Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge Sport Relief

January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m always amazed when I hear some of the things which people do in the name of charity, even more so when people push the limits to the absolute extreme.  There seems to be no stopping Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton whose latest exhibition – Helen’s Polar Challenge– is just extraordinary.

The small but mighty presenter successfully kayaked the length of the River Amazon (2010 miles) for Sport Relief in 2010, becoming the world record holder for longest solo kayak journey in history. Then in 2011 she tightrope walked 150 meters between Battersea Power Station in a bid to raise funds for Comic Relief.


Not content with her already incredible achievements- she is well and truly becoming a sporting success in her own right- Helen is now conquering the Antarctic on her quest to reach the South Pole.

To get there she has to travel a total of 500 miles in just 20 days. Up against some of the world’s toughest terrain and sub-zero temperatures Helen has chosen to travel predominately by bike (she’ll also use ski and kite when necessary). The bicycle method is considered extremely unconventional but with purpose built equipment Helen is confident her plan will pull through.

Helen Skelton south pole bike

Having spent Christmas training Helen officially began her journey yesterday morning (delayed by one day due to poor weather conditions) and has been, and will continue to keep an online blog diary documenting her journey, including sore feet and unenviable blisters.  

I’ve read all about her journey so far and will be doing so daily with my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for Helen and her team. It’s an incredible challenge, which is not only for a fantastic cause but proof that with hard work and determination anything can be possible.

Good luck Helen!

A Year with Yours- 2012 Annual

November 21, 2011 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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a year with yoursEarlier this year we purchased ‘Fashion We Wore’ a fantastic coffee table book by Yours magazine, which documents fashion through the decades. Filled with beautiful images and fantastic stories from the women behind the clothes it was an instant success.

Now Yours have released their 2012 annual. Formatted as a diary, the page packed annual is a wonderful collection of reader’s stories, photographs and memories accompanied by the magazine’s own favourite recipes, quizzes and craft techniques.

A great book to casually flick through, I adore how Yours’ have created a book which reflects their readers so well. Incorporating their memories and past time makes the annual feel very much like a diary which we all want to read.

yours annual page 1

Furthermore, the annual uses some wonderful images. Ones which readers themselves have sent in accompanied by a story from their teenage years including the trials and tribulations of growing up which we all can relate too.

Of course my favourite part of A Year with Yours is the recipe selection- a delicious recipe for each week. Ranging from simple smoothies, traditional summer puddings and new twists on old classics like Paprika and Parmesan Lamb. Yummy!

yours annual page 2

With so much content it would make a perfect gift for any Yours reader as it so brilliantly captures the spirit of the magazine; homely and so lovely to read. Complete with quizzes, poems and short stories for all of those who like to keep the mind active it’s a great addition to this year’s collection of magazines.

I hope you enjoy A Year with Yours 2012- purchase the book from Yours online now.

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