Ordinary people living extraordinary lives: Kate Hutchinson

Alison Laycock

We introduced a new section in March as a way of highlighting the ordinary people in our communities who live extraordinary lives or have extraordinary stories from the past. We are continuing this series with an interview from when I sat down with Kate Hutchinson on Monday 11th June 2018.

I feel lucky to have seen Kate delivering some amazing workshops to students through her role as Regional Officer at Diversity Role Models. She also delivers training sessions to teachers, NHS health professionals and also campaigns for Trans Rights. Her desire to have a positive impact on others is certainly inspiring.

Read on to learn more about Kate.

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Ordinary people living extraordinary lives: Ruth Fox

Being the Best You Can Be

Alison Laycock

We introduced a new section in March as a way of highlighting the ordinary people in our communities who live extraordinary lives or have extraordinary stories from the past. We are very pleased to publish our second interview from when Alison sat down with Ruth Fox in Cambridge on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Ruth is a Mental Health Advocate and public speaker, an Ambassador for Mental Health  Football Association and also plays for Cambridge United Women’s Football club. At only 19 years old, what she has achieved over the last few months and her commitment to making a positive impact in society is extremely inspiring.

Since this interview took place, Ruth has set up her own JustGiving page in order to raise money to continue to do the work she is so passionate about. If you would like to support her in this initiative, please donate on

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Camino update 7: Yes, I’m now a Proclaimer!

Alison Laycock

This is indeed how I talk to people about my Camino. I’m a Proclaimer and if you grew up listening to the group ‘the Proclaimers’ as I did then you will of course know I’m talking about their song ‘I’m gonna be’. I often found myself walking along singing ‘but I would walk 500 miles’ however I didn’t add in the next line ‘And I would walk 500 more’ as I’m happy to leave that for the medieval pilgrims and any other modern ones who wish to walk both ways.

So yes, now that I’ve walked to Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port and have the certificate to prove it I can say quite honestly that as well as being a pilgrim, I am also a Proclaimer!

If you’re looking for more travel updates then please read travelalphabetabc.wordpress.com as I have just posted on the final stage Rua to Santiago.

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N for Nostalgia

Rachel Cornall (Guest Contributor) 

In February 2017, I found myself confronted with three major changes in my life; turning sixty, settling back in England after spending four years living on the unique gem that is the island of St Helena and not having a job. I therefore set myself a challenge to focus on and set out to research, visit and photograph sixty places that feature as locations some of my favourite films and television programmes in my sixtieth year.

I began by making a list of the films and programmes I wanted to include. They did not necessarily have artistic merit nor were they all shining examples of their craft but they did all mean something personal to me. The final list was whittled down to seventy five not sixty as I realised I would have to give myself some ‘wriggle room’ in case of venue closures, bad weather or time restraints. I researched each film/programme to find a location in the UK associated with it, using various on line resources. Once the films and locations were decided  on I set about planning how I would achieve my sixty by February 2018.  Continue reading “N for Nostalgia”

Ordinary people living extraordinary lives: Ruth Fox

Alison Laycock

We introduced a new section in March as a way of highlighting the ordinary people in our communities who live extraordinary lives or have extraordinary stories from the past. We are very pleased to publish our second interview from when Alison sat down with Ruth Fox in Cambridge on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Ruth is a Mental Health Advocate and public speaker, an Ambassador for Mental Health  Football Association and also plays for Cambridge United Women’s Football club. At only 19 years old, what she has achieved over the last few months and her commitment to making a positive impact in society is extremely inspiring.

Since this interview took place, Ruth has set up her own JustGiving page in order to raise money to continue to do the work she is so passionate about. If you would like to support her in this initiative, please donate on justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ruth-fox

Read on to learn more about Ruth.    Continue reading “Ordinary people living extraordinary lives: Ruth Fox”

Ordinary people living extraordinary lives: Anna Jackson

Alison Laycock

We introduced a new section in March as a way of highlighting the ordinary people in our communities who live extraordinary lives or have extraordinary stories from the past. We are very excited to now publish our first interview from when Alison sat down with Anna Jackson on Friday 1st June 2018.

From playing and coaching hockey; to disabling leg injuries; to experiencing depression; to falling in love with wheelchair basketball; to playing for Great Britain; to becoming head coach of Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club, Anna’s sporting journey has been quite the rollercoaster. 

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Mindful Travel

Leah Almond

There is lots to read on Mindfulness and living a mindful life in general. This also applies to travel and how we spend our holidays. For many, holidays and travel used to provide people with a good opportunity to be more mindful. However now more and more people seem to be losing that relaxation time as holidays become packed with activities and social media offers opportunities for the phone to be continually used to document experiences and interactions.     Continue reading “Mindful Travel”