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Zillah Bingley

Challenge 50

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]The challenges are clocking up slowly but surely for my Challenge 50! [/p][p]You can find out more at [url=https://rainbowtrust.org.uk]https://rainbowtrust.org.uk[/url][/p][p][b]Challenge 1 - Have a saxophone lesson [/b][/p][p]Now to be clear I [b]can[/b] read music. I also played the recorder as a child and tried to play the oboe for a short time. But goodness me how VERY different it is attempting to get a noise out of the saxophone![/p][p]Rainbow Trust’s very own Karen Shortland was my excellent teacher. Aside from working for Rainbow Trust in her spare time Karen plays a vast number of instruments in a marching band, teaches children to play them and is part of running a local scout group. She is a busy woman![/p][p]We decided to do the 45 minute lesson in the office conference room – much to the concern of the team, given the expect noise akin to a strangled cat. In any event, the room proved to be a little more sound-proofed than expected, although Dave did decide to join in in the open plan office with the bicycle hooter which normally signals that someone has donated. On this occasion I was hoping it was not a hint to get me to stop!![/p][p]The lesson was great and focused mostly on getting the right sound out of the instrument which depends on the way you move your facial muscles – all very technical. The other thing that I noticed was how much puff you really need to play it. Whilst where to put the fingers was not too tricky as it is very similar to a recorder, going up an octave is really hard. I was fairly exhausted after 45 mins. [/p][p]Having attempted a few scales, struggled my way through most of Strangers in the Night, we called it a day. The big challenge for me will be to get in the hours of practice (without making my neighbours leave home!) in order to play something in front of an audience at the end of the year for Challenge 50![/p][p]So I am up and running and let’s see where it goes. Huge thank you to Karen and to all of you that are supporting me.[/p][p][b]Challenge 2 - knit a Rainbow scarf [/b][/p][p]It has been a very long time since I knitted anything – I think I was about 11 years old and I have a “How to knit” Ladybird book to which I had to refer in order to remind myself how to cast on stitches. Have managed to go through the colours once and, getting to violet, have gone back again. Not as long as I would like but keeps the neck warm.[/p][p][b]Challenge 3 – Letter to editor - done[/b][/p][p]Some of the most important acts of kindness are the small things. In advance of Valentine’s Day I wrote to various local papers to see if people would be prepared to donate the cost of a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers to Rainbow Trust. Have had two published so far so that means Challenge 3 is done! [url=https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/challenge-50-1-9012524]https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/challenge-50-1-9012524[/url][/p][p][b]Challenge 4 - Ring some of our Rainbow Trust Marathon runners [/b][/p][p]So the London Marathon is done and there were over 50 runners for Rainbow Trust. I was given a random list of competitors to ring on Friday and wish good luck, and a few today to ring and say thank you and well done. It is really lovely to take time to speak directly to our supporters and I had a great time chatting to them all about their nerves in advance, and their aching limbs today. Thank you to ALL of our runners and here's to next year![/p][p][b]Challenge 5 - Bake a Rainbow Cake[/b][/p][p]In advance of Rainbow Trust's 'Great Rainbow Bake" challenge on 7 May, I took it upon myself to bake a 7-tiered Rainbow cake. I am not a baker really but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and the team at our head office claim that it tastes fairly good! Please do get involved with the Great Rainbow Bake on 7th May https://rainbowtrust.org.uk/great-rainbow-bake[/p][p][b]Challenge 6 - Work in Rainbow Trust's charity shops[/b][/p][p]Well what an amazing experience. I started the day opening the charity shop in Harold Wood with Maggie who showed me where we sorted stock, priced it and put it out. Huge diversity of things coming into the shop - apparently Monday's are always like that. I helped Pauline put some of the stock out front where it attracted lots of attention before we were even open and, not one to turn away a customer, Pauline was trading before I could turn around. I then did a bit of a stint behind the till, making sure I knew how to account for the various items sold, back to sorting through endless bin-bags of amazing donations and then, even chopping the hedge at the back of the shop! With huge thanks to the Harold Wood team I was then off to the Upminster shop with JulieAnn. Lots more sorting, particularly children's clothes which do well. I then had a lesson in how we accept and record gift aid on donations, how to work the till and learning about all the unusual bits and bobs that come through the door. These include several flagons of Bells whiskey commemorating various royal events - apparently Christie's might be interested. All very interesting and a really fun, if