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Gemma Scott

After losing 7 family members to cancer Gemma wanted to turn her grief into energy. She has since raised over £10,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research running ten marathons across two continents with her husband Craig. You have been doing some amazing good stuff – running marathons. Where do you get the energy?  I eat a lot […]

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Gemma Scott

After losing 7 family members to cancer Gemma wanted to turn her grief into energy. She has since raised over £10,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research running ten marathons across two continents with her husband Craig.

You have been doing some amazing good stuff – running marathons. Where do you get the energy? 

I eat a lot and I have to admit I am self-proclaimed 100 mile an hour sort of person, I don’t sit still. I apply the same logic to my running!

What’s your favourite post-race treat?

When I finish a marathon (and when I can stomach some food) we treat ourselves to 20 McDonalds Chicken Nuggets & some coca cola, then it’s usually a take-away or meal out later on. When we run the marathon we burn on average 3500 calories, plus the 2000 calories we should have eaten that day means we have a 5500 calorie deficit to make up for.

If you do one good thing today, what is it going to be?

At running club when we leave a mass group I always shout encouragement at everyone regardless of their abilities from the newbie to the quickest. I think encouragement is how people grow into themselves.

You can follow Gemma’s progress on Twitter @gemhay182, or donate to her fundraising efforts here. 

Jodie Connor

Jodie does her good stuff at uni. She chairs the fundraising society and has founded a campaign to provide homeless women with sanitary products.   You do loads of good stuff at uni. Tell us about it.   I started volunteering with the Stroke Association when I was 16 but I didn’t really do anything between 18 […]

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Jodie Connor

Jodie does her good stuff at uni. She chairs the fundraising society and has founded a campaign to provide homeless women with sanitary products.

 

You do loads of good stuff at uni. Tell us about it.  

I started volunteering with the Stroke Association when I was 16 but I didn’t really do anything between 18 and 20, except went out too much! Then we had a collection to get sanitary products for homeless women and from there I came up with an idea to start a campaign called Time of the Month campaign.

How many times a day do you check your phone?

Far more than I’m happy with! I’ve had to take drastic measures and delete certain apps or lock my phone away when I’m revising. But the majority of time that I use my phone it is for something important. I use it to send emails, keep in contact with charity partners and answer questions from my RAG committee.

 What drives you to do good stuff? 

I honestly believe that it’s nice to be nice. I really love working with people and making a difference and it helps that the people you get to meet are often wonderful too. A lot of my friends do really great things too and this definitely helps.

 If you do one good thing today what is it going to be?

Stop procrastinating…

You can say hello to Jodie via LinkedIn.

Claire Harvey

Claire is a GB Paralympian and is in training to bring home some gold medals from Rio! She used to work for a charity but now does plenty of good stuff in her spare time, acting as a patron for several charities. How does being a patron of a charity make you feel? It is […]

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Claire Harvey

Claire is a GB Paralympian and is in training to bring home some gold medals from Rio! She used to work for a charity but now does plenty of good stuff in her spare time, acting as a patron for several charities.

How does being a patron of a charity make you feel?

It is a huge privilege, but also a responsibility. Knowing that I can make a small difference gives me a sense of purpose and seeing the real impact that the charity does fills me with hope for the future. It’s important to me to be really active (for the charity that can read as annoying!) rather than just a face.

What’s the most rewarding thing about doing good stuff?

I think it’s two fold. Firstly, when you go to bed at night, you know you have made a difference… and you hope like a ripple, that one thing snowballs into something bigger.  The other thing I think is the passion and excitement of being out of your comfort zone or your ‘day job’ and getting stuck into something that is challenging or different.

What can’t you live without?

Fig rolls, tea and Brussel sprouts. Oh wait, I was meant to say my partner Helen and my children wasn’t I? Seriously, other than those foods mentioned, I need love and support and people who trust me – everything else you can adapt without.

If you do one good thing today what is it going to be?

I try to do at least one good thing a day, even if it’s just small. Today I am doing 2 things. Firstly, I am talking to a few colleagues to ask for their expert help with a charity I am helping. It is all about our network and mostly people are only too willing to help. Secondly, I am  visiting my 91 year old neighbour and going shopping for him. Another reason to buy myself some fig rolls as a reward too!

You can follow Claire @harveysprout

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