On February 20, 2014, I'll be starting my trek across the Sahara desert to raise money for the Blue Cross, a charity that does amazing work helping abandoned, unwanted or sick animals. 

As the sub editor for Your Cat magazine, I get to see first hand what a difference charities like the Blue Cross make to animals in need, every single day. So, as a massive animal lover, I decided I wanted to do my bit too!

I'm aiming to raise a minimum of £2,000, which has the potential to save so many animal's lives and provide much-needed comfort for homeless cats and dogs. Blue Cross say that £5 pays for a pet to microchipped (which could reunite them with their owner should they become lost), £10 buys clippers to trim a dog's claws, £13 buys a cosy cat bed, £25 is enough to pay for a kitten's first vaccinations and worming treatments, £48 buys eight feeding bottles for hand-reared kittens who have no mother to look after them, £85 provides much-needed warmth and shelter to each pet admitted to a Blue Cross centre, and £100 pays for a health check for a litter of six unwanted puppies. 

On my five-day Sahara adventure I'll be hiking through the desert for up to seven hours a day, camping between the dunes and trying to keep cool! Anyone that knows me will know that I spend every day looking for the next adventure but sleeping in a tent, with no morning shower, may be the biggest challenge!

So if, like me, you love animals, please dig deep to support my trek. And for updates on my training (God knows how I'm going to prep for the heat!), how much I've raised and the people who have helped me along the way, keep an eye out in Your Cat magazine and on my website

Thanks for your support and I hope I don't wilt like a flower! xx

*For anyone that's a bit confused, I was supposed to be trekking in November 2013 but decided to push it back so I had more time to raise even more money!

Updates 10

I made it!! I'm now back from the desert and it was the hardest, most testing but best experience of my life! I've now hobbled into work and will be continuing to fundraise for the next 6 to 8 weeks! Wahooooo!! x

27/02/14 09:58

105% of my target raised - thank you so, so, so much! but I'm not stopping yet! I've got a week until my trek now but will continue to fundraise and badger you all afterwards too! Let's raise even more for animals in need!

13/02/14 09:51

I've hit my £2k target — thank you so, so, SO much to everyone who has sponsored me so far! I'm not going to stop fundraising yet though... still have a few things to sell and a car boot to do so I'm setting a personal target of £2,400. Finger's crossed!!

03/01/14 03:59

Hi all, I was supposed to be trekking today =( but decided to push my trek back until February 2014 so I can have more time to (hopefully) smash my target! Thank you for everyone's support!

21/11/13 02:41

I've entered a competition to win a £5,000 boost for my Sahara trek, but I need votes to win! Please, please, please vote for me at VOTES NEED TO BE IN BY AUGUST 31!

04/07/13 12:41

Raising money for

Blue Cross

Blue Cross

Charity Registration No. 224392

We’ve been dedicated to the health and happiness of pets since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured – we do what’s needed to give every pet a healthy life in a happy home. We’re a charity, so the more help you give us, the more help we can give pets.

Donations 77

Good for you. Will be an amazing experience and for an excellent cause.

Donation by Anita Kelsey on 07/12/14


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There would have to be more people like you who introduce themselves for the protection of animals. Nice that there are you.

Donation by Reinhard Rei on 12/07/14

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Fab effort Chloe. I admire your efforts!!

Donation by Tom Watkins - Animal Search UK on 07/04/14


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Congratulations Chloe!

Donation by Catherine Pool on 02/03/14


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Well Done Chloe, must be a great story for your future kids. Hope the bottoms of your shoes didn't melt.

Donation by Wesley Maxwell on 28/02/14


Well done Chloe.. from us 3 Timmsys xxx (I thought I'd donated already but maybe I haven't... But here's some anyway)

Donation by Anonymous on 28/02/14

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/14

Hope all goes well, the cats shall be thinking of you from the cat bed.

Donation by Alannah Grzybowska on 20/02/14

Good Luck Chloë! Such an awesome thing you're doing for a great charity. Take care of yourself, we'll be thinking of you. Shame you can't wear your 'Blush Blue' shoes :-) xxx

Donation by Suzy & Simone on 19/02/14


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Good Luck Chloe, what a fantastic thing to do xx I do hope Louie can go with you (on your teeshirt of course!) he went missing for 5 1/2 weeks last year so is a bit of a survivor!

Donation by Jane Hargreaves on 13/02/14


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Good luck with you adventure and can't believe I won the pet grooming hamper

Donation by Emma fisher on 13/02/14


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Good Luck I'm sure you can do it

Donation by Ruth McDougall on 13/02/14


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Good luck Chloe! Congratulations on raising so much money! Hope the trek is amazing and not too hard on your feet!! Sue x

Donation by Sue on 13/02/14

Good luck Chloe!! Such a wonderful cause. Percy and I can't wait to see the pictures. x

Donation by Sonja - C&W on 05/02/14


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Good luck and drink plenty of water

Donation by Amanda from Purrfect Homes Ltd on 09/01/14


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Good Luck Chloe. Love you lots. Special hugs from Will

Donation by Tasha, Neal & Will x on 02/01/14


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Donation by Ellie Nt on 02/01/14


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Good luck with your trek Chloë! You're doing such a brilliant thing - you'll do great! X

Donation by Sammy (Crosby-Stockwell) x on 02/01/14


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Great cause! Good luck, From Gavin and the team at Thrive.

Donation by Gavin and the team at Thrive on 21/11/13


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Good Luck for next week Chloe, Take Care and Stay Safe x Anne Vickers and PHYN

Donation by Anne Vickers on 14/11/13


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Keep an eye out for your cat's ancestors, the African wild cat!

Donation by Celia Haddon on 31/10/13


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Very Proud Of You ! You will be AMAZING :)X

Donation by lots of love A karen and Tim xx on 10/10/13


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Good luck Chloe! I love animals, very good cause!

Donation by Kathryn Roe on 10/10/13


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Hi Chloe, Good luck!, Love Stuart, Tracey and Cameron

Donation by Stuart Emery on 15/09/13

Good luck Chloe! You're very brave! And a great cause too :))

Donation by Sue Pooley on 03/09/13


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,240.02
  • Offline donations£1,033.94
  • Text donations£30.00
  • Total raised£2,303.96
  • Gift Aid£290.90

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