1. Could you tell us a little bit about the “tough mudder” challenge?
The tough mudder challenge is 1012 mile obstacle course designed to test physical and mental
strength ` The idea is not to win but to have a story to tell` (N.Y. Times) Tough Mudder is all
about the challenge, pushing your body to achieve things you didn`t think you were capable of.
The obstacles would appear to play on common human fears such as fire, water, electricity and
height. The main principle behind Tough Mudder is team work. The only part I am not looking
forward to is the electricity part – I have heard of people having black outs however I do know the
obstacles are safe and marshals will be around and you can opt out if it does get too tough.
2. Do you often participate in fundraising events?
Occasionally. Most recently I organised a fund and awareness raising event for Depression
3. Which charities do you usually support and why?
As a teenager I did the Three Peeks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research I have only
recently raised money for Depression Alliance . I suffer from depression myself and believe that
it is healthy for the individual and society to discuss these topics and not push it under the
carpet. I also personally find physical exercise helps me both mentally and physically and it is
the teamwork aspect in Tough Mudder that I like.
4. What has attracted you to slaughterhouse reform in particular? Do you have a history of
supporting animal welfare related initiatives?
One of my clients is very keen on animal welfare and is very particular that the meat and fish
ingredients I use should be of the highest quality. This has always been Kitchen Sink`s ethos
but her interest has caused me to research more closely the source and treatment of the meat
and fish I use. I am a keen supporter of local suppliers rather than the big supermarket chains
which means I can have discussions with them as to where their products actually come from.
5. Out of our 4 key reforms, which one speaks to you the most? Transport conditions,
stunning, labelling or cctv?
One of the points I feel most strongly about is the transportation of live animals. The journeys are
often long and arduous without proper food and water. A case in point was the disruption last
summer at Calais where there were lengthy delays at the Channel Tunnel with animals stuck in
dreadful cramped conditions . I personally think only dead meat should cross the channel.
Animals are sentient beings and suffer pain, anxiety and stress. On a purely practical note I
don`t think this leads to good quality meat. But all four reforms are important.
6. Do you have a position on the EU? Our followers are much like the country, they are
divided on the issue.
I personally feel we should stay in the EU. Where animal welfare is concerned I want the UK`s
good influence and high standards , for example in the fields of veal production, pig welfare and
caged animals , to be felt across the EU. If we are out we have no influence.