TEAM RELEASE THE DREAM
Emma and Brenda (AKA Release the Dream) are taking part in Supernova Kelpies Friday event to raise funds for the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund and hope to raise £12,000 over the coming year through various challenges and events.
The Eilidh Brown memorial Fund is a local charity that has big plans to build a respite holiday home for young cancer sufferers and their families. Eilidh tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2010 aged just 15 and the community are coming together to help make her dream come true.
It was a personal challenge for Emma to complete her first 5K as she suffers from a chronic illness called Panhypopituitarism which resulted from a heart operation and has turned her life upside down. “It’s taken me over 5 years to get to a place where I feel I want to push myself and start living my life again” explained Emma.
18 months ago Emma turned 50 and created a list of things she wanted to do before her next birthday “We wanted to start living our lives again as we felt we had put our lives on hold since I became ill and were just dreaming them away”. After a lot of planning Emma ticked exciting activities off her list such as Rayleigh driving, off road Segway and Axe throwing to name just a few. “This helped me realise that with planning I COULD achieve great things and wanted to help make a difference”.
Release the Dream are now focused on their set of charity challenges for the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund which will culminate in 2019 with a week in the Arctic dog sledding. “This is the main focus behind getting our fitness levels up and will be a major achievement” Emma said. In the lead up to this they are also taking part in a Loony Dook at New Year and Brenda will be walking 50km at her local gym as well as cycling the canal path from Glasgow to The Kelpies. Release the Dream are also planning coffee mornings, craft sales and much more in the coming year to generate even more funds.
Reflecting on completing her first 5K Emma said “It’s crazy to think at the start of this year walking 1K seemed impossible and I’ve now I’ll be completing by first 5K event. I won’t be the fastest but the sense of achievement will be immense!”.
To find out more about Release the Dream’s charity challenge for the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund and support their fundraising visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/releasethedream