The Queen of TikTok, Amie Scott Andover’s lockdown entertainer, is set to do the 24 peak challenge in the Lake District this July to raise money for young people.
When lockdown began, back in March 2020, local TickTok legend Amie, who was at the time training to become a firefighter, had to rely on the local community to bring her emergency supply’s after she contracted symptoms of the coronavirus. Amie has since battled through having the virus twice this year leaving her with long covid. This meant that her career as a firefighter has been put on hold as she has been unable to exercise for months due to being in too much pain.
Busy mother of 3, Amie was usually a social butterfly but COVID19 hit her hard and she found herself feeling mentally quite vulnerable.
Amie told Andover Radio 95.5fm “being unable to breath and stuck in bed I was becoming quite depressed; all I did was flick through social media which was filled of negativity
“I just couldn’t stand it any longer and needed something to get me through the days, I wanted to cheer everyone up and spread some happiness and positivity” And that’s when her TikTok career began. TikTok, owned by ByteDance is a video-sharing social networking service. It is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos, and with that Amie roped her eldest son into creating a video with her.
“I just did one video but the amount of messages from people was unbelievable” Amie greeted her postman dressed as Freddy Mercury and Donald Trump all in the same week, not only keeping herself and her children entertained, whist her husband is working on the frontline but also complete strangers.
“I like making people laugh, it’s the biggest compliment to be told your funny. It’s made lockdown fun and I’ve actually enjoyed it. People have told me I’m their lockdown hero. I’m not a hero because I’m not on the frontline but I like making people smile”
Amie’s videos have had a huge positive effect on people and she now has over 120k followers. Over lockdown, she was inundated with daily messages, thanking her for keeping their spirits high and having something to look forward to. One message that touched Amie said “Amie in a time that I really need something to make me smile, you have certainly done that. It’s so dark for me at the moment but every time I watch the videos you make me smile and even laugh and I can’t thank you enough. You have given me a little bit of light”
Being lonely and socially isolated has a huge impact on people’s mental wellbeing. The latest #Let’sTalkLoneliness public campaign has been rolled out to get people talking openly about loneliness, which includes new public guidance offering useful tips and advice on what to do to look after yourself and others safely. Led by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness.
Amie told Andover Radio 95.5fm “It’s helped my mental health; a lot of laughter is the best medicine. I get a buzz when someone tells me I made them laugh or made their day bearable”
Despite, Amie having to change her career path, and go through the pain of having long covid, Amie just keeps on giving. Her determination to help others has meant that she is now taking part in the 24 peak challenge to support young people. Fitness fanatic, Amie will be undergoing one of the most demanding and rewarding challenges in the UK. Pushing her mental and physical strength to the limit whilst scaling 24 peaks in 24 hours, all over 2,400 ft.
Amie sure has set herself a big one this time, averaging 31 miles in total. Click here to watch her latest video.
The charity Amie is fundraising for is ‘Youth for Christ’, which works with children and young people across the UK. With an estimated 1 in 8 struggling with mental health and wellbeing, and only 1% of the government’s health budget assigned to their care, arguably never has there been a more vital time to get people into schools offering support.
To donate and support Amie click here