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Himalayan Hiking Hats
Nepal Hiking Challenge 1-11 November 2012
The challange
For me, Louisa, (a very average wife, mum, daughter, knitwear designer, dog walker) to embark on an amazing 11 day trip to Nepal - including a 7 day rough trek - sleeping in tents, long drop toilets, no washing facilities – only rivers, between 4 and 9 hours daily trekking, amazing adventures, vistas and views. The aim to raise least £3,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support which includes cost of the trip.
My Goal
To raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
My family have sponsored me £1,100 which pays for the cost of the trip. All further money donated goes directly to Macmillan.
Why a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising challenge?
In January 2011 Stephen, my husband and rock was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He started aggressive chemotherapy in February and was very ill, he was cared for fantastically and I was supported by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Until last year ‘Cancer’ was a word I’d heard but was something I was totally naïve about. Cancer is all consuming, for those diagnosed and for those supporting them.
How Macmillan Cancer Support helped us
Our health district has a specific Macmillan funded unit which meant Stephen was treated nearer to home by Macmillan trained specialist chemotherapy nurses who are amazing.
The Macmillan website was my lifeline. We were able to find out about Stephens diagnosis, treatment, side effects, both physical and emotional, how and what to tell the children and what to expect during his treatment and afterwards.
My support for Macmillan Cancer Support
Not only am I appealing to friends and relatives who know and love us for sponsorship – thank you x
I am also putting together a series of seven knitting patterns called ‘Himalayan Hiking Hats’.
My personal aim is to have my photo taken wearing each one of the hats on the first 6 days of the trek. The seventh hat pattern in the series will be knitted 'en route' and photographed on the 7th (our last) trekking day!
Your support for Macmillan Cancer Support
Join me on my challenge by downloading and knitting the hats – great as gifts and stash busting.
Three patterns are available now – see photos.
Make a donation and download a pdf copy of the patterns @ www.louisaharding.co.uk/macmillan
This is an honesty box so you don’t have to make a donation, but please do…thank you.
Now
Since Stephen finished chemotherapy in June 2011 he has continued to be monitored and receives amazing care, he is flourishing – see him wearing the Stripy Karuwa Hat!
He is back working with me photographing my knitwear collections and supporting me with my trek training, gradually building up our fitness together walking the dog.
His new mantra, ‘life has to be lived with a capital F for Fun!’
Future
Watch this space for updates on the patterns - 3 more will be available in September, my training (OK - dog walking with our very obliging Springer Spaniel, Bo) and further fundraising ideas to make that goal of £5,000.

Updates 8

I can't belive it's over a week since I have been back - Nepal is the most beautiful country - we were very privileged to visit. A fantastic adventure with amazing fellow trekkers, an emotional journey in every sense!

22/11/12 12:20

The yarn is packed, now off to the airport, with love and thank you for helping to make this happen, Louisa xxxx

01/11/12 10:28

Do continue to donate while I'm away and THANK YOU everyone for all your generous donations and well wishes, as today’s total stands we have raised £7,086.50 together which is incredible, and as a group we have raised £146,818 so far….. thank you xxx

30/10/12 17:57

Suddenly hit home off on Thursday, really busy last few weeks with work not had time to think about the trip! Practiced packing my bag, only allowed 8 kgs, down to 8.4 not including rucksack which has to hold my knitting! will have to carry more on my back, or wear more clothes

30/10/12 17:56

If you stumble upon my page to donate please do....Amazingly I seem to have exceeded my target but please do continue to donate, Macmillan are really so important in the lives of those touched by cancer xxxx

09/10/12 22:30

Raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity Registration No. 261017

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

Donations 307

Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/14

$20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 12/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 03/01/14

Donation by Anonymous on 26/12/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Hope all is going well. Love the hats!

Donation by Dr Rhoda Goldberg on 28/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Daphne on 24/11/13

$20.00

With best wishes for continued success, and good health for you and your family.

Donation by Andrea Knits on 24/11/13

Hold on & be strong!!

Donation by Wendy on 20/11/13

£10.00

Fuck Cancer!

Donation by Carol Y on 20/11/13

Donation by Anonymous on 20/11/13

In celebration of Stephen and in memory of my husband Greg who lost his battle with small cell lung cancer on 1/16/13. It's difficult to be a caregiver so I honor you, Louisa.

Donation by Anonymous on 20/11/13

$20.00

Donation by dm wood on 20/11/13

£10.00

Dear Louisa, Your courage and spirit are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for the gift of your talents that you have shared with our community of knitters. I hope you feel the love!

Donation by Beth Moriarty on 20/11/13

$100.00

Donation by Anonymous on 02/11/13

Donation by Anonymous on 26/10/13

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 29/09/13

$5.00

Additional Silent Auction proceeds raised in America with items generously donated from the knitting industry, your colleagues and friends.

Donation by Lisette Davis & Danielle Bowen, USA on 27/09/13

$30.00

Donation by Anonymous on 05/09/13

£5.00

Donation by Hanks Yarn shop on 30/08/13

Donation by Anonymous on 14/08/13

$20.00

What a wonderful idea. I am a cancer survivor and proud to support this project.

Donation by Kathy on 11/08/13

$20.00

Thank you for the knitting patterns - they look amazing!

Donation by Pauline on 05/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thanks for doing this!

Donation by Anonymous on 29/07/13

$5.00

Donation by Anonymous on 16/07/13

£5.00

What a wonderful way to support a worthy cause.

Donation by Bethany P on 16/07/13

$20.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£7,137.36
  • Offline donations£1,765.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£8,902.36
  • Gift Aid£738.13

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