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Walk All Over Cancer update

Posted in Cancer Research UK, Fundraising, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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

Day three of ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ which you have to aim to do 10,000 steps per day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising is up to £145 which is really good. A BIG thank you to all our sponsors to date.

It is fun, but tough, doing 10,000 steps per day as I am still recovering from glandular fever  (GF) which comes back if I do too much. However, these relapses are not as bad as the early days with GF. I still take daily vitamins (including echinacea which I’d recommend), avoid caffeine and drinking plenty of water. I do give in to the odd cake and sugar treat 🙂

Water is good for flushing the Epstein-Barr virus out of your system. General advice is to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

GF seems to affect a lot of young athletes like Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and promising young golfer Amber Ratcliffe. They all go on to full recovery, so if you currently have GF take heart as you will recover it just takes time and a sensible balance of rest and gradually increasing your activity levels.

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.

THE DARKER MY HORIZON charity single for Macmillan Cancer Support

Posted in Fundraising, hard rock, Macmillan Cancer Support, Modern rock, Music for 2015 with tags , , , , on November 2, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Those top chaps in the Darker My Horizon have a charity single out this month. Give them a listen and your support please 🙂

“Released Monday 16th November 2015 our charity single – for Movember – all monies raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Ealing half marathon completed!

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Finished in 2hrs 28mins on my chip time (took around five minutes to reach the start line), which was only a minute slower than my time last year. Tougher this year as I had been staving off a cold all week (I know excuses, excuses) and had not had a decent run in over a week. Still managed to keep running until nine miles before my legs started wobbling and I ended up walking quite a lot of the way after, bar running the last mile. By then I had been refueled by kind folk offering Jelly Babies and Faeroe Roche (well it is Ealing!).

I’d highly recommend the Ealing half as it is well supported and organised, although beware of the hills are gradual and not that high but do slow the more trundling runner like me.

I think I will limit my runs to 10K or ten milers though as those extra miles are just a little to far and I don’t train as much as I should do.

To date raised over £325 for Macmillan Cancer and Centrepoint

BIG thank you to everyone who has donated, sent messages of support, ‘liked’ a post on Facebook or retweeted my fundraising tweet (that includes the author Christopher Fowler, bands including Euphoria Audio, the Dunwells, the Young Folk, Picture House, Vega and more).

Running the Ealing half this Sunday for Macmillan Cancer Support

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It’s race day this Sunday and nearly time to pound/stagger around the streets of Ealing. Not trained as much as I would have liked to and have a slight foot injury (I am getting the excuses in early). If you fancy seeing some mad fools running at silly o’clock on a Sunday morning the race route is here:

http://www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/route

I shall be resplendent in the green t-shirt provided by Macmillan and with Sparky on my back, plus if its cold I will have a Stoke scarf on 😉

The charity I am running for on the 28th September is

Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses (along with their help line) do sterling work helping those with cancer and supporting their family and friends:

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing20142/

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS there is also Centrepoint who I ran the Dorney Dash 10K for. They are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Running with tags , , , on June 24, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I had a year off fundraising and as I enjoyed the Ealing half marathon so much last year I thought I’d do it again! I am going to raise funds for the charity Centrepoint who help young homeless people in London and the north. They do some sterling work and they have inspired me to run for them (along with the great work my old school pal Jerome  does with the homeless charities in Hull).

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated and any support on the day most welcome. It’s a (mainly) flat course and plenty of good vantage points along the route.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

£15 could provide a warm and safe place to stay for the night for a vulnerable 16-25 year old with nowhere else to go

£20 could provide a workshop about the consequences and risks of drug use run by one of our specialist health therapists

£50 could pay for the clothes that a young person would need to attend an interview or start an apprenticeship

£120 could help keep our emergency service running for another day: helping young people straight from the street

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS Last year you all helped with raising £1,246.24 for three charities:

Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) = £498.29 (Staines 10K)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) = £52.95 (Staines 10K)

Cancer Research UK = £695 (Dorney 10K – I donated my running legs for an event in memory of a fellow Magnum fan, the hard part of fundraising was done by his family, friends, fellow fans and the band members)