Vicky Pattison on tackling London’s 10 Peak challenge for Hygiene Bank

Vicky Pattison has opened up about prepping for London’s 10 Peak challenge for our Metro Lifeline charity campaign.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, the I’m A Celebrity queen will be donning her walking boots and joining readers trekking across 10 peaks in London, to raise money and awareness for the Hygiene Bank.

The charity looks after families in desperate need of every day essentials, helping to provide for those in poverty.

And, lifting the lid on the gruelling, 26mile challenge ahead, the 32-year-old told that she tends to completely throw herself in to any challenge she is presented with.

‘I completely am historically underprepared for these sorts of things’ she laughed. ‘I did a 100mile bike ride last year after only having done spin class, I did the Great North Run after barely being able to jog for an hour. 

‘I always throw myself into these things whenever a charity asks, and I never think about the ramifications on my body after.

‘I did go to the Lake District last week for [boyfriend] Ercan’s birthday, and I got a lot of miles under my feet. I think one day we walked for about 13miles, so that’s like half of what we’ve got to do, right?

‘I’m certainly more prepared than I’ve ever been before.’

‘I’m not going to say I’m feeling confident,’ Vicky insisted. ‘I’m feeling cheerful.’

Considering she absolutely stormed through every task in the Australian jungle, we put nothing past her.

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Let’s have it right, This year hasn’t worked out the way anyone planned. Right now @ercan_ram and I were supposed to be sipping cocktails and sunning our skin in Crete- but with countries going on and off the quarantine lists all the time we didn’t want to risk it- (I have some exciting jobs coming up and having to quarantine simply wouldn’t do!! 😂) So we opted for a week in the lakes and I’m not going to lie initially we were disappointed (princess ercan defos has a pet lip on for awhile when he found out he wouldn’t be topping up his tan 😂🙄) But now we’re here we are having a ball! Don’t get me wrong it’s not our usual holiday but it’s so lovely to actually be active for a change! Normally when we go away on holiday we barely move for a week, we stuff our face and drink wayyyyyy too much 😂 Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun at the time but we come back feeling bloated and sluggish and feeling like we actually need a break to get over it 😂😂😂!! But this trip couldn’t be more different- nice early starts, fresh air, lovely hearty meals, exercise and great company… This may just be me getting older but we’ve actually loved our alternative staycation and I know I’m going to love going home and still being able to fit in my jeans a lot too 😂😍 This year has been about rolling with the punches, adapting and appreciating what is actually important. Being with the people who matter to me, staying healthy and living a balanced lifestyle filled with things I love come pretty high on that list. I’m grateful to my plan for allowing me to stay focused and healthy while still enjoying the things I love!! (Namely gin and cheese! 😂🙌🏻) To find out more about the programme head to 😍 #wwambassador

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Speaking about why she has decided to take part  – and forego a Saturday morning lie-in – the reality star continued: ‘I believe in using my platform to do something worthwhile. I do feel very fortunate with the job I’ve got, and the things I’ve got, so if I’m not extending that out and helping others, I just feel pretty pointless.

‘Also I’m a big fan of the Hygiene Bank in general. They make sure families living in poverty have got the necessities they need to live. And I do think it’s an incredibly, incredibly worthwhile charity. And if I could do anything to help them, I will. 

‘No, I’m not looking forward to the walk, but I think the feel-good factor is going to get us through, fingers crossed.’

We’re sure she’ll smash it.

Vicky will be joined at the start point by some famous faces for the 26-mile trek, including Meg Matthews and journalist Charlie Webster, to name a few.

They will be setting off for the trek, which takes place during National Hygiene Week, on Saturday morning – with the journey promising to take the gang through ‘beautiful woodland, thriving nature reserves and quieter spaces of London that they never knew existed’.

So everyone will be raising money for charity, sight-seeing and smashing through their daily 10,000 steps – a perfect weekend.

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