20 firsts to celebrate 20 years of healthy post heart transplant life; a personal challenge to do 20 new activities by August 2013 that I could not have done before my life saving operation.
In thanks to the family of my donor whose kindness changed my life and the staff who have cared for me at the Freeman and Papworth Hospitals. Raising money to support the Papworth Hospital Charity and the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.
Climbed Cadair Idris via the Pony Path from Ty Nant on Saturday 25th August, starting out at 9:30am.
Climbing up into the clouds
Distance: 6 miles
Ascent: 734 metres
Time taken: 5 1/2 hours
Weather: Changeable, cloudy from about
View from sumit: Allegedly stunning!
Difficulty rating: 9/10
At the sumit of Cadair Idris, after a 3 hour climb
Learnt lots about igneous rock and glacial erosian from my Geographer spouse in this amazing start to The 20/20 Heart Challenge.
Thank you to all of those who have supported me with welcome words of encouragement and / or sponsorship. Amazing that in just one week, I've undertaken my first challenge and have raised more than £140 for the two charities that I am supporting, with more promised.
My idea for challenge number 2 is punting; watch this space for progress reports...
My first challenge will be a 2384ft climb via the Pony Path up Cadair Idris in Snowdonia; it will be my “first” mountain in Wales, which I’ll be tackling with my lovely Welsh husband on Saturday 25th August.
The two charities that I am raising money for are:
The Papworth Hospital Charity who support all aspects of the work of PapworthHospital, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialist centres. We are building for the future in the fight against heart and lung disease by staying at the forefront of treatment and research.
The Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association who help and support transplant patients of the FreemanHospital, Newcastle upon Tyne both financially and by providing facilities for recreation to enable them to improve their condition. Also to educate the public of the need for organ donation
Many have described their heart transplant as a second
chance of life but for me it was more like a first chance, as I was
born with a congenital heart defect that significantly limited what I could do
throughout my child and early adulthood.
I've been extraordinarily lucky with my health in the years since my transplant and have had lots of fantastic "firsts" however they seem to have become a little thinner on the ground of late and I find my self forgetting what it took to get where I am today.
The 20/20 Heart Challenge was born out of a need to do something positive to mark my twentieth anniversary in a meaningful way that gives thanks to the family of my donor and all the staff who have cared for me over the last twenty years at The Freeman Hospital where I had my operation and at PapworthHospital, who now provide my continuing care.
The list of "firsts" is still in its formative phase, hubby having talked me out of tackling Ben Nevis in half term with the kiddies, however lots of avid googling is taking place so watch this space...