So what is an Adventure Activist? Honestly, I don’t know. But this is what it means to me…
Having a family is one of the best, most fulfilling adventures that life has to offer. When it doesn’t work out the way you dreamed it would, it can feel like happiness might never be possible again. In my early forties after my eleventh round of unsuccessful IVF, I decided it was time to take on another adventure. It became the start of a journey in pursuit of the answer to the question: ‘Does motherhood make you happy or can you have a fulfilling life without children?’
What I am learning is that there are many routes to creating a family if you want one but also that life is full of many different adventures. That’s what led me to dedicating this decade of my life to taking on some of the world’s most iconic endurance challenges. I do it to raise awareness of what it means to go through IVF (another of the world's toughest mental and physical endurance challenges) as well as fundraise to support both adults and children who haven't got the families they long for.
...That’s what an Adventure Activist means to me"
On 2nd September 2015, Jessica swam the English Channel in 17 hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds, raising over £25,000 for adults and children without the families they long for. She said it was like her version of 'giving birth.' Read about it in her second book: 21 Miles: Swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood
On 23rd April 2017, Jessica ran the London Marathon for Fertility Network UK, raising over £5,000 for the charity. But please don't get any sub-four ideas, it took her 5 hours and 27 minutes, proving that this adventure activist may be a Channel swimmer and a Marathon runner but she's still no athlete!
From pond to peak…In April / May 2021 Jessica will head to Everest to become the first woman to achieve the Pond To Peak Challenge (NB. postponed from 2020 due the Coronavirus epidemic)
Here’s the journey so far….