Hi, I'm Cookie and I'm raising funds for a 3-month expedition to walk 1000 miles round Iceland.
This started as a personal challenge: to push myself out of my comfort zone after overcoming decades of stress, PTSD, agoraphobia, addiction, depression, breakdowns and low self-esteem.
Now it's turned into a wider mission: to help raise awareness about the importance of managing stress and to highlight the benefits of walking for mental health.
This will be my 4th attempt:
2016, ATTEMPT 1: postponed just 5 days before I was due to fly, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer.
2017, ATTEMPT 2: forced to stop the expedition after an accident damaged my kit beyond repair and suffered a nervous breakdown a few weeks later (not because of the accident!).
2020, ATTEMPT 3: with 3 months to go I've made the decision to postpone the expedition by a year to take more time to fully recover from my nervous breakdown.
2021, ATTEMPT 4: usually they say '3rd time lucky' ... this'll be 4th time lucky :)
Why I've turned to GoFundMe: my followers have for years been suggesting I start a campaign and I've always avoided it (that low self-worth thing again!). I've more confidence now and am taking the plunge, going out of my comfort zone and asking for help.
What I've got: trolley, tent, sleeping bag, gadgets, recording equipment, flights, insurance, clothing etc.
What I need: help with paying for campsites, gas and food.
Any amount donated will be gratefully and humbly received. Thank you for taking the time to read this, thank you for your support and, most of all, thank you for believing in me ;)
Follow my expedition blog here
Love, Cookie x
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