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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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