"We might not be able to pull it off, but if anyone is going to know how to wear a purple and pink 50s day dress it’s Kim Sklinar of Preloved Reloved." Londonist, 9th May
I'm Kim, a Northerner adrift in West London.
In 2010 I cycled from London to Paris for The Institute of Cancer Research. This blog is now a place for me to continue sharing.
In 2011, I only wore second-hand clothes for a year – well, bought them. From charity shops, vintage markets and eBay. I spent less on clothes, made less impulse purchases, wore more unusual things, accessorising better, gave more money to charity. I did this throughout 2011 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
In 2012 I cycled 500km in Kenya and Tanzania in the Kilimanjaro foothills, again for Macmillan.
In 2013 I was training for the London Marathon. But instead, I was diagnosed with Chronic Daily Migraine. Now I'm going to run the marathon in 2015, but it's not going to be easy.
I originally began Preloved Reloved as a focus for my family, to fundraise and help keep us strong in the dark times. Now I continue to fundraise in Dad's memory, to raise awareness of cancer and other conditions, to promote the plight of selfless fundraisers and brave individuals who overcome the near-impossible.
I'm also a mouthy cow keen to educate people that migraine - no matter how frequent/infrequent/severe/episodic is SO much more than just a headache. Pain is relative but nobody should experience it alone.
I run also Never Enough Notes, a wonderful music e-zine.