This year I managed to raise the funds through a range of channels. Firstly I managed to raise a significant amount via my fund page through donations from some very generous people - I have tried to thank people individually through email for their donations. After meeting Anna Kennedy on Twitter I was able to meet some great people who have done so much to support my cause. Austin Hughes who made it his own personal mission to secure the funds for me to go has been fantastic writing letters to MPs and making sure my fund page was shared. Vicky and Mick Cordwell, along with friends and other members of the local AKO group put on a fundraiser for me which raised just over £300. Anna herself who donated through the fund page and shared my fund page. Geoff Major of @hashtagINVOLVE, a charity fundraiser sponsored me with £250 and also vowed to help me with a plan to fundraise for future competitions.
My family have also been incredibly helpful with my older brother donating £100 and my dad aiming to give me some money which I will be able to use to pay off my next scheduled international early in 2014 . Tristan and Kay Dawson who I view as my family also generously sponsored me with £300 for the World Championships.
I have been incredibly lucky to have met such wonderful people this year and thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support and generosity. It means so much to me to be able to do what I love and now I am faced with the hard task of winning world title number 3!