In honour of Black History Month, we reached out to a few of our dedicated Fun Run volunteers who have been with us for a long time, inviting them to reflect on their personal perspectives about this significant month and its importance to them.

Victoria McKennell:

Over the past decade, I've dedicated my time to volunteering with this charity, engaging in various activities, but consistently participating in the Fun Run. It's a remarkable opportunity to witness the progress of former patients and reconnect with them, sharing their inspiring journeys. Fundraising with Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity has been a way of giving back to the community and inspiring others that they can too. 

Black History Month serves as a platform to celebrate the achievements of people of colour and their invaluable contributions. It should be a joyful commemoration, where we share both the uplifting and poignant aspects of our history.

Preserving our history is crucial, ensuring it's passed down through generations. Moreover, it serves as an inspiration not only for the black community, but for all communities to recognise the profound impact and contributions we've made. Our stories need to be heard and remembered and I think we have a long way to go!

Hilary Sharpe

Working with sick patients throughout the day can be quite stressful, witnessing patients thriving and participating in activities like the Fun Run significantly boosts my morale and fuels my determination.My journey of volunteering began 17 years ago, initially driven by the desire to reconnect with past patients and savour quality time with my kids. However, it quickly evolved into a cherished family tradition, a pivotal moment in our family's annual calendar.

Just as this annual tradition holds a special place in my family's heart, Black History Month is a time for all of us to come together and commemorate the achievements and contributions of Black individuals throughout history. It's about celebrating the resilience and successes that inspire us all, fostering unity, and encouraging us to keep moving forward.

Black History Month is a wellspring of inspiration, particularly for our younger generation. It showcases role models and heroes who conquered adversity, leaving a lasting, positive impact. This celebration fosters self-esteem and ignites the drive to pursue personal and professional aspirations.

I look at my colleagues and fellow trust members, witnessing their remarkable accomplishments, and I learn from them. They inspire me to never place limits on my potential. During my younger years, I internalised narratives that suggested certain things were beyond my reach. Yet, when I dared to step outside my comfort zone, the achievements that followed were nothing short of astonishing. It astounded me because I had always excused myself with the belief that I couldn't, but that leap of faith shattered my self-imposed limitations. To succeed, you must constantly challenge yourself and seize opportunities as they come your way.

Pull up a seat, join the table. Progress comes when you actively engage. In Black History Month, let's inspire the black community to pursue their dreams, even in the face of limitations. Every small action counts. Get involved and make a difference, no matter how small.

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