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Fit or flabby?


As anyone who’s ever attempted to do a physical and mental challenge before will know, time suddenly starts flying. It’s only 3 months to go now until my charity Kili challenge and I have to say if anything my fitness levels are waning, not gaining. 2 weeks away in the States storm chasing was exhilarating for my adrenalin but not for my muscles, followed by 2 weeks doing weather for BBC South East with no time for exercise…and now it’s suddenly June!


Chasing bad weather across Tornado Alley in May

However, I did manage the Three Forts Half Marathon near Worthing just before I left in May, undertaking it as a power hike rather than a run, and I’m signed up for another Half Marathon next month…so progress is, well, progressing. I also have a new car…a distraction that is probably not a great idea as driving is in no way part of the punishing training regime that I should be on.


My fab new Santa Fe

But I’m still smiling, still fundraising like mad (currently up to about £1,800 on justgiving, with a further £2,500 for the charity coming my way from corporate sponsorship) which is great as that’s what I’m doing this for. Raising money for charity, and getting fit (slight grimace) in the process.

If you’d like to help me with my target I would be delighted if you wished to donate – every penny will be appreciated by both me and the charity. And by way of thanks I’ll even write to you personally and send you a signed piccy! (just leave me your address on my ‘contact’ page).


A lady orchid, named because each flower looks like a pretty little lady in a white frilly dress and red bonnet! Adorable!

Thank you, and watch out for Kaddy’s Kili updates coming soon in the Courier newspaper…I suspect there’ll be new training techniques, camping adventures and photographs showing the fear in my eyes!

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Fashion funny and making money!


I am a charity shop bargain-hunting demon – and thought I knew every charity shop in town.  Turns out I was very mistaken.  Kathryn, who runs “The Children’s Trust, Tadworth” shop in Tunbridge Wells emailed me to ask if I would like to get involved with promoting the shop.  I popped in to see her and within minutes was suckered in by her charm and agreeing to attend her fashion show.

A few weeks later I arrive at said fashion event…to find out I’m the only model!  However, on relection this was a rather jammy advantage – all those wonderful clothes to myself – and all that flouncing around the ‘catwalk’ on my own.  They can take the performance away from the gal but they can’t take the performer out of the gal – or something like that.  As you can see from the pics, I wasn’t exactly camera shy!


Also for the first time in the history of my time at the BBC I had someone to do my hair (in fact two delightful ladies – Sarah Horton and Cara Evans from Graham Webb hairdressers – thank you!)

Photos courtesy of www.keithwalter.co.uk




All in all it was a wonderful do for a fantastic charity.  Please pop by and have a browse, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. (Plus I am about to donate a load of my on air clothes – so you might pick up something that you recognise from the box!).  Thanks to all the volunteers at the shop, and also the lovely Kathryn for getting me involved in the first place.   The Children’s Trust, Tadworth is a fantastic charity and rest assured every penny goes to achieving wonderful things for children with multiple disabilities. .

Next stop I will be at the celebrity fishing day at Roger Daltery’s estate – if you want to join in then you can buy tickets at http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ – no fishing experience necessary!  (I can’t even catch tadpoles so I’ll be floundering…Ho ho).  And if fish don’t float your boat (Michael Fish aside of course!) then how about zippy nippy cars?   The supercar driving challenge at Dunsfold Park, 23/24th June will be a petrol head paradise- gives me chills n’ thrills just thinking about it!  I shall be there on the Sunday driving a Caterham 7 (the hair will need Shwarzenegger strength hairspray) so please do come up and say hello!


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