£2014 in 2014 challenge

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Today was the day that I really felt that everything came together. Thanks to all the amazing, lovely helpers and everyone that came along to the Breakfast Cafe that we held in my village this morning! We managed to raise £406.20 and it was a HUGE success 🙂

breakfast cafe


I spent yesterday covered from head to toe in different coloured paint after taking part in ‘The Colour Run’ in Brighton. My friend Olivia and I ran-jogged-walked the 5km route along the seafront whilst being covered in paint. They call the event #colourmehappy and I can now understand why!

colour run

So it looks like everything is finally coming together, thank you so much for all your support and if you haven’t yet, please dig deep and sponsor me and help me reach my goal of raising £2014 in 2014 for such a worthy cause The Eden Dora Trust.

And here is some more about my £2014 in 2014 challenge!

Taking part in The Great South Run in September 2012 was a great boost to my self esteem and after having a relapse in May 2013 I then went on to run The Great North Run in October 2013. It has been through running that I have been able to find myself again, and work through the struggles having an acquired brain injury has left me with.

It is now 2014 and therefore time for a new challenge.

I am challenging myself to raise £2014 for The Eden Dora Trust in 2014.

To do this I need your help!

In 2014 I will be taking part in as many different adventures as possible in my Eden Dora Trust shirt, talking to as many people as possible about the great work that they do and how they can become involved in getting Encephalitis more widely understood.

To start things offeden-dora-trust-logo I took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday 27th April 2014 with my Brother Samuel.

It was a gruelling 13.1 miles, and seeing as it was only a month before that I was lying in a hospital bed with a femoral line in my groin having a plasma exchange it was no small feat! We finished in 2.29.49 (much slower than I had hoped but I tried my very best!). The rheumatologist said that he has never heard of anyone on such a high dose of steroids running even 1 mile, which has made me even more determined to do more!

This August Bank Holiday, I will be taking part in the ‘Isle of Wight Challenge. This will involve walking 56km around the Island in ONE DAY! My darling sister Sarah and I are hoping to do a sky dive in Cornwall in August too…just waiting on the medical exemption form! September will involve running 5km whilst having paint thrown at us in Brighton. I am very much looking forward to The Color Run! In October, Olivia and I will be doing the ‘Mud and Sweat Run’ in Devon. I have attached  video so you can see what it involves! We are looking to put a team together so if you are interested in taking part let me know. I have just applied to take part in an abseil and hopefully arrange an ‘adventure day’ and will hopefully be organising an afternoon tea and a village breakfast cafe soon too!

I will try to keep you up to date with training and how everything is going, but here is a summary of how it has all been going so far:

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Less than a week to go until my first adventure takes place. On Sunday I will be running 13.1 miles in the Plymouth Half Marathon. I will be sure to post lots of photos after the event so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! x

28/04/14 14:41

Thank you all so much for your amazing love and support. My brother and I completed the Plymouth Half Marathon yesterday, just scraping through sub 2 and a half hours. He literally pulled me along and I couldn’t have done it without him. I have the best brother EVER!

15/05/14 14:32

My dear friend Lucie and I have just signed up to do the ‘Isle of Wight Challenge’ which will involve walking 56km around the Island on August Bank Holiday in ONE DAY! I have had to promise Lucie that I will walk the whole way rather than run…

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Here is the link to the most recent article which gives a good summary of why I am so passionate about raising money for The Eden Dora Trust. Plymouth Herald article.

05/06/14 09:23

On this dismal Thursday I decided to brighten up my life by booking onto the Brighton Colour Run 5k with Liv, this is where they throw paint at you throughout the course. Another challenge to fill my £2014 in 2014 year full of challenges. The Color Run.

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Just over a month until I will be embarking on my Isle of Wight Challenge…35 miles around the Isle in just ONE DAY! At the moment this is seeming to be near on impossible, but thankfully I live in such a beautiful place getting out to train shouldn’t be too much of a hardship!

12/07/14 19:39

Today, my sister and I decided that we will be spending her Birthday falling 15000ft out of an aeroplane in the form of a sky dive. We will be doing this as yet another challenge in my £2014 in 2014 challenge…Just need to get the medical part all ok’d and we will be good to goo!

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Just one month to go until I embark on the massive 56km in just one day around the Isle of WIght. Luckily Mother has also decided to take this challenge on so it looks like lots of Mother-Daughter training will soon be underway!


After going to the village breakfast cafe this Sunday we have decided to hold a breakfast cafe to raise funds for The Eden Dora Trust in the Autumn…watch this space!


My sister Sarah, her boyfriend Lewis and I will be falling 15,000ft this time next week (14/08/14) as part of a tandem sky dive as one of my £2014 in 2014 challenges to raise money for The Eden Dora Trust.

Here is a little taster of what we have got in store:

I know what you’re thinking, we must be crazy, right! But it is all for such a great cause that it is more than worth it.

As if that is not enough, the following weekend (23/08/14), Mother and I will embark on a not so menial 56km in ONE DAY walking around the Isle of Wight.

You can check out the route here.





My sister Sarah, her boyfriend Lewis and I jumped 15000ft out of an aeroplane yesterday. I made a little video for you to see what it was like!



I am currently recuperating after a very long walk around the Isle of Wight at the weekend. Mum and I managed to complete the full 56km (35miles) in eleven hours including stops – according to my nike plus app on my phone we managed 59.9km in nine-and-a-half hours! I have been in bed recovering the past few days but am already thinking about sorting my next challenge so watch this space…

I have been fortunate enough to have a great support system of friends and family that have been by my side throughout. Some people are not as lucky as me though, and therefore it is imperative that we join together to raise money for The Eden Dora Trust to help fund research into Encephalitis and get people talking and becoming more aware of what Encephalitis is!

The Eden Dora Trust Mission

Our mission is to provide support to children and their families/carers affected by Encephalitis, Also to raise awareness

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We aim to do this by:


– for those affected by Encephalitis to find out about what help is available and how they can access it.


– of funding to support further research into the causes, symptoms and potential cures for Encephalitis.


– funding essential training for those people affected by Encephalitis/ABI-children, families, schools & health care professionals.


– increasing understanding of Encephalitis and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in children.


– providing and sharing with other children, families & carers.


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