So 106 sleeps until the desert. Yikes! Are we ready? I am not sure I can speak for my fellow trekkers but I certainly don’t feel ready yet. There’s a certain sense of panic setting in, however the teams and individuals are focussing on fundraising and this last week has seen a flurry of events.
Cake sales, bottle tombola’s, collections at Xmas parties, pub quizzes, craft fairs and book sales, trekkers are turning their hands at all manner of activities as they raise their own and their team’s fundraising targets. 7 EY trekkers have raised over £1,000 in personal sponsorship. The group is now over a Quarter of the way to the target and the Lord’s Taveners have also been busy with a series of Xmas lunches and dinners. Long walks are recommended to burn off all those additional calories!
Training is stepping up as an initial series of 3 walks are planned for the next few weeks: Box Hill, a Yorkshire romp and a trek across Wimbledon Common………. Core training lunges and breaking in the walking boots all pre-requisite to a successful trip.
For me, I am resting…a back spasm has halted my training programme for the last 10 days, with 3 visits to the Osteopath and enforced rest adding to my panic. My training was going well- I was enjoying my Saturday morning training sessions with Sandip my personal trainer (more to follow) and long walks….so during my mandatory down-time I have resorted to scouring the internet for Go-Pro advice and how to make and edit video clips as I start the make the blog more interactive for you, the reader.
In this instalment also a little introduction to the two charities. There will be more to follow about the trekking team and the work of the charities, including our objectives and lasting legacy for greater collaboration in support of the youngsters and the causes that both charities support.
The EY Foundation
About the EY Foundation: The EY Foundation is a UK registered charity that works directly with disadvantaged young people, employers and social entrepreneurs to create or support pathways to education, employment or enterprise. EY Foundation is an independent UK charity that builds and delivers its own programmes, working hand in hand with third parties and volunteers. The Foundation operates and is incorporated independently of EY and is governed by a separate trustee board.
Watch this video to meet some of the young people the charity works with.
The Lord’s Taverners
About the Lord’s Taverners: The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance. Every year, the Lord’s Taverners donates over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities.
You can find out more about the work of the charity by watching this short film.