Feature writer Kate Young hopes to raise cash for her local hospice with a unique writing challenge this autumn.
Young, from the Isle of Wight County Press, has been challenged to write at least 100 A5 pages by hand during an 18-day trip from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway, starting in mid-September.
All the money raised by the Trans-Siberian Writing Challenge will go to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill patients on the Isle of Wight. Young has already for the trip herself, so all donations will go straight to the hospice, which is a registered charity.
Young, who has been at the IoW County Press for 12 years, hopes the resulting travel diary-style book will also be published and a percentage of any sales will go to the hospice.
She intends to raise at least £10,000 for the hospice, which has looked after several of her terminally ill friends in the past including County Press colleague Jeremy Price, who died at the hospice last autumn aged 43 after a long battle with a brain tumour.
You can find out all about Young’s challenge on the blog: transsibwriter.wordpress.com. Donations can be made via the secure online site www.justgiving.com/transsibwriter or via normal mail.
Cheques should be made payable to Earl Mountbatten Hospice and sent to: Trans-Siberian Writing Challenge, Fundraising Office, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2ER.