Savills helps make dreams come true, we speak to Zoe

We caught up with Zoe from our corporate partner Savills on the fantastic fundraising she has planned for the year.

Firstly, let me introduce myself. I’m Zoe and along with some of my amazing colleagues at Savills, I have signed up to trek into the Arctic Circle to raise money for Dreams Come true. The challenge involves trekking 100km in three days, camping out in tents and pulling all our provisions on a sledge. We will be doing this in January 2017, trekking through Lapland in temperatures as low as -25 degrees. Not only will this be an amazing experience personally, but the money I am hoping to raise will fund a dream for one child. With the funds we raise as a group through the challenge, even more of the children waiting for dreams around the UK will have there's come true.

Now, I’ve never done anything like this before and have never attempted to support a charity on such a big scale. Luckily, I have the support of my colleagues and we have a full year of fundraising ahead of us in aid of our challenge. We already have numerous local shopping centres supporting our cause and local choirs have kindly agreed to give up their time and donate their talents to help us raise even more money.

I have no idea where to start when it comes to the training. I like to call myself a runner, but deciding to run a half marathon twelve weeks before the event, when I had never put a pair of running shoes on before doesn’t quite qualify.....and that was two years ago! So, to make sure I’m physically fit enough to enjoy the challenge, I’ve signed up to the Leeds Half Marathon and Leeds 10k race. I intend on completing the Yorkshire 10 mile race later in the year and will hopefully conquer the Yorkshire Three peaks before the summer is out.

So far training for the half marathon has been difficult. Its hard enough trying to fit exercising around a busy lifestyle as well as organising the fundraising events on such a big scale, oh and I don’t like running in the cold or wet! The one thing keeping me motivated throughout is knowing that the money I raise will go towards helping improve a child’s life for the better. So no matter what, I will cross that finish line in three weeks, even if it takes me all day and I'll have my first challenge under my belt!

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Author: Hannah Attenburrow

Date: 28/04/2016

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