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Grand Designs with Kaddy McCloud

Thank you to everyone who got involved with Shack Attack in Tunbridge Wells last weekend.  It was a storming success (weather pun intended!  The storm clouds stayed away and we had beautiful weather throughout) and everyone had a jolly good time making their shelters in the sunshine and then testing them out overnight in the park.

If I hand him a tool it’ll look like I know what I’m doing…


Teams of brave volunteers set about making their shelters for the charity Habitat for Humanity.   By raising money for the charity and by taking part they were helping raise awareness of the millions of people who currently live in inadequate housing.

Although everyone was having fun there was a serious message from Shack Attack too


Habitat for Humanity have already helped 2.5 million people around the world to live in safe, secure and hygienic housing and with the money raised from events like Shack Attack they can continue to train, educate and provide the necessary tools for more people stuck in the poverty housing trap.


Everyone raised a minimum of £400 for each shack

Although people were only allowed to use recycled materials brought from their gardens, sheds or local tip everyone managed to create wonderful masterpieces – with a prize being given to the most weatherproof, chosen by me.  (I was going to test it with a bucket of water but the organisers said that was a little mean…pah!)


The winners of the most weatherproof shelter – Congratulations!

Everyone slept in their shelters overnight to experience just a portion of what some people around the world have to cope with every day, every night.


I’m not staying here if one of you snores…

Thank you to Habitat for Humanity for putting on such a fun event and if you’d like to join in next year please go to their website for all the details on how to get involved.

Helping to build various shelters in Calverley Grounds


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Bear Grylls for the day (and night)

FORECAST: It couldn’t actually be looking any better for this weekend and there’s still time to sign up if you’re a fair weather camper!  The ice cream van will be busy!  A lovely warm and sunny day for Saturday, and Sunday.  Light winds and staying dry will mean your shack will be intact no matter how rubbish you are at putting one together!  It will still get quite cool overnight though, so you’ll want to keep the draughts out…but so far so good!  I look forward to seeing you there. Details below:


The charity Habitat For Humanity have approached me with an exciting new fundraising project and I am thrilled to be involved.  Think ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ meets ‘Ray Mears’ and that’s what we’ve got.  Get a load of unwanted junk, fix it to other bits of junk in the vague shape of a house, add your personal touches, and then sleep in it with a few of your mates for an entire night.  Add in the fact there’ll be another few hundred people doing the same and you’ve got a community of rufty tufty survivors all raising money for charity. Confused?

Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells

Here’s the concept.

On September 8th 2012 hundreds of people will gather in their teams in Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells to make local history.  Teams have to bring everything they need with them, and take it all away again at the end of the event. It all has to be legal, so definitely no rooting around in people’s gardens! People can scavenge from their own rubbish and hunt in their sheds, ask at the local tip and recycling centres, talk to local businesses etc.  In the past people have made shelters from old carpet tubes, carrier bags, plastic piping, tarpaulins, logs, old corporate banners, bin bags, wooden pallets, astroturf offcuts, rolled up newspapers, ladders, bamboo canes, umbrellas…

Up for the challenge?  Find out more here!


Home Sweet Home


Why Shack Attack?

It’s to raise awareness for the plight of 1.6 billion people around the world who are living in substandard makeshift housing.  Latest figures suggest 100 million people have no home at all.  This challenge is to raise money so that Habitat For Humanity (HFH) can continue to help people to live in safe, clean and warm homes all around the world.  You can read more about how HFH have already helped 2.5 million people across 80 different countries to escape poverty housing so far, here.


Previous Shack Attack masterpieces

How am I involved?

I shall be there providing the all important weather forecast of course!  (please please no rain…)  I shall also be helping various teams build their shacks and hopefully giving some moral support to all those taking part.


Old bits of furniture will do, and why not a homely plant to brighten up your shack too?


What can you do?

Sign up!  When else are you going to be able to camp out in Calverley Grounds with hundreds of other great people, showing off your Bear Grylls skills, building a home from a load of flotsam and jetsam?  It’s quirky, cool and downright cranky…but brilliant!  So sign up here and I’ll see you on the 8th September!  There’s a competition for the best shack too so it’s worth reigniting that artistic flair you thought you’d left behind with the finger painting and fuzzy felts.  You can follow me on twitter @kaddylp to keep up to date with the forecast too!


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