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Former Gravesend student Bobbie Lane of Ash Road, Ash, planning to work 100 jobs as part of a fundraising challenge for The Meditation Trust

A plucky jobseeker who was signed off work with a debilitating illness is bidding to create Britain’s longest CV by working 100 jobs to raise cash for the charity that helped her.

Former Gravesend Grammar School for Girls student Bobbie Lane has been unable to work since doctors told her to remain at home for a few weeks in October 2013 over her growing health concerns.

The 27-year-old of Ash Road, Ash, often suffered with headaches but was eventually diagnosed with Migraine Variant Balance Disorder – an illness which leaves people disorientated and exhausted.

Bobbie, left, with mum Val
Bobbie, left, with mum Val

Although the condition is not life-threatening she says it has changed her.

She faced difficulties in reading and writing while her speech became slurred as her brain began to overwork, causing her stress levels to rocket.

Turning to books for guidance she stumbled across cultural thinker Roman Krznaric, whose book How To Find Fulfilling Work inspired her to take up her own fundraising challenge.

Bobbie is supporting The Meditation Trust, having also read up on Transcendental Meditation and KORE Therapy, an alternative physiotherapy, to help her get back into work.

Bobbie's first job as a delivery driver for New Ash Green Tandoori
Bobbie's first job as a delivery driver for New Ash Green Tandoori

On Saturday, she finished her first job as a delivery driver for New Ash Green Tandoori, where she earned £75 for the charity.

On her website she has created a wish list to help her reach 100 jobs and has taken up a part-time role at a garden centre.

They include writing a children’s book, zookeeper, graffiti artist, gardener, tiler, wedding photographer, dog groomer, cartoonist and journalist.

Bobbie behind the bar at The White Swan in Ash
Bobbie behind the bar at The White Swan in Ash

Bobbie said: “Migraine is something that over eight million people in the UK suffer with, yet there appears to be hardly any knowledge of the condition, with most people thinking its a bad headache.

“Hopefully I can also raise a bit of awareness to help people understand just how debilitating this invisible illness can be.

“Apparently my brain got so stressed that it has burned out like a computer hard drive, which meant that it could only do the basics to keep me functioning.

“I have learnt the hard way to change my attitude towards work, and that taking it too seriously can ruin your health – which in my opinion isn’t worth it.

Jobs on Bobbie's wishlist include teacher, zookeeper and actress
Jobs on Bobbie's wishlist include teacher, zookeeper and actress

“I’m definitely on the mend, however I still have a long way to go.

“As this whole search for jobs is because of my condition, it only seems right that I should use it to raise money for The Meditation Trust, the combination of this and KORE therapy has been the best thing I have done to help relieve my symptoms.

“I would love to give others the opportunity to learn the technique so they too have the chance to feel better.”

n To make a donation or to read Bobbie’s website visit www.100jobchallenge.co.uk


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