Thanks to all of you who donated towards my Kilimanjaro trek in aid of Lionsraw. With your help and generosity, we raised over £1,700 for a fantastic cause, building schools and public buildings in deprived communities across the world, including South Africa.
Everyone at Wades have been as supportive as ever, agreeing to donate a further £1,000 to the fundraiser, taking the total beyond the £2,700 mark. Thanks again to all of you who donated and passed on well wishes – we couldn't have done it with you!
The trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I've always wanted to do Kilimanjaro, and it really did take my breath away – literally! It was all worth it to look down from the summit and see some of the most spectacular views imaginable.
It was worth it in a different sense, too. The money raised will provide hundreds of children in deprived areas with a safe learning environment, crucial meals and sanitation; a legacy which will live on through thriving communities.
As they say, there's no rest for the wicked. This year, I'll be doing the Great North Run - and I won't be doing it alone.
Lynsey, James and Jessica will be joining me at the start line in September, raising money and awareness for another cause that you'll know is close to my heart: the Marie Curie hospice in Elswick.
Keep your eyes peeled for more news on that - and thanks again for all of your support.
All the best,