Oops.. Haven’t posted in a while! Well, here’s an update…

  • Went to Raleigh International open information evening on 17th Feb
  • Still deciding what I want to do for the Gap Year 2017 
  • Applied for a bursary from my college, Collyers and awaiting a reply!

Anyway, last weekend I had my first taste of fundraising for the Yukon trip! We were kindly asked to run our Sussex wing  climbing wall at Plumpton Race course Easter Family day!

However, as per usual, didn’t all go to plan. As tradition for Easter weekend in Britain, it rained, and poured and just for a change Storm Katie was blowing in!! 

But the show much go on, we arrived at 0930, set up the information tent, the climbing wall, and the Easter Egg tombola! Winds at the top of the climbing wall were blasting about 40mph… Just about Safe. 😉

The show opened at 1100 and family’s began to dribble in, though there were regular intervals of rain, we were able to operate the climbing wall and Easter egg tombola went down a treat, even though we did have to duck into the hut every now and again! 

Also, one of our jobs was to occupy “Whinny” the walking horse with a guide providing photos and free chocolate eggs to the children, which was, as you could assume, a hit! Though, again due to the regular intervals of rain Whinny often had to gallop into the nearest tent as a wet horse is a very smelly horse! 

However, despite the weather conditions we were successful on the tombola, raising £135 over the day! And the Climbing wall was enjoyed by kids and Whinny too (check out the pictures! ) 

After watching the last race at 1745 the show closed and we shut down for the night. However, it wasn’t home time yet! The show had not yet been called off! So we spent the night! Not in a tent- thank goodness- but in a concrete hut.

After an.. Interesting… Nights sleep, we were woken at 0700 in the morning to a urgent looking staff member telling us the show had been called off and that we should probably get the tent down before it blew away! So grabbing boots and waterproofs we ran out, almost being blown away ourselves by Katie’s gusts of wind! Once we got the tent packed and climbing wall attached to the van, eggs for breakfast! Creme Eggs that is! And picked up by parents!

Quite an eventful Easter weekend I think! Overall we raised £1335 for our services at the weekend as well as some good laughs! 

Now, I’ve got to get back to packing, I’m off to Scotland tomorrow evening for the CanoeTraining trip descending the River Spey, and I have no idea how I’m going to fit EVERYTHING into this one bag! 

Till Next time! 

 

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