Websites of the Week- Sport Relief Special

March 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sport Relief is finally here as thousands of people will be pounding the pavements this weekend to run their Sport Relief mile. But before all that running we get to enjoy a Sport Relief telethon on BBC One this evening from 7pm.

With this in mind I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s website of the week to  and document some of the Sport Relief challenges which have caught my eye in recent weeks and months.

John Bishop’s Week of Hell- Only a couple of weeks ago we saw comedian John Bishop cycle, row and run from Paris to London for Sport Relief. I followed John’s challenge via both the Sport Relief website and Radio One– I even wrote about John Bishop’s Week of Hell here on my blog.

Astonished by the endurance which John showed throughout and the amount of public support which he received I was keen to tune into BBC One’s documentary “John Bishop’s Sport Relief Hell” last night which televised his challenge in full. After watching the programme I realised just how hellish John’s Week of Hell was.

john bishop finish line

John Bishop for Sport Relief

Despite being completely exhausted, both mentally and physically, John’s determination to make the finish line in Trafalgar Square never wavered and I think that this is the reason why he succeed. John’s challenge was a pleasure to watch and a remarkable achievement which has encouraged thousands of others to take part in the Sport Relief mile.

Can you believe that John covered 295 miles and burned 39,872 calories? For more information on John Bishop’s Week of Hell check out his Sport Relief webpage which has video, photos and a donation link- Enjoy!

Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge- Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is fearless and no stranger to Sport Relief challenges. So this year she was determined to push herself to the limit by skiing, bike riding and kiting 500 miles across the Antarctic to the South Pole.

Helen faced extraordinary conditions with freezing temperatures of-48 ˚C and terrain which proved difficult to travel across. Despite such she managed to trek the 500 miles, pulling a sledge of essentials weighing 82kg behind her, successfully reaching the South Pole in only 18 days.

Helen Skelton polar challenge

Helen Skelton in the South Pole

I was eager to keep track of Helen’s challenge because she had set herself such an ambitious task. No one has ever used a bike to travel across the Antarctic before and this method was met with some hesitation from experts. I was also keen to see how she would keep herself on track in such an isolated place. Luckily for us Helen kept an online blog which documented her journey and was a real pleasure to read.

Helen’s Polar Challenge is detailed in full on her webpage on which also includes more information on the World Record that Helen broke during her trek to the South Pole.

David Walliams Vs. The Thames- Another celebrity who is no stranger to Sport Relief is comedian David Walliams who has pervious swam the English Channel for Sport Relief. In September 2011 he took on the dangerous and gruelling task of swimming the River Thames.

After swimming in unpredictable water which was not only dirty but laden with traffic its came as little surprise that David become poorly during his swim. Nevertheless he successfully swam day after day for 8 days, racking up a phenomenal 140 miles and breathtakingly 111352 strokes- ouch!

David Walliams the thames

David Walliams for Sport Relief

David’s commitment to Sport Relief proves what a worthy charity Sport Relief is, helping both families abroad and here in the UK, some of whom will be featured on the Sport Relief telethon this evening.

Like John and Helen, David has a Sport Relief webpage which documents his challenge including photographs, his River Thames route and funny videos which really are worth watching especially if you’re a fan of David Walliams comedy- him dancing to Abba’s Dancing Queen is a definite highlight.

Sport Relief is on BBC One from 7pm tonight and Sport Relief Mile events are taking place across the UK on Sunday for more information visit the Sport Relief website.

Helen Skelton reaches the South Pole

January 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Earlier this month I wrote ‘Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge Sport Relief’, which discusses the Blue Peter presenter’s challenge to travel 500 miles across the Antarctica to reach the South Pole for Sport Relief.

Pushing herself to the limit Helen made the brash decision to travel the 500 miles mainly by bike, however, she also used ski and kite as alternatives.

