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Arctic Challenge

It must have been a brainwashing ‘Paul McKenna’ moment.  I recall a vague voice…..  For your 50 you’re joining me and ‘your favourite 17 year old niece, Lois’ on the Luke’s Hospice fundraising challenge.  Images of trekking through tropical jungles… camel riding across the dessert… Amazon villages….I love the heat, maybe it would be a great adventure especially with Eileen and Lois – never a dull moment.

Then the -40 degree iceberg dropped…. surviving Arctic conditions 8 days of trekking…ice fishing! shelter snow hole building! hunting! The ability to adapt and live in this environment to satisfy your survival instinct!  What instinct? I’m unfit, out of shape and I definitely don’t do cold, I don’t do snow – never been on skis, white, white and more white.  I like stinky hot counties, colour, heat and spices!!!!  If that isn’t enough torture, part of this chilling challenge is to fundraise at least £3,000 for the St Luke’s Hospice.

I know, she said, that’s why you’re doing this challenge!!!!!!

Eileen, my sister has worked at St. Luke’s Hospice for over 15 years as Nurse/Nurse Manager, she along with her colleagues who provide specialist care for people with advanced life-threatening illness.  Their medical excellence, dedication and holistic approach towards patients, families, friends and carers and everyone involved in the hospice is what they do – and - is what St Luke’s Hospice is all about.  

It relies very heavily on charity and fundraising events like this one to keep going.  So perhaps, the only sane thing about the whole mad challenge is the fantastic inspirational team at St Luke’s Hospice which makes it such a wonderful place and worthwhile cause.

If you can help me in any way to reach my  gigantic goal I would be really really grateful.

Thank you for your support,

Marie!

Raising money for

St Luke's Hospice (Basildon And District) Limited

St Luke's Hospice (Basildon And District) Limited

Charity Registration No. 289466

Services are available free to all living in the area who are terminally ill, the majority of whom have cancer. It strives to provide a warm, loving ,caring environment where the emphasis is on quality care provided through an In-Patient Unit, Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home Service, Bereavement Support, Children's Bereavement Counselling, Carers Support and Sitting Service.

Donations 22

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Glad you made it! Looking forward to the piccies! Karen and Elaine

Donation by Karen Miller on 26/03/11

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Wow Marie we are all so proud of you x ZDHxxx

Donation by zoe miller on 10/01/11

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Go Marie!! You can do it! Good luck and maybe take a picture of a nice not beach to think about while you're there! Lu x x x

Donation by Lucinda Smalley on 06/01/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Our very own Ray Mears of Queens Park! Wishing you an amazing adventure. lots of love Bear Grylls, Bruce Parry and Ernest Shackleton xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 05/01/11

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Hi Marie, you can do it. Tillstone Street is behind you! Can't wait for the stories. Lots of love.

Donation by Clare and Paul on 03/01/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Merry Xmas and a happy new year! Well done on the fundraising! Hope to talk to you before you leave. Big hug x

Donation by Tahel BarEl on 15/12/10

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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Donation by Sarah O'Mahoney on 12/12/10

£10.00

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Well done Marie! And I hope you were practicing making igloos in your garden last week!

Donation by Susie Hogben on 06/12/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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We are all behind you ----- go girl you can do it!!!!!!!!

Donation by SeaRoc Colleagues on 03/12/10

£145.00

+ £40.90 Gift Aid

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Great challenge/great cause.......Good luck

Donation by John McLaughlin on 03/12/10

£15.00

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Glad you're doing this challenge, Marie, as managed to find you on google! Lost all addresses so let me know yours in between training with huskies!xx

Donation by Gaye Urwin on 02/12/10

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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probably warmer there than here right now!! mmm... probably not... have a great adventure x

Donation by Gary Taylor on 30/11/10

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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Go for it Marie - no sweat!

Donation by Catherine Bates on 26/11/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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We will get you there!!!

Donation by Gen Kennedy on 17/03/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Go for it girl I know you can do it!! xx

Donation by PIPPA DOODSON on 11/03/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by Michael Bullock on 19/02/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation by Dinah Pryor on 15/02/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck Marie, wish you all the very best

Donation by Carolann Dorman on 15/02/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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I hope you won't get a frosty reception.....

Donation by Ewan Bloomfield on 05/02/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by keith tyrell on 05/02/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck Marie - I think you're mad but I am looking forward to seeing the photos and hearing the stories!

Donation by Nicola Ward on 05/02/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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This is not India... But I am sure once you will be back in England winter won't look too bad! Good luck!

Donation by Tahel BarEl on 05/02/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£535.00
  • Offline donations£1,700.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,235.00
  • Gift Aid£143.85

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