“Every Cloud” ‘n’ all that!

It’s been a frustrating week as I picked up a chest infection so I’ve had to really hold back in training. I’ve found this really challenging, but it’s been a good learning for me. Set back’s are going to occur, and I’ve got to learn how to manage myself so that I don’t let them knock me, mentally as well as physically. We’ve had to focus on the technical aspect, which has still had some real benefits, and hopefully I can get stuck in again next week and push hard.

I still have that bench press to get the better of!!!:-)

I also had my first outing in my GB kit on Saturday. It was a proud moment and very special to me…..How many years have I dreamed of wearing that GB kit! I’d been asked to give a talk to around 100 young people who were taking part in a Youth Leadership Programme. I felt incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to talk to them and it was great to see so many young people getting so much out of sport.

It’s been a good week for Climbing Out too. We’ve had confirmation that young people will be coming from 13 different cancer units, and we’ll also be joined by young people in recovery from Kidney disease this year too. It’s fantastic that the word is spreading about the opportunities available with Climbing Out.

We’ve had more good news too this week when we heard that The St James’s Place Foundation have awarded us a grant of £3,500. The Foundation supported us in 2014 and it is such great news that they have chosen to help fund a programme again this year and a big thank you must go out to them.

I also heard this week from one of the guys I climbed Kilimanjaro with back in 2011. He’s been flowing Climbing Out though social media, and he dropped me a line to say that he’ll be climbing Mont Blanc for charity this year and has decided to support Climbing Out. I feel so proud that he wants to support Climbing Out, and it’s things like this that make me realise just how much people believe in the work we do. Thank you Rob J

Our Climbing Out participants have also been busy. Last Sunday Adam Woods and Sam Jones both completed the Tough Guy race, one of the toughest obstacle races in the country. Hats off to you both! Ruth Parsons also continued with her goal of completing a half marathon a month. They were all raising money for Climbing Out, and I think their commitment and motivation to support Climbing Out speaks volumes about the impact the programmes are having on the lives of these young people. I’m very proud of them all.

So many people are supporting Climbing Out this year and it is so inspiring to see all the efforts that people are going to. Thank you to everyone for all the incredible things you’re doing.

Climbing Out is doing their own bit of fund raising too….it’s only 6 week until our charity evening on the 14thMarch. This is set to be a fantastic evening with a Climbing Out presentation, music, food, a short talk from some of the young people involved in our programmes and the first ever Climbing Out Awards. We’re aiming to get as many people as possible their so please come along and support if you can.

Read more about the charity evening. Download the flyer here: Flyer for charity evening

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