Helen Skelton South Pole

At the finish line in the South Pole

Recording her travels Helen kept a blog diary which penned her thoughts along the way. The blog is a great read, documenting both the highs and lows of the expedition and giving an insight into how tough and tiring the sub-zero terrain actually was. 

Despite suffering from blistered feet, a nasty cough, dehydrating and poorly stomachs, Helen and her trekking team successfully made it to the finish line in the South Pole last night. Helen was said to ecstatic having completed the trek in only 18 days (she initially planned the expedition to take 20).

A fantastic achievement in itself, Helen also managed to break a Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest 100km by ski kite’, which she did in a fantastic 7 hours and 28 minutes, whilst undertaking the South Pole Challenge.

Helen Skelton south pole expedition

Helen pulled a 82kg sledge for the 500 mile trip

In an interview today Helen said “My body hurts in so many different places, mentally I’m exhausted” but that having seen who Sport Relief funding goes to and how it changes their lives, she visited a village in Sierra Leone recently. Helen said she “can’t possibly complain”, which makes refreshing reading from someone who is so able to influence youngster across the country.   

I think you’ll agree that Helen has done astonishingly well.  A triumphant ending to a magnificent challenge -I can’t think of a better way to get more people involved in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

Show Helen your support by sponsoring her- click here.

Annette’s Websites of the Week 2nd -6th January 2012

January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Last year I started to document my favourite websites and post them here on my blog. The feature ‘Annette’s Websites of the Week’ has turned out to be a real hit, which is why I’ve decided to continue my recommends this year too. Enjoy… – The British Heart Foundation have started 2012 with a bang after revealing their latest campaign ‘Hands-Only CPR’ featuring former footballer and Hollywood film star Vinnie Jones.

The campaign is brilliantly funny (I’d definitely recommend watching the TV advert- featured here) mainly because it’s completely unexpected. A series of funny anecdotes explaining how to effectively perform Hands-Only CPR may sound unconventional but bizarrely works.

Hands only CPR BHF website

Further The BHF has used their website to go into more detail about the new campaign. Fronted again by Vinnie the home page goes into great detail of what Hands-Only CPR actually is and their only shop, stocked with comedy Hands-Only CPR T-Shirts, and a new twitter hash tag #hardandfast light heartedly encourage viewers to support the campaign online.

A refreshing approaching which is incredibly memorable and good fun- Get involved and help potentially save a life at


Helen Skelton South-Pole Blog Diary- Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton begun her South-Pole challenge earlier this week and will be keeping a blog diary of her travels online.

Skelton's charity polar trekI’ve been following the blog which is featured on the BBC. However, there is also a live blog from Helen on The Telegraph website.

The blog is a brilliant read and although short and sweet (remember Helen is in the Antarctic battling temperatures of -20 whilst writing it) it’s a great way to keep up to date with Helen’s whereabouts.

Complete with photographs of everything from the kit which she’ll be using, Christmas Day celebration and even her blistered feet. Yesterday Helen posted a video of herself kiting across the Antarctic, one method of transportation which she has chosen to use on her exhibition, which brilliantly gives a feel of the trek. It is most definitely worth a read.

Helen’s South-Pole Challenge is in aid of Sports Relief charity.


The art room – Yesterday it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would be Royal Patron of four charities based here in the UK.

Amongst those charities was The Art Room which is a small organisation that works with youngsters and children aged between 5 and 16 who experience difficulties in mainstream education.

Through art therapy The Art Room helps these children, all of whom are from different background and suffering through a variety of circumstances such as emotional distress, learning difficulties or behavioural issues, regain self-confidence and the independence to enjoy education once again.

The Art Room

As a former teacher I was immediately interested in The Art Room and the methods which it uses to reengage students. Therapy can often be underestimated however with sound methodology and expertise it is a brilliant way to tackle certain problems.

It is a great relief that the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to work alongside The Art Room as it is bound to strengthen their profile and highlight the work which they do. Their website nicely explains their work and showcases the art work of students. It is very much an inspiration site, which shows the benefits of the organisation.

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!

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