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Lucy Linlott

Lucy was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) when she was 19. Since then she has been working her way through her bucket list, writing about it on her website Lucy’s Fight, and raising money for MND Scotland. You do loads of good stuff, raising money for MND Scotland through your campaign Lucy’s Fight – […]

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Lucy Linlott

Lucy was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) when she was 19. Since then she has been working her way through her bucket list, writing about it on her website Lucy’s Fight, and raising money for MND Scotland.

You do loads of good stuff, raising money for MND Scotland through your campaign Lucy’s Fight – what inspired you to set it up?

After being diagnosed with MND I took to the internet to discover what my new diagnosis entailed. I soon discovered that there wasn’t much information about my new illness so I started Lucy’s Fight as a way to share my story with the world.

Your fundraising work is obviously very personal to you, how has that helped, or do you think it’s hindered you in any way?

It’s definitely helped. It’s given me something to concentrate all my energy towards and fundraising for MND Scotland allows me to do my part towards finding a cure.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever received?

I’m going to go with a quote as I feel like advice only makes sense to the person receiving it. My favourite quote is  “never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” It reminds me not to let fear and emotions get in the way of achieving my goals.

If you do one good thing today what will it be?

Hopefully make a stranger smile and somebody I love laugh.

You can read more about Lucy’s journey on her blog Lucy’s Fight, or donate to her fundraising page here

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

Becky Greenwood

Regular runner Becky found a way to turn her daily exercise routine into a way to do good stuff! She’s teamed up with GoodGym, a national community of runners and has completed 500 good deeds with them. You have been doing some amazing good stuff – completing almost 500 good deeds with GoodGym. What got […]

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Becky Greenwood

Regular runner Becky found a way to turn her daily exercise routine into a way to do good stuff! She’s teamed up with GoodGym, a national community of runners and has completed 500 good deeds with them.

You have been doing some amazing good stuff – completing almost 500 good deeds with GoodGym. What got you started? 

It was soon after I moved from the north to London, which can be a very lonely place at first. I wanted to meet people, I’d always loved a good run and I was keen to get to know about what was going on in my local community.

How do you get the energy to do all that running?

I get so much energy from the other GoodGym runners and from the people we meet at the community organisations we run to help out. I also run to visit an older, quite isolated man in my neighbourhood every week through GoodGym. He’s ace, a real comedian, and having the purpose of running to visit him is a real motivator when I’m feeling low on energy. I’m also a bit addicted to these coconut and cherry flapjacks at the moment (I’m not sure whether these give me energy or make me a more sluggish runner though).

Lots of people probably wouldn’t fancy running, but what would you say to them to inspire them to do some good stuff for charity?

I’ve never felt more content than when I know I’ve contributed to my community, made something a little easier for someone or made someone smile. It gives me a purpose and I’ve met some of my best friends through volunteering.

Becky lives in London and has been doing good with GoodGym since 2013. Find our more about what she’s up to by clicking 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.

Taban Shoresh

Taban has set up a charity, The Lotus Flower, which does good stuff with women and girls whose lives have been affected by conflict.   What inspired you to set up your charity? It’s been driven by my own personal experiences. I’m a genocide survivor and I was a child political prisoner before I moved […]

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Taban Shoresh

Taban has set up a charity, The Lotus Flower, which does good stuff with women and girls whose lives have been affected by conflict.

 

What inspired you to set up your charity?

It’s been driven by my own personal experiences. I’m a genocide survivor and I was a child political prisoner before I moved to the UK. In 2014, when I saw the humanitarian crisis causes by ISIS in Kurdistan, I was moved to help. I went to Iraq and spent 15 months working on the ground. When I came back to the UK, I couldn’t believe I was only 32 and I’d experienced two genocides in Kurdistan. From that moment, I knew that I had to do something.

How is your life better because of what you do?

What I do doesn’t feel like work. Knowing you’re helping others is beyond rewarding and something no pay package can fulfil.  that.

What drives you to do good stuff? 

Doing good stuff doesn’t cost you anything, why wouldn’t everyone do it?

People sometimes perceive being nice as being weak, what would you say to that? 

It takes a weak person to think being nice is weak!

You can follow Taban on Twitter @tabanshoresh and donate to the Lotus Flower here.

Nathan Abbott

Nathan is a 20 year old student from West Sussex. He was born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and at the age of 16 he set up his own fundraising campaign to do good stuff and raise money for charity Smile Train. You do loads of good stuff fundraising for Smile Train, […]

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Nathan Abbott

Nathan is a 20 year old student from West Sussex. He was born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and at the age of 16 he set up his own fundraising campaign to do good stuff and raise money for charity Smile Train.

You do loads of good stuff fundraising for Smile Train, what got you started?

I was born born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate and I have had over thirty reconstructive surgeries to repair my broken smile. At the age of sixteen I realised that other children around the world may never get the chance to have their smile fixed, that’s when I started fundraising.

You obviously like to swim (Nathan has taken part in major swimming challenges to raise money for charity)! What do you think about when you’re out in the water?

Long distance swimming can be very lonely and painful, it’s as much a mental challenge as it is physical. When it gets tough I remember there are children born like me who may never get to have corrective surgery, I always let that motivate me.

Have you ever had any major problems on a charity swim?

In 2013 I swam 15 miles between Littlehampton Pier to Worthing Pier and back again. I ended up having severe hypothermia – I was only 16! My second challenge wasn’t any easier. I did a 15 mile swim in the River Arun but ended up with river poisoning because of a sewage leak that no one knew about. It took me almost a month to recover.

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

Something I do everyday, smile at someone because a smile is the best way to spread happiness in the simplest of ways!

You can keep up to date with all of Nathan’s adventures in the water by visiting Freestyle 4 Smile

Courtney Hughes

Courtney is 18 and lives with her family in Oxfordshire. She decided to do good stuff after visiting her Nan in hospital one Christmas. Since then she’s delivered over 5,000 gifts to people in hospitals, hospices and care homes. How did you come up with your idea to deliver Chirstmas presents? In 2012 my great […]

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Courtney Hughes

Courtney is 18 and lives with her family in Oxfordshire. She decided to do good stuff after visiting her Nan in hospital one Christmas. Since then she’s delivered over 5,000 gifts to people in hospitals, hospices and care homes.

How did you come up with your idea to deliver Chirstmas presents?

In 2012 my great Nan was taken to hospital just before Christmas. The thought of not spending Christmas day with her was just too upsetting, so I took Christmas to her ward! When I was there I noticed that there were lots of other people who would be without their own loved ones at Christmas and I decided to start the Secret Santa campaign to make sure that people in my community would have something to look forward to at Christmas.

 

Young people often get a bad reputation. Do you think young people do enough good stuff? 

When a negative story gets printed about young people, others often think generalise and put us all in the same box. I know lots of inspiring teens who go above and beyond to help others. It’s important to remember the whole ethos behind #givingtuesday – that you don’t have to make some grand gesture, you can just do something small. Everyone has the ability to do good, and young people do it everyday.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why? 

IPeople can become greedy, often not intentionally, but we always expect more when actually we need less. The time I’ve spent with families who are in crisis, or with people at the end of their lives has really brought home to me that all you really need in life is the love and support of others.

 

You can read more of Courtney’s story, and find out how you can support her campaign by visiting the Charity Secret Santa Facebook Page.

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