somewhat exhausting, day. Huge thanks to all![/p][p][b]Challenge 7- London bus tour guide for the day[/b][/p][p]Huge thanks to the team at The Orginal tour. They lent me an open top double decker, Victor the driver and Rebecca the tour Manager on Monday morning. We had Rainbow Trust supporters and some of the children from the families that we support to come and hear whether or not I really know much about the city of my birth! I have to admit to having a bit of a dummy run with Rebecca and Victor. Victor did a very good job of slowing down when I was waffling on and speeding up when I had nothing left to say. I learned quite a lot about London - not least that the location from which mileage to London is measure is the statue of Charles I on Trafalgar Square roundabout not, as preciously thought, Nelson's column. We took in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Regent Street, Haymarket, Whitehall, Westminster, Lambeth Palace, the London Eye and, of course the Evenlina Children's Hospital and St Thomas' hospital, both of which our family support workers are very familiar with as locations where we support families. Just before we finished we also past the secret entrance to the "Ministry of Magic" from Harry Potter. I would tell you where it is but I have been sworn to secrecy and as a Muggle would not be allowed in anyway! Thank you to everyone who came along and a huge thank you to Build a Bear who donated a teddy bear for everyone on the bus. It is wonderful to experience the generosity of people who help us to support families with a terminally ill child and allow them precious time together. [/p][p][b]Challenge 8 - Abseiling 90ft[/b][/p][p]I cannot remember what possessed me to agree to launch myself 90ft off the Queen’s stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse particularly when I was teetering off the edge. Bu t thinking about the precipices that families with a terminally ill child have to navigate daily certainly gave me the impetus to do it. With the support of the Rainbow Trust corporate team below and my colleague with his phone switched to video mode standing right beside me I had to overcome my fear of heights (at least temporarily). And I did! It was a foggy day with the views, thankfully, limited and I surprised myself by actually enjoying the abseil once I had gone over the edge. I took care not to look down on the descent and it actually went really quickly. Probably won’t be doing it again in a hurry but never say never! A huge thanks to The Jockey Club for partnering with Rainbow Trust and giving me the opportunity to face my fear. Onwards to challenge 9 where I plan to keep my feet firmly on the ground. [/p][p][b]Challenge 9 - work with a sibling group[/b][/p][p]What a perfect opportunity Halloween presents to spend some time with the families we support. We had a group of 10 siblings come to our halloween craft morning last week which was great fun. I went armed with my sticky-back plastic, lolly sticks and glitter pens. We constructed lots of spiders' webs, made spiders with pipe-cleaners, painted scary masks and drew our own pumpkins. We had age ranges from 3yrs-13yrs so a real mix. It is a delight to see the smiles and the excitement on the faces of the children who, for just a few hours, have fun and are the focus of attention, giving them the opportunity to forget that they have a sibling with a terminal illness. It is also hugely important for me to remind myself, just how much hard work it is to run a group like this and, as one of our Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers said - "this is just a small part of what we do".[/p][p][b]Challenge 10 - work with one of our regional supporters[/b][/p][p]Halloween was the theme again when Chessington Garden Centre took the opportunity of my Challenge 50 to get me to man the Rainbow Trust stands promoting the "find the pumpkin" game and the "slime tombola". Rather than attempt to work on the face painting stall, I was the recipient of the creative skill of one of the students from Nescot College who were giving their time to us as part of work experience. There were huge numbers of excited children and slightly less excited mums, dads and grandparents. There was also an very over-excited St Bernard dog who chose to relieve himself right by the slime tombola, much to the embarassment of his owners! The day was great but exhausting. As with Challenge 9, it is good to be reminded of how hard our Rainbow Trust teams work.