Friday, 11 October 2013

Go Sober for Macmillan - day 11

All going well over here although my biggest test was going to a gig on Wednesday night! Just got this through from the organisers and funny they should mention a visit from the inlaws as that is my next test. Wish me luck!

It’s day 11 of Go Sober and we hope you’re enjoying the challenge, resisting peer pressure along with temptation. The good news is we're almost half way through the month so it should get a little easier as you start to reap the rewards a month off the booze brings.

Our top tips for getting through this weekend are:
•Treat yourself with the money you've saved from nearly 2 weeks of not drinking
•Think about doing something you wouldn't normally do
•Don't visit the inlaws!

Together we've smashed through £800,000+ raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, with 31,000+ sober heroes participating. An incredible achievement you should all be very proud of!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Kimpton mother prepares for Fire Walk to raise money for life-changing trike

A mother from Kimpton, near Andover, is taking part in a fire walk to raise money to buy a specialist trike for her young son.

Sharon Kennedy is raising funds in order to purchase a Tomcat Trike which would be life-changing for her four-year-old son Cameron who suffers from sensory processing difficulties, social communication difficulties and Dyspraxia.

Cameron can only walk short distances before pain and fatigue set in, meaning the Tomcat trike would enable him to become more mobile and independent.

Sharon is hoping to raise £600 towards the cost of the £1,873 trike with the additional funding coming from a grant from Cerebra, a specialist charity that helps children with neurological problems.

Sharon said: “Cameron and I went to try out the trike and it brought a tear to my eye to see him pedalling for short distances without help with the biggest smile on his face. The trike would mean that he could do things that other children can do, such as coming with me when I walk the dog. “

The fire walk takes place on 31st October in Newbury and is being run by specialists Bigger Brighter Bolder who are holding the event on Halloween to empower local business owners.

Sharon found the fire walk event online and contacted organisers Tracey Miller and George Swift.

She joked: “I wanted to do something a little bit different to raise money and this is shorter than a traditional sponsored walk.”

Tracey Miller, BBB director added: “As specialists in developing the mindset for success, our fire walk workshop is designed to help people overcome the fear and doubt that gets in the way of their success by actually showing the mind what’s possible. We’re delighted Sharon’s chosen our event and as well as raising money to help buy the trike, which will be life-changing for Cameron, we hope Sharon gets something really special for herself too.”

For more information on the fire walk, click onto or to sponsor Sharon, click onto


Thursday, 3 October 2013


Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is showing the film Trashed which should get you thinking about what you throw away (there is no away!) and your environmental responsibility.

Trashed (12A) 98 minutes - see trailer here

"if you think waste is someone else's problem…think again."

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.

"We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet" Jeremy Irons

Bring along a pizza to cook and enjoy over a chat and drink following the film. Tickets: £4 on the door. Bar opens 7:30pm. The Croft Hall, RG17 0HY

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

British Red Cross

If you know me in real life, you may know that I spent a few months this year attempting to be an antiques dealer...I've been freelancing solidly for the last five months, meaning that I haven't really had time to find the stock (or to sleep, have fun, see get the picture...)

Sadly, this meant giving up my beloved stall. And even more sadly for MrM, it meant that my stock has been sitting around the house. And now, under pain of more shouting, my stock has had to go, although MrM didn't use such gentle words. His were more: "If you don't get rid of that pile of junk, I'll do it for you."

So off it went. A collection of vintage books, baby clothes, a random 70s saucepan that made me think of the Good Life every time I saw it, some beautiful glass bottles...all to the British Red Cross shop and into the hands of a very confused looking volunteer....


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Go Sober for Macmillan - day one!

After celebrating the end of my contract at the agency in October, I had a cheeky couple of gin and tonics last night so woke up ready and willing to start Go Sober!

My beautiful sister has sponsored me and I'll be sponsoring myself but please feel free to join in!

Here's a note from our sponsor....

It’s been an amazing ride so far and we are incredibly proud to have 28,000+ sober-heroes taking on the challenge, already raising over £400,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. What a way to start the month!

We know 31 days off the booze can be a bit daunting so if you start to doubt yourself, just think of the difference your fundraising will make to the lives of people affected by cancer.

Are you trying to get some unconvinced friends on board? Why not start a team and have them join up? They might be more inclined to take part if they know it will be a combined effort. Plus it's much easier staying on the wagon when your friends are too.

If you haven’t already kicked off your fundraising then personalised biz cards or our pre-written fundraising emails are a great place to start. You can find them and much more by logging in to your Go Sober account. It’s a great way to spread the word about your sober challenge. Don’t forget you can also use Facebook and Twitter to share your sober experiences. We even have some social media icons you can use for your profile pic here.

We'll be sending out weekly e-newsletters to keep you motivated, but for all the latest you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay strong, stay sober!


The Go Sober Team

Stepping out against dementia raises £745!

More than 40 people joined together last Saturday (28th September) in the fight against dementia at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre for Alzheimer's Society’s annual Thatcham Memory Walk where £745 was raised for the UK’s leading support and research charity for people living with dementia.

Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout September. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to spend a day out together whilst also raising money for such an important cause.

The walk was opened by Alzheimer's Society volunteer and local resident Barry Randall whose granddaughters took part in the walk with him.

There are currently over 5,000 people living with dementia in West Berkshire and the money raised at Thatcham Memory Walk will fund local services in the community such as the Dementia Support Worker Service, Singing for the Brain and Dementia Caf├ęs.

Community Fundraiser, Ellie Hughes, said:
‘Local support for the walk has been great and it was a really special and uplifting day. I want to say a huge thank you to all the walkers and volunteers who helped to make it possible and of course to Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre for once again providing us with a beautiful venue.'