6pm – Nearly Half Way!

Hello again,

Just a quick update. We are nearly halfway through the 24 hours now with 14 hours left to go. The rain has stopped thankfully but the sun has gone round the other side of the building so it is now a lot colder and we have started layering up.
We are cold, hungry, uncomfortable but still smiling!

Still lots of generous donations being received both on site and online so that is fabulous thank you so much!

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We will be back around 10 pm with another update before we try and get some sleep!

Thank You

Sam & Jenna

2pm – It’s Raining!

Hi Everyone!

Here is our 2pm update. We have been sitting at the services in our little camp for 6 hours now and are surprised at how generous people have been! Lots of money currently being raised for Pudsey and the amazing folk at BBC Children In Need which is fabulous.

Good old British weather did not let us down and the heavens have well and truly opened. The weather forecast did say rain from 1pm and exactly on schedule all of our lovely sunshine vanished and the rain began. We have resorted to hiding out under some clear recycling bags in an effort not get get absolutely drenched by the rain. So far this has been unsuccessful.

But now we are going to go back in time a bit: We did manage to get this photo before the rain started! As you can see our camp is very small so does not provide much protection from the rain. People keep telling us we should have got a bigger tent, but it would not be a challenge if it was easy! Main use for the tent is to keep our phones and stuff in to make sure they do not get wet, sadly it is not big enough for us to sleep in!

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Also before the rain we thought we’d do a facebook live video to all the people on facebook who regularly support us. We also learnt something very important today. When we film for youtube we have to have the camera landscape but for facebook live it needs to be portrait. Who knew! This means you’ll have to turn your head 90 degrees to watch us. We apologise and will not make this mistake again! Also this sadly means you can’t fullscreen us, but that’s ok because we look better from further away! As you can see it was very sunny here before the rain appeared! Hence the sunglasses!

Even with the rain we are still smiling! See you all soon for another update and thank you for all your donations so far!

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~ Sam & Jenna

8am – Camp Set Up

Morning Everyone!

Today is the day! It’s 8 in the morning on Saturday and we have just set up our home for the next 24 hours. Unfortunately it is raining but we will not be deterred!! We are going to be blogging and vlogging our way through the next 24 hours with the occasional bout of facebook live to keep in contact with the lovely people who are supporting both us and Children In Need.

Above is our little “Camp Pudsey” which will be home for the next 24 hours.

Below is the first of our videos from 8am on the Saturday! Here we are feeling very chirpy as the sun decided to come out halfway through our video and grace us with it’s presence! How Kind!

Thank You to all of you who are following and donating to us! Here’s hoping we can raise a lot for Children In Need. This is challenge number 3 out of 12, you can see the rest of our challenges at http://www.CINChallenge.com/events and you can be an absolute diamond and donate if you like at http://www.CINChallenge.com/donate

Thank You!

Sam & Jenna

March – 24 Hour Sleep Out

Hello Everyone!

It is time for our next Children In Challenge. Check out our video below to see what we are going to be up to this time!

This months challenge is a 24 hour sleep out! There will be no luxuries, no food and we will be there regardless of whether it is pouring down with rain or a lovely sunny day. We have our fingers crossed for the sunshine!

We had to pick the best day in which we felt that we would be able to raise the most money so the date for this event is the 1st of April. We will be at the entrance to Fleet Services southbound from 8am on the Saturday to 8am on Sunday morning.

If you are in the area of Fleet or passing through please stop to say hello, we’d love to see you! We will be keeping you updated over the 24 hours with videos, blogs and facebook live updates which can all be accessed from our website.

Remember you can donate by text so if you cannot make it to site just use our text code: “UCIN50 £5” to 70070 to donate £5 to BBC Children In Need. Or you can visit our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CINChallenge

Every penny we raise throughout this year will go to support BBC Children In Need which will help continue the amazing work that they do to support children and young adults throughout the country.

Thank You

Sam & Jenna

February – Climbing the O2

Hello!

