It’s been a while but yesterday I handed out RAOK envelope number 15!!
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When my loved ones raised £500 for my husband and I to treat ourselves following my operation we made the decision to use the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…
We didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis and the idea of sharing the love and kindness given to us filled us with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.
So since then we’ve been handing out envelopes with either a £10 or £20 note inside and the impact has been incredible!! Just read some of the amazing ripples that have started happening…including a bungee jump, press articles and people handing out their own envelopes across the UK!
The number of envelopes I have to hand out continues to grow thanks to a number of amazing donations!
£30 anonymous donation from the ‘lace maker’.
£40 anonymous donation from ‘D&L’.
£60 donation from AngieB Photography.
£10 donation from a lady who watched me present.
£90 donation from Love Fusion following the auction of two of their paintings.
£10 donation from a reader of my blog xxx
I am extremely grateful and blessed to have received these donations which I will pass on to others.
Details of all the random acts so far can be found here.
I had been asked to speak at a ladies lunch by Team Mckeown who I met at the recent fundraiser awards ceremony – they have raised £10,000s(!) this year for Macmillan and were fellow award winners! Incredible!
Afterwards I was met by many wonderful ladies telling me their stories and what my talk had meant to them – it was emotional to say the least!
One lady stood out. We chatted for a while about her own cancer journey. Diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago it is now in her brain, liver and bones and yet her positivity radiates from her; her smile shines and her approach to life is inspiring.
This lady was remarkable – for example she told me she had undergon brain surgery in December and was now back at work!
She explained her simple approach:-
You make a choice. You either decide that you are living with cancer or that you are dying from cancer. I’m living!
Isn’t that incredible!
As we walked back to the hall she offered to buy me a drink and I declined but as I walked away I realised that just 10 minutes with this woman had inspired me beyond all words. So I reached into my bag and handed her an envelope.
May people like this continue to shine bright and inspire others on this journey so that more of us can LIVE each day with cancer with joy in our hearts regardless of our prognosis.
Love and light, Fi xx