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Maria Wilkinson

Face Your Fears Challenge

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I hate scorpions.[/p][p]No, it's not that. I am absolutely, positively, 100%, completely and utterly terrified of those evil, sting-happy, armour-plated, angry little bringers of pain and swelling.[/p][p]Ever since watching Honey I Shrunk The Kids way back in my childhood (and without even going into the life-long emotional trauma at the murder of the lovely and innocent Anty), I've struggled to even look at a picture of a scorpion without breaking out in a cold sweat.[/p][p]So of course, when my wonderful employer Virgin Balloon Flights announced it was organising a sponsored 'Face Your Fears' challenge in aid of our chosen charity The British Lung Foundation, I had to open my big mouth and 'fess up to my teeth-chattering terror over those venomous little clawed arachnids.[/p][p]And with that moment of idiocy, I now find myself with my first ever online sponsorship page, facing the petrifying reality of having to hold a scorpion and literally pleading with you wonderful people to save me from the creature of my nightmares.[/p][p]You see it's not just me having to do this - seven other colleagues have also been crazy enough to volunteer. And the twist is, whichever one of us raises the MOST money before 23rd March DOESN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH with holding the animal they're most terrified of![/p][p]I truly hope that those of you who know me in person love me enough to save me from this fate worse than a fate worse than death by sponsoring me as much as you can possibly spare.[/p][p]And those of you who don't know me but might by chance come across this page I have no shame in outright begging for your help![/p][p]So thank you, whoever is reading this, from the bottom of my heart, for any part you might play in saving me from this. You're awesome, you really are and I love you for it![/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

23 Mar 2016


Apr 2, 2016

Bryn and Clare

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 20, 2016

Auntie Ollie and Kev

Good luck Mia! xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 20, 2016


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2016

Sonia G

I've seen what happens to you around a money spider - this doesn't bear thinking about!! xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 29, 2016

Sonia and Myles

Don't scream!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 29, 2016

Nadya Radio

Good luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 29, 2016

Victoria Radio

Gotta admit it would be quite funny to watch you hold a scorpion! Ha ha!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 19, 2016

Bill Greenwood

Hope this helps, so you don't have to face Venom the Scorpion.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 4, 2016


Hope you don't have to do it baby. I'm having the nightmares already! XXX

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 2, 2016


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid