Annabelle Asher


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Annabelle Asher's Pennine Way and Kilimanjaro

Annabelle Asher

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My name is Annabelle Asher, I was 11 on 21st February 2014, I love the Welsh Guards as I am three quarters Welsh and very proud of it. I want to be a Welsh Guard when I'm older and I am raising money for The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal by doing what I love; walking long distances and pushing myself to the limit. In April 2012 I became the youngest person to walk the 102 mile Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath and in July 2013 I walked the 192 mile Wainwright Coast to Coast in 11 days on both occasions to raise money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe who was a Welsh Guard and the highest ranking officer to lose his life in Afghanistan. You can read the Daily Mail article about my trek on the link below.

Lt Col. Thorneloe was a pupil at Cothill House Prep School near Abingdon where my Mummy and Daddy are both teachers. When he died, Cothill draped a Union Jack under his name on the board in the dining room where all Cothill boys past and present are listed. I wanted to know why the flag was there and when Mummy explained I decided to raise money to help the wounded servicemen and their families and those whose loved ones will not come back at all. At first I sold the eggs from my chickens but then I decided I wanted to set myself a real challenge.

I have always loved walking and had done the three peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis by the age of six and a half. My first walk, the Cotswold Way, was not as challenging as climbing mountains, but was harder in a different way. I did the Cotswold Way in five and a half days by walking up to 20 miles a day in the best and worst of British weather. On one day I had wonderful sunshine but on another I had driving rain, sleet and hail and I am not ashamed to say that I cried because I was so cold and wet but I never thought about giving up. My second challenge, the Coast to Coast, was very different as there were lots of high mountains to climb in the Lake District at the start of the walk and we walked in the heatwave at the start of July when the temperature rose to over 30 degrees which was very tough. On both trips I was walking with my Daddy and my border colllie, Izzy, and Mummy was our support group. On the Cotswold Way I also had my teddy, Rupert Bear, and on the C2C I had LCT Bear (Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe Bear) who sat on top of my rucksack and kept me going when things got tough. We were camping at night which was fun, but very cold on the Cotswold Way as the temperature dropped below freezing and it was so, so hot on the Coast to Coast! The BEST bit about the C2C was that the Radio 4 Ramblings programme came to walk with me and they broadcast my show in October. Here is a link if you would like to listen.

My plan was to complete the Pennine Way, which is 268 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, in a fortnight during my summer holidays in 2014, but sadly my Daddy who walks with me has to go into hospital to have a new hip then, so we are waiting until 2015 when he will be able to walk better. 2015 will also be the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Welsh Guards so I want to do something special for them. In 2016 after I have done my Common Entrance exams I am going to trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa. I will do both these things with my Daddy and my new Welsh Guards teddies; Big Bill Mott Bear (named after Big Bill Franklin, a former Welsh Guard who follows and supports me every step of the way and Billy Mott, the highest non-commissioned officer in Britain who is a Welsh Guard and my hero) and WG Bear who was made for me by the Welsh Guards. All the money I raise will go directly to the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal to help those who have been wounded in Afghanistan and their families, and the families of those who sadly will never come home. Any amount you can donate, however small, will be put to the best use to help those who have done so much for us by putting their lives at risk. I have raised over £11,500 from selling my eggs and doing my two walks, please help me to raise more. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH.

Recent donors

05.11.14 I heard a podcast and just had to donate, 9 miles a day is enough for me, well done you.

11.08.14 Well done Annabelle! Love from Alice and Emma

07.07.14 Go for it Annabelle!

07.07.14 Well done Annabelle!

04.07.14 Annabelle you are amazing! Good luck with it all and we will be thinking of you walking for such a great cause.

04.07.14 You are very inspirational, good luckwith all your future plans. Antony, Imy and Archie Barrow

04.07.14 The Greenall wish Annabelle all the best with her fundraising and thank the Asher family for looking after Billy at Chandlings

02.07.14 Annabelle, You're going to need to pull a sled with all your furry companions . . . maybe the Arctic should be your 2016 challenge? Good luck and keep us posted. Karen, Phil, William, Scarlett, Rachael and Alex xxx

26.06.14 How amazing. Please keep us up to date on your fantastic expedition. It sounds awesome! Love Sarah, Christophe, George and Emily EW x

25.06.14 Go for it! Best wishes, David, Clare & Nico Reid Scott. xx

24.06.14 Annabelle you are amazing. What a fantastic cause. With best wishes and luck from Nicola, Neil, Ben and Guy Robertson

24.06.14 Annabelle, i hope Ralph and I are able to take on such a challenge as yours when we are older you are such an inspiration, good luck From the Cornells

22.06.14 Wow! You're an inspiration. You'll be summiting Everest before you're 18 at this rate! Good luck with your next challenges.

17.06.14 Well done Annabelle, come and walk the Great Wall soon

11.06.14 Annabelle, a fantastic cause and good luck!

11.06.14 Hi Annabelle, Really wonderful challenge. Well done, With love from the Frosties xxx

10.06.14 Tell the old man to sort his hip out so I can go for my very long walk this year rather than next!

10.06.14 Annabelle, you are truly amazing and inspiring. Lots of luck, Oliver and Henry Edwards

10.06.14 What a wonderful cause. All the Best.

10.06.14 Thank you to all the teachers at Cothill and St Hugh's who have bought our eggs this year. We shall keep laying and raise more for you!


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