Friday 12th August, Regent's Park, London.
Peter is my brother, but I had been concerned that our relationship had become strained and I hoped that this might be a way of bringing us closer together. I reasoned that if I approached him before others he would realise that I loved, respected and admired him. I knew he would do something cool with the money – that was a given – but I was still worried that he'd think the whole idea was ridiculous.
Peter has a big smile and an even bigger heart. He met us after work on a Monday evening and admitted he felt dreadful after a heavy weekend, but he was still his charming self and was clearly excited about Wearelucky. He had given it plenty of thought since I'd asked him to participate and appeared committed to the project. It was exactly the response I had been hoping for and I felt elated.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
Initially I thought it was a wind-up. Then I felt privileged and started to think about what I might do with the money. I've decided to spend part of the money as an entry fee to a physically challenging event and use that platform to raise (hopefully!) in excess of £5000 for charity. I've still to decide on which one. Surplus cash will go towards costs and I'll donate the rest. I'd like to enter The Wall
– an ultra marathon of 65 miles completed over 2 days along Hadrian’s Wall. I feel nervous excitement at the prospect of this challenge.
2. Did you think about spending the money on yourself and what difference the money might make to your life?
I thought briefly about what effect the money could have on my life, but it would be short-lived. By taking on this challenge I'll improve my health and fitness and attempt to accomplish a personal goal.
3. Why do you think we feel good about doing something for others?
I think people are inherently selfish, it’s in our nature. Doing something for others and being selfless is a chance to appease the conscience. I think it is important to give some of myself. It can be easy to just give cash. I think giving some of myself will hopefully inspire people to donate to the cause.