The journey begins

Welcome to this first instalment in my blog.

It has taken me a few weeks to put pen to paper and start this blog, following my agreement to become Lead Partner for the 2017 Sahara trek in aid of TWO fantastic charities (theEY Foundation and Lord’s Taverners).

Why so long? Well a great friend challenged me as to what my legacy would be from this event. A great question and one which had me thinking for some time – during my train journeys, on walks with the dog and any spare moments (those that know me, know that spare moments are rare!)

After contemplating their question, it’s clear to me that what I do believe in are the causes both the charities support. As a family we are committed to cricket; both my children (Kristian, 22 and Natasha, 19) play to a reasonably high standard (County and representative cricket) and we have previously run the facilities for a local cricket club where Steve Finn trained and played and I held the award for the best cricket teas for the 3 years I made them…Umpires would elect to come to Langleybury for my catering!

I have am also dedicated to supporting the experiences of young people in the workplace through my on going commitment to the EY graduate and internship schemes.

But that’s not the reason I am determined to build a better ‘working’ world for the causes these charities support. Yes, anyone can walk a desert – all it requires is determination, a bit of training, the right shoes, an excellent guide and a positive mental attitude. Will it be hard? Of course it will. Will there be times I doubt why I signed up for/ agreed to this? Of course.

Many of my colleagues have already experienced the wonders and delights of this trip, but for me how I start to plan before and, in particular, after the event is vital in raising awareness of the charities and what my legacy will be.

I guess some of this determination to leave a legacy and change the world as we know it might come from my Great Aunt – Emeline Pankhurst. Perhaps my stubborn streak and desire to keep the family tradition inspires me to ensure that this – a walk in the Sahara – is only the start of the journey in building a better working world…

Coming Up: The team behind the two charities, meet the trekkers joining me, my journey to desert fitness, upcoming fundraising events…

Please click here to donate to these two great charities, as I lead our 50 trekkers across the Sahara…