Fundraising for Shelter
In 2011 I made the decision to become a regular fund raiser for the homelessness charity SHELTER. I feel passionately that everyone should have a safe, warm and affordable place to call home - it's a basic human need! I will continue to do all I can to set myself new challenges, and organise social events to help raise awareness of the excellent work carried out by SHELTER.
These few words from SHELTER explains exactly what they do,
"Shelter works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all. Our work won’t stop until there’s a home for everyone."
Support for ASPIRE, 2018
In September I took up the challenge of swimming the equivalent distance of crossing the English Channel (22miles) in 12 weeks by swimming lengths in my local pool.
Challenge complete! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen! We made £312 smashing my £250 target - so happy about that! Watch this space for news on my 2019 fundraiser! With love and thanks, Kathleen x
*** Update! ***
The solo challenge has now become a relay! I've injured my shoulder and I'm VERY grateful to my friends and loved ones who have stepped up and offered to do some of my lengths for me - suddenly the 22 miles is achievable again! Many thanks to you all for your amazing support!
With love, Kathleen x
I can't do the front crawl, I can do the breast stroke. I'm not that happy about sticking my face in the water BUT I'm going to have to get over that!
At the moment I can swim 2 lengths of my local pool (it's 20 metres long) and then I have to stop for a breather! This is going to be a challenge for me - but I will continuously remind myself why I'm doing it! Here's a bit about what the charity ASPIRE do:
"Every eight hours, someone in the UK sustains a spinal cord injury. There is no warning, no preventative medicine, and no time to prepare. A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time. Aspire is a national charity that works with people with spinal cord injuries to create opportunity, independence and choice.
If you'd like to sponsor me, please do! I'm hoping to raise £250. Here's the link to my JustGiving Page
Kathleen's 22 mile Swim
160 mile walk, 2018
On Sunday 29th April, on the island of Islay I completed the challenge of walking 160 miles for SHELTER. I came up with this distance as it represents £1 for every child living in temporary accommodation in my local city of Dundee. There are over 128,000 homeless children living in Britain today.
My hope was to raise £1600 - well, thanks to the generosity of my sponsors my goal was smashed and the total ( before gift aid is added ) comes to £1830!
Giving my sponsors a break, 2017
In order to give my regular sponsors a break I decided that a year on from the day I finished The Great Glen Way I would personally donate £1 to SHELTER for every mile I walked from Saturday 10th September 2016 - Sunday 10th September 2017. Over this period I managed to clock up 1003 miles, or £1003!
I also sold some of my hand made ceramic pieces, Christmas decorations, and crocheted goodies at the Auchenblae Village Hall Christmas market, raising £60.
The photo on the left shows me looking over Derwent Water in the Lake District, a walk I did with my friend Tina in April 2017...every mile helping raise more money to relieve housing issues and homelessness in the UK.
The Great Glen Way, 2016
On Saturday 10th September 2016 I completed the Great Glen Way. In the end the walk totalled 79.6 miles, my friend Tina and I completed it in 6 days, and donations reached £2000! The weather stayed pretty good throughout, and the scenery was spectacular.
This is a walk that runs from Fort William to Inverness, and the various websites and information on the walk say that this walk is between 73-77 miles long!
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
Lochindaal SUP, 2014
My fundraising challenge for 2014 was to paddle across Lochindaal on a stand up paddle board! Lochindaal is a sea loch on the island of Islay, and weather permitting, on the 5th July I left from the village of Port Charlotte and finished the challenge in Bowmore, covering a distance of almost 3 miles. The money raised was split three ways, between SHELTER, The Islay Lifeboat (RNLI) & Islay and Jura Community Enterprises, a grand total of £1517 including gift aid.
Shona Ramsay, owner of Islay SUP very kindly offered to train me and accompany me on the trip.
In summary, I made it! I was scared throughout, but exhilarated once I'd achieved what I'd set out to do. Paddling across 2.8 miles of sea loch, with Lion's Mane Jelly Fish never far away... terrifying. So grateful for the support of Shona & Rhona :-)
Charity Gig, 2013
In the spring of 2013 I organised a night of music in my village hall here in Letham, Angus. Local band, "Aff the Cuff" played a great set of folk tunes and got the crowd up and dancing! They were followed by Brighton based folk/pop band "The Beautiful Word".
I hoped to raise £500 for SHELTER, and I was delighted to raise just over £600 on the night!
Pedal for Scotland, 2013
In September 2013 I joined 6000 cyclists for the Pedal for Scotland, Glasgow to Edinburgh 47mile cycle.
I set up my justgiving page and set my target for SHELTER to £500 - the generosity of my sponsors meant I smashed that target and managed to raise a fantastic £680
I finished the cycle in exactly 5 hours, which I was really chuffed about! I met some lovely encouraging folk en route, and by the time I made it into the rugby stadium at Murrayfield, Edinburgh I was moved to tears by the cheers of support.
Thanks again to everyone who sponsored me for the cycle - it kept me going knowing finishing the event would mean more funds for SHELTER!
360 miles cycle, 2011
In 2011 I cycled 360 miles over 10 days from Broughty Ferry to Thurso - if you'd like to read about the literal and metaphorical ups and downs of that trip you can read about it by clicking here
I hoped to raise £2000 for SHELTER on this challenge, and with the help of those that joined me during the 10 days, and the sponsorship from kind friends and family we made £2500.