A woman with a rare condition which means she’s permanently dizzy is hoping to create Britain’s longest CV – by taking on 100 different JOBS.
Bobbie Lane has completed a head-spinning 25 different jobs so far this year, after a rare disorder left her unable to work full time – including a scaffolder and happiness spreader.
The 27-year-old has spent the last two years feeling permanently dizzy due to rare Migraine Variant Balance Disorder – leaving her permanently feeling like she’s had too much to drink or like she’s in a computer game.
Bobbie, from Ash, Kent, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Meditation Trust Charity, by being sponsored to take on as many roles as possible – despite suffering balance and memory problems.
She said: “My favourite job so far was a happiness spreader.
“I got to go around Gravesend with Genny Jones and put smiles on people’s faces by wearing silly outfits and just by talking to people.
“It’s something that I never knew even existed, what a great thing to do making people smile for a job.
“I can’t work full time, so I want to do whatever I can to help out people and make their lives better.”
Bobbie’s condition was sparked by a turn on a fairground ride at the 2013 Reading Festival, which flipped and span her and pals around at high speeds.
But while the rest of her friends quickly recovered from their spin on the Superbowl ride, Bobbie did not, and she has felt dizzy and unsteady on her feet ever since.
The condition, which is caused by stress, has left Bobbie feeling as if she’s living inside a computer game, causing her to give up her job working for a drug charity.
Bobbie added: “It was a struggle at first but after a while I got used to feeling like my feet aren’t on solid ground.
“I knew I wanted to return to work, but with such an unpredictable condition and the fact that I had been out of work for a year and a half I wasn’t very employable.
“It turned out to be the perfect way to get a job, and it’s a bonus that I really enjoy testing out so many other careers.”
Bobbie now uses Transcendental Meditation, a type of mantra thinking known as TM that helps ground her, and KORE therapy which combines Western and Eastern medicine to deal with the condition.
Since February, the enterprising young woman has taken on a variety of different jobs, including working as a scaffolder and in a florist – where she impressed so much she was given a part time job in the flower shop.
She spends one day a week at each job and thinks that the challenge will take around a year and a half to complete, although she has already had to take several breaks due to it bringing back symptoms of her condition.
Bobbie said: “I have to be careful as I don’t want to ruin the progress that I have made in my recovery.
“The people that I meet is definitely the best part of the challenge, I have been blown away by the generosity and support of people – it’s been quite overwhelming.”
“The local council contacted me and have given me 31 jobs to work through, as and when I can, which is great too.
“So far, I’ve been a traffic warden and worked in a tourist information office.
“The job I’d most like to try is either working for The Queen or being a dolphin trainer.”
So far, Bobbie has raised £500 of her £15,000 target, which will be used to help fund a project researching the benefits of TM in relieving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She said: “I wanted to give something back to the Meditation Trust after they helped me so much with my condition.
“It’s going to a great cause, and raising awareness of a treatment that may not be well known for PTSD.
“I have even been contacted by a soldier thanking me, as standard treatments haven’t worked for him and until finding my challenge he didn’t know that TM could help.’
Bobbie has also been put in touch with seven other sufferers of the rare condition.
She said: “It’s an outcome of the challenge that I hadn’t anticipated but it’s so great to be able to provide to support to others with this debilitating condition.
“It’s really comforting to know that there are other people who understand what I’m going through.”
Other jobs have included a parking warden, cemetery gardener, Charlton Football Club photographer and TV presenter.
As a happiness spreader, Bobbie dressed up in silly clothes and walked around the streets collecting money for charity from people she made smile.
Bobbie has also discovered something that she hopes will cure her condition called the Gupta programme which she is due to start in the next few weeks.
She said: “Strangely enough I was told about it when I attended the Happy List party as part of my challenge.
“After doing some research it seems like it could be exactly what I’ve been looking for – yet another great thing to come from this.”
Her next job will be working as a hat maker with the award-winning milliner to the stars Katherine Elizabeth.
To donate or find out more about the challenge, please visit www.100jobchallenge.co.uk