June 2011 - Yorkshire Air Ambulance - £1130
I decided to tie my passion for hiking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with my first fundraiser.
I often hike alone and this made me realise how one day I may just need the YAA if I were to become stranded or injured.
I chose to hike along the Six Dales Trail solo, which is a long distance walk from Otley to Middleham (38 miles in total)
The Six Dales Trail logo
Leaving Otley at the start of the 38 mile hike
Leaving Thruscross, Washburndale
Middleham - A well earned celebratory drink!
The big cheque handover to Jon Mitchell, Patron of the YAA infront of G CEMS air ambulance
I was lucky enough to have my YAA fundraising hike mentioned in the Yorkshire Evening Post and the Yorkshire Dalesman.
July 2011 - Dogstrust - £95
Dogstrust helps to give new homes to thousands of abandoned stray dogs and puppies.
I have a real soft spot when it comes to dogs (especially Jack Russells!) and during my week-day job I sold plush doggy keyrings and asked for both cash donations and pet foods to take to the Leeds Dogtrust centre.
Handing the cheque and box of goodies over to Dogstrust centre, Leeds
September 2011 - British Heart Foundation - £460
The BHF is the nation's heart charity. The charity's vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease. They'll achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.
We all know someone who is affected by heart disease and so I took part in the Humber Bridge Walk where I crossed the bridge which is nearly two miles long eight times in order to raise vital cash.
South side of the Humber Bridge
Photo time with the BHF mascot!
Collecting my medal at the finish line! (Photo courtesy of John Earnshaw)
The big cheque handover to Sue Green from the BHF (Photo courtesy of John Earnshaw)
December 2011 - Royal National Lifeboat Institution - £630
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.
After meeting such a dedicated team of lads at RNLI Humber last year when I was producing photography for a Dalesman article, it made me realise the vital role of the RNLI.
I hiked from sunrise to sunset along a coastal section of the Cleveland Way, East Yorkshire.
Looking back along the Cleveland Way
Staintondale, East Yorkshire coast
Cold but bright, for now!
Threatening skies at sea!
Time to celebrate with the big cheque! (photograph courtesy of John Earnshaw)
The big cheque handover to the lads at RNLI Humber, Spurn Point (photograph courtesy of John Earnshaw)
I'm saying nothing!! (photograph courtesy of John Earnshaw)
David Steenvoorden, Superintendant Coxswain at RNLI Humber recieving the big cheque (photograph courtesy of John Earnshaw)
I must thank all of my wonderful friends and family for their donations and support because without their help I simply wouldn't have been able to raise the amount of funds that I have.
I would also like to thank the most inspirational people that I have ever met who dedicate their lives to helping others. You are all amazing!
And as for my next fundraiser..... Watch this space!..... ;o)