I am Ann Lovelace and I have been inspired by Captain Tom.  Determined to show that age is just a number I have decided, at the fabulous age of 84, to take on a challenge.  I want to raise money for the Orpheus Centre which has been a huge part of my life for nearly 20 years and does so, so much for young disabled adults.

I am going to walk 84 miles over 21 days around the semi-rural village of Tatsfield in Kent.  Most of the circuit is on rough, unmade track with varying gradients.  The final stretch is a very steep climb which few people like tackling.  My day will also include an intense work-out at home lifting 4kg dumbbells!

When I was 78, I took on the challenge to climb Snowdon and raised £4000 with the help of my daughter and granddaughter who took part with me.  My wish is to top that sum for this new venture and hope you will support me in my efforts to support the centre’s Emergency Appeal.

I will begin my challenge on April 25th which was the date that I was due to stage the fifth ‘Strictly Youthful show’ in The Orpheus Barn Theatre.  We had a full house for both the matinee and evening performances so it seemed a fitting date to begin my fund-raising for Orpheus on that day.

The ‘Strictly Youthful’ show has been re-scheduled to September 19th and we are hopeful that we will be back to normality by then.  If we have to move it again we will, of course.  But rest assured WE WILL DO IT and it will be a perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of this difficult time for everyone.

Orpheus is like a second home to me and it has played a huge part in my life.  I have been inspired and motivated by seeing the wonderful work done by staff and volunteers and witnessing how the lives of hundreds of young disabled people have been transformed by their Orpheus experience.   I do hope that you will agree to support my daunting challenge.

A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far from Ann and Orpheus!

Read Ann's challenge diary here.

Ann Lovelace