Another year…. another challenge

Last year 3 crazy ladies, myself and my 2 buddies Debbie and Selena, did a zip wire ride  in central London in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. As the charity is very close to my heart I suggested and arranged the whole thing.  It was a massive challenge for Selena and Debbie as both are afraid of heights. When we climbed the tower, that moved from side to side with every step, I felt very guilty when Selena was shaking with fear and Deb looked like she was going to throw up. But they were both extremely brave and we managed to raise £1104 for the charity.

zip wire challenge

This year however there is no death defying slide through the air and no coercing my terrified friends into doing something that they really don’t want to do. No this year I have been talked into running the 10k Race for life by my friend’s daughter Phoebe.

I haven’t done any serious running since I did the Bristol Half Marathon many years ago, when the weather was so vile that I was sobbing as I crossed the finish line. It wasn’t something I wanted to repeat in a hurry. But time is a greater healer, all memories of that awful day have almost been erased and it is only 10k.

Every penny raised and donated to Cancer Research can only be a good thing, so dig deep my friends and click on the link so I can’t back out of this challenge.

Carole’s Race for Life

Three Crazy Ladies

Just when I thought the birthday fabulousness was over the tenacious trio are at it again!

While scrolling through the land of Facebook I spotted an advert for the Zip Wire London. Of course the first people I thought of was Selena and Debbie, my partners in crime for the walk over the O2 for our combined big fabulous birthdays last year. Luckily for me they had had a little tipple or two just before I suggested doing the wire and agreed to do it.

Since booking our slots a very dear friend of mine very sadly died from Motor Neurone Disease, my dad also died from this devastating illness 24 years ago. So we decided to do the zip wire as a sponsored event in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and try to raise £1000. This amount of money will enable invaluable research and fund care and support for sufferers and their families. At the time of writing we have had enough donations to get us 53% of the way to our target.

As an adrenaline junky I can’t wait to do it, Selena and Debbie…. not so much. This is a massive challenge for both of them so it’ll be really fantastic if you the reader could click on the link below, donate to this fundraising event and help make a difference.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carolegardiner

the tenacious trio

 

 

 

Next Challenge? Bring it on!

Now that I’ve done the Return to Nurse practice course and got the job in the bag it’s time to get on with the next challenge, operation ‘Get Hasan to the UK’.

I fear my quest to bring my hubby to live with me could be a bigger job than getting back to work. There seems to be so much red tape and hoops to jump through to prove that we are a proper married couple.

My first task is to nurse my bank account back to health, after 7 years of starvation it desperately needs to put on some weight. Then I need to get all the paperwork and evidence together up together to satisfy the UK Border Agency that we didn’t just marry so that Hasan could get a visa and that we can live without relying on benefits.

The key to a good application is the letter of invitation and support from me. So I have done a fair bit of research into writing an effective letter, but if anyone out there has any advice for me it would be greatly appreciated.

I think it’ll probably take at least 2 to 3 months to build up a decent bank balance, then we can submit his application. I just hope the process won’t be too long winded and expensive.

I just want Hasan with me here, at the moment I feel like I’m having a holiday romance with my husband.

united nations