Victoria Monk-Steel

Since I can remember I have always been fascinated by sharks. I received a book when I was twelve and read it cover to cover whilst looking at the pictures in awe.

They’re just sooooo intriguing and quite mysterious - there's so much more to them than all the bad press they tend to get.

The sheer size of some of these sharks absolutely blows my mind and to be honest, I think they’re a little misunderstood.

My first tattoo, 20 years ago was a shark and my latest tattoo, from September last year, is also a shark. Fancy dress – I go as a shark! Doodling in a meeting – I draw sharks!

That’s why I’ve decided to fund raise for The Shark Trust by entering the Big Fun run on Sunday 14th July 2019.

After years of playing sport, I finally retired when the pain, of what I thought were injuries, got too much. It wasn’t until late last year I was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia.

What this means is, that since birth, my hip joint hasn’t fully developed leaving the socket too shallow to hold the ball of the hip joint.
This is incredibly painful and limits the amount of physical exercise I can do.

So, whilst this is only a 5km run, this really will be a challenge for me.

I’ve been training daily on my spin bike but soon I shall be hitting those pavements....

Every pound raised helps support valuable Shark Conservation work. Sharks really are under threat and The Shark Trusts aim to drive progress towards their 3 key goals to safeguard the future of sharks through positive change.

Fisheries Management – Fisheries managed for sustainability to prevent declines in non-threatened species.

Responsible trade – Responsible trade & reduced demand for non-sustainable shark products.

Species Protection – Protection of endangered species through legislation & effective conservation action.

So please, if you can spare some change to help create a future where sharks thrive within a globally healthy marine ecosystem, then please make a donation.

Did you know?

Contrary to popular belief, sharks do occur around the coasts of Britain. In fact we have over 40 sharks and rays species.

However sadly over 50% of our British sharks are now under threat. This includes the once common Angelshark, which is now rarely encountered. Today they're listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. In 2008, The Shark Trust helped to secure domestic protection for them in UK waters. And now they’re one of the most heavily protected sharks in the Northeast Atlantic!

Thank you for reading and please help where you can.

Victoria Monk-Steel