Monday, 25 October 2010

Training and fundraising to start this week

This week we are all due to get together to start fundraising with our Children's Activity days and a meeting with Gaynor. It's all very real now and I started the week as I mean to go on with a swim in the North sea, just as the sun was coming up.

This was my view as I walked back from the beach and the rays warmed my slightly battered back (a large wave had caught me unawares as I was coming out of the sea and being distracted by my barking hounds).

I can't wait to get us all together for the first time, despite there being a disappointing number of bookings for the activity day. Maybe Half Term isn't the best time to plan these things. Andy has done sterling work getting it all ready, even training me in the dark art of the Dance Mat - hardly dancing, more like a physical computer game: So I really hope we fill up in the last few days before our first one on Thursday. A local radio station has offered to promote it today, so fingers crossed.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Laura's a celebrity!

A date in the diary

12 - 16 YEAR OLDS
St Felix School - Reydon - Suffolk
12.30 - 4PM
(Weather permitting)
To book call Andy on 07841 435543

Monday, 18 October 2010

More 'giving' probems

The frustrations of not having the Virgin giving site working properly has been really getting to me. I really hope no-one has been put off supporting us...

Dear Claire,

I am sorry to hear that you have experienced problems when accessing the site and understand the frustration that this has caused.

There has been a requirement to undertake maintenance on the site recently which all our Charities were notified of.

In addition, we unfortunately experienced an issue from our card service provider on Friday that impacted donations for an approx 2 hour period. Full service was restored as soon as possible. There is no underlying issue with the site.

I would like to assure you that Virgin Money Giving take comments made by all our site users very seriously in order that we can continue to provide an excellent service and the recent period is not a reflection of our normal service standards.

Once again, please accept my apologies.

Kind regards

Neil Johnson
Head of Customer Services
The Virgin Money Giving Team

Monday, 4 October 2010


I'm in dire need of some motivation, my op has set me back on the running from, and whilst I'm back at the classes with Mark and regularly practicing my yoga, it's the running that really gets the stamina going. To help me get back into the swing of things I am going to employ 2 techniques:
  1. buy new trainers (the old ones are dying and if I get new ones I'll feel guilty if I don't use them
  2. get a mentor
Trainer wise I'm looking for something that can withstand the winter weather and so far these are the winners, but it'll depend on what I can afford.

Columbia – Ravenous Womens Trail Running Shoe

  • A gusseted tongue to keep out unwanted debris
  • 3D Techlite heel system provides conforming fit as well as stabilizing the foot over the midsole for protection on technical terrain
  • Contour Comfort 1D single-density EVA footbed
  • AgION® anti-odour treatment
  • Dual density Techlite moulded midsole
  • Soft lateral foot strike zone to provide greater cushioning in the heel
  • Lower profile geometry provides stability
  • Non-marking Omni-Grip® dual rubber compound that provides traction on wet surfaces as well as loose and soft surfaces
And I have also found myself a mentor, I don't think I'll get away with anything where Milo is concerned