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Kat Mason

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you for visiting my page. I'm taking on this incredible challenge and fundraising in support of Mind. [/p][p]UPDATE 18th May 2019:[/p][p]Challenge 2 completed! Absolutely terrifying having to climb over the edge of the wall at the top of Northampton Lift Tower and lower myself in. Such an exercise of trust. But thankfully, amazing instructors and staff there who got me through! Another mental barrier and phobia beaten... on to the last challenge! Kilimanjaro here I come! [/p][p][br][/p][p]UPDATE 1st April 2019: [/p][p]Challenge 1 is now complete! I have now climbed the O2. Whilst physically all my training has paid off and it was achievable, mentally it was tough as I do have a fear of heights. However I did it and broke past my mental barrier... on to Challenge 2... Northampton lift tower which is 2.5x the height of the O2! So deep breathing will definitely be required! [/p][p]Thank you to all those who have donated already, you are all making a massive difference to real people in need of support when faced with a mental health challenge. [/p][p][br][/p][p]UPDATE 6th February 2019:[/p][p]I now have a website where you can follow my progress along my journey...[/p][p]www.myimpossiblelife.co.uk [/p][p][br][/p][p]As part of my fundraising I will be climbing the O2 on the 31st March. [/p][p]Up at The O2 is an exhilarating 90 minute experience that takes you on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 via a fabric walkway. Suspended 2m above the surface of The O2 roof, the walkway is 52m above ground level and 380m long. At its steepest point the walkway has an incline of 28° on the way up and 30° on the way back down and has a slight bounce to it to mirror the surface of the tent.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Following that on May 18th I will be abseiling down Northampton Lift tower. [/p][p]This is one of the highest abseil challenges you can do at 418ft, and will take between 10-20minutes to abseil down the tower. I have a fear of heights so this isn’t an easy challenge for me.[/p][p][br][/p][p]In between all of this I will of course be going on walking weekends and climbing various mountains in the UK before my trip to climb Kilimanjaro in September 25th. [/p][p]————————————————[/p][p]Most of you will know that I have spent most of my life being ‘allergic’ to exercise so this is truely an epic challenge for me! Many of you will also know that I have had my fair share of reliance’s on the mighty NHS in the last few years which has had a massive impact on my physical fitness... (again epic challenge), however... the one thing that I have found staggering during my journey is the lack of support for those with mental health challenges (of which 1 in 4 of us will deal with at some point in our lives - and that is just those who have been diagnosed). [/p][p]The way I see it we are all perfectly imperfect in our own unique ways. And in showing others our vulnerabilities we are actually showing incredible mental strength and normalising the subject. Mental well-being should be a subject in schools, teaching our kids life skills before they reach adulthood (like me) and have to learn the hard way. [/p][p]Anyhow... this is my small contribution to fighting for the cause, helping others in need when it feels like the darkest loneliest point in their lives. [/p][p]im hoping if you have read this far you might consider donating... anything... every penny counts and will get me towards my mighty goal... I will be sharing my journey to Kilamanjaro and finding the physical and mental strength to take on this challenge... link to follow soon [/p][p]Please keep reading to find out about the charity I am supporting... [/p][p][br][/p][p]Who are Mind?[/p][p]We're Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We're here for you. Today. Now. Whether you're stressed, depressed or in crisis. We'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.[/p][p]We provide [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/]advice and support[/url] to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/]campaign[/url] to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.[/p][p]Watch this short video to find out more?[/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8[/url][/p][p]I'm raising funds to support the important work Mind does and to allow them to continue to be there for everyone who needs them. Please donate if you can.[/p][p]This is what your donation could do:[/p][p][b]£10[/b] could allow us to send essential information booklets about mental health to 40 people.[/p][p][b]£40[/b] could pay for 28 people to campaign for change on our behalf.[/p][p][b]£70[/b] could keep our online community, Elefriends, open and safe for two hours. [/p][p][b]£120[/b] could offer a lifeline to eight people in desperate need of support from our Mind legal line.[/p][p][b]£200[/b] could help us keep the Mind Infoline open for 1 hour, helping 35 people.[/p][p][b]£300[/b] could support a young person bereaved by suicide to access 1:1 and group support. [/p][p][b]£550[/b] could provide five people struggling with their mental health a place in a 10-week wellbeing group with team sports and cookery.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for donating. Your support is hugely appreciated.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mind. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

25 Sep 2019



May 20, 2019


Well done Kat, looks terrifying!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 18, 2019

Helen Thomas

Good luck Kat and enjoy the amazing experience. Helen, Paul and Seren xxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 17, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 17, 2019

Paul Swales

Good luck Kat

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 14, 2019


Good luck Kat! :)

May 11, 2019

Sue Coldridge

Proud to support you in your challenges and fundraising for MIND... you’ve got this! xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Anne Mason

Good luck Kat, hope it all goes well for you lots of love Anne & Max xxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019


Keep up the good work at the gym etc.


Apr 5, 2019


Good Luck Kat

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 1, 2019

Bridget Hayes

Thank you for sharing this amazing journey Kat, keep up the positive steps you are making, such an inspiration x