Mission accomplished! As you know at the start of October I was heading off to Tanzania with a group of intrepid explorers to attempt to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro. Well, I’m pleased to say that I achieved my goal and survived to tell the tale. Without a doubt this challenge has been the toughest of my entire life and no amount of training could have prepared me for what was ahead.
A combination of walking, trekking and at times climbing for up to 12 hours a day, being at high altitude and lack of sleep made for a relentless and exhausting 6 days on the mountain. However hard it was each day to muster up some energy and enthusiasm to continue the climb it was never far from my thoughts the reason why I was there. My pain was to last just 6 days which is nothing compared to what children experience as they are treated for cancer. This trek was organised by our charity of the year “It’s Good 2 Give”. Founded in 2010 by an inspirational lady called Lynne McNicoll, It’s Good 2 Give provides practical support to children and their families as they come to terms with cancer and the effect on their day to day lives. Please visit their website www.itsgood2give.co.uk for lots more information and how you can perhaps get involved.
I’m delighted to say that fundraising for our trek has now exceeded £120,000 which is unbelievable! Support from family, friends and clients has been very touching and without a doubt contributed to me getting to the top. Now home, life at zero altitude certainly suits me better, I am now facing my next challenge which will be as a Trustee for It’s Good 2 Give.
“I asked Louise to join our board of Trustees because she has been a supporter of my fundraising for nearly 8 years. In the beginning she offered prizes for raffle or auction, then moved to organising small events to raise funds. Since I set up It’s Good 2 Give Louise’s support has grown. She has become a friend, sounding board, advisor and major helper in our fashion show and other events. Her vivacious and friendly personality is perfect too! She gets on well with everyone – from the young cancer patients, their families and our supporters. I am absolutely delighted that she has agreed to become a trustee and look forward even more to working closely with her on our projects.”
I was very honoured and excited to be asked by Lynne to be a part of her charity and am excited about raising awareness and funds for such a worthwhile cause. So look out for lots of “It’s Good 2 Give it some Zest!” events in the diary next year (it’s got a certain ring to it, don’t you think?).