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I’m lacing up for Cash for Kids

It’s no secret that I absolutely love my Nikes and I’ve amassed quite a collection, so what better way to support Cash for Kids Superhero Day 2017 than by putting them to good use?


Cash For Kids

You can get involved in Superhero Day 2017 too, details below


I’m lacing up and embarking on an ambitious running challenge to raise much needed funds for local families in need. And it means I can wear a cape too….winner!

May 5th 2017 is SuperHero Day and Cash for Kids is supporting When You Wish Upon a Star, a charity that works tirelessly to grant the wishes of children with life limiting illnesses.

Having heard first hand from parents and patrons of the charity at the launch event at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool One, last week, about the phenomenal experiences the charity organises for desperately poorly children and their families around the UK, I was moved to tears and inspired to help.



Just a snapshot of some of the wonderful experiences When You Wish organise for children and their families.


I have pledged to raise £250 in support of Cash for Kids Superhero Day 2017 and to hit my target, I plan to run 250km throughout the month on May. 31 days to rack up 250km, while also sustaining my job and family life and not twisting any ankles (I’m the most accident prone person EVER).

Family and friends will be loaded up with homemade cake, biscuits and honesty boxes to lure donations from their workmates, I’m going to attempt a sponsored silence (this will definitely require duct tape) in the office, and I’ll be rooting around in pockets and down the sofa for loose change, to help hit my target.


Cake for Kids

That’s worth £250 alone in my humble opinion


I’d really appreciate your support. As ever, just £2 can make a huge difference for those little ones and their families facing unimaginable pain. I’ve set up a Just Giving page to make it even easier to donate. Head over to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KRJ and do something awesome for those in need.



This is how happy your donations make me!


I will of course be sharing my daily escapades on my social media channels with tweets and videos. Mainly Twitter, @Katereillyjames , Instagram @Kate.reillyjames and Facebook here and everyone who throws me a few quid will get a personal thank you x

You can also sign up to get involved with Superhero Day 2017 here.

Donate £2 and make a wish come true x




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6 Months and Counting

I bloody love a countdown, about as much as I love a challenge and 2016 will test me to the absolute limit.

September is a busy month for me with three little dudes starting new schools, seeing friends after the summer break, birthdays and re-settling into nursery routines. So in my infinite wisdom I thought, why not make that entire schedule more pressured by adding a whole new dimension.

September 11th welcomes the Tough Mudder challenge to the north west. A half-marathon distance littered with obstacles to test even the fittest of participants including ice, fire and gulp….electricity…not to mention all the mud.

This morning I have happily paid the grand total of £90 to take part in this frankly terrifying challenge, and that’s exactly what I love about it. Its a challenge, not a race. Its about camaraderie, team work and sheer determination.

It’s also about commitment. I’ve now committed to six months of serious hard graft to build physical and mental strength as I have none, zilch. (I had to mop my kitchen floor yesterday to stop me and the kids eating any more snacks before dinner) see….none!

So that’s me done, signed on the dotted line. I’m feeling positive, apprehensive but positive. I can train, I can conquer my fears and I can do this. There’s only one question left to answer now.

Who’s with me?

For more info and to hold my hand through this terrifying experience, check out Tough Mudder here. …please….anyone!?




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Grey Matter

I’ve made a huge mistake….I’ve accepted a challenge to not dye my hair until I finish my NCTJ course in June 2016….worst.challenge.ever.


I don’t know who this lady is…but she knows the struggle!

If you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know I’m obsessed with the grey hair trend that’s done a couple of rounds over the last two years. I had one disastrous attempt at going grey with a local salon….cue losing four inches off my length from snapping and resorting to having a (too short) fringe cut in to cheer myself up. Fail.

I’ve chatted at length to anyone who will listen, mainly Ro at Voodou Bold Street, about how to go about how to be a full on silver fox and keep my locks in good condition. I’ve consulted hair specialists as far away as Scarborough and watched a million youtube tutorials to see how those in the know achieve this iconic look.

The thing is….I’m going grey naturally…at an alarming rate too. I began my NCTJ course on September 7th and I’ve not dyed my hair since then and I’m rocking all over silver roots already.  My sister who has had more hair colours and styles than I’ve had hot dinners, reckons I should let it grow out naturally, saving on damaging my hair further. So I thought about it and I’ve decided to kick the hair dye into touch for a few months…..well 8 months to be exact.

I currently have around two cm totally natural grey roots…I say grey….its definitely bright white in places and while I’m frustrated that I’ve got to stick this out for such a long time. I bloody love the colour!

My dilemma is this; I have one of two high profile press events to attend in the next few months and while still glossy, my hair looks a mess. Do I cut it redonkulously short to get rid of the dyed brunette…..or find a way to style it on these occasions and keep the length?

Wonder if Kate will join in with my challenge?

Wonder if Kate will join in with my challenge?

If I manage to stick to my plan and resist the temptation to dye, my hair will look amazing when I graduate in June. Either that or I’ll look like Helen Mirren.

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