[/p][p][b]Challenge 11 - change a wheel on a car or van[/b][/p][p]I have, thankfully, never been stranded at the side of the road with a flat tyre. I do not believe that any of the Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers have been either. However, to highlight that driving families too and from hospital appointments, pick-ups, school drop-offs etc can be a fundamental part of the support that we provide, I felt that a transport related challenge was a good opportunity. I was delighted to have our corporate supporter, Autowindscreens, who carry the Rainbow Trust logo on the back of several of their vans, agree to let me have a go. The hardest part was loosening the nuts on the wheel to get it off in the first place but after much huffing and puffing and a bit of brute force, this was achieved. I was a little surprised that the whole process was more straightforward than I had imagined although I hadn't banked on the weight of a van wheel when trying to get it back on! All in all, it was a success, I felt an enormous sense of achievement and Tom, the van driver, managed to get back home to Rochester safe and sound without the wheels falling off! [/p][p][b]Challenge 12 - work with corporate supporter, Hanover Dairies[/b][/p][p]Not since I was 7yrs old and wearing a Unigate cap and jacket, had I been a "milkman" until this challenge! I had the great opportunity to work with our long-standing supporter Hanover Dairies for the morning. This included going out an about in their newly-branded delivery truck. I was rather disappointed not to be in an electric milk float but Tony did say they do still have several for use on special occasions. What with that and their selling milk in glass bottles they really are thinking about the environment. What was great was the opportunity to meet their customers including a school, a business and a resident who was delighted to have her milk and to meet me, as she said that she donates to Rainbow Trust because of Hanover Dairies. All in all I had a great day and huge thank you to Paul for taking me out and about, as well as giving me a guided tour of Newcastle and to all at Hanover Dairies for endulging my Challenge.[/p][p][b]Challenge 13 - Run 5K in under 30 minutes[/b][/p][p]This challeng slightly crept up on me. I have started to go out running fairly regulalry and have really struggled to get my 5K in under 30mins. I have clocked up 30mins and 13 seconds (v. good for me), as well as 32mins 45 seconds (not so good!). Finally, yesterday morning in the gym, I realised I had done 3.15 miles in 30minutes. That equates to 5.0694km so I have done it! It was done on a treadmill which is always easier running as the pace looks after itself so I miight continue to challenge myself to do it outside. However that is certainly in a tick in the box for this challenge right now![/p][p][b]Challenge 14 - hold a headstand for at least 50 seconds[/b][/p][p]What else better to do on a Friday afternoon? One of the Rainbow Trust corporate team asked me to film a thank you video and somehow it morphed into this challenge. Last time I did gymnastics I was about 10 yrs old so this was a bit of a challenge to see if I still could. The point at which Rainbow Trust's Director of Care, Anne Harris, started to do a countdown was the point at which I knew I couldn't give up. I had probably been holding the headstand for about 20 seconds when Anne started to count and so I kept going. Watching the team from an upside down perspective gather round to see if I would do it was a bit nerve-racking but I stuck it out and am delighted to have done so. Huge thank you to all the Rainbow Trust team in head office for cheering me on. Coming up next, the challenge of the potters' wheel![/p][p][b]Challenge 15 - throw a pot[/b][/p][p]I had the great fortune to come across Claire Waterhouse of http://theportablepottery.com/ who very generously gave me a lesson in how to throw a pot. She is not only a very skilled potter but an excellent teacher who explained all the intricacies of science of the clay and how and why it was necessary to prepare it properly. Starting with a plain ball of clay, she encouraged me to get a feel for the clay, the right level of pressure and how to stretch it. It was a fantastic day to such an extent that I think I will have to go back and make another one![/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2018

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04-Sep-2018

Elaine

Yes, I finally got round to it! Good luck and I can't wait for your 60th!

£30.00

03-Sep-2018

Guy

Good on you Zillah, you certainly love a challenge!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

03-Sep-2018

Rachel Chambers

Sitting on the London Bus Tour, enjoying your commentary on London! Brilliant! Good luck on the rest of your challenges!

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15-Jun-2018

Anonymous

Zillah...you are an inspiration! Only met you on Tuesday and you left a lasting impressing. You are such a friendly, enthusiastic person and your kindness was so much appreciated! May there be more Zillahs in the world!!! Thanks again Nina

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15-Jun-2018

Mark Jobling

So good to meet you the other day. Good luck with the challenges!!!

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28-May-2018

Trevor

Well done, Zillah! Start planning for 100...

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15-Feb-2018

Anonymous

As requested in your letter to Shropshire Star Good luck

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15-Feb-2018

Anonymous

Zillah - love the challenge! Sax is a favourite of mine - please, please, please post a video of your performance date! All the best, this is no mean feat, but I’m sure with your musical skill and dedication you’ll be up there on stage.

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14-Feb-2018

Anonymous

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14-Feb-2018

Stevie

Like it!

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