As the saying goes, 'if something that you're doing doesn't challenge you, then it doesn't change you'. In September nearly 300 colleagues from across Deloitte will be taking on some of their greatest challenges by taking part in one of six adventures across six countries to raise money for our One Million Futures, charity partners. Here's Debbie's story...
Debbie is an assistant manager based in Edinburgh. On 9 September, she'll be setting off on a 73 mile walk from Inverness to Fort William along with 35 colleagues. Having just returned from her second maternity leave, Debbie took the decision to challenge herself by pushing herself physically and raising money for her charity partner Children 1st.
What inspired or motivated you sign up to take part in the Great Glen Way Challenge?
When I returned to work earlier this year, I was really keen to immerse myself back into the firm professionally but I was also on the lookout for a personal challenge. I wanted to see what I was capable of and how far I could push myself, both through fundraising and the challenge.
It's also been a few years since my last fundraising efforts so I thought it was about time to dig out my fundraising 'hat' and see how I got on.
Have you ever participated in a challenge like the Great Glen Way Challenge before?
I haven't taken part in anything on this scale before. I've done a few 10k's and Tough Mudder last year, which was probably my biggest physical challenge to date.
As well as the physical and mental aspects of the trek itself, the time away from home and my two young children will be another huge challenge.
What preparation have you been doing in the run up to the Great Glen Way Challenge?
I try to run a couple of times a week and do a few HIIT workouts from home, although the unusually lovely summer in Scotland has been very distracting!
My plan now is to try and do a few miles over lunch each week (I've roped a few work colleagues into joining me!) and then try for 2 or 3 long walks over the month if I can. In terms of diet - eat less chocolate!
Which One Million Futures society partner are you raising money for?
I'm raising money for our office charity partner, Children 1st. I've done a few fundraising activities now and am delighted to have hit over 200% of my target. My main fundraising push was a staff lunch held at the end of June.
To coincide with this, I also sold raffle tickets and ran a silent auction. From this activity alone, I raised nearly £1,500.
What will the money go towards? What difference will it make?
The money and awareness raised through this challenge will help Children 1st to build a brighter future for children, young people and families.
- £15 could pay for half an hour of call taking from ParentLine Scotland, Children 1st's anonymous helpline offering free and confidential to support to anyone concerned about a child
- £25 could pay for a therapeutic support session for a child who has experienced abuse, neglect or other traumatic events to help them recover and move on
- £50 could pay for an activities 'kitbag' Children 1st can use to boost the confidence and happiness of children who've been through difficult times
What songs will be on your motivation playlist in the run up / during the Challenge?
A real mix, but lots of upbeat, cheery, fast-paced music. At the moment, The Greatest Showman soundtrack is on there and plenty of 00's classics that remind me of my university days!
Who would you dedicate your efforts to?
I would say, giving your child the best possible start in life is the essence of being a parent. I have been very lucky in that I had a happy childhood and I would like to think my children do too, but many don't. This inspired me to do something to raise money to help ensure that as many children as possible have a happy and healthy experience growing up, so I suppose I would dedicate my efforts to all those children who just need a chance and to families who need a bit of extra support.
You can read more about Debbie’s story here