Together with eight other ladies from Cox Automotive, I will embark on the biggest challenge of my life in February 2018. I have been chosen to climb and travel back down Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa.
I am not expecting this trek to be plain sailing and it will certainly be a huge personal achievement for me once completed. Apart from being mentally prepared, I will need to be at the peak of physical fitness and I have thrown myself into a strict training regime, which is not entirely within my comfort zone.
I am very excited about the challenge, although I am aware of the risks connected to high altitude trekking such as Acute Mountain Sickness (aka altitude sickness) and although scary, I am as committed as ever to this adventure.
I applied to take this on in the first instance to raise money and the profile of a little known, yet very worthy charity called Wooden Spoon.
I am a lone parent to Connor aged 11 and Freya who is eight. Life is busy, hectic and sometimes difficult, but my children are healthy and able bodied and I will be eternally grateful as they do not have the problems faced every day by the children that are supported by Wooden Spoon.
I am certain that I will be stretched to the absolute limit with training and competing in this trek but believe that anything is possible with focus and determination.
Here's a bit about Wooden Spoon, but please take the time to look at their website to see in more detail the fantastic work they do.
'WOODEN SPOON - WHO WE ARE
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, we fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.'
And a bit about Women with Drive, the fantastic group my fellow climbers belong to and who have kindly organised this trip for us -
' Women with Drive exists to celebrate the work of women in the automotive industry. It is an inclusive movement built to support female achievements, aspirations and successes, with a ‘think big’ attitude and a space for every voice.
Since our launch on International Women’s Day 2016, our regular events have empowered women and men in the Cox Automotive team, championing equality and ambition both in and out of the workplace.
We will continue to promote a diverse, positive workforce that has the power to inspire every member, and gives every woman the opportunity to reach her full potential.'
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY PAGE - I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE A DONATION.
- Paula Cox
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- Clare Jackson
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