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How I Put My Imagination to the Test

Jamie G
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14 Aug 2014

At the end of July 2014 I wrote 24 kids stories in 24 hours to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Discover why I did it and how the day went.

In December 2013 my best friend Kuba passed away after a long battle with leukaemia. He died from a complication after beating it for the second time.

I'll never forget the day he rang me from the hospital with his diagnosis. His own charitable efforts while he was ill were an inspiration to all around him. Despite everything that was going on in his life he organised two huge concerts and raised thousands of pounds for charities in Edinburgh.

My 24 in 24 Challenge 

I decided last year I wanted to do something to hopefully play a small part in trying to prevent anyone else going through what my dear friend had to.

I'm not much of an athlete so things such as running a marathon or a sponsored swim didn't appeal to me. I decided to do something a little bit different and came up with the idea to write 24 kids stories in 24 hours.

It seemed like a great idea and with amazing support from family and friends I quickly hit my £500 target. In the week running up to it, I had no idea whatsoever if it was possible or not, but I was determined to somehow manage the feat.

The Big Day 

I woke up at 7am on Saturday 26th July in a nice quiet house which my Uncle had kindly let me use while he was on holiday.

I started writing at 9am on the dot and my plan was to write one story per hour - around 50 minutes with a 10 minute break.

I had no ideas for any of the stories before I started my challenge which made it a bit more awkward. I was able to write the first 4 or 5 within schedule and then I realised I probably would start to wilt in the early hours of Sunday morning. With this in mind, I got my head down and wrote like a demon.

It's just as well I did because come 2am the next day, I was really starting to struggle. Keeping awake was my first priority and there were times I was slumped over my writing desk just trying to keep my eyes open.

My earlier burst of enthusiasm thankfully meant I could take my time but it still wasn't until around 8.10 am on Sunday that I actually finished the last of the 24 stories.

Read All About It 

Part 2 of my fundraising efforts is selling copies of the stories as an ebook on Amazon with all proceeds going to the charity. 

I've raised almost £1100 at the time of writing and am already looking forward to taking on another challenge next year.