The Ballet

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Challenge 18…go to the ballet…I decided to invite our students to join me for the opportunity and six of them said ‘yes’! With my colleagues Jane and Robert, we ended the term and headed off to Nottingham to watch the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company perform three separate pieces. We started at Wagamama’s, nearly ended up watching Lulu due to an incorrect entrance decision, but we’re glad to settle in our seats to watch the performances. They were very different in style, tempo and appearance but their movements were spell binding throughout. Second interval chocolate was munched with glee and we clapped our palms off at the end of the third performance…sending us home with smiles. Thanks to our students for a really enjoyable evening and end to the term. Happy half term!

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Progress

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In the fifth month of my year I’ve achieved 12 of my 40 challenges. I’m a little behind schedule but have the Ballet next Friday, Buckingham Palace the week after…and three more challenges to think up. Can anyone help me?!

Plus…I still have over £4k to raise for charity..cough up peeps!

Challenge 14 – The Lincoln Colour Run

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I had managed to persuade my colleague, Holly, that she should take part in the Colour Run with me. She spent the week before the event in a dental nightmare, having dental surgery, on antibiotics and with a swollen face that drew sympathy from the most unsympathetic people we know!

Despite all this (and being flattened by Nick on the morning of the race and twisting her ankle!) we still managed to line up at the start of the race in grand spirits. And then….she ran and ran and ran and ran! It was superb…there was paint everywhere, lots of laughter and nattering (from me so she didn’t think about breathing or sore legs!) and before we knew it we were coloured from head to toe and making our way across the finish line in under 40 minutes.

I’m super duper proud of Holly for being such a tough cookie and even more chuffed that she is ready for a new challenge…The Muddy Run is waiting for us all in July! Whatever will come next?!

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Challenge 24…the update…

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I have learnt that relaxing is not at all boring and is actually quite good for me. Having said that, after our evening at Eden Hall it’s been flat out busy busy busy! Well, at least I managed one evening! Only one photo to share, we were too busy lazing about in the pools and spa areas and generally doing nowt!

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Challenge 23

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It is the morning of Sunday 19th April and I must admit to feeling a little nervous. It’s the day of my 23rd challenge…and this was really does feel like a challenge to me. At 12.15pm I will be meeting a friend, Lou, at Lincoln County Hospital, ready to give blood. This is the first time I have ever given blood. I have wanted to over the years but I struggle with a fear of needles. I have had lots of them stuck in me over the years, but it’s not something I enjoy in any way, shape or form!

A number of friends and colleagues have experienced their loved ones needing assistance from medical services, and many of these have included receiving blood. The blood banks only exist because of the generosity of so many people across the country, many of whom go year-on-year to donate and maintain these vital supplies. With such a small act, half an hour sat donating a pint of blood and drinking a cup of tea, the life of another person could be saved. This is the year for me to overcome my fear and give for other people. Fear is there to be overcome. Bring on the tea and biscuits!

Giving Blood

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One of my forty challenges is to give blood, something I have been meaning to do for a long time. I was very ill and hospitalised a number of years ago and had a lot of blood taken at that time – well, it felt like a lot of blood! I became very nervous of needles as they were placed in numerous parts of my body to try and draw out blood. I learnt that the nurses were great at finding veins and the doctors were terrible…I remember refusing to let one doctor take blood as he had ‘hurt’ me the previous time!

Ten years later, I feel like now is the time to get over that fear and give blood for the first time. So many people survive accidents and illnesses each year due to the generosity of blood donors. Now is my time to join the donor crew. I went online tonight and realised that it is really simple to register as a donor. The website:

https://my.blood.co.uk/Home/Landing

is really easy to navigate and within ten minutes I was registered and signed up to give blood. I’ll be at County Hospital in Lincoln on 19th April 2015 at 12:30! Wish me luck!