We just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our clients, friends and supporters!
A massive thank you to everyone who has been supporting our Chocolate Campaign to help survivors of Human Trafficking. To find out what Restoring Hope has been doing with the proceeds, please click here.
Thank you also to everyone who donated a bag of food shopping to the Restoring Hands Christmas Food Bank Appeal. If you remember, we were offering £10 off to anyone who donated food or came for their massage dressed in a Christmas costume throughout the month of December.
We hope you enjoy Christmas and the New Year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2015!
Most runners take care to avoid the mud and the puddles; they plan their routes to avoid deep bogs and river crossings. But not so the GRIM Challengers. No, the GRIM Challengers look for the deepest, filthiest part of the bog and wade their way through it, relishing every last drop of cold, clammy mud.
Why? I can only assume that many of them are crazy. But some are motivated by the opportunity to raise money for charity, and with registration fees as low as £27, the GRIM Challenge is the perfect place to do just that.
I’m sure you’ll all join me in saying how proud we are of Greg Pretorius for completing the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 2014! He did a fantastic job and now that he’s back and recovered (and already running his usual routes again), he’s had time to share his thoughts on the whole experience below:
Greg, why did you decide to run the KAEM?
The KAEM has been on my bucket list since 2000 when it was first created. Life and family commitments somehow prevented me from either having the time to train or the resources to actually enter. In 2012 my wife Carlynne told me I had better get it out of my system and go and run it soon as my bucket was rusting and I ran the risk of having all my dreams leak out of the holes!
We all know it can be tough figuring out what to buy friends, family and colleagues for Christmas. All too often we can fall into the trap of buying something for the sake of it, rather than buying something that will actually bring benefit to their lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many great options out their nowadays, including ethical gifts from charities such as Oxfam, Send a Cow and Tearfund which make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives in the developing world. On your loved one’s behalf you can donate anything from a goat or chicken to an oven, bicycle or school fees. As a recipient of gifts like this in previous years (I had a toilet built in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Christmas 2012 through Toilet Twinning), I can honestly say that it brought me more joy than any handbag, perfume or Ipod ever could.
Here at Restoring Health, we believe that our personalised Massage Gift Vouchers are also a great gift this Christmas, not just for the recipient but also for the wider community. Here’s why…
1. Health Benefits
Massage has many potential health benefits including relaxation and relief of stress. For many, Christmas has become the busiest, most stressful time of year, so a massage is the perfect way to help relieve some of that stress and help your loved ones get into the Christmas spirit.