First there was a trek along the Great Wall of China for CLIC Sargent. Now, to get on with life.

Top 10 Charity China Trek Moments

Top 10 Charity China Trek Moments

It’s exactly one month since I touched down in the unbelievable vastness and ruthless efficiency that is the Beijing Airport, so it seems only right that I finally get my ass into gear and tell you all about the trek. So, without further adieu, I present quite literally the top...
Walking the Great Wall of China to Raise Funds for CLIC Sargent

Walking the Great Wall of China to Raise Funds for CLIC Sargent

Hi there, I’m Katie. In April 2011, you’ll find me on top of the Great Wall of China, trekking alongside a group of people all with one aim: To raise money for CLIC Sargent. CLIC Sargent supports children and young people with cancer. It helps them to cope with the...
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For My Mum

For My Mum

*Warning: If you object to public displays of emotion, avert your eyes now.* Reasons that you are fantastic: 1. You make the most amazing breakfasts. 2. …and cakes. 3. You encouraged me to sew and do arty, crafty things. 4. You’re American – it means I have family over the other side of the world(ish),...
Sorting My Kit Out

Sorting My Kit Out

One week tomorrow I’ll be getting on a plane and flying off to China to do what I’ve long been writing about: Walk the Great Wall of China in memory of Hannah. Gulp. I’m one big bundle of nerves right about now, so thank God I’ve still got a training routine to keep up: Exercise...
Never Let Me Go Review: The Book & The Film

Never Let Me Go Review: The Book & The Film

At the start of last week I wasn’t feeling too hot, not to sound alarmist, but I’m sure I had the plague.  Either that or a cold.  Anyway, while it really wasn’t a great time to get sick*, it did at least give me time in bed to finish reading Never Let Me Go by...
Saying "Bah!" to Cancer

Saying “Bah!” to Cancer

Do you remember how, just the other week, I was sharing my story about how Twitter helped me to promote my charity trek? The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted this little sentence tucked in the midst of that post: Since then I’ve had another writer, who blogs about living through cancer, contact me to...
I Smashed My Fundraising Target!

I Smashed My Fundraising Target!

Thanks to everyone who came to watch Finding Nemo with me yesterday (Sunday). With the total I collected from all you Pixar-loving people I’ve smashed my fundraising target, and have now raised £3,113! Yep, you read it right, £3,113! Thanks everyone for your support – and don’t think that your pennies aren’t still appreciated. Just...
Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Brain Tumour Awareness Month

It’s nearly at an end, but this month is all about Brain Tumour Awareness. Few people understand how difficult life can be for brain tumour patients - and the huge impact it can have on everyone they know and hold dear. Luckily for most people the closest they get to brain tumours is movies and...
Charity Screening: Finding Nemo

Charity Screening: Finding Nemo

Who doesn’t love Pixar?* Finding Nemo is definitely up there with the best that Pixar has to offer, but I’m sure you all know that so I’ll cut to the chase: This Sunday I’ve organised a special screening of Finding Nemo at Broadway Cinema to raise more money for CLIC Sargent. Date: Sunday 27 March...
How to Use Twitter for Charity Part 2: A Personal Story

How to Use Twitter for Charity Part 2: A Personal Story

Last Friday I shared some thoughts on how charities can use Twitter, inspired by the Comic Relief team.  Now I want to share my own personal Twitter success story. Last week as I was browsing Twitter I clicked a link on a tweet that led to a published author contacting me*, asking me to write...
How to Use Twitter for Charity Part 1: The Red Nose Day Effect

How to Use Twitter for Charity Part 1: The Red Nose Day Effect

Or Twitter Lessons Every Charity Can Learn from Comic Relief I’m not suggesting that charities using Twitter should out and out copy what the team at Comic Relief does, but you gotta admit they got some serious social media style. So what can you do as a charity (or volunteer raising funds for charity) to...
Brain Tumour Research Needs More Funding

Brain Tumour Research Needs More Funding

I thought it when Hannah was diagnosed. It was as if just having a malignant brain tumour was simply a death sentence.  It shouldn’t be that way.  Other cancer sufferers have the chance to recover, the treatment may not always be successful, but they have hope.  That’s why I was so happy to hear about...
It's the Final Countdown!

It’s the Final Countdown!

…doodo do-do d-d-do-do dooo.  And so on. Yesterday marked one month exactly until I fly off to China. Yikes.  I’m already feeling nervous.  Nervous in an excited way, but nervous all the same. I’ve been getting myself down the gym frequently, my visa is sitting in my drawer, I’ve officially raised all the money I...
Happy March!

Happy March!

Good evening everyone! I’m feeling very chipper after a great workout at the gym – 35 minutes on the step machine – followed by a relaxing soak in the tub.  (After I’ve punished my muscles with training I try to be nice to them with baths.  If I don’t they get angry.) I’ve also got...