Saturday 17th of October 2015 saw the Edale Charity Walk, hosted by Irwin Mitchell in aid of the Child Brain Injury trust. Workers from all around healthcare sector arrived to tackle either a 9km, 15km or the 30km walk. From a bright, fresh early Saturday, we donned our waterproofs, backpacks, and in my case, my tiger onesie, and braved the sloping hills of the Peak District. Passing bemused locals and hardcore walkers and ambling cows and sheep, hundreds of us flustered around maps and strode on. It was great to see representation from all over the Midlands, the perfect chance to catch up with colleagues old and new, and create new contacts and networks; all whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.
Defying wind and bogs, we scrambled up Jacobs ladder to reach the peak, awestruck by rugged beauty, illuminated by breaks in the cloud, allowing the sunlight to bathe the surrounding valleys. We stopped at the top of the peak in order to take advantage of the scenic views; this included photos on top of a 10foot high boulder doing a handstand in a tiger onesie. The way down proved to be just as tumultuous as the incline; sharp slopes and granite steps proving tricky for all those but the most experienced. Over 3 hours later, there was a collective sigh of relief as the village came into sight, and our pace quicken once again at the thought of a warm meal and a chance to sit down.
We shortly joined the throng of returnees to regale each other with stories of our journeys (and looks of bewilderment of those setting out again to complete the 30km), and for congratulatory group photos. A common theme from throughout everyone in the brain injury rehabilitation world who had joined was overwhelmingly a positive and thoroughly enjoyable morning. Bring on next year.
Author: Ryan Westly, Neuromindworks Assistant Psychologist