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Big Steps of Hope Virtual Walk to d’Feet MND

For July Isabel and I have signed up for the ‘Big Steps of Hope’ Virtual Walk as our usual Walk to d’Feet MND event has been cancelled.  Our knees won’t hold our for an ‘up and down the stairs to equal Everest’ challenge, so we have vowed to walk 10,000 steps a day in July. It doesn’t sound too much but we’re rather unfit from lockdown so I think we’ll plod our way through it!  Lucy won’t mind some extra walks 🙂  We have to fit it around work, so it will mostly be in the evening and at weekends.

Check out the Big Steps of Hope page if you’d like to join in with your own challenge.  You receive a Walk to d’Feet MND t-shirt and a lovely shiny medal, so why not give it a go.  We’re keeping the medal to open at the end of July, when hopefully we will have achieved our goal.

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See below for the first week’s figures:

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Week 1

London Marathon Day Fundraising Walk #twopointsixchallenge

Well, the lockdown is having a big effect on all charities, with many losing their income streams, be they fundraising events or charity shop sales.  As the London Marathon has been cancelled many charities are taking part in the 2.6 challenge.  I’m not up to running a marathon, so I decided to do a 2.6 mile walk during my lockdown exercise hour.  Well Isabel and Lucy will do the walk and I’ll take the easy option of riding in the backpack 🙂

Thank you to everyone for their support and I’m pleased to say, on a hot sunny Sunday morning. we raised over £100 for the MND Association.

2020 – Fundraising on Hold

Well, it’s been a strange start to 2020.  The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the world and everything is on hold.  We ready and waiting to continue fundraising when the lockdown ends but in the meantime Grandad Bear has a message for everyone:

“I hope you’re keeping to the 2 metre distancing when out and about shopping or exercising and the rest of the time

STAY IN, STAY SAFE AND PROTECT THE NHS ( and enjoy the flowers while you’re at it!)”

My Final Trip of 2019 and One of my Favourites – The London Palladium Panto!

As you know, I don’t go out so much now but I always make an effort for a favourite of mine – the big London Palladium pantomime, featuring the usual suspects: Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady, Nigel Havers, Paul Zerdin and Gary Wilmot as the dame. This year Matt Baker also added his circus skills from his gymnast days, as they cleverly wove the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in with a circus theme and a magic tricks, too

Great fun was had by all! We’ve been going since their first one, Cinderella, in 2016/17 and we always enjoy it.  I’m sure the cast must have great fun, too, as they keep coming back each year!

The Palladium was looking lovely and Christmassy, too!

Christmas Bears and Snowmen

I kept a few Christmas bears and snowmen to rehome in aid of the MND Association this Christmas, so thanks to those who stepped forward to offer a new home to some friends of mine.  Two are sailing over to Australia as we speak.  I hope it’s not too hot for them!

An Enjoyable Evening with the Boscombe Salvation Army Band

This evening we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the MND Association with the Boscombe Salvation Army Band.  It was a great evening’s entertainment – Songs and Music from the Films, ranging from Walt Disney classics old and new to Born Free and The Great Escape.  As well as the brass band, with and without the choir, there were also excellent solo performances and performances by the children’s choir including a puppet show to the Little Mermaid song “Under the Sea”.

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Over £1,300 was raised for the local MND Association East Dorset and New Forest, which is excellent news.