So our February challenge was to climb the O2 arena in London. We had no idea how much thought actually goes into constructing buildings like this, we have 52 metres which is one metre for every week of the year. It is 365 metres wide which is 1 metre for every day of the year, unless of course it is a leap year but we won’t count that. There are 12 pillars which is one for every month of the year and these are also arranged to look like a clock! For our last challenge we went caving through Cheddar Gorge so it was quite ironic that after spending 90 minutes climbing through and under a landmark we were now going to be spending 90 minutes climbing over one.

Below is our video which we filmed on the way to the O2.

Halfway on our way to London we decided it was time for a mini challenge! If you want to be particular then Jenna decided it was time for a mini challenge! However for the purpose of this year long challenge we are a “we” so Sam will have to take some sort of responsibility also for the hideous outcome of this mini challenge. However more on this later!

Once we arrived at the O2 and had found our way to the “Up at The O2” we changed into some very fetching all in one climbing suits. These seem to be our regular attire for our Children In Need challenges at the moment!

So here we are before and after all ready to climb. In order to climb over the O2 we had to climb up the side of the dome on a bouncy walkway at a 28 degree angle which kind of felt like you were climbing up the side of the dome itself. Our climbing guide was called Anna and she was very good at making sure we were all safely secured and would not fall off. The climb was definitely worth the view at the top though! We have two videos from the top of the O2, one from Youtube and one which we filmed via Facebook live. Before today neither of us had ever used Facebook live but after today this may be a regular feature on our little adventure! Only downside is that you cannot choose which still picture to show and your faces end up looking like this:

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It was so pretty when the sun started to go down!

As you can see from the above videos the views really were amazing. It was also good to see a couple of people on our climb who were afraid of heights doing this climb and really conquering their fears. So even if you are afraid of heights we would still say to you go and do this!

The climb back down the O2 was a little bit trickier than the climb up as it was at a greater angle. As we were the first in the group we made the decision to climb down backwards but we think we actually made it harder for ourselves!

We really enjoyed our day at the O2 and February’s challenge is done! We have done two physical challenges for January and February so for March we are putting the charity element right at the front and are planning to really experience what we are hoping to prevent. The video below is from the journey home. You can find out more about March’s challenge in this video. We think March is going to be tougher than any of the others we have done so far due to the mental side of it. Check out the end of the video to find out more.

Did we forget about the Carpool Karaoke mini challenge? No we did not. Were we hoping you would have got this far in our post, read enough of our ramblings and actually stopped reading by this point? Yes we did. So below is Jenna and Sam’s Carpool Karaoke. This could very well be the worst 9 minutes your ears have ever had to endure. You have been warned.

#2 – February – O2 Climb

Hello!
We are very please to be able to say that February’s challenge is now booked!
You can watch our lovely little video below to find out what it is!

We had had a rather heavy night the night before so were feeling a little worse for wear here so be kind!

The video appears to not be showing on some devices, so any issues here is the direct link which may work on those devices that are currently not working! 🙂 If both work for you then you just have to look at our tired little faces twice (lucky you!).

So for February we are going to be climbing the O2 in London! 380 metres of fabric walkway over the O2 while being 52 metres above the ground.

The date is set for the 16th of February at 4pm and we think we can actually take our phones on this one unlike down in the caves so there should be more videos to upload!

As always if you could help us out by liking/sharing/tweeting/subscribing to our blog that would be fantastic! Also if we have done enough to earn a little bit of sponsorship out of you please visit http://www.CINChallenge.com/Donate where you can see all the ways in which to help support our cause.

Don’t forget the Text Code! By simply texting “UCIN50 £10” to 70070 £10 will be sent to the lovely people at Children In Need. You can also add gift aid to your donation via the text code at no additional cost to you! You can donate £1, £2, £5, £10 in this way and it will appear on our Just Giving page.

Thank You to everyone who has supported us so far, we have a long way to go with some very exciting things coming up and hopefully a lot more money to raise!

