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
In September I'm taking up the challenge of swimming the equivalent distance of crossing the English Channel (22miles) in 12 weeks by swimming lengths in my local pool.
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..the first donation is already in, thanks! Here's the link to my JustGiving Page
Kathleen's 22 mile Swim
The 160 mile walk is FINISHED!
On Sunday 29th April, on the island of Islay I completed the challenge of walking 160 miles for SHELTER. One mile for every child living in temporary accommodation in Dundee.
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!
Thank you all very much!
March 2018: 160 miles for SHELTER
From 11th March - End of April 2018 I'm 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. If you can, please sponsor me, every penny helps! 160 miles sponsor page With love, Kathleen x
End of year sale for SHELTER...and now to 2018....
Last night I sold over £50's worth of "goodies" at the Auchenblae Christmas Market in aid of SHELTER. I'll be rounding it up and sending a cheque for £60 to SHELTER to end this years fundraising for my favourite charity. This year has been about giving my sponsors a break and raising money without sponsorship...however, in 2018 I'll be back to emailing, begging and pleading for sponsorship..so brace yourselves!!
I'll be taking a break for a few weeks now before I come back on here to update you on what I'm planning for 2018. In the meantime with only 4 weeks to go to Christmas may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and love filled festive season. With love, Kathleen x
Friday 24th November 2017 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Come along to Auchenblae Village Hall and get into the Christmas spirit! I will be selling some of my hand made ceramic pieces, Christmas decorations, and crocheted goodies with all proceeds from my sales being donated to SHELTER. See you there! Love, Kathleen x
UPDATE! The £1 for every mile walked over 12 months has reached the grand total of £1003
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. I'm well over the 500 mile mark and hope to make it to 1,000 miles before the year is up - I'll keep you posted!
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.
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 so far the fund (including Gift Aid) is at £1975! Thank you so much to everyone who put money in the pot! It's truly appreciated. The weather stayed pretty good throughout, and the scenery was spectacular.
If you'd like to donate my Great Glen Way Donations Page will remain open until the 10th October 2016. Many thanks, Kathleen x
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
In September 2016 I will be raising money for SHELTER by walking The Great Glen Way. 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! I suppose it depends how much wandering off the route goes on. This year I have set a fundraising target of £3000...this is a big ask from my sponsors and every single donation is gratefully received. I'm also making a selection of hand built ceramics, posting them down to Brighton where my daughter, Emily will sell them (hopefully!) and all monies raised will be added to the pot!
If you can, it would be great if you could sponsor me! Feel free to share this link too..many thanks in advance. Great Glen Way Donations Page
With love, Kathleen x
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Zig Ziglar
The photo of the route is from the website greatglenway.org
My fundraising challenge for 2014 is 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 will leave from the village of Port Charlotte and finish the challenge in Bowmore, covering a distance of 3 - 4 miles. This year the money raised will be split three ways, between SHELTER, The Islay Lifeboat (RNLI) & Islay and Jura Community Enterprises. Shona Ramsay, owner of Islay SUP has very kindly offered to train me and accompany me on the trip! It is my hope that other Islay folk who can row, kayak or SUP will join Shona and I and throw some money in the pot for three very worthwhile charities. I will (of course) update you on my progress, just try and stop me! In the meantime, if you'd like to donate a little something here's the link to my fundraising page Lochindaal Challenge Every penny helps, thank you x
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 :-) Now to the next SHELTER fundraiser! Watch this space.
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.
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" their music can be heard by clicking here
I hoped to raise £500 for SHELTER, and I was delighted to raise just over £600 on the night! A big thank you to everyone who came along to give their support, and to my lovely friends who donated raffle prizes for the night.
It was a great night - and a lot less painful than cycling! So, with that in mind I might have to plan another social event for my 2014 SHELTER fund raiser...I will of course keep you posted :-)
In September 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 Thank you all so much!
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!