The best way to descend from the roof of Africa is to sand surf. The slopes are steep and sandy and the guides want to get you down as quickly as possible to avoid the unfiltered rays of the sun – which are growing stronger by the minute … More Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 6: The final part of the journey
We were first introduced to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in 2015 when Rosie was diagnosed with Nemaline Myopathy.
CHSW is a charity providing respite and hospice care … More Weekend break at Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice
We were able to sleep in until 6:30 this morning – what a delight.
The kind porters once again bringing a very welcome cup of coffee to the tent door and making sure we were OK. We autopilot into our now seamless morning routine … More Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 5 : Reaching the Summit
Baranco camp was busy and tension ran high. Today we’d be tackling the infamous Baranco Wall – a 257m zig zag scramble on the next stage of our journey. The Great Baranco Wall is known locally … More Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 4 : Baranco Camp > Karanga Camp
Another 6am start and another welcome hot cup of coffee made outside the door of the tent by one of our kind porters. I slept for six hours last night and despite feeling rested and well, I awake with my emotions in turmoil. … More Mt Kilimanjaro Part 3 : Shira Cave Camp > Lava Tower > Baranco Camp
I made a quick call to Iain and Rosie in the morning to say my last goodbye for a while as I didn’t know when I would be able to get signal again. 27 slightly anxious people, most of us strangers, all gathered in the reception … More Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 2 : Machame Gate to Shira Cave Camp
Saying goodbye was tough.
I’d been in tears all morning – excited about the adventure ahead and yet terrified about leaving Rosie. Suddenly the thought of being so far away from her without much, if any, contact was just all too much. … More Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 1 : Leaving for Tanzania
I haven’t slept a wink. My stomach is churning – could be the anti-malaria tablets – or maybe just the excited nervousness about what I’ll endure over the next 11 days.
Almost ten months to the day after signing up to trek Mount Kilimanjaro, today I fly out to Africa.
… More Today’s the day – Africa here I come!
We did it!!! I can’t believe that three months ago, three friends consumed three bottles of wine (and a little bit more) and made the beginnings of a plan to organise a spectacular charity ball with the aim to raise over £5,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK and I can’t believe we did it! Our grand total … More Rosie’s Charity Ball (Part 2 – the main event!)
I am totally delighted, extremely excited and incredibly proud to announce that on the evening of Friday 16th June 2017, Rosie’s Charity Ball will take place at Clevedon Hall … More Rosie’s Charity Ball – 16 June 2017