#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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3 million children will die this year because they dont have enough food

Yesterday I wrote about charity help in Nepal a year after the earthquake.  About the need for help around the world following disasters.   Today it is about something similar but also at the same time, very different.   It’s about twenty two well known chefs writing to the Prime Minister: It’s a scandal that in 2016 over 3 million children will needlessly die because they don’t have enough food,

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Nepal. One year on

A year. 12 months 365 days I look back over the past year and I can’t really think off the top of my head what I have achieved.   Lots of things I wanted to do are still not done, many not even started.  Some have been and then abandoned.   Stuff has happened, as stuff always does.   At the time it felt important, and some of it was,

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Tea for good

This past weekend in Stratford Upon Avon I toyed with the idea of documenting our time in the town in cups of tea.  We drank a lot of it.  I drink a lot of it generally and this weekend was no exception.  I get so much from my various daily cuppas that goes far beyond it just being a drink.   And the tea I have shared with other people

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Team Honk 2016 #PassTheProud

I feel like I am on a mission to save the world at the moment.  No sooner am I back from a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with World Vision than I am knee deep in helping jump start the Team Honk bus for Sport Relief this year.   And please don’t mention the other trip to west Africa with another charity that I have just turned down on health

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#BarefootCoatless

As I look at the rain outside again, and see on the weather forecast that we might get snow at the weekend, I realise how lucky I am in to be at home.  When the 700,000 Syrian refugees currently in Jordan are not.  Through no fault of their own they are no longer not only not in their own home, but not in their own country.    Thousands of them are

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#SupportSyrians

The news is dominated today by news of a conference in London where 70 nations are coming together to discuss #SupportSyrians.   What needs to happen to not only stop the civil war in Syria but how we can all help the Syrians displaced and the host communities now breaking under the burden of looking after the migrants. Six hundred and ninety thousand Syrian refugees are currently in Jordan, the country

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Why the road to Al Azraq made me sing Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light Swap the colitas for oranges and the shimmering light for a young chap with a tea tray and this could have been California.    Except it wasn’t it was Jordan, and it was the road known as the desert highway.  The

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