Friday, 23 November 2018

A birthday wish

In ten days, I turn 42. I’ve realised that adult humans will always be confused by the passing of time and how quickly it’s all rushing past. We say it to kids, we say it to our friends (especially those pioneers who hit the milestones first), we hear it from our parents and older relatives. Turns out, everyone feels 27 forever (or 19 or 32 or whenever you set yourself in amber, a line in the sand that delineates past, present and future).

I feel incredibly fortunate in my life that there’s nothing I really want or need for any more. Sure, I could make you a list as long as my arm of treats, knick-knacks and trinkets that I’d love to open on the morn of my forty-third year on earth, but I don’t need anything. Like I said, fortunate.

A couple of weeks back, I went out with my buddy Eleanor of The Bristol Parent. She told me about her work as an ambassador of Bristol charity, One25. Last year, they helped 47 women get off the streets and back on their feet. Eleanor being the bloody amazing woman that she is had raised nearly £200 by donating her birthday to the cause and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this fundraising activity was something very tangible I could also do this year. Last year, we had a family target of raising £500 for homeless charity which we achieved, but we’ve not done the same this year and it’s been playing on my mind.

My youngest is absolutely horrified by my decision. He’s mentioned it so many times: ‘Mum, I really think you’re making a mistake. You’re going to regret GIVING AWAY YOUR BIRTHDAY!’ but I disagree. Earlier this month, I bought myself a guitar so am considering that to be an early birthday present to myself. I’m happy with that. And maybe a cake.

(Here's my fundraising page)

To put it into context, here’s a quote from the One25 website:

"For the last 6 years the only birthday and Christmas cards I received were from One25. Thank you from my heart."
- Kirsty

Women like Kirsty throughout Bristol are welcomed by One25, who support them with a safe place to go, clean clothes, showers, food – all the things most of us take for granted.

One25 exists to provide a community where all women are valued and able to live fulfilled lives without the risk of being trapped in sex-work. The charity’s mission is to reach out to women trapped in or vulnerable to street sex-work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. One25’s values include unconditional love, compassion and non-judgement. I wholeheartedly support what they do.

You know what’s coming next, right? It would be amazing if you could find it in your heart to donate a small amount to help me achieve my £150 target. I know it’s a tricky time, money-wise, this time of year. Anything at all you could spare would help and I can’t thank you enough.

Donate here
More about One25

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