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So due to my severe lack of WiFi in Africa in its entirety I am uploading all of my Kili blog posts within the next few days.


Since I got back from Asia it’s been go, go, go with everything.

In the 12 days I have been back in the country I have managed to graduate from University. On the 4th July I had my ceremony and was presented with my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management – very pleased (mostly because now I’m done with studying!)

 I also managed to get everything sorted and get the keys to my beautiful brand new house and move in, I am still without a couple of appliances (like a fridge) but it’s getting there and starting to feel like home.

I am currently sat on a coach on the way to the lovely London Heathrow airport, very excited about my new adventure. It seems so long ago that I randomly asked Alice if she would like to go spontaneously climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity and since then there have been a lot of fundraisers, and very generous donations from family, friends and companies (Huge thanks to Sharpe Systems! But it’s finally here I am a few hours away from jetting off on an Emirates flight to Africa (via Dubai!)

Wish me luck!

If everything goes to plan, I should have the keys to my brand new house down in the south at the beginning of July and I’m so excited! (Eeeekk!)

Even though I don’t actually have my mortgage offer yet (come on Virgin Money!), I have prepared by buying small kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture and placed a deposit on the carpets and flooring that I want. Yesterday, I restored some old furniture from my mum’s house that had become a little worn on top.

Here’s what it looked like before…


So I sanded it all down and (attempted) to paint it a lovely chocolate brown colour which isn’t far off the colour it should have been before.

I bought Craig and Rose 1829 paint from B&Q in the colour Clove Brown and used that to paint my furniture.


The end result wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be, it looks more purple than dark brown, but I love it anyway and it’s going to look great in my new house (if I ever get there!)


The picture isn’t very good because of the lighting, but i’ll upload some more when I can.

Let me know what you think, and have you ever restored any furniture?

I’m now over the half-way hurdle (but little under a month until the deadline!) There are a couple of events I have done, but still have a massive £1,200 until I hit my target…

The first of which was on Friday of last week, whereby I was bucket shaking on my local high street (Alfreton)…basically, I was one of those annoying people on the streets with a bucket making jingling sounds, but hey it’s all for a great cause! I would like to thank everyone that donated; I managed to raise about £46, so thank you!

I also set up shop in a shopping centre on the outskirts of Sheffield called Crystal Peaks. I was set up on a little stand armed with leaflets, posters and general goodies in the hope of getting some donations for Practical Action. It wasn’t a successful as I had hoped, but every little helps 🙂

And of course I still have my iPad raffle up and running which is due to close in just 9 days! So get your entries in quick to be in with winning a Brand New iPad Mini!!/groups/507550315973123/

If I thought fundraising was difficult, I’ve got to actually climb this mountain now… any tips?

There’s something quite daunting about putting a video on YouTube, especially when you watch those that are so natural in front of the camera and I just look like, well, a doofus (possibly the best word in my vocabulary!)

Anyway, I deemed it necessary to film a video about myself and Kilimanjaro and to show people the there is actually a prize at stake!

After about 4 hours, a million takes and stumbling over many of my words I finally finished my, incredibly cringe, very first YouTube video, although it’s not quite what I had in mind (I assumed I would be a natural in front of the camera, but obviously not!)

Here is the link to my video – enjoy! Clearly I have no idea about lighting, sound (I mostly just hate the sound of my own voice!) and anything else video-y…so let me know what you think, and any tips you have (just in case I do decide to make a whole channel of videos!)

And also check out the iPad mini giveaway if you haven’t entered already:!/groups/507550315973123/

Yes, you read that right!

The lovely people at Sharpe Systems ( have so generously donated an iPad to my cause to help me with my fundraising efforts. Massive thank you!

So, as part of my fundraising efforts, I am going to be giving away this BRAND NEW, BLACK, 16GB iPAD MINI to one lucky donator!


As you know I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in July, and have been hitting the fundraising hard to try and make as much money as I can for Practical Action, because it’s such a great cause. They are involved in so many projects across the world trying to help combat poverty through new developments and technologies.

On May 25th 2013, the draw will be closing and the winner will be announced shortly after (exciting times for those that have entered!)

Ipad Mini

I am asking for a minimum charity donation of just £2 onto my Just Giving page, so that you can be entered into the draw (such a bargain if you win!)

If you would like to find out more or enter the draw, please check out the Facebook group which will instruct you on how to do so.!/groups/507550315973123/

Best of Luck!

As with most university students at this time of the year, final exams are just round the corner. It’s not that I’m dreading them or I’m stressed or anything I just cannot be bothered (wrong attitude to have after 4 years hard work and a bucket load of money on tuition!) My life is far too exiting busy right now.

I thought it was wise to buy a house (to re-locate for my new job!), plan (to travel round south east Asia), fundraise (for Practical Action), train (to climb Mount Kilimanjaro) AND revise for and sit my finals all within the same month! Crazy, right? Yet instead of doing all of these things I have now decided to update my blog – it must feel neglected after no posts have been uploaded since January.

Needless to say I have failed on pretty much – well actually – all of my new year’s resolutions (but it’s May, no-one ever really sticks to them, do they!?)

However, today marks the beginning of my new fitness regime. It will only last a month because I am heading off to Asia on June 3rd (not long!) so I am hoping I can stick to it. Today I started with a 4km run which took me 28mins (this will get better…) and tomorrow I’m up at 6.30am (!) for a gentle morning aqua aerobics class. I’ll let you know how that turns out!

I have come to the realisation that at the minute I actually have nothing to blog about really, however I am going to continue to do it anyway.

Today I have handed in my second version of my dissertation introduction and literature review (after my first versions were shockingly bad) so I am hoping that my tutor approves of these ones.


My Ultrabook, work, and much needed caffeine boost.

As far as university goes its day 4 of an 11 week term and I have already have enough, I have so much going on after May that I’m pretty much wishing away the next few months, which will be the most important months as far as my degree is concerned.

What I have been working on is my charity fundraising, I am hoping to sell paintball tickets (which are crazy cheap if anyone wants any!) continue to sell cakes on Sundays, and planning two live mic night events, which we still have to come up with names for.

Resolution Update

So far so good I think, I’ve managed to keep up my water intake, going to the gym at least 4 times a week (which I am not used to, so I can now barely walk!). I am, however, constantly hungry after an over indulgent Christmas…just takes some getting used to, I’ll get there (eventually!)

My very first post, this is exciting.

I’m not so sure how to blog at the moment, but I’m sure I will pick it up (eventually).

It’s January 1st, the start of a brand new year. This year is going to be very different from any other year, bigger, better and more fun packed, so I thought a blog would be great to remember what has happened (and to keep my mum up-to-date with my life!)

This year will see me graduate (hopefully), travel Asia, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, move to Swindon and start a graduate job with Intel.

Even though this year is going to be much different, it has started pretty much the same as any another year (probably true for the majority of the population); hung-over, but filled with New Year’s resolutions. So my aims for this year are as follows;

  • Start Blog (check!)
  • Lose Weight (this is always on this list)
  • Drink 2l water everyday
  • Train for Kilimanjaro climb & raise money for Practical Action


That’s all for today, Happy New Year everyone!!