The “White Saviour” furore

First of all, just to be clear, whilst I have been involved with fund raising for Comic Relief for the past few years and have made a couple of trips to projects with them I am in no way affiliated with them.  Not paid by them (never have been) and have no official role with them.   So anything I say here is just me dumping the thoughts in my

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A visit to the Ronald McDonald House in Southampton

It might be Ramadam and several hours into today’s fast but Abdullah is cooking waffles for anybody who wanders along to the day room on the first floor.    Whilst Abdullah might be observing the ritual of not eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset he is more than happy to cook waffles because it is something he does every week.   Waffle Wednesday happens in Ronald McDonald Houses, all over

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Did you know 8th June is Ronald McDonald House Charity’s PJ Day

Well it is.   And isn’t that photo the greatest result for “PJs” typed into the search box on Unsplash? This year, on June 8th, Ronald McDonald House Charity is inviting us all to go to work in our PJ’s and to donate £1 to the charity. As you know, I became involved with the charity when I was invited to their Gala dinner earlier this year and have followed them

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Do you know about Ronald McDonald Houses? You really should

Do you know about Ronald McDonald Houses?   Yes, that Ronald McDonald.  The one with the big shoes who advertises burgers and hash browns (that quite frankly are one of the greatest foodstuffs known to mankind).   Did you know though that this staple of the high street is a corporate supporter of an independent charity who make a huge difference every day to families with children who are very sick.  The

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Why I had to buy a Mama sweatshirt

  Two things.  Firstly, photographs of me on this blog are as rare as hen’s teeth.  Secondly, slogan sweatshirts in my wardrobe are rarer that dinosaur poop. So to get the two things combined on one post?  Well that means that something worthwhile must be happening. As part of our trips to Africa with Comic Relief, Annie, Penny and I were privileged to visit some of the projects supported by

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If you have children this is why you need to write a will

  Have you ever heard of sideways disinheritance? No? Me neither! I was chatting to a company called Bespoke Support Network this week and found out that unbeknown to over 75% of the population your children could be disinherited when you die. Now if you’re like me and everyone else, you probably weren’t aware that this was even possible and I wish it wasn’t. When couples decide to make a will they

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#UniteAgainstFamine

  This picture doesn’t look particularly inspiring, or indeed life saving does it? How can a supermarket sandwich be life saving?  I know I sometimes think “I am starving” and grab a sandwich from the supermarket as though it was life saving but actually the reality is much different.   Invariably I had breakfast, and I also have a fridge full of food for dinner too so this is a

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#TheHonkLine — Job done

On Saturday we walked our ten miles (which turned out to be slightly longer due to a sat nav reading cock up) and we had our three meals in three parks.  There is no denying it was hard work in places but my lasting memory is going to be of laughter and friendship.   Or a joint determination that we were going to do this for those less fortunate than

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A Comic Relief project closer to home

Yesterday I visited a Comic Relief project closer to home, and not just in terms of geography.   It seems daft that after being involved with Comic Relief for four years, and three trips to Africa, I haven’t visited one of their projects on my own doorstep.     So when the charity emailed some of us last month to ask if we wanted to do just that, I leapt

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A chat with Russell Kane about Mothers 2 Mothers

A few years ago I saw the work that Mothers 2 Mothers do in Kenya first hand.  I have never forgotten it.  Or the families we met.  I follow the charity on Instagram and Twitter and follow the work they are continuing to do.   And that work is very simple.  It is not complicated or contrived, it is honest, and simple.  Empowering.  Life changing.  And life saving.   Mothers

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Raising money with BT MyDonate

This is a funny time of year for me.  It is the first time in four years that I have not been preparing for a charity trip abroad .   Three trips to Africa with Comic Relief seeing the work have done over the past 27 years, and last year with World Vision to meet Syrian Refugees in Jordan.   All very different trips but at their core the same

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#ChristmasJumperDay

If you are on social media today it won’t have escaped your attention that today is Christmas Jumper Day.  Everybody is encouraged to wear their silliest, tackiest, most ridiculous Christmas jumper today, and to donate just a couple of quid to Save The Children.  Of course larger donations are always welcomed but £2 can really make a difference.    By donating that amount you will be contributing towards Save The

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