Posted: 02 April 2015

The end of Lent and my BenevoLent challenge

Fantastic resources to engage your church in praying, giving and acting for vulnerable young people this Lent are now available.

BenevoLent has ended this year but you can still support our work - find out how today.

 

Hooray we made it! My BenevoLent challenge is over and Easter is here at long last. 

I gave up sugar so I am really looking forward to all the chocolate eggs I'm going to get this weekend. But before I open my Easter eggs there's one very important final step: donating the savings I made to The Children's Society. 

At the start of Lent I used the BenevoLent calculator to work out how much money I was saving by giving up chocolate treats. During the 40 days of Lent, 9205 children ran away from home to escape abuse or neglect. Donating the money I saved on chocolate to The Children’s Society means that my small sacrifices will go towards services helping children and teenagers who have run away.

Watch this video to find out more about the young people we help escape harm.

If you’ve given something up for Lent, make sure you donate the money you’ve saved. 

I’m so proud of myself for making it to the end. This was my first Lent challenge and whilst it was hard sometimes along the way I’ve learnt so many things

'Having coping strategies for when cravings hit is so important'

Lorna's top tips

  1. Giving something up is not a linear process – I found it easy at the start, then progressively harder as time went on, with some days much better than others. If you think each day will be easier than the last it can take you by surprise when you encounter a dip.
  2. Having coping strategies for when cravings hit is so important – reconnect to the reasons behind doing the challenge and have an alternative for the thing you’re giving up.
  3. Cheating is not total failure – getting back on the bandwagon after falling off is the important next step.
  4. Sugar is added to so many foods, often needlessly – I’ve picked up a number of good habits that I intend to stick to. I’m a better person for doing this!
  5. Giving to charity is a brilliant motivator for this kind of challenge – craving a chocolate bar? Think of the children!

What have you learnt by doing your Benevolent challenge? I’m sure the digital team would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below.

By Lorna Barton-Nicol - Guest bloggers
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