Paul Strickland Scanner Centre – Plant and Cake Sale 15 May 2017

Opportunity to meet and quiz Royal Ascot’s head gardener at Mount Vernon Hospital charity event

Local gardeners pulling at the reins to get their plants into the ground once the risk of frost is over will have the opportunity to meet and seek advice from Royal Ascot’s head gardener, plus stock up on plants and enjoy a cake, during a charity fundraising event during May.

Royal Ascot’s head gardener Jeremy Lockwood, assisted by experienced gardener George Ives, will put some of their plants up for sale in aid of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital. The charity provides life changing CT, MRI and PET/CT scans used to diagnose and monitor mainly cancer but also other serious conditions. Money raised through the sale will be used to make sure patients can benefit from leading edge scanning equipment and furthers medical research into cancer and other conditions.

* The plant and cake sale is taking place between 9am and 2pm on Monday, 15 May at the Appeals Office, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Rickmansworth Road, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, HA6 2RN. Bookings are not necessary, but you’re advised to attend early as the plants sell very quickly. Donations are welcome, and if you would like to contribute plants and/or cakes, please ring 01923 844290.

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Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

A medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood is calling on local people to join its Spring Walk to raise money for new scanners and medical research.

The event is organised by Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity that provides life changing CT, MRI and PET/CT scans used to diagnose and monitor mainly cancer but also other serious conditions. The money is used to make sure patients can benefit from leading edge scanning equipment and furthers medical research into cancer and other conditions.

The 10km circular walk, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May, starts at Chenies Manor (WD3 6ER) and has beautiful views of the Chess Valley.

* To book your place, ring 01923 844290; entry is £8 in advance (£10 on the day) and includes free admission to Chenies Manor Tulip Gardens; registration begins at 10am and walk starts at 11am. Wear suitable clothing and footwear (route not suitable for pushchairs). All proceeds go to charity.

About Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity based at Mount Vernon Hospital, a specialist cancer centre located in Greater London.

We provide comprehensive scanning services to the NHS and private health sectors for the diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research of cancer and other serious diseases, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners.

We offer the highest quality imaging services with specialist staff to deliver excellence to all patients and clinicians.

Legacies and donations help fund new scanners which have to be replaced every 3 – 5 years. Annually, we undertake more than 17,000 scans giving patients the opportunity of a healthier future. For more information, visit http://www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

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Walk All Over cancer fundraising update

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.

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2015 – five races to raise funds for two children’s charities :)

So a new year and be rude not to raise some funds for a couple of worthy charities. This year I am doing five races (mad fool!) for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Children’s Trust.

The five races are:
May 17th Staines 10K

June 14th Orpington High Elms 10K

July date TBC Dorney Dash 10K

Aug 9th Bushy Park 10K

Oct 25th Great South Run (Portsmouth)

It is a big ask as I normally only do three races per year, still no Ealing half-marathon this year as ten miles is my limit now.

About the two chosen charities:

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.

Our vision

That all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Our mission

For children with brain injury and their families, we aim…

  • to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for care, rehabilitation, education and research
  • to reach out to children and families in their own community
  • to provide expert advice, training and information
  • to make our voice heard.

The Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Children’s hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.

Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.

This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

A children’s hospice may offer complex symptom control during periods of active treatment. In many cases there is no cure. In others, treatment has been tried but failed and the focus has transferred from active to palliative care.

When a diagnosis is given, families often feel very isolated. Children’s hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. – See more here.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 220 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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August training update Eaking half marathon

A quick update…with just under seven weeks until race day the training is steady as they say. Still now it’s the summer holidays my daughter is on the case and cycling along to keep me running further 🙂

My work colleague will also be happy as Macmillan Cancer Support provide up to six iron on letters for your running top and there could only be one choice…Sparky! Good as well as keeps my Stoke City theme going which I manage to sneak in most races I do. Once I have received the top and fathomed out how an iron works I shall post a picture.

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/

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/

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Dorney Dash completed…in under an hour :)

Despite my best attempts to injure myself the night before the race by dropping a fridge magnet on one of my toes, I lined up at the start of the Dorney Dash 10K on a very hot morning. The course is a lap and a half of the impressive Dorney boating lake, used in the 2012 Olympics and owned by Eton College.

It is a flat course but on a sunny day like the race day there is little shade and it was tough going. Despite this (and I think spurred on by the fact I was keen to be reunited with my children and shade at the finish line) I beat the one hour mark with a chip time of 59 minutes 40m seconds, the first time in over ten years!

I would highly recommend this as a 10K race for either a PB or for a first time/beginner as it is flat, lovely surroundings and extremely well organised.

I ran this race for the Centrepoint charity and next up is the Ealing half marathon when I will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Why do I fundraise?

A question I have been asked a few times down the years (I’ve done at least one charity event every year since 1985) and the main reasons are the charities are personal or ones that support/help young people, like this year’s one the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Plus I love helping others as much as that sounds like a Miss World reply!

It is always hard coming up with a novel idea for fundraising be it Forty Nights for my fortieth birthday where I held a charity gig at Brentford FC and got a whole host of bands to plug it at their gigs or webpages. The Shirt Of Hurt (kindly borrowed of Sports Relief/Danny Baker) back in 2010 saw me complete the Staines 10K in a P*** V*** top – I still have nightmares about it 😉 Still it raised over £550 for the Macular Disease Society.

In fact running is a good way to raise funds as I did a 10K back in 2007 and rasied over £1,000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. I have even run between WHS Travel stores (train & underground stations) in central London in the late 90’s. A more leisrely fundraiser was last year’s All Booked Up where myself and my daughter (who has done some sterling fundraising herself and made me one proud dad) did a year long sponsored read for Surrey Young Carers.

So times are hard but try & help where you can, as the real stars are those who donate their money or signed goodies for charity auctions and spread the word as fundraising is no good if no-one knows you are doing it or supports it.

Top 10 highest bidded items (to date) 

(Final selling price listed at the end of each item)

1  Rebus (Ian Rankin) malt whisky (for Beating Bowel Cancer)       £1,319.00

2  Signed Red Dwarf script (for the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust)  £857.77

3 Guitar lesson and lunch with John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost) (for CLAPA) £370

4  Signed Pendragon ‘Passion’ CD/DVD (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK)  £105.00

5  Signed Harry James (Thunder/Magnum) drumsticks (for Donna Louise Trust) £103.00

6  Vinny Burns guitar lesson (for the Macular Disease Society) £62.00

7  Signed Eden’s Curse goody bag (for Parkinson’s UK)  £54.01

8 John Sinclair’s tour jacket from his days in Ozzy Osbourne’s band (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK) £46.45

9 Signed FM CD (for the Macular Disease Society)  £41.00

10  Signed Rodney Matthews ‘Sleepwalking’ poster (for Parkinson’s UK)  £35.27

Total  = £2,973.50

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Dorney Dash again this year :)

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.

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Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

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)

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