Considering I did this hike almost two weeks ago now, this blog is a little late. However, the photos are far to picturesque not to share with you all.
Wayyyyy back in February, we (myself and the other dance society girls ) decided that we wanted to do something for a good cause and raise money charity. After racking our brains, we agreed that we'd do a 'sponsored hike' up Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District and England! A little different to conventional fund raising ideas. Our designated charity was Love Quilts UK. The charity have a group of volunteers who cross stitch squares for children with lifelong illnesses. These individual squares are then made into beautiful quilts (often personal to the child) and donated to them. Check out their website to view the work they do: http://www.lovequiltsuk.com/index.php
When we set out from Lancaster, spirits were high and the sun was out. Our luck didn't last long though because as we headed up to The Lakes, it began to rain. We quickly found out that the sun disappearing for a while actually worked in our favor. Being dancers and generally quite sporty people, we thought we were in quite good shape. Turns out dancing for hours and climbing a mountain are at opposite ends of the spectrum. 10 minutes into the hike we were stripping layers off and I think some of us were dubious to say the least whether or not we'd be able to complete it (thankfully the first part was the hardest part.) The sun made a reappearance and the rest of the hike to the summit was a great experience.
Three hours later.... HORRAH! We reached the summit and the idyllic views surrounding us were definitely worth the burning pain in our legs. The weather had once again taken a turn for the worse so our time at the summit was short lived. The descent was more challenging than any of us were expecting. The uneven rocky steps required complete concentration (unless you wanted to end up flat on your face or bum.) When we got to the bottom I think we were all pretty shocked that we'd completed it.
Well done to all the girls that took part in the hike and the two mountaineers that helped to make it possible. We managed to raise £1150, a very proud achievement!
Although I dance and am quite an active person, I'd never done a hike of this scale before. It just shows that if you put your mind to it you can do whatever you want. I hope this inspires you to do something that you thought you couldn't do before, whether you're raising money or not.
Let me know what you've done to raise money.
Well deserved fish and chips in Grasmere.