Emma Embarks on Stoptober Challenge!

For those of you who don’t know, Stoptober is a 28 day long event run each October during which participants are encouraged to stop smoking.  The idea is that participants pledge themselves to not smoke during the 28 day period, with a mind to giving up altogether.

The first Stoptober campaign launched in 2012 and was an outstanding success with the power of social media very much being involved in the popularity for the event. There has been a massive amount of buzz for the Stoptober events with celebs joining in and the nation standing together to encourage each other to quit smoking and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

Taking part this year is our very own Emma, based at our head office at Salmon Fields, Royton! The NHS says that two big obvious reasons to take part are to firstly improve your health and to save money, with some people saving a HUGE £250 each month! However, Emma has her own reasons behind taking part in this year’s Stoptober campaign!

Emma said “I have made the decision to stop smoking and I am taking advantage of the Stoptober Campaign to do so! I am currently on week 1 day 5 and this has been much more stressful than I ever imagined.  Smoking is not a bad habit but more of a complicated addiction. Nicotine affects every organ in the body and is the force behind my efforts to succeed and why I need to become smoke free.

As an additional incentive I am raising sponsors from friends, family and colleagues and donating to The National Autistic Society. My eldest son Lucas, 7, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3. For those that do not know Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see,  hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured.' Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

This reason gives me the push I need to ensure I am healthy enough in years to come to be able to provide 100% commitment for Lucas in the future. So, I look forward to feeling focused, energetic and healthy and will keep you all updated!”


If you wish to sponser Emma and support her with her Stoptober challenge, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-brooks-ryderdutton-2017