An excellent start to my year of fundraising for the Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA), as the guitar lesson & lunch with John Mitchell of It Bites finished at £370. Big thanks to John Mitchell for kindly donating his time for this and all the It Bites fans who bid on this, including the lucky winner.
You can buy It Bites excellent new single ‘Cartoon Graveyard’ on download now.
More charity auctions soon for both CLAPA and the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) including some signed goodies from Dante Fox and a special treat for one of their fan’s at next April’s HRH AOR festival. More details soon.
The guitar lesson/lunch with John Mitchell of It Bites is currently at £370! All proceeds are going to Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA). If it breaks the £500 that would be amazing.
Thanks again to John Mitchell and the fans currently bidding.
The EBay auction is for a guitar lesson and lunch with JOHN MITCHELL, guitarist/vocalist in IT BITES and also a member of FROST* & ARENA.
The winning bidder will need to make their own way to and from the lunch/guitar lesson in the Reading (Berskshire) area. Date and time TBA between winning bidder and John Mitchell.
100% of the final sale price will support Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA). The Cleft Lip and Palate Association seeks to reduce the distress often experienced by parents in bringing up a child with a cleft lip and/or palate and to improve the quality of life of those born with clefts.
BIG ‘thank you’ to John Mitchell for this unique experience for one lucky fan!
Comedian Jimmy Cricket, a long standing supporter of my fundraising, has kindly donated a DVD and CD (with a signed photo) to help start off my fundraising year for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).
You can bid on the DVD here and the CD/signed photo here
Other goodies pledged include a signed CD and t-shirt for UK melodic rockers Dante Fox plus a rather special treat for fans TBC.
Also the band FM, lovely folk who have kindly promoted my fundraising, I am proud to say I will be wearing their t-shirt for my runs next year 🙂
More news soon and as ever any help promoting and/or with donations for charity auctions most welcome.
Not to achy after the Great South Run on what was an enjoyable run. My fundraising for Children with Cancer UK currently stands at £697.78 (thanks to some recent donations), which added to the £510 raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK gives over £1,200 raised 🙂
There are still a few signed goodies on EBay to be had, with the lively folk rockers Bellowhead sending a signed CD and currently on line is a signed CD from prog rockers Jadis:
What’s next? Well spurred on by this year’s running I am going to attempt a half marathon next May/June time plus the Staines 10K. Ideas for any fundraising most welcome.
I have two charities lined-up, one chosen by Matt Curtis who kindly sponsored me for each of my three races this year. He has chosen the Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA). Clapa is a support organisation for all those with and affected by cleft lip and palate. One in 700 children are born with this condition – about 1,000 a year in the UK. CLAPA provides information, advice and one to one support through its national network of branches. It also runs confidence-building camps for children and distributes bottles and teats for babies born with cleft lip and palate.
The second one is The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) NDCS is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. We represent the interests and campaign for the rights of all deaf children and young people from birth to independence. NDCS believes that the family is the most important influence on a deaf child’s development. NDCS supports the deaf child through the family as well as directly supporting deaf children and young people themselves.
For these two charities I will again be auctioning off signed goodies via EBay so any contacts much appreciated.
Thank you all again for your support, it is very much appreciated by me and the charities.
Knackered but finished 🙂 First time I have run further than 10K since 1999. Great day and atmosphere as the people of Pompey made you feel very welcome – even in my Stoke top and scarf. I did get two ‘Come on Stoke!’ on the way round the course. Lovely course running around the historic naval dockyards/HMS Victory and ending up running by the Southsea seafront. The jelly babies counter at nine miles provided a welcome boost as well. Well organised and run, highly recommended if you fancy a nice flat race.
My finishing time was under two hours – yippee! 1hr 59m 12 secs 15,158th (race field just over 24,000)
Thanks to my lovely kids for their support and musical selections (my daughter loaded my IPod with delights such as You Me At Six, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold & Fearless Vampire Killers and I sneaked on some Jimi Jamison, Chris Singleton & Dev Townsend!).
Big thanks to my family, friends, work colleagues, Facebook pals, the bands and authors who kindly donated signed items to auction and all those that have sponsored me, spread the word or liked a Facebook post. I am truly humbled, thanks again.
Now what race next folks 😉
PS Donations still welcome – raising funds for Children with Cancer UK:
Two tickets to Hard Rock Hell VI now on Ebay and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. You can bid here
BIG thanks to David Wilson for this and to Hard Rock Hell.
There is the first HRH AOR and Prog festival next April 6th & 7th in Rotherham:
Some lovely feedback from the recent winner of the Cannon and Ball tickets and meet ‘n’ greet:
‘Looking so forward to the show and meeting them , my dad is a big fan and I was brought up watching them , thank you once again.’
Still chance to bid on a signed Cannon and Ball programme & photo here
All proceeds to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and BIG thanks again to Cannon & Ball
More signed items for auction soon but any leads and/or donations are always welcome and appreciated.
Training going okay for the Great South Run with a PB today at the Bedfont Lakes Park Run. Do take part in a local Park Run if you can. They are held every Saturday around the UK, starting at 9am and run over 5km. Well organised, friendly and great fun!
Kindly donated by Bobby Ball & Tommy Cannon, you will get:
– Four tickets to one of their Friday shows at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool. These run until the end of October. More details here
– Meet ‘n’ greet with Cannon & Ball after the show.
A real treat for any fan and BIG thanks to Bobby Ball & Tommy Cannon for kindly donating this – all proceeds to Children with Cancer UK.
You can bid for the tickets here
A CD & cassette (yes they still exist!) kindly donated by Birmingham based country artist Raymond Froggatt You can bid on the CD & tape here
Also coming soon a t-shirt and signed CD from League of Lights – this is band that features Threshold’s Richard West.
All proceeds from these sales will go towards my target of raising £1,000 for Children with Cancer UK.