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Safari Supper for Sunderland Restaurant Week [ad]

I was invited to the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of what is on offer for Sunderland Restaurant Week in return for me to share my experience on my blog and social media. All views in this post are my own.
It's already half way through March and I've just been so terrible at keeping my blog up to date! I decided to extend my hiatus after getting caught up in a car accident last month (thankfully aside from some whiplash I'm fine!) as I needed to make sure I didn't stress myself out any further. I feel like I'm back on track now though and I'm really excited to be posting again as I've got loads on this year! This post will actually be quite a long one, and my photos have actually ended up being terrible so please bear with me! Hopefully you get the gist of it, but I'm a bit rusty and I was a bag of nerves most of the night!
I was so lucky to be given the chance to attend the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of just som…

Hate Crime Awareness Week - This Is Me

If you've kept up with my Pain Management Posts, you'll know one of the main things we always did in the sessions was share our wins and our goals. Well, in Session Five I shared my win, which was attending a Theatre workshop to inquire joining. Well, I am now officially a member of the Dryburn Theatrical Workshop! I'm really enjoying it, it's something I've always enjoyed and I'm pleased I've gotten back into it. It was easy for me to stop doing the things I enjoyed once I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, hiding away at home instead of living my life.

On my first week there, one of the members shared an opportunity to work alongside Durham Constabulary during Hate Crime Awareness Week, to help raise awareness and to put an end to it. With everything that was discussed, it really felt like the perfect opportunity for me, very fitting for it being my first week there! Durham Constabulary are sharing a range of different videos over the Hate Crime Awareness Week (which started on the 13th October 2018). You can check out everything they're doing for this week on their Facebook here.

I honestly think this is something that is so important. I don't understand how anyone could feel comfortable spreading hate just because of someones skin colour/religion/sexuality/disability. With the way the world is now, it's so important that we spread love, and not hate, which is exactly what this video and Hate Crime Awareness Week is all about. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there with chronic illnesses who have experienced bullying or some kind of hate crime - you always hear stories of people being nasty because someone who uses a disabled parking space doesn't fit their idea of what a disabled person looks like. It's about time this kind of thing stops, it is 2018 after all.

Durham Constabulary asked Dryburn Theatrical Worskshop to put together a video to the song 'This Is Me' from the film The Greatest Showman. I think it's the perfect song for something like this, anyone who has seen the film will agree I'm sure. The song itself is such an inspiring song, I'm so pleased we got the chance to be part of something like this. It's so important so spread this kind of message.

We quickly got to work on it, I think we had maybe 2 or 3 practices and then we were ready to film - at Beamish Museum no less. We were up bright and early on a Sunday, ready to film in Beamish which was amazing in itself! Considering how early and cold it was, we were all pretty positive, and it didn't take long to warm up once we started dancing. I've never done anything like this before, but it was so much fun. You can watch the video here (see if you can spot me at the back!)

I feel so privileged to have been able to be part of this. At one point during the filming of this, I actually felt really overwhelmed by the message this song gives, and by the work we were doing with Durham Constabulary. I often refuse to show my symptoms and get help when really I should, simply out of fear of peoples reactions because to them I look completely fine. And I guess this is what this Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign is all about - it's about time we all share who we are with everyone and say This Is Me!

I'll most likely be sharing my journey with the Dryburn Theatrical Workshop on my blog and across my social media, but you can keep up to date directly on shows etc through their pages too. You can find them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Now this video is live, we're moving onto rehearsing for the Pantomime - we're doing Beauty and The Beast and I can't wait!

I hope during this Hate Crime Awareness Week we can all learn to spread love and not hate, and to maybe look out for those who could be experiencing bullying and hate crimes. We can all stand by each other to stop hate!

Abbey xx


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