This is my Everest. It isn’t a marathon, and it’s not scaling a mountain either, but – trust me – it is going to hurt.
On August 7, I’m going to play 100 holes of golf at my club, Sandburn Hall, in York, to raise money for Bloodwise.
I’ve never played more than 36 in a day in my life – and I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other the next day. Now, I’m going to try and nearly treble that.
With hunting for lost balls and tracing between tees, I’ll be walking upwards of 30 miles. I’ll be on my feet for 15 hours.
My legs are going to ache. My toes are going to blister.
I’m going to be racing the sun as I try to get round our 6,723-yard course five-and-a-half times before it sets.
I’m probably going to hit around 500 shots.
Some people – those who haven’t asked if I’m crazy for not going round in a buggy – have told me I’m ‘brave’ for taking on the challenge.
But let me tell you what brave is. Brave is finding out you’ve got an aggressive form of leukaemia, meeting the battle head on and refusing to wallow in your misfortune.
Brave is undergoing round after round of chemotherapy. Each more tortuous than the last. One of which very nearly kills you.
Brave is my mum.
So I’m asking for your help. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s £1 or £100.
Your donations will serve as motivation – when I wonder in the coming weeks what on earth I’m letting myself in for.
When I’m trying to resist as my shoulders creak, my hands hurt and every fibre of my being tells me to quit.
When I’m baked in the sunlight, or drowning in the drizzle, and the sanctuary of the clubhouse bar seems so inviting.
That’s when I’ll draw on your faith as I push myself to limits I’ve never tried to reach before.
More than 22 people every day are diagnosed in the UK with leukaemia.
But Bloodwise have 13 clinical trials looking into better treatments and are currently funding 109 research projects.
Let’s help them beat blood cancer together.
I’m hoping you’ll join me in the coming weeks as I document this challenge and my progress.
But I’m also hoping you might consider sponsoring me and helping me climb my personal mountain.