Our screens are full of programmes, good and bad, about the Arctic and I was especially impressed with Human Planet, which not only made me feel cold, but reminded me how long a single shot can take, although I have never been in a life threatening situation whilst filming, as their crew was. It was really compelling, as was Bruce Parry's series, which continues. One of the upshots of this is that people are certainly more aware of the kind of temperatures and terrain we'll be undertaking. There are some amazing photos on the Human Planet Explorer.
The good news is that Adnams of Southwold, our local brewery and owner of most of the hostelries in the area have offered us their support in a wonderfully practical way, thanks to Andy. They are hosting a fundraising evening at their Cellar and Kitchen Store in Southwold and will be cooking the pasta, kindly donated by Pasta Foods in Great Yarmouth, as well as providing a wine tasting. Duncan Gooch, the manager there has been brilliant and has even donated a bottle of bubbly for the raffle. We are still looking for other prizes but the have a massage voucher from world famous Anna Colman and a Spring flower arrangement. The Event will be held on Wednesday 23rd of February and tickets are £10 each. They are selling well so far and Duncan has said that if we are over subscribed he'd be happpy to do another one.
Mark is setting up an amazing day at Bannatyne's in Lowestoft in March with sponsored spinning, adult ballet and all sorts of other physical challenges. More details nearer the time.
Friday this week is a busy day, in the morning I'm giving a talk about the importance of team work in challenging environments to a Primary School and I'm hoping to recruit some young adventurers, as well as raising the profile of the challenge. In the afternoon I'll be the 'sofa guest' on Lesley Dolphin's show on Radio Suffolk, about which I am rather worried. She has very interesting guests, with far more exciting lives than mine. She seems to be brilliant at the informal chat type of interview though, so I feel assured that there won't be any awkward dead air moments, but I just hope the listeners aren't bored.
I'm also very excited that I have been chosen as a World Book Night giver and will be giving away 48 copies of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman on March 5th. I'm hoping to be able to give them to families of children and young adults involved with the East Anglian Children's Hospices and we are trying to work out the logistics, with help from Danielle and Simon at Quidenham.
Hopefully all this will help to raise the necessary sponsorship for us to continue towards our target of £3800 by the end of February and our total of £20,000 by June 2011