~Sam & Jenna

 

 

 

January – Caving at Cheddar Gorge

Hello! Today was the day that we completed our first challenge for Children In Need. We left at around 8:45 to make the two hour drive down to Cheddar in Somerset:

On our drive down to Cheddar we drove past Stone Henge! It is fascinating to wonder how they actually got those stones up there. For anyone who does not know what Stone Henge is (well you never know who could be reading!) here is a lovely little picture thanks to English Heritage:

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Cheddar Gorge is located in Somerset and it is where Cheddar cheese comes from! After seeing all the  cheese lined up in the caves we now know exactly what they mean by cave-aged cheddar!!

Once we got to Cheddar we were a bit early so got to have a look around. There are so many traditional and old shops including the one below which did wooden carvings and had this lovely little selection of ducks in boots!!

After our little wander around Cheddar it was time to go get suited and booted ready to go caving. The caving we had signed up for was the X-treme caving adventure which you can check out by clicking here.

You are led ¼ mile, past the admiring tourists in Gough’s Cave to start your Level 2 multi-pitch caving expedition. You switch on your head lamp for the easy climb to the Mushroom Chamber, crawl into Sand Chamber, use a lifeline down a 40ft steel ladder into the Boulder Chamber, then climb up the Far Rift.

You emerge through April Fool’s Squeeze, clip onto a wire traverse and crawl across The Bottomless Pit, then slip headfirst through The Letterbox, before returning to the Sand Chamber on your way out – muddy, but proud!

As we were not able to take our phones into the cave through fear of breaking them we did a video before we entered the cave. Nerves were definitely setting in as either of us had done anything like this before. It is a strange sort of nerves because as discussed in the video above it is hard to know that something scares you if you have never experienced anything like it before, in this instance claustrophobia. Having never been trapped in a small space before it is hard to know if small spaces scare you so the fear was more a fear of being fearful and the unknown!

Here are our delightful caving clothes before we entered the caves! We thought it was going to be really cold in the caves but it turns out it was actually quite the opposite! We were actually very grateful for these outfits as we really did get covered in mud from head to foot!

Once we were suitability dressed we made our way to the cave. Nerves by this point were off the scale. We plodded along in our boots past the tourists and to the entrance of the bit of the cave we were going to explore. The lovely man in the middle there was our X-treme caving instructor called George. How this man managed to put up with the pair of us in a cave underground for nearly 2 hours we have no idea. While we were crawling, climbing, slipping and sliding our way through the cave he was sailing through making it look really effortless and giving us all the interesting facts and history about the caves at the same time. We quickly found out that caving was no where near as effortless as George made it seem. One of the hardest decisions for each section of the cave was whether to go feet first or head first! This along with the decision to try and crawl through like a worm or shuffle through like an upside down tortoise. Turns out shuffling through a gap which is only ever so slightly bigger than you are is not very easy and we both managed to get ourselves well and truly stuck on several occasions. However when the only option you have is to get yourself out then you somehow find some sort of strength or some sort of flexibility that you never knew you had. The 40 foot ladder was a bit of a challenge but we managed it! We are very proud to say that both of us conquered the letter box which was a tiny gap between the rocks that we had to crawl face first down and post ourselves through and crawl through the gap in the rock and out the other side. Sam may have made the mistake of going feet first and got a little bit stuck, but we will gloss over this bit. The bottomless pit for us was probably the most terrifying part. We had to crawl across the rocks at the top of the pit and then across a ladder/ledge that was laid across the pit. After just under two hours of caving we were at the end of the experience and  made our way back to the entrance of the cave very very muddy!

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For our challenges we wanted to do things that either scared us or pushed us. This one definitely did both. We are bruised, achy, muddy and look like we’ve had a lovely little bit of fake tan!

If this is ever something you have considered doing then we would tell you to go do it! It is terrifying but so worth it in every way. We never thought that we could do something like this and surprised ourselves!

Thank You so much to George and the team at Cheddar Gorge for such a brilliant day! A massive thanks to George for ensuring we got through the cave safely, and for putting up with us two for 2 hours of your day! You were a brilliant instructor and we really enjoyed our day!

We are currently on £111 raised for BBC Children In Need. Please visit our just giving page by clicking here. Every donation will make such a difference and is for a really good cause.

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“UCIN50 £5” to 70070 to Donate £5
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~Sam & Jenna