Volunteer taking on a challenge
Published to Your Stories on Nov 28, 2018
"I am currently at Bolton School Girls’ Sixth Form, studying for my A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Spanish. I want to be the first woman in our family to go University and my ambition is to study medicine and pursue a career which will allow me to dedicate my life towards alleviating the pain and suffering of others.
An interest in people and a commitment to my community combine to make volunteering the most rewarding aspect of my extracurricular activities. Alongside the work that I carry out for Rahma Mercy, a charity which provides help and support to the needy in Albania, I have recently started volunteering at Bolton Hospice on the early Sunday morning ward shift – which is something that I enjoy and greatly benefit from.
Watching staff look after the patients’ physical, social and psychological needs has given me a very useful insight into medicine, which has provided added corroboration for this being my preferred career choice. Helping patients and being rewarded with a smile that transcends the barrier of pain or being appreciated for providing support to the families has been a truly humbling experience. All this has made me realise the importance of Hospice, which with limited resources, tries to provide support to the members of the local community, at a time of their greatest need. Based on this, it was only natural that I was drawn towards trying to improve awareness within my own community about the hospice’s work and at the same time having a desire to try to help raise money for this very worthwhile of causes. Due to being a keen runner, I realised that the best way to achieve both of these objectives was through taking part in the Manchester Half Marathon.
On the day of the marathon, although it was windy and raining heavily, it was a thrill lining up at the start of the race. It was incredible to see how many people were taking part, many of them running for charities. The camaraderie shown was incredible and I felt very proud to be a part of all this. The race itself was not easy, when things got difficult I just concentrated on the cause that I was running for and this, along with the warm encouragement from the crowd, was responsible for driving me towards the finish line in a personal best time of 2hr and 3 mins.
Now that I have got a taste for this, studies permitting, my aim is to take part in a full marathon, of course again in support Bolton Hospice!"
If you would like to take part in the Manchester Half Marathon like Mariyah, pre-register your place at https://www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com/home/ and claim your free training vest and fundraising pack!