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Walk All Over Cancer fundraising

Posted in Family life, Fundraising, News with tags , , , on February 14, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

As I continue to recover from glandular fever I am joining my wife Andrea in her Walk All Over Cancer fundraising. Basically you pledge to walk 10,000 steps per day during the whole of March. Based on the average person’s stride it’s 5 miles (or 8 km) and you should have clocked up 150 miles by the end of the month – about the distance from London to Manchester. Easy?! Well considering back in November I couldn’t walk more than five minutes without being exhausted this seems a perfect way to get my fitness back, tell GF to jog on and most importantly raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Any donations much appreciated and even if you can just spread the word about the event, Cancer Research or provide a word of encouragement, it all counts and is gratefully received.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Glandular fever #2

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever, News with tags , on January 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Well got through Christmas and the new year with glandular fever (GF). This included shopping trips and a walk that took over twenty minutes, which sounds not much for me normally but then less than a month ago I was happy to be able to walk five minutes without a break!

The key for fellow GF sufferers is to plan your day and time wisely. If you’re going out make sure you can take a break and/or rest stop. I find I have more energy after a meal or if I have rested up for a couple of hours beforehand. Don’t go overboard on your trips out and have a clear plan of where you are going, where to park and/or catch the bus/train.

GF is unique to each person and having it really makes you listen to your body. I have had GF for over fourteen weeks now and it is case of pushing a little bit more, not too much as GF will kick back at you. Anyone currently with GF (or mono as the Americans call it), take heart as you will gradually start to feel better. It may not be a quick recovery, although some people do bounce back quickly, but recover you will.

Also do keep taking the vitamins, particularly D and B.

Save Surrey buses

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My daughter has started a petition to help save local bus services in Surrey – one of which affects her college route. If you can sign the petition and/or spread the word it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

“If anyone has some spare time, please sign my petition about the possible prevention of cutting bus services in Surrey! 224 signatures so far; thank you to everyone who has already signed it 😀 “

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/stop-bus-cuts/

More here:
http://www.abellio.co.uk/news/abellio-surrey-service-change-release/

Kosovo make their full football debut

Posted in football transfers, Gibraltar, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kosovo were recently cleared to compete internationally by FIFA and play their forst ever World Cup qualifier tonight against Finland. Six players have been allowed to switch national teams, five have previously played for Albania and one for Norway. Others who could switch are Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Shefki Kuqi (Finland) and Lorik Cana (Albania). Arsenal’s Xhaka has recently stated he will remain playing for Switzerland.

They were voted in by FIFA in May 2016 along with Gibraltar. They face Finland tonight and have a tough qualifying group – Croatia, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine – joining Finland.

Gibraltar face Greece at home on Tuesday in their first ever World Cup qualifier.

Well done Team GB

Posted in News, Running with tags , , , on August 23, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

What a fantastic Olympic Games from Team GB. 67 medals meant finishing second in the medals table ahead of China.

Highlights for me included a gold for the women’s hockey team, the Brownlee brothers in the triathlon abd rowing and swimming medals.

The cycling was very exciting to watch and although I missed Mo Farah’s two golds, what an achievement! Amazing to think he started out at Feltham Community Sports centre – I used to run every Friday there as part of the Feltham Puffers. Not sure I was anywhere near Mo Farah’s training times though 😊

The Lottery funding has paid off, although being results/medals based it means no real funding for sports such as basketball. Looking forward to the 2020 games already.

Walk for Parkinson’s UK

Posted in Fundraising, News, Parkinson's UK, Parkinsons disease with tags , , , on July 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing the Walk for Parkinson’s at Leeds Castle on September 11th in memory of my dad.

My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2007. He never complained about having the disease despite being in pain and as the years progressed it affected his daily life more. Parkinson’s UK do invaluable research and provide support for both people with Parkinson’s and their families. Please do donate if you can and any help in plugging my fundraising would be much appreciated. Thank you so much.

https://www.justgiving.com/ajwalk2016

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Parkinson’s UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

https://www.justgiving.com/remember/364860/Robert%20(Bob)-Ritchie

The Big Collection – British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK

Posted in Diabetes, News with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Big Collection is back – 16 – 17 September. Register to make sure you’re involved!

We recently let you know that the Big Collection is back and we are aiming to raise more than ever for our ground-breaking partnership with the British Heart Foundation and Tesco.

We need amazing volunteers like you to join us on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September.

Last year our volunteers raised over £200,000 and we would love you to be involved to help us raise an incredible £355,000 this year.
Half of the money raised will be split equally between the two charities to fund vital research and ongoing work. The other half of the money will fund National Charity Partnership initiatives to help people take steps towards being a little healthier.
Whether you sign up to be a Team Leader who recruits and supports volunteers over the two days, or a Volunteer who dedicates 2 (or more) hours to bucket collecting, please register today.
Registering is simple: just find your nearest store, enter your details and let us know if you’d like to be a Team Leader or Volunteer.