I spent today in London, near my old stomping ground of Farringdon as a guest at the Save the Children UK Bloggers’ Conference. To say it was inspiring would be an understatement. As much as big charity organisations get a bad rap nowadays, the work these guys are doing on the ground in some of the most desolate and desperate places is truly humbling. And their campaign work is fantastic.
Last year, I inadvertently tagged onto their First Hour breastfeeding campaign when I wrote this post about the importance of breastfeeding support. It was the first time I’d realised that blogging could help make a difference. On my own, my thoughts, my opinions, my beliefs are fairly low impact. But when those beliefs join up with a larger entity that is actively campaigning for change, my voice can add volume to their roar. And from today, I am going to be a very active voice on their behalf as they work to make this world a better place for the people living in it. Despite the barriers and the negativity that is directed their way.
I didn’t take any photos while I was there, but the train journey in showed a landscape massively changed by the weather with flooded fields and swollen rivers. I saw swans floating in large puddles in what were once fields and horses stood knee-deep in water. Devastating for everyone and everything affected.