Helen Eveson, the owner of award-winning beauty salon in Keyworth, along with a team of salon clients, set out to walk thousands of miles to raise money for a Nottinghamshire charity.
During the third national lockdown Helen, who is the owner of Bliss Beauty Therapy in Keyworth, began encouraging her clients to go outside for walks to help with their mental health which resulted in a ladies walking group. This idea developed to a full-blown walking challenge to raise money for The Children’s Bereavement Centre – a local charity that helps children and their families affected by death and terminal illness.
Owner of Bliss Beauty Therapy, Helen said, “When we had to close our salon doors for the third time back on the 30th December, I knew this was going to be a tough one for people to get through. I decided I needed to do something and at the beginning of January so I set up a walking group for my clients.
“Initially it was purely just to encourage us all to get out outside and keep active, motivated and positive.”
Their first goal was to complete a virtual walk to Spain, which is the equivalent of 1195 miles. By the end of January they had smashed their goal, so they decided to keep going and try to complete a whopping 4,000 miles and to do it for a good cause, which led them to choosing the Children’s Bereavement Centre as their charity.
Helen continued, “It’s never easy losing a loved one but when you are a child it’s even more challenging. With this in our thoughts we set about continuing our walk and Kate, one of our clients, became our virtual tour guide and found us fabulous hotels each week that are now on most of our bucket lists!
“On 23rd March we smashed our 4000-mile challenge, we’ve walked a total of 4150 miles in less than 3 months!
“All of our Bliss walking ladies have been truly wonderful. It’s been a brilliant journey and it’s certainly brightened up the past 3 months for us all.
“These ladies are all various ages and they have really gone above and beyond going out each day and walking even if it’s been a short walk round the block.
“We have motivated each other in our group chat and it’s been lovely seeing the photos of some beautiful scenery and wildlife and also the stories encountered on our walks.
“It has given us something to focus on over the past 3 months and sometimes when you feel a bit low and you take yourself out in the fresh air away from all distractions there is no better feeling.
“[The Bliss walking ladies] have been the gin to my tonic and we have all thoroughly enjoyed it and raising money for a wonderful charity was always there in our minds.”
So far, the group have raised over £500. If you would like to contribute and donate to this cause, please visit: https://bit.ly/2YUSUSo.
For more information on The Children’s Bereavement Centre visit: www.childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk
For details on Bliss Beauty Salon in Keyworth visit: www.blissbeautykeyworth.co.uk