150k for LauraLynn Children's Hospice

150k during February for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

Some of you know that I have a background in nursing. I’ve worked in some kind of healthcare setting most of my work life, either in the care for elderly or in hospitals. From 2004 until 2018 I’ve worked as a registered nurse, I began working in a respiratory care & general medicine ward. There we cared for many people with COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and various lung cancers, and in many cases we saw on the ward, the conditions were life-limiting. Quite soon I found a great interest in palliative care and later I started studying for an oncology nursing degree to increase the chances to get a job in a specialised palliative care facility.

In 2013 I started working in a hospital ward specialised in palliative care, and I loved it. I would probably still be there, if the hospital hadn’t started changing things around, cutting down, increasing uncertainty, and with it the levels of stress and worry about your working conditions.

When I moved to Ireland I left my profession, for a variety of reasons, and I don’t regret it, especially not with the arrival of Covid. However, I still think of some of my patients, and my colleagues and other coworkers in that palliative care ward. Palliative care remains close to my heart, even if I don’t work directly with it, and if I ever would run into an opportunity to be involved in palliative care contexts as a graphic designer, that would be wonderful.

Running and walking for palliative care

As you know I’m making some progress with my running, and my plan for 2023 is to keep going and continue making progress (all going well!). But February will be a particularly busy month!

I really dislike ads on social media, but sometimes they can be useful, and yesterday I ran into an Instagram ad that caught my interest. A fundraising challenge to do 150k – walking, running or jogging – during the month of February, to raise money for Ireland’s children’s hospice in Dublin.

It didn’t take me long to register!

150k is doable. My husband and I walk 10k every weekend, and during the week I walk/run about 10k. If I ramp it up and go out at least walking every day, I can do it. It’s an average of 5,3k a day. On my run days, I can do more than 5,3k. Let’s do this! And please God, let me be healthy and let there not be storms or cold snaps!

150k for LauraLynn Children's Hospice
Prepped for some good walking and running!

Support me and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

I absolutely love being able to do this and support palliative care and families in Ireland.

I’ve set up a fundraising page on iDonate, and you can donate to the children’s hospice there already!

You can read more about LauraLynn Children’s Hospice here: About LauraLynn
Visit my page here: 150k in February for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

During February, I’m going to post updates on my currently very inactive Instagram account (find the link in site header and footer), and here on the blog. Wish me luck and please donate if you can! Every little helps.

I’m joining Denyse Whelan’s Wednesday Words and Pics (mostly words this time!) link-up, and Tuesday Topics with Kim and Zenaida.

Wednesday's words and pics

Featured image: From LauraLynn’s website. Thanks so much LauraLynn for letting me use the graphic!


21 responses to “150k during February for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice”

  1. Kim G avatar

    It’s always so great when you can use fitness to fundraise for such a great cause!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, it seemed like a perfect fit!

  2. Suzanne avatar

    Sounds like a wonderful cause and a wonderful fitness goal!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, very motivating!

  3. Debbie Harris avatar

    Good on you Susanne, it’s a win/win for all! All the best.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you, Debbie!

  4. Joanne Tracey avatar

    A great cause and the perfect challenge for you. Cheering.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you, Jo!

  5. Denyse Whelan avatar

    Well done you and I wish you all the success needed.

    I follow a couple of women via facebook and twitter who are doctors who’ve worked in palliative care and I have learned much about their roles and how the dying are helped.

    Dr Kathryn Mannix wrote “With the End in Mind” and then “Listen” and Dr Rachel Clarke wrote “Dear Life”.

    Great to have your blog shared on Wednesday’s Words and Pics this week. Thank you so much for your support. I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

    1. Susanne avatar

      That’s interesting to find those people on social media! It is a wonderful branch of nursing and medicine. People always ask if it isn’t depressing but I mostly remember all the people I met, the joy of being able to make a difference for them, and the some special moments.

  6. Debbie avatar

    What great motivation that will be to run and walk while supporting a cause close to your heart!

    1. Susanne avatar

      It will certainly be motivating and special!

  7. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 avatar

    Hi Susanne, what a great way to stay consistent with your running and walking. I participate in several fun runs throughout the year, mainly ones that support cancer (a cause close to my heart). It certainly provides that extra motivation we need because we aren’t just running for ourselves. Well done! I look forward to reading about your journey. xx

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Sue, how lovely to participate in those runs over the year, here I’ve mostly seen charity runs for local community activities but I’ll keep an eye out for other options. I’m looking forward to this challenge and hope I’ll stay well. Thanks so much for your donation!

      1. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 avatar

        My favourite is the Mother’s Day run which I run each year with my daughter in memory of my Mum who died from breast cancer in 1985 at age 63. It is a lovely tradition which we look forward to each year.

  8. Maria avatar

    Wonderful! I wish you great success!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Maria!

  9. Zenaida Arroyo avatar

    What a fun challenge! And it is for a great cause. Good luck! I love that you can run or walk to reach 150 kilometers. Keep us posted on how it is going for you.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Zenaida! During February I’ll include the weekly total distance in my Weekly rundown posts.

  10. Anne avatar

    Susanne, this is so late. I apologize. But what a wonderful, wonderful thing you are doing. I’ve loved following along on IG. I particularly love that it is a children’s hospice – we need more of those in the world. <3

    1. Susanne avatar

      Sadly my activity on IG has been almost non-existent! I’m just so completely uninterested in IG at the moment because of the algorithm and enforced reels (if they could let me choose between seeing photos or videos that’d be great). But I had to create an account for my business because IG simply is the most appropriate platform so maybe I’ll learn to use it a bit more again. However, thanks so much for your donation and a big YES that the world needs more children’s hospices.

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