's my half-Pakistani sister from another Mr and we've shared a lot of laughs and tears over the 24 or so years that we've known each other.
She's been a big support to helping me train because I want to finally reach the cash goal on my Mam's fundraising page which was started in 2008- The Desiree Molloy Breath of Life fund.
To hit the target would mean a huge deal to me, as this is the 10 year anniversary since her passing. She's still a huge miss in my life and for Sonia as well- she knew my best friend pretty much as well as I do. I could spend hours typing about my Mam and how she was one of the strongest people I know; a big heart, quick wit and a sucker for a bit of Aragon from Lord of the Rings (but not in the last film, cos he finally got to be king, SPOILER, and wash his hair and he didn't look as gritty and rugged, according to wor Dee.)
But this is also mine and Sonia's experience and I want it to be filled with positivity, and not sadness. I'd like to use it as an opportunity to push myself with a challenge (I'm so NOT a runner) and to make my mam proud to see me achieving a goal which will help others who had the same illness that she did- Pulmonary Fibrosis of the lung. It will be an extra big challenge as less than 2 weeks ago, I underwent some unexpected Jaw surgery- Had had 4 screws and a plate taken out of my actual face haha, from a previous operation. Grim. But I'm doing well and won't let a little thing like a face Op hold me back. I'll be putting my best cheek forward (the other is kinda swollen) and I'm ready to run Forest run!
We're also planning on splitting the money we raise and giving half to the North Tyneside Young Carers association . This is something I've gotten involved with this year at work and honestly, I've learnt so much from these guys over the past few months.
What I've actually came to realise is that Sonia herself, was a young carer for HER Mam for many many years- she was just never identified at a young age. This is incredible when you think about it- how can it be that she was a carer for someone and no-one knew?
But it happens all the time; people can go unnoticed if they appear outwardly fine and bubbly, or if they act sad or angry it's often put down to other issues. The fantastic team at NT Young Carers go into schools and give assemblies to help teachers spot the signs better and also to let kids know who they are, encouraging them to speak out. They work with children between the ages of 5 and 18 and give all kinds of support, right up to helping them find a way to attend University- which for some young carers, may seem like an impossibility.
Sonia still cares for her Mam and supports her with her mental health on a day to day basis. She never buckles under any pressures that come with this role and she manages to find time to socialise with our group of friends, hold down a target driven job and she's just such a little trooper I can't even explain. She's one of the most selfless people I know, she gives and gives and gives some more.
I asked her today while we were out on a run what it was like at school with the kids and teachers? Did anyone ever say anything? She told me some of the kids used to ask why her Mam was "so embarrassing" and a teacher once commented that her Mam seems the type to "overreact". No-one ever spotted that she had as much responsibility as she did at just the age on 10. But luckily Sonia is tough and she doesn't let things get her down. Other people might not be so lucky. Which is exactly why we want to support the work of this amazing charity and also give money to the group of youngsters who have been identified so they can spend their group time together having days out and getting to be just that- kids.
If you'd like to ask us any questions please get in touch with either me, Danielle Molloy or Sonia Mirza. We're both right gobsh!tes and love a chat! Oh, and wish us luck!
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Ka ming Wong
Jul 31, 2018
All the best my crazy friends
Jul 30, 2018
Both such fantastic causes! I'll be cheering you bells on! Love Sal xxx
Jul 30, 2018
Well done guys! Proud of you Sonia, old pal.
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