04/09/2015

This started as a Facebook status but then I got carried away.

When I was little I knew I'd never work in a job where I saved people's lives, or caught criminals, or fought fires.  I was never going to be an Olympian or a win a Nobel Peace Prize.  What I lacked to take on any of these professions didn't deter me from my main aim - I wanted to make a positive difference to people's lives.

I have never been good at science so I was never going to invent a medicine or find a cure for cancer, and I'm no good at maths or sport or writing music or building things to make any sort of difference in those areas.

Whilst I may not be very good at most things, I have found a way that I can make a difference to people's lives and that is through my words.

Almost every day I sit at work and think about how lucky I am.  Whether it's lucky about my relatively good health; or the fact I have a job I love; or that I'm surrounded by a loving and supportive unit of family and friends - I take a moment on a near daily basis to appreciate all of that.

I'm lucky because I get to do what I love on a daily basis and that is to make a difference to people's lives.  Whether I'm promoting a charity event for a sick baby, plugging a fundraising drive for a cat sanctuary, raising awareness about stillbirth support groups, or helping people to honour the memory of a loved one, I'm making a positive difference.

Words are the most powerful weapon that we possess and are far too often abused and mis-used.  Having the opportunity to use my words to help others more than makes up for the fact that I am rubbish at helping in other ways.

Whilst I have helped local families and charities raise lots of money, and helped to raise the profile of important issues, nothing I have written ever compared to The Team Emma Campaign.

When I put the heartbreak of Emma's family and friends into words, it catapulted their campaign onto the national stage.  It's got everyone talking about and debating the age at which women should be able to receive a smear test and has raised the profile of their fight for change.

I am in a lucky and privileged position that people trust me to convey their personal experiences and stories.  I'm even more blessed that I am able to honour them and do them proud by making a positive difference.

To find out more about The Team Emma Campaign follow this link.

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