Earlier this year beneficiary Laura took part in our Burma Jungle trek. Tomorrow she’ll be taking on another challenge by tackling the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in just 12 hours. Here she tells us why she’s back for more and what Help for Heroes means to her.
As a Band of Sister (BoS) I was having the half term from hell with my children. My Band of Brothers (BoB) husband was away and I was literally at my wits' end when an email came through from the BoB/BoS team titled "Do you want to trek through the Burmese jungle?"
I was that excited I missed the request for a paragraph as to why you would like to be a part of the trek. However, when the time came and I sent my paragraph in I was truthful and mentioned that I'd become a mother, a wife and a carer and had lost my identity. I thought a trek might reawaken my passion for photography, writing and walking in general.
The group of people that I spent those 10 days with have changed my life forever. No longer am I pessimistic and a constant worrier. I'm alive and grabbing every opportunity that comes my way. The trek itself was challenging but not overly so and, even when I developed cellulitis in both little toes, I didn't give up! Buoyed by those around me, they helped me through when I was struggling with the pain.
I have never laughed so much as I did on that trek, from crazy toilet antics to evenings spent around the campfire chatting to my fellow trekkers like they were lifelong friends.
Having gone to Burma as a BoS beneficiary, I’ve had my eyes opened to the support that it gives the families, carers and partners of those who are injured. Realising that it's as much about those in the support network as it is about the “blokes”, I felt compelled to give something back to the charity, to ensure another BoS who has lost their way might be given that chance like myself to find themselves again.
I'm most looking forward to being with the 'Burma babes' again. The connections we made on that trek are just so strong and it's great to get together. We've had a few social gatherings and odd walks, but there will be 8 of us trekking together and facing a fierce challenge head on! Banter will get us through the day!
Help for Heroes to me is an ongoing support network for my husband, myself and for my children. I know that whenever I'm lost I can pick up the phone or send an email and someone will be there for me.
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