June 17th, 2013

Me with Red Ribbon

Walk for Life on behalf of Terrence Higgins Trust, Sunday 16 June 2013: My Story


Yesterday (Sunday 16 June 2013) I did the Walk for Life 2013 on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Walk for Life is the Terrence Higgins Trust's annual 10k sponsored walk around Central London.

It was the 5th year I had done the walk. I choose to do the Walk for Life every year because it is for a cause that is special to me and is very close to my heart.

All funds raised from Walk for Life go towards providing vital grants for people living with HIV in severe financial need through their Hardship Fund.

The Fund offers invaluable support to some of the most vulnerable people with HIV, allowing them to afford basic necessities like warm clothing, healthy food and the fare to get to the hospital - helping them to keep their dignity and stay healthy despite severe financial difficulties.

Every year there is a fancy dress theme and this year's theme was "Really Wild".

I am passionate about tigers and so I decided to go as a TIGER.

This is the story of my Walk!

The key elements of my Tiger costume:

Fleece from Ranthambhore National Park (tiger park), Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India:


Tiger, T shirt:


Tiger, brooch:


My dear friend, Andy Woodfield, made this comment about my Tiger costume:
Thought you were gunna have a tiger onesy and full face paint and tail ... ! Disappointed of SE1

My response was:
Yes, there were people who wore full tiger suits. I prefer a more "subtle" approach!

That told him!

I had fun on the Walk, as I always do, and here is proof positive that I actually completed the Walk:




I was very happy to have completed the Walk, as you can see!



I was absolutely exhausted at the end, and my legs really ached, which just goes to show how very unfit I am. I had to go to bed at midnight which is VERY early by my standards because I was just worn out!

Finally, I wanted to give a shout-out to my walking companion Tigger who accompanied me on the Walk but did not get a medal :(


If you are inspired by these photos, it is not too late to make a donation on my fundraising page here:

The money is going to a really good cause and to people who are facing real hardship and are in real need.


All the information about the Walk for Life 2013 can be found on the Terrence Higgins Trust website here: