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The Winner of the Tablet AND How Much Did We Raise For The ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST?

Hi Everyone – Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported my mad annual fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. For those of you that need a reminder of my mountain bike challenge.

We raised a staggering £764!!!!!

Well there are a few things to report following the bike ride on 13th September 2014

On the Saturday of the ride I managed only 90 miles across the South Downs before the dark made it too dangerous to finish the trails on to Winchester and the road stage finish of the 140 miles. Unfortunately on the Sunday injury to my back made it impossible for me to get back on the bike and finish off. Despite that everyone was really kind and paid up anyway.

The good news is that I have now had my knee operation and am recovering well, so it’s back to running soon. The bike is also back in tip top condition and being used for the daily commute!

Secondly, now that all the money has been collected, I am able to announce the winner of the TABLET


(really long pause as in the manner of X Factor, Strictly etc etc etc ….. Still pausing, unnecessarily, milking it …. still pausing)


Congratulations Jenny – See you on Saturday for your presentation and photo call

Thank you again for supporting me and, of course, our brave Royal Marines. And of course a huge 350th birthday to my old corps


P.S. Please comment with any crazy fund raising schemes and prospective charities for next year’s efforts!

P.P.S. If you still want to donate to raise the money even higher, feel free at Just Giving (and yes, our IT company will match it £ for £)

The benefits of volunteering

There is still something quite exciting about receiving “nice” post don’t you think?  You know what I mean, not the brown enveloped bill or the junk mail, but something in a handwritten envelope which you just know contains something special.

Well, last week I received just such an envelope – it was A4, hand written and as it plopped onto the mat, I just knew it was something nice.  And I was right!  Inside was a totally unexpected Volunteer Award for my services to the Olive Tree Charity.  If you don’t know of it, the Olive Tree is a charity attached to Crawley Hospital serving cancer patients and their families.  A place of support, therapies, counselling and practical advice, not to mention a place to laugh or cry and a good cup of tea!  A place where I have been proud to volunteer as a therapist now for several years.  In fact, I love my work there so much I would give them a certificate for letting me!

For those of you that have never considered volunteer work or have but don’t feel you have the time, lend me your ear for a moment whilst I give you an insight as to what it has given me and what is involved.

Firstly, you need to pick your charity – it doesn’t matter what it is but the “why” you want to support it needs to be strong.  I lost my beloved Dad and several of my friends to cancer and so the Olive Tree and St Catherine’s Hospice were both natural choices for me.  The reason your why needs to be strong is that it will be raining one day when you come to leave the house, it’s going to be cold and/or dark, there may even be something more exciting going on that day but they need you to be reliable.

“I would love to, but I just don’t have the time” I hear you say.  It doesn’t matter how little time you have – a couple of hours a month will help and we all have a couple of hours a month don’t we?  Just think for a moment of all the time we waste – surfing the net, watching TV?

So, it doesn’t need to be lots of time, although that’s great if you can, but it needs to be something you can be passionate about.

“Whats in it for me?”   Well to be honest, I didn’t even ask myself that question when I first volunteered, I just knew I wanted to do it.  But, seeing as you asked, I will tell you what it has given me – an overwhelming sense of doing something really worthwhile and valuable,  a putting something back into a society that has served me well but most of all – pure Joy!  I have had the privilege of meeting some amazing people, people at their most challenged, most vulnerable, who have shown courage, fear and in some cases bloody mindedness! If I have managed to help in any small way their difficult journey, I can only say it has been my pleasure!

If you would like to know more about volunteering for The Olive Tree or St Catherines please see their contact details below

St Catherines Hospice   Tel: 01293 447333

The Olive Tree Tel: 01293 534465

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