Simon is a founding member of my Youth Group, and soon to me joining me (along with his new Fiance) as a Youth Leader. Last year his mum, Sally, was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and after surgery was ruled out she received two unsuccessful courses of chemotherapy. Sadly, during MK Camp 2006 in Folkestone, Sally died in Willen Hospice. Simon and his family were at her bedside and remember so clearly the comfort and care both Sally and the family received from the amazing staff at the Hospice [more info]. To remember the first anniversary of his mum’s death, and to raise much-needed funds for Willen Hospice, Simon resolved to undertake the long walk to Camp 2007 in St. Ives. You can read Simon’s explanation in his own words on the website he has set-up to support his walk: mkstives.org.
He set himself a target to raise £800 – and within three weeks through the generosity of family and friends he passed that target. Since then he has had to revise the target three times – and has just exceeded his latest target of £4000. He is currently just over half way and is doing an amazing job. He’s had visits from work colleagues, former school mates, and “his Nicci”, and his morale is doing ok (better than his feet at least).
Just seen this post from Marko where he’s writing about an imaginary dinner party that you can invite anyone along to (alive or dead). He’s following someone else’s lead, but goes on to add a couple more rules. In particular, I draw your attention to:
“Jesus doesn’t count. It’s a dinner party. Therefore, 2 or more are gathered. Therefore, Jesus is already there.”
Also love the idea of the “magic instant translation technology” – where can I get that and does it translate from “Chav” on the fly?
One of the many things I’ve missed doing during this busy year has been taking photographs. I’m not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s something I enjoy doing and sharing with others. My best pictures usually make it into my Flickr account eventually.
Below, in no particular order, are my favourite pictures from the last few months:
Please note: this was all done in fun, Ruby was a willing participant throughout, and I was being overseen by three responsible adults (including Ruby’s Mum).
Word of the day…
- To caffeinate the day
“To ask someone if they want a coffee, say “cafediem?“