Monday, 30 September 2013

Cats Protection

After having a lovely massage and before heading to the Memory Walk, I treated myself to a quick jumble, heading to the Cats Protection sale.

Pictures to come, but I bought:

Jeans, a jacket, a t-shirt and more importantly FIVE boxes of 1970s Fuzzy Felt and five regional cookery books for the sum of £2.50.

I also somehow got collared into helping a young man of 87! Having come to the sale on his motorbike, I'm not sure why he bought an almost life size paddle-steamer. Anyway, we managed to get it into the back of my van with an invitation to bring it round to his house! You just never know where a trip to the jumble sale could end up!

British Heart Foundation

You can raise money by running marathons, by climbing mountains, by swimming the channel, or by having a massage!

Of course, I took the easiest option with a trial Chinese massage at the Newbury Wellbeing Centre open day on Saturday where my neck and shoulders were given a massive treat in return for a donation to the British Heart Foundation. I've got to say a huge thank you to Jason Redding who I cannot recommend highly enough for his patience and kindness!

West Berkshire Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk



I know I'm one of those people who sometimes cries at adverts, but I was incredibly touched by Saturday's event...there was turnout of about 80 walkers of all ages from babies up to a lovely lady of 92.

There were people who happened to be passing who signed up, there was a lady who did the walk and sponsored herself a whopping £60 that she put into the donation box, there were families and couples donating lots of cash; all determined to do whatever they could to help people with this horrible disease.

There was a wonderful camaraderie and a touching address from the man who cut the ribbon to open the walk. I have to admit I didn't even do the walk myself; I forgot to bring my trainers, but instead helped people to sign in, register and to work out what size t-shirt they needed! I even helped put up a gazebo which was the first time I've ever done that successfully!

Thank you everyone who came....I'll stop crying soon!


Pic thanks to NWN!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Go Sober for October in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care




Thanks to a gloriously hot summer, most of it spent in a field, and a ridiculous situation that I've found myself in, cranking open an ice cold cider has been a bit of a habit.

So, I was almost relieved to see that Macmillan Cancer Care is hosting a fundraiser called "Go Sober for October" where you get sponsored for not drinking. If 31 days is too long, you can buy "golden tickets" to allow you to have the occasional night off the wagon.

There's more info here and my donations page here

Shout at me if you see me in a pub in October!



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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

World's Biggest Coffee Morning -Macmillan Cancer Care

As many workplaces, my office is holding a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care this week.

We've been asked to make a cake...would it be so bad to buy one? It really would be better for everyone concerned...








Are you holding a coffee morning? If not, there's a list of your nearest ones here:



Thatcham Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society

Just a reminder that the Thatcham Memory Walk is this Saturday at 1pm! See you there!

We currently have 55 walkers registered and as always we’re expecting lots more to turn up on the day so hopefully it’ll be a busy event.


Walk Information
You can do a short stroll round the lake or a longer 2-mile march across the reedbeds. It's a really lovely local venue, ideal for the whole family for an afternoon out. This route is fully accessible for baby buggies and wheelchairs. There's a super café selling delicious snacks & home-made yummy cakes, lots of information exhibits and hands-on activities for the kids. There are play areas for toddlers to young teens, a field to kick a ball around, plenty of parking and picnic tables overlooking the lakes. You can even feed the ducks and swans.


Important Information
•Wear comfortable clothing and practical footwear.
•Be prepared for the weather – waterproofs or sun cream may be necessary.
•Bring a snack or two - there is a café on site but you may want something extra.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

British Heart Foundation; the Great British Bag-athon



I haven't been here for a while! How are you? I like your top!

It's been work, work, work for a while, but I'm thrilled that I made it to my first networking event in a while where I sat next to a lovely lady from the British Heart Foundation. Their charity's September campaign is the Great British bag-athon where they're asking people to have a back-to-school clear out. Apparently every bag you fill of unwanted clothes, books etc, is worth about £20. Ten bags could fund one day's research into heart disease.

The British Heart Foundation is hoping to reach a target of 1m bags this September and there's a challenge here