Hope you’ve been enjoying May so far… what glorious weather we’ve been having! Well, most of us – sorry if it hasn’t been so lovely where you are. It wasn’t so nice in Nottingham when I went up there last week… torrential rain the entire day! The weather didn’t matter at all though, because I was there to visit the headquarters of Headway, the brain injury charity I support in memory of my late sister Deborah. It’s the charity I did my 100km event for last year, and is also one of QVC’s chosen charities this year, which I’m thrilled about, so I was delighted when they invited me to come and meet the team and hear more about what they do.
Fund-raising manager Rachel Broughton and London Network Support Manager Dawn Wright (pictured above) showed me around and I was so impressed by the passion everyone there has for their work, and so moved by some of the stories they told me. The charity does so many different things – for example, providing ID cards for brain injured people, which explain their problem (some brain injuries might make the person appear drunk, for example, when they are not!), and providing an emergency fund for families who face financial problems as a result of a brain injury.
It’s made me even more determined to support this charity in any way I can. And wearing a silly hat seemed a pretty fun way to do that…my wonderful colleagues wholeheartedly embraced a fundraising day called Hats for Headway recently, wearing crazy hats and donating money for the privilege! My strange animal hat with plaits was picked up on my New York trip…take a look at some of the other creations around QVC on the day too, fabulous!
I also need to tell you about a new fitness tracker Today’s Special Value coming up on Saturday 3rd June. It’s the Fitbit Alta HR, and I’ve been trying it out. I think this is the best tracker I’ve ever tried – you can monitor everything from steps, exercise and heart rate to sleep, food and water intake and body weight. You sync it up with your computer or phone (IOS, Android or Windows) so you can see your progress over time…and with the phone sync, you can even get call and text alerts right there on your wrist if you want to.
What I loved was how customisable it is…you can track as much or as little as you like. For example, I’m pretty happy with my diet and water intake so didn’t bother tracking those. I was really interested in monitoring my sleep though – I know I don’t get enough, but didn’t realise quite how little! My erratic shift pattern means I don’t have regular bed times, and the Fitbit revealed I’m getting less than six and a half hours sleep a night on average, with some nights less than four hours (see photo below!). It’s something I’m going to address – thank you Fitbit!
If you like the sound of it, I’ll be launching it at midnight on Friday 2nd with Abby Horne, so do join us.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!
Love Jackie x