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Mount Kilimanjaro – the fear is climbing…

*For everyone who sponsors me for this challenge, please just leave your contact details on my website and I’ll send you a personalised letter and signed piccy to say a big thank you!  Any amount that you can give, however small will make a huge difference to me, the charity and will make the pain worthwhile!  Please sponsor me here – thank you. xx

Just to give you an update:  Training is going slow…the cold weather is making me want to crawl into a warm little cave and not come out.  However, I have power hiked in the Three Forts Challenge in Sussex on 5th May, and also signed up to the Fosters Law Kent Coastal Half Marathon, on 1st September.  If you fancy joining me it’d be a pleasure to see you there! 

It is just starting to hit me that I have signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September! Even realising the ‘tog’ of sleeping bag required gave me the shivs and I am wondering how I do high altitude training when the highest point within 50 miles of me is about 100ft…

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Getting kitted out at Pack Your Bags Tunbridge Wells. Photo Courier Newspapers

I will join a team of 20-25 people to clamber up nearly 6km of jagged rocks (approx 18,000ft in old wonga) to reach the summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world.  I am excited, scared and super duper jelly legged at the thought!  We still need a few extra participants, so if you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime sign up here!

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Here she is – majestic…and massive

I’m doing this challenge for a charity called Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) whose patron is Dame Judi Dench. As the name suggests VEPK focuses on the improvement of basic education in the government primary schools in the villages around the base of Africa’s highest mountain. Katy Allen from Sevenoaks visited the region 20 years ago and was so appalled at both the state of the schools and the quality of the education that she vowed to do something positive. VEPK now works with the regional education authorities to provide invaluable training and support for teachers many working in schools that the charity has either built or refurbished. Katy has even received an MBE for her services to education.

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A peak through the clouds (sic)

Even if you’re unable to join me on the hike, but would like to make a contribution 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). Thank you for your support and wish me luck! I will of course keep you all up to date with my progress, training and be blogging from the mountain once I am there – so you can be with me in spirit!

 

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This was the VEPK 2011 success story – everyone made it to the top, with an age range of 24 to 74! AND they raised over £75,000!

It is going to be an extremely tough challenge, but Virgin Active have offered to get me mountain fit, and the rest is down to me doing some hard fundraising, and hard training – mustn’t forget that bit too!

 

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Put your back into it girl!

Thanks to photographer Chris Barsby-Robinson for the action Virgin Active shot!

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In the footsteps of Cheryl Cole…

I shall be re-tracing Cheryl Cole’s delicate little tootsies, as I too will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September!

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I have just signed up to join a team of 20-25 people to clamber up nearly 6km of jagged rocks (approx 18,000ft in old wonga) to reach the summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world.  I am excited, scared and super duper jelly legged at the thought!  We still need a few extra participants, so if you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime sign up here!

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How beautiful…but very high!

I’m doing this challenge for a little known charity called Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) which as the name suggests focuses on the improvement of basic education in the government primary schools in the villages around the base of Africa’s highest mountain. Katy Allen from Sevenoaks visited the region 20 years ago and was so appalled at both the state of the schools and the quality of the education that she vowed to do something positive. VEPK now works with the regional education authorities to provide invaluable training and support for teachers many working in schools that the charity has either built or refurbished.

 

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This was the VEPK 2011 success story – everyone made it to the top, with an age range of 24 to 74! AND they raised over £75,000!

It is going to be an extremely tough challenge, but Virgin Active have offered to get me mountain fit, and the rest is down to me doing some hard fundraising, and hard training – mustn’t forget that bit too! (once this pesky snow stops…)

Even if you’re unable to join me on the hike, but would like to make a contribution I would be delighted if you wished to donate – every penny will be appreciated by both me and the charity.  And if I could give you a big thank you hug then I would!  Thank you for your support and wish me luck!  I will of course keep you all up to date with my progress, training and be blogging from the mountain once I am there – so you can be with me in spirit!

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Put your back into it girl!

Thanks to photographer Chris Barsby-Robinson for the action Virgin Active shot!

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