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Don’t Look Down

6 Feb

So, here’s the photographic evidence that I completed yesterday’s abseil. Having left my phone at home yesterday morning, I only have this official photo to document my descent from Scaredy Cat to full on fear-facer. Helpfully, I left the picture in my friend’s car and have just got it back, hence the delayed post.

Looking at this now, I still can’t believe I went through with it, for a number of reasons but mainly because of the fear factor. My sincere thanks must go to my fantastic friend Lois who got me there yesterday – I couldn’t have done it without her and her moral support.

I’m proud that I managed to swallow the massive lump in my throat and make the metaphorical leap, as I more than doubled my fundraising target of £150 with the funds going to support Special Olympics Ulster – an extremely worthwhile charity.

It’s all a bit of a blur and was over in a matter of seconds, thankfully before I had a chance to look down. I can’t thank everyone who gave so generously with sponsorship enough – it really means so much, so thank you. Maybe I should do a skydive next… One step at a time perhaps.



Dizzy New Heights – Facing My Fear

16 Jan

There are relatively few things I’m afraid of. But heights are one of them.

I’m not really sure when, or why it started; I’m a fairly rational person but this is one of my quirks. Considering I’m 5ft ‘11 and routinely wear five inch heels, it probably seems a bit daft but quite frankly, I’m terrified of heights.

I said at the outset that this blog, and the challenges I take on for it, would often take me out of my comfort zone. I’ve no doubt that this particular task will do just that.

On Sunday 5th February, just a few weeks from now, I will attempt to complete a charity abseil. I honestly never thought I would do something like this. In fact, I could hardly think of a worse way to spend a Sunday. Or any day.

Towards the end of last year, we started working with sports charity, Special Olympics Ulster at MCE. During one of our first PR meetings, their fundraising manager told me they were organising an abseil off Victoria Square (also a client of ours). It was a strange and somewhat surreal moment, because without even being asked, I volunteered myself to take part.

I’d just started this blog, so finding challenges to task myself with was admittedly on my mind , but I think subconsciously I knew this was a fear I have to face head on. Still, I waked away from that meeting feeling a little sick at the thought of it; even writing about this now, I’m getting a little jittery.

I am scared but the money I raise will go to a great cause. I can genuinely say that Special Olympics Ulster makes a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities here in Northern Ireland. During the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several athletes that have blossomed through the chance to compete in Special Olympics sports competitions at local, national and international levels. Their achievements, against all the odds, are a continual reminder to me that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it.

Plus, I figure that if I’m ever going to do something like this, having the added pressure of not embarrassing myself very publicly in front of two clients might just be enough to help me face my fear.

Wish me luck, just don’t tell me to ‘break a leg’…

P.S. If anyone reading this would like to make a donation, however small, I would be extremely grateful. I’ve set up a Fundraising page on the Special Olympics Ulster website and you can donate securely here – Thank You!

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