As regular readers know I am trying to raise £5,000 for the Charlie Cookson Foundation. This is an amazing charity ran by Charlie’s fantastic parents, family and friends.
I do my best to take part in as many of their activities as possible to raise funds and awareness of the cause but now I’m looking for someone to help me out.
On 13 March the Charlie Cookson Foundation will be holding there third annual Trekking for Charlie event. Unfortunately because of me MS this is one I won’t be able to take part in. I can’t walk very far and am unable to use public transport so I’d would have to do it in my car. And I doubt anyone would sponsor me to drive from Sunderland to Newcastle.
Will you Trek for Charlie for me?
So I’m looking for a volunteer to take Trek for Charlie for me. The trek starts at the Stadium of Light and finishes at St James Park. There will be loads of people taking part and I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere.
I’ll help with all the preparation work by sorting the paperwork and helping to get sponsors. I’ll even provide drinks and snacks for the trek. You can find out more about the event here
If you’ll Trek for Charlie in my name leave a message, email me or contact me on Facebook or Twitter
Well maybe not cry but I am beginning t worry about the magnitude of what I’m taking on. I’ve had an great time pulling the list together but now I’ve got to get on and do it. Activities on the list include swimming with sharks, dancing in the rain and learning another language. And on top of all this I’ve committed to raising at least £5,000 for charity in a year
In 21 days I will be 49 which means in just 387 days I will be fifty. It can’t be true. I can’t be nearly 50. I haven’t decided what I want to do when I grow up. I haven’t done all the things I dreamed about when I was a kid. It turns out John Lennon was right “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.
Or in my case life is what happened when I was busy doing other things. Don’t get me wrong, many of those things were important. I’ve raised two sons, got a good job and own my own home (ok so I’ve got a mortgage but one day it will be mine). I’ve swam with dolphins, seen the pyramids and changed the law but I haven’t exactly set the world on fire. When I was kid I believed I could fix the world (thanks for that one Mam) but now I know that isn’t true. But I still believe I can make a difference because we all can if we try. So today I’m setting myself two challenges:
Challenge 1: By 5 August 2015 (the day I’m 49) find 5iftyby5ifty. That’s 50 thing’s I will do before I’m 50. I don’t know what these things will be yet but they must all be something I’ve dreamed of doing, something that makes a difference to others or something that’s just a little bit crazy or wild. I’m not rich so they won’t be things that cost a fortune (unless anyone has some spare cash they want to donate) and I have Multiple Sclerosis so I won’t be running any marathons or climbing any mountains but hopefully with the help of my friends and family I will come up with a list that will be exciting and challenging.
Challenge 2: And this is the hard one. By 5 August 2016, when I reach the big 50 I hope I will have completed everything on my list. To do it I will have to average one thing every week (that gives me a two week break) so it could be hard going. I could add things to the list I’ve already done but that would be cheating so I’ll be starting from scratch and hope to write about what I do on this website.
Over the next week I’ll add new pages and use social media to ask people help create my list. I don’t know if many people will be interested but maybe I’ll get some ideas. I don’t know if anyone will read what I have to say but by the time I’m 50 I hope I’ll be able to say I stopped making plans and got busy living life.