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Double your donation to Camfed with UK Aid Match

Too often, poverty decides girls’ futures. Let’s change that! Leading the way are Camfed’s GirlGuardians, young women who are equipped with the tools and skills they need to tackle child marriage in their communities. Each GirlGuardian you support will protect 80 girls at risk of becoming child brides.

Right now, the UK government is matching every donation gifted to Camfed’s UK Aid Match appeal, doubling your impact to help twice as many girls stay in school and out of child marriage. Go to Camfed.org/UnlockFutures to follow the stories of girls whose lives are being transformed every day with your help.

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By donating, you will be doing something amazing for vulnerable girls across Africa. But not only that – if you donate via my sponsorship page, I will run 1km per £1. Let’s set me a challenge!

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Festival of Ideas

For the last two weeks, I’ve been enjoying the 10th annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It’s a packed fortnight of mainly free events organised by Cambridge University celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences. The official theme this year was ‘truth’, but there were literally hundreds of events covering a diverse array of topics.

I’m still new to Cambridge and this sort of thing, so I got stuck in and ended up going to these eight events:

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Learn how to juggle

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


This is one of those things that just seems like something I should be able to do. People make it look so easy. Last year, one of my fellow volunteers tried to teach one of the children we were with how to juggle and after an hour or two she was making progress. So that’s it, it’s on the list.

Cook for at least 10 people

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


This is another one that is pretty self-explanatory. Even though I’m not that into desserts, I suppose I should do it properly and make this a three-course affair. Really, it’s the sort of thing that should be on a “before 30” list (if at all) as you should be comfortable in the kitchen by then, after a decade of independence, but here we are. I wonder who will be lucky enough to be on the receiving end.

Learn to ride a bike with no hands

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I’m not entirely sure what % of people can do this, but plenty of people are shocked when they find out that my sister and I can’t ride a bike with no hands. I think most who can do it usually learned when they were kids, which makes it more surprising to hear we can’t. To be honest, I can’t really remember ever trying.

Anyway, I’ve recently bought a bike (the only way to travel in Cambridge), so that feels like half the battle. Also, the nonchalance of some cyclists while doing this makes me think it shouldn’t be too hard to get the hang of, but who knows. Continue reading

Photograph 100 Sunrises and 100 Sunsets

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I’ve been getting more into photography over the last year or two – not in a serious way, just taking more care when taking photos and actively trying to look for photo opportunities. Starting this blog helped actually because I needed images to complement my weekly updates from Bolivia. And obviously visiting some incredible places has helped too!

One thing I’ve learnt is that I’m a sucker for sunrise and sunset. I often make a special effort to seek them out when I’m on holiday, getting up at stupid o’clock and even running somewhere to get a good view. I suppose it’s understandable not to do this so much at “home”, especially when you’re (typically) in a full-time working routine, but I’ve tried to do better this year.

Which brings me to my challenge: I want 100 sunrises and 100 sunsets. I’ve got 8 years (roughly 100 months) to get some good ones and I have some in the bank already – I’ll do an inventory soon and maybe set up some sort of gallery.