About the campaign
According to recent research from Public Health England, 1 in 4 (25%) women across England are classed as physically inactive. Almost 1 in 2 (42%) women are not active enough for good health, meaning they are active for less than 30 minutes a week.
Due to these shocking stats, Active Cheshire has done extensive research across Cheshire and Warrington establishing areas of deprivation has the highest levels of physical inactivity. Active Cheshire has offered an opportunity of a lifetime and sponsored 3 women from these areas, to climb Kilimanjaro.
#MyMountain campaign is all about inspiring and engaging with women locally to talk about and take on their own physical activity mountains.
All three women (our Active Adventurers) come from our priority areas and are taking on personal challenges and barriers to complete the climb. We hope this will show women and girls everywhere that you can achieve anything you put your mind to! More information on this can be found here.
We want women to share videos, photos and comments about their physical activity ‘mountains’. This will be personal to everyone. It could be climbing Kilimanjaro, or going for more walks, completing Coach to 5k or even finding time in a busy schedule to do some yoga.
We all know how hard it can be, especially during winter months – nevermind in the middle of a global pandemic! So we hope this campaign will also provide a support network for local women, empowering each other and celebrating each other’s achievements. This can go a long way to supporting behaviour change.
We aim to raise money from this campaign for Warrington Youth Club, an organisation which believes in ‘Inspiring young people to achieve’. They help people to make positive and healthy life choices through their wide range of programmes aimed at different age groups.
Meet the girls who will climb Kilimanjaro in 2021
I’m Sam, I’m 25, and I’m a full time musician. I’ve always loved all things creative and musical and I love that I’ve managed to turn my favourite hobby into my job! But alongside music, I’m also a huge fan of travelling, inspired by the wisest woman I’ve ever met; my late auntie, who spent her whole life traveling the world independently and working in some of the most remote places helping others in need. Throughout my life, my auntie has been my biggest role model and I couldn’t imagine how my life would’ve panned out without her adventurous influence and valuable life lessons, and I really hope that I can use this opportunity to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and explore everything our world has to offer. My biggest motivation for this trip, however, is on much more of a personal level. After a very difficult few months dealing with the sudden loss of my dad, I really want to push myself to get back out of my comfort zone. This will be the biggest challenge I’ll have ever faced, and I want to do something that I know he’d be incredibly proud of.
Having a physical activity to do/sporting goal is really important for me, as it gives me something to focus on outside of university. Being active helps me to switch off and look after my mental health, which helps me focus on other goals I have in life. I realised this even more when I took a short break from competing in taekwondo after a pressured time preparing for competitions at a high level. At first I felt relieved as it had been very stressful but I think it is important to get the balance of having a goal to aspire to but making sure you enjoy it and not putting too much pressure on yourself. I do miss completing at a high level and I haven’t done anything major since 2017, only small things, that is why I’m so excited about this massive challenge.
I am Emily Oakes from Winsford and in 20 years old. I’m a third-year chemistry student and the University of Chester. My hobbies include training Martial Arts and Taekwondo – which I started when I was 7 and I’m a third-degree black belt. Between 2012 and 2016 I competed as a part of the England national team, during this time I became double European champion and Junior World Champion in 2016. Now I train martial arts for leisure and enjoy going to the gym. I also hike and like to climb a couple of mountains a year. My dad climbed Kilimanjaro in 2007 and I have been a dream of mine for the last 13 years. Reading is also a hobby of mine (mainly books about science, travel, and self-help).
Hello, My name is Phoebe Jay, I am 24 years old, and work at Bentley Motors. I am a Manufacturing Strategy Engineer which is an especially fascinating role to be in as the Automotive world embarks towards an innovative, sustainable, and digital future.
I am passionate about introducing Women and Girls into the wonderful world of STEM. I love to shatter stereotypes- such as being the first skilled female paint shop apprentice at Bentley. I have recently retired from playing Rugby Union after 17 years, and have taken up the faster, reduced contact version of the game in the form of Touch rugby. Last year I represented England Lionesses in the touch rugby European Challenge cup, seeing victory in Spain. I love photography, music, learning new things, and reading as much as possible.
I’m looking forward to building lifelong friendships and connections with the other women on the trip and supporting one another through the training and climbing Kilimanjaro.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.. you must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.
My mountain is to do a triathlon. I have always wanted to do one but was never confident enough, mostly because of not being the strongest swimmer. I have spent three years practising open water swimming, including lessons. This summer I bought a road bike and got lots of miles under my belt, and I have bought a turbo trainer for training during those icy winter days! I now feel ready to sign up for one for summer 2021 to give me a target date and focus my training.”
I have a love hate relationship with water. I love being immersed in water and I am terrified of not feeling the ground under my feet. I am ashamed of my body and detest the thought of anyone seeing me in Lycra. But this year I decided to join an aquafit class and once I have managed to placate my anxiety, I adore the incomparable feeling of lightness unique to water.
Hello, my mountain is swimming in the sea this winter. I am not a confident swimmer but will train and go with some friends who are also looking forward to this physical challenge. There is nothing that brings people together like facing the freezing cold and sharing a positive experience as a group.
My mountain in time! Fitting in time to keep me active, my boys active and the dog! I’ve made a commitment to get up an hour early every day I’ll alternate each day between an extra walk for the dog and a run for me. I walk my youngest to school and back every day already but when the weather starts to get bad its tempting to jump in the car, no matter what the weather we will walk.
Three years ago I contracted glandular fever and was very ill for a long time. Physical exercise of any sort became an impossibility, and I simply got out of the habit of even trying.
Now that I am so much better, My Mountain is to get back into the routine of doing regular exercise three times a week, and not letting it slip down the priority list any more. I believe that making this time for myself will not only benefit my physical health but my general wellbeing and happiness.