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Brighton or Breast – THANK YOUs for the third batch of sponsors!

21 March 2012

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Current sponsorship (including Gift Aid Tax Relief) stands at £1,096.25!

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Third set of ‘THANK YOU‘s to people who have sponsored us so far –

Molly Parry     John Phantis     Sanchia Orr     Betty¹     Sandy¹     Ann¹

Denise Hamblin     David Chalke     Lisa Briggs     Victoria White     Elaine Smith

Beki, Dave, Emma, Rosie and Evie     Caroline Brennan    Natalie Flitton

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¹ Family names weren’t given so we’re not exactly sure who to thank!


I saw red.

21 March 2012

Well, it had to happen at some point – I completely lost it last night.

Not with Nathaniel but with Harry, the dog. For the first time ever, Harry decided to chew a plant in the garden. But not just any plant. Oh no. He decided to go for the grapevine that Cat planted last year, completely severing the main vine. Having checked it this morning the stem is so badly chewed there is no chance of splicing it back together. The damage is so near the original graft that it is unlikely to survive.

He knew he’d done wrong the minute I stepped outside as he ran to hide under the trampoline and refused to come out. As a result, I have to buy a new water bowl for outside in the garden as his old one is now in pieces after I threw it at the wall. As I said to a close friend last night, it was the first time in years when I’ve been incandescent with rage – real 100% seeing red rage – and it was frightening. At least Nathaniel wasn’t upset that Daddy was turning into The Hulk as he was more upset about the plant. As always with me, I calm down very quickly and we’re all friends again – even if a little subdued this morning.

I know it’s only a plant but it was Cat’s plant and had lots of memories for me from last summer. I really should put things into perspective – it’s only a plant.


Mothers’ Day, Cat’s Tree Planting and The Weather

19 March 2012

For those readers not in the UK, yesterday was our Mothers’ Day. I had a phone call a few months back from the girls at Olney asking when we would like to plant the tree at Cat’s grave and they offered Mothers’ Day as a special date. Each plot gets a tree as part of the base package and, as you can only use indigenous species of tree, we chose the English Oak.

Yesterday morning started off dull which rapidly turned into rain – not ideal for planting a tree on a site sitting on a thick bed of clay. Nathaniel and I drove over through even more rain but when we arrived the rain petered off and then stopped. We had a nice group of close friends and family there and it was a lovely occasion with laughter and tears.

The hole had already been prepared so the spade was handed over to Nathaniel to shovel in the earth and mulch.

When Nathaniel tired of shoveling, the spade was handed round for friends and family to add their bit. Once done, a little bit of stomping down of the earth (Sorry Cat. I did walk all over your grave) and the bark mulch was added followed by lots of water!

Nathaniel had made a card at School which I laminated so he could attach it to the tree stake.

Cat must have arranged the weather as it stayed dry during the time we were at Olney and then began to rain on the way home!


Brighton or Breast – THANK YOUs for the second batch of sponsors!

13 March 2012

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Current sponsorship (including Gift Aid Tax Relief) stands at £645.00!

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Second set of ‘THANK YOU‘s to people who have sponsored us so far –

Liz Boulter Jane Williams Avril Mills Lisa Baxter

Fiona and Martin Minney Jamie Doyle Andy and Tina Brayford Andrea Booth

Tanya Andrewes Michelle, Stuart, Lily and Amelia Carlaw Paul D’Cruz and Family

Nick Madge Duncan Byrne Jennie and Pheobe Goodwin Nicola Watkins

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Brighton or Breast – THANK YOUs for the first batch of sponsors!

9 March 2012

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Current sponsorship (including Gift Aid Tax Relief) stands at £343.75!

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First set of ‘THANK YOU‘s to people who have sponsored us so far –

Mandy, Jamie, Jazmine and Jordan Coker     Frank and Margaret Smith

Carrie, Paul, Maisie and Ollie Smith     Nicole and Chris Boto     Graham Woodward

Dick and Lyn Hennessy     Mark Evison     Jason Showell     Jo Edwards     Julie Blanchette

Vicky Parry     Dave Holloway     Michelle Chalke     Paola Bickley

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The 2012 London to Brighton Cycle Ride ‘Brighton or Breast’ Sponsorship Page

7 March 2012


I previously posted about my hair-brained scheme to raise money for Breast Cancer Care by joining The London to Brighton Cycle Ride on the 17th June this year. Well, click on either the top or bottom “Brighton or Breast” logos to go directly to our fund raising page to sponsor us! All sponsorship goes directly to Breast Cancer Care and don’t forget to click that box for Gift Aid to claim the tax back from HM Government. You can also reach the page by clicking here.



I must be stark raving mad!

6 March 2012


So, I stupidly said to Nathaniel “We should do something in memory of Mummy and to raise some cash for Breast Cancer Care”. He replied that I had always talked about doing the London to Brighton Cycle Ride so wouldn’t that be just the best thing to do, although as he still has short legs and is only 6 years old, he can’t do it and so I must ride twice as hard. Not one of my brightest ideas but I’m actually looking forward to it for some strange reason!?!

Anyway, I have signed up the team “Brighton or Breast” for The British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Cycle Ride. It’s now down to the others team mates to sign themselves up (or chicken out). I’ll keep you posted as to who has joined the team.

Sponsorship details to follow…


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