A marathon random act of joy and a competition!

If you're losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon

I had big plans for a special London Marathon random act of joy this year. Big plans. Involving marching bands. But, as it is, I won’t be cheering anyone on as I’ll be too busy gasping for breath as I tackle the race myself.

If you’re in London this weekend, I urge you to take my spot on the sidelines instead. Don’t worry, you don’t have to organise your own horn section, but taking to the streets and cheering for strangers is one of the most uplifting experiences there is. Every time I’ve done it I’ve ended up in tears as I watch someone who is at the brink of their physical limits step forward with just a little more energy at the sound of someone calling their name.

And of course I have a vested interest as I’m relying on the spirit of strangers (as well as some of my wonderful friends) to help me get round. So if you do come to cheer then please yell loudly for me too. I’ll be wearing bad lycra and an oversized red vest with CHERYL typed on it.

If you’re not in London, don’t worry, there’s still an opportunity for you to get involved. I’m running the marathon in aid of Shelter. As someone who delights in creating joyful experiences and gets so much pleasure from making a beautiful home, the idea that anyone is without one is deeply upsetting. My target is £1800 which is enough to find 54 families secure housing. Definitely worth running the 26.2 miles.

In order to meet my target, I’ve decided to create an extra special joyful care package and raffle it.

The lucky winner (from anywhere in the world) will be chosen at random and after a good old chat, I’ll put together a customised care package just for you. The usual monthly packages tend to include stunning stationery, designy treats and lots of care and thought. This one will be worth over £100 so there’ll be plenty to surprise and delight.

Make Me Joyful Marathon Comp

To win it:

1. Go to my sponsorship page HERE and make any sized donation (even £1 will help).

2. Include your full name (so I can track you down if you win).

3. Put MMJ somewhere in the message so that I know you’ve entered.

I’ll be announcing the winner on Thursday April 17th so please do it before then. A HUGE THANK YOU in advance.