AN ARMY spouse has embarked on a mission to collect 100 stories of good coming out of bad and reasons to ‘BeGlad’ before the end of 2018 to raise money for the Samaritans and Action for Happiness.

Pollyanna Charnley (pictured below), who grew up with her mother telling her to ‘play the Glad Game’ by listing all the good things she had to be grateful for when something went wrong in her life, launched the BeGlad Movement after the death of two friends towards the end of 2017 hammered home the fact that life is too short to put projects on hold.

“It was now or never to get the BeGlad Movement going, to create a space where people could share stories of how they had faced adversity yet come through it and even been able to use their misfortune to their advantage eventually,” said Polly.

Like so many military spouses, when Polly and her husband were first married she moved far away from friends, family and a good career. She found this a particularly challenging time feeling like her life lacked any real purpose, so she trained to become a listening volunteer for the Samaritans.

Polly felt that if the glad game could help even just a handful of people going through a tough time then it was worth spreading the word, and she is keen to get Army families involved. She said: “Military families have to endure so much, moving house, isolation, physical and mental injury to name but a few of the challenges.”

Polly is embarking on a challenge to collect 100 stories of good coming out of bad and reasons to BeGlad before the end of 2018 to raise money for the Samaritans and Action for Happiness. To be part of challenge and share your story, contact Polly via beglad.co.uk

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