#34 It’s really not that cold, honest!

#34 It’s really not that cold, honest!

During lockdown, a lot of people got into wild swimming as a form of outdoor exercise. I wasn’t one of them. Amanda O’Brien was, however, so she and her husband Con set me a challenge to give it a go. Now, I’m not a strong swimmer, but I figured I could splash about...
#33 Give me a sign!

#33 Give me a sign!

Back in November 2021 when we were all watching Strictly on a Sunday evening and Rose Ayling-Ellis was flying the flag for deaf and hard of hearing people, my friends Vanessa and Adrian challenged me to learn sign language to a song, and perform it at a gig. We...
#32 Ho ho! Ha ha ha!

#32 Ho ho! Ha ha ha!

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and no one can deny that the positive effects of a good belly laugh can last for hours. Laughing Yoga first appeared in 1995 when a doctor introduced the combination of playful laughter and deep breathing techniques. Since...
#31 Complete a challenge (or 3) live on national TV

#31 Complete a challenge (or 3) live on national TV

Phone caller: “Hi Shelle. I’m a producer for Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4. Thanks for writing into us about the fundraising work you’re doing. Are you available to be in Leeds on Monday to appear live on the show.” Me: “Yep.” Well, that was a no brainer! So, for...
#30 Finding my funny

#30 Finding my funny

When my friend and vocal coach Mandy Bell made a donation to my page and challenged me to do stand-up comedy, I don’t think she thought I’d actually do it! But you know me by now. I’m not one to shy away from a challenge unless it’s too expensive or totally beyond my...
#29 Painting by numbers

#29 Painting by numbers

Well, not quite, but it might as well have been! My mate Anthony Pryde messaged me one day to excitedly announce he’d found a challenge for me – in Artists & Illustrators magazine. Oh heck! The brief was to paint a lifelike portrait with just three colours plus...
#28 Get over it!

#28 Get over it!

The O2 Dome was built to commemorate the arrival of the third millennium and, throughout the year 2000, it housed the Millennium Experience. It’s since been converted into a huge entertainment complex with the second largest capacity arena in the UK at its heart. The...
#27 Sssshhhh!

#27 Sssshhhh!

I’ve always kind of fancied going to one of those silent retreats run by monks. You know the kind? Meditation, communal eating and time spent in nature, but all in complete silence. I then chuckle to myself, wondering how I’d really get on with not being able to talk....
#26 A Walk Through Dementia

#26 A Walk Through Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Show happens once a year. This year, it was 25th and 26th March at The Business Design Centre in Islington. Throughout my challenges, I’ve been working with the fundraising and communications team at Alzheimer’s Research UK head office to brainstorm...
#25 Follow the orange beanie

#25 Follow the orange beanie

Every now and then a national challenge organised by the Alzheimer’s Research UK charity pops up; one that I feel I can realistically get involved with. February’s walk a mile a day challenge was one of those, and it came with a free orange beanie to boot! You’d think...