Find out what Kirsten got up in 2014! Each month, she took on either an epic challenge or signed up for a good deed to raise funds and awareness for a variety of charities and deserving foundations.
Sent test swabs to register as a stem cell donor with Anthony Nolan. 16-30? Join our donor register and you could save the life of someone with blood cancer. Sign up.
I knew how important organ donation is, but I couldn’t recall if I’d actually signed up. I had a blood donation card but there wasn’t one for organ donation in my purse (admittedly I’ve had a few purses go missing!)
So I decided to investigate and signed up for definite. Although my mum wasn’t keen on anything visible being removed from my body and wanted me to keep my eyes, I discussed it with her and said imagine how incredible after I’m gone to know that my eyes are still seeing the world and the future. So I’ve ticked every box!
I had a proper clear-out and took loads of clothes, books and other items to charity shops. I registered for a card as well so that the charity can claim back VAT.
I came across an advert looking for Teen Mentors and called for more info. Before I knew it, I was on an 8-week training program! I’m now paired with a boy & we work towards his goals together each week.
I climbed a mountain! Actually not my first time, but this was all food a good cause. We raised thousands for the Rangers’ Charity Foundation.
Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12 mile long military-style obstacle courses. I raised funds for Help for Heroes. Register here.
This month, I gave blood again! I also bought hot tea and sandwiches to give out the homeless in Glasgow.
I read about a role called The Nicest Job in Britain, a not-for-profit initiative and it sounded amazing! Working with a promoting 40 charities to help raise funds and awareness over 12months. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to take up the role unfortunately due to other commitments but I did know the perfect person for the job! So I pitched it to Luke and encouraged him to apply. Not only did he get through to the finals, but he won the role. Read about his journey here.
This year, I donated blood four times in 2014!
I bought lots of food and hot drinks to give out to the homeless. I also began preparing Christmas gift bags with lots of practical but also nice items to give out next month.
Running dressed as Santa! There were so many of us, we must have looked mad but it was for a deserving charity.