Twenty-one challenges, twenty-one months.
One great cause – Help for Heroes
The reason for these challenges and the charity I chose is pretty simple. In March 2011, my little brother, Nick, left our family for the Nadi-Ali region of Helmand province, Afghanistan, to serve as a Royal Marine Commando. Over the last few years, whilst undergoing the most gruelling military training in the world, I have watched him grow into this amazing person; a man to look up to and a brother to be proud of.
Nick (3) & me (7) Nick & me after my first challenge
Every day Nick and his colleagues will be putting their lives on the line for the sake of others. Their bravery and physical endurance have inspired me to do something; an act of solidarity to show how much I admire their courage. It had to be big. It had to be hard. And having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2006 I really wanted to up my game. So I set myself a challenge. In fact, I set myself 21 challenges. And to make matters just that little bit more interesting, I decided to complete one a month for 21 months.
During my 21 months, I’ll be undertaking multiple marathons, a coast to coast trek, the National & Yorkshire 3 peaks challenges, and finish with a climb to the top of the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador (which is actually higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro, just so you know). If this wasn’t enough, I’ve also pledged to raise £10,000 for Help for Heroes.
Help for Heroes is this amazing charity that helps to rehabilitate soldiers that are wounded physically or emotionally by the horrors of war. And knowing that Nick or one his colleagues could one day be wounded, or worse, I’m determined to do my bit. I will be pushing myself physically harder than I ever have in my life.
However, these 21 challenges will pale in comparison to the feats of bravery & endurance achieved by our armed services each and every day.
But here’s the thing. I need your help. I need your help to reach my £10,000 target. You can donate as much or as little as you like, completely securely and for free via my [21:21] challenge sponsorship site. Sponsoring me even just £1 per challenge will be a huge help.
Thank you for reading,
Nick, Jodie and baby Toby
HelpForHeroes [21:21] Challenge