Team Helen Hodgkins Trust has completed our first international event - the Amsterdam Half Marathon.
I have now been home for almost a month and I'm still trying to find the words to describe my Kilimanjaro adventure. So many people have asked me how it was and how I got on, but it is so difficult to put the actual experience of Kilimanjaro into words. I have to be honest it still all feels a little like a dream, an out of body experience and completely surreal.
Award winning hairdresser Emma Hodgkins has been hairdressing for more than 19 years and has reached the pinnacle of her profession. She has travelled the world educating hairdressers and has had many celebrity clients including Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Jodie Kidd and Liza Tarbuck.
After founding the Helen Hodgkins Trust, Emma has now started using those skills to help save and change lives in Africa by giving up her time to run charity hairdressing events. Two events were run at the Hodgkins family home near Oxford this summer to raise money for the Helen Hodgkins Trust.
Watch out for more charity hairdressing events coming up - you can look and feel good and at the same time help save and change lives in Africa.
On 15th September 2014, I will be heading off to Tanzania in preparation for the great Kilimanjaro adventure. My aim is to raise £1,500 for the trust and to have the experience of a lifetime. I've planned the trip with Exodus and will be joined by about 15 other people.
On my second day of teaching at Nkyenennkyenen school Kofe and Porsche were brought to me, as I was the most senior teacher on the campus. Kofe was in incredible pain. He had egg shape lumps on his head, which had gone septic and were bleeding. It was obvious that even with my first aid experience I did not have the skills to treat and care for him.
Following my initial visit to Ghana, the next 6 months were a blur of fundraising activities. Firstly, I did some craft courses, set up a studio in my flat and began creating handmade gifts for sale. With so many worthy charities competing for donations now, I felt that if people were actually getting something in return for their donations, we could raise so much more.