Heaton Park is a very special place to me. When my husband and I found out that I was pregnant with our eldest over six years ago now, one of the first things we did was visit this lovely open space that is actually one of the largest Municipal Park's in Europe. We took a picnic and sat on a grassy hill smiling secretly to each other as we watched children laughing and playing around us, imagining what the tiny little bean inside my tummy would grow up to look like, daydreaming of future picnics there as a family. Just over two years later we chose Heaton Hall in the centre of the park as the place where we would celebrate our wedding surrounded by family and friends.
A Special Day
On the build up to my wedding day she took my mum shopping for the obligatory 'mother of the bride' dress, gave me books on flower arranging (yes I was crazy enough to do my own wedding flowers!) and arranged for her husband to chauffeur us for the day in his Mercedes which she decorated with beautiful flowers and ribbons....
All this while she was battling with breast cancer for the second time.
Less than six months into our marriage she sadly lost her battle with this dreaded disease.
When the lovely Pippa from Red Rose Mummy told me that Scottish Power were looking for local bloggers to take part in Race For Life for Cancer Research UK at none other than Heaton Park, I knew I had to do it. How could I not?
When I told my five year old son what I was planning to do I was quite surprised when he asked if he could do it with me, at first I wasn't sure if he really understood what it was about and just fancied a trip to the park, but I soon realised this wasn't the case when a family member asked him why we were doing it and he replied...
"We're going to walk to raise money to help all the poorly people get better" (Ben, 5)
From the mouths of babes, eh? What more can I say?
So that is what we did.
We walked 5k in the sweltering heat with 7000 others to raise money for Cancer Research UK whose valuable work helps so many who are affected by Cancer each year. It was hot, it was hard, we were tired, it took us a while, but we did it, and I for one am very proud of us both. So far, including a generous donation from Scottish Power, we have raised a fantastic £257, if you have any spare pennies pretty please...
donate here and help us help Cancer Research.
On the Day
My husband, daughter and mum came to support us and as my mum came over to hug me at the finish line I could see her cheeks were wet with tears, It had brought back memories for her too.
Cancer, We're Coming To Get You!
I met up with some other lovely bloggers at the Scottish Power High 5 challenge tent where there was lots going on for the whole family, from doing the Cancer Slam Dance on video, decorating a special pink High 5 Glove and jumping up for a High five, or posting a personal message on the High Five Memory wall.
Scottish Power have set themseles a target of 50,000 high 5's and if they meet this target they will be donating a fabulous £25,000 to Cancer Research UK. You can join in with the High 5 Challenge and help them reach this amazing goal!
Find out more over on the High 5 Challenge Facebook Page.
I was sent a high five glove and t shirt to bling up before the race, with a little help from the children's craft box this was what we created....
So that was my Race For Life Heaton Park journey, have you taken part in Race for Life?
I would love to read your comments about your experience of it...
I'd like to finish this post by asking you to take a moment, wherever you are and join me in shouting...
Cancer, We're Coming To Get You!You can also read about the Barnardo's Big Toddle that we took part in also in Heaton Park.
Scottish Power kindly covered the cost of my entry and donated to my sponsorship.