Self employed hairdresser to walk from Lands End to John O Groats for charity
You may remember Natalie Gorman from a previous post where she tackled a smaller charity walk from Cromer Pier in Norfolk to Sittingbourne.
Trying to make sense of personal misfortune, including five successive miscarriages, Natalie became inspired to do something positive and as walking has played a pivotal part in her coping strategy for her mental health.
Walking to raise money for causes close to her heart, seemed like an obvious choice and this is by far the most ambitious walk to date covering somewhere between 900-1,000 miles.
Natalie told us “I shall be walking alone, approximately 20 miles a day. I will be having a support vehicle with me which will be my Mum who is 72, well 73 when I’m away, bless her.”
“This charity walk has previously been postponed due to covid, however I have decided to go ahead with it, as like myself charities have been hit hard in the last 12 months.”
“Although it has been a very tough year for me financially, I still wanted to take the 8 weeks off to do this.”
“My family, friends and my clients are fully behind me, especially my clients that are happy to wait until I get back.”
The aim is to raise £25,000 which will be split evenly between five charities Make a Wish Foundation, Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital, Covex, Dame Vera Lynns Children’s Charity and The National Deaf Children's Society.
If you want to help support Natalie you can donate to her Go Fund Me page here www.gofund.me/108a3378 and you can find more information on facebook WalkingBumbleCharityWalker or Instagram walkingbumble
Covex is the closet charity to my heart. Jim Price was the Co Founder of this charity in 1998. He wanted to get aid out to Eastern European countries and to help children in Orphanages. His dream was to turn the house in Romania for somewhere carer's could bring the children for a holiday. Sadly Jim died in 2002, but Jan his partner wanted his dream to become a reality.
Due to work commitments this hasn't been possible, but Jan is now a retired nurse and would love this dream to become a reality.
Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity.
I met some of Dame Vera Lynn's family when i had the honour of working back stage at the London Palladium for her 100th Birthday. She has an amazing charity, supporting under 5's and their families with Cerebral Palsy and other Motor learning impairments.
Make a Wish Foundation
This is also an amazing charity, making wishes come true, for children with critical illnesses.
Their wishes could be something small from having a ninja experience to something bigger like going to Lap Land to see Santa. The wishes that the wish granters make is for the whole family to enjoy, and make memories.
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street receives over 200,000 outpatients and over 40,000 in patients every year. Most of the children they care for are referred from other hospitals, throughout the UK and overseas. There are over 63 different clinical specialities at GOSH, the UK's widest range of specialist health services foe children. As I wanted to raise money for children's charities and my Mum was a Nurse, this is why I wanted to choose a children's hospital, and this is one amazing hospital.
The National Deaf Children's Society
I would like to raise money for this Charity, as this charity really supported one of my clients daughter when she was born prematurely with hearing problems. They gave the family so much help and support, whilst treating their daughter, that I wanted to add them to the 5 charities I was raising money for.