I've written a novel about a 17-year-old girl who's always wanted to break a world record. Thing is, when you're writing a book about a 17-year-old girl who's always wanted to break a world record, you start to wonder what breaking a world record might actually feel like. Then you think maybe, to really get a grip on her story, you should go for the same record as that 17-year-old-girl. Then you remember that her record's in space hopping. And then you realise that to stand a chance of achieving that space-hopping record, you will - not in that fictional world you've created but in actual real life - have to spend a good few hours on a space hopper. In public. Along the seafront maybe. And you might just fracture your coccyx (I did) and have to wait a year to hop again (I have). But that's all good. Because, like Churchill said, "failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts".
And so, 2nd October, I'm gunning for a mile on a space hopper at a world record pace.
Given my 17-year-old girl with world-record ambitions is experiencing what she might call "a whole lot of hurt", I figured I should try to raise some money for the many young people going through something similar. Hence this page.
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