RDA-webThis year I’m raising funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association by doing a mad challenge. To sponsor me and help a very worthy cause, click here, and to find out more about what I’m doing and why, read on…

I have a wonderful brother, Peter, who sadly had a brain hemorrhage out of the blue when he was 13. He survived despite the doctors thinking he wouldn’t, but the brain damage left him with physical and mental disabilities. He now gets a huge amount from Riding for the Disabled, and this year I’m supporting the charity by taking on a particularly tough sponsored challenge. But more on that in a minute.

Every year, Pete’s local RDA puts on riding lessons at the weekend, and a longer outing in the summer trekking across the Yorkshire moors, which usually lasts 5 days. He gets a huge amount from this, socially, physically (it’s great for his posture) and spiritually, as do so many other kids and adults. The RDA has always done a lot of fund raising throughout the year, but this year they need to do even more as sadly the their funding has been cut.

RDA Saying HelloSo this year in particular I want to help them in a rather unusual way by taking on a challenge I’ve eyed from afar for quite some time: the Patrouille des Glaciers, an international ski mountaineering race from Zermatt to Verbier. It takes place once every two years, is 53 km long with 3994m of climbing and 4090m to descend (which is rather a lot!) It’s at high altitude, and to avoid avalanche risks later in the day the race starts in the late evening and goes through the night into the next day. You can read more about the Patrouille des Glaciers here, and if you’d like to sponsor us and help support a very worthy cause, go to Every little bit helps, and we’re hugely grateful for all the donations to date. With thanks from me and the RDA team.