Monday, 30 August 2010

How about another FAIL compilation ?

Ko,here we go.............

Hahahahahah!.....the best yet!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Liverpool Goalkeeper Brad Jones is helping the Anthony Nolan Trust Save lives now!


Top level goalkeeper for Liverpool Brad Jones has decided to turn his efforts to another sort of saving, but this time its lives not goal's!

Brad's son Luca was diagnosed with AML earlier this year and so now Brad, with the help of Luca's mum Dani, are getting ready to throw their efforts into supporting the Anthony Nolan Trust to recruit even more Bone Marrow Donors onto it's register.

Well done Brad and Dani for lending your support to this great charity.And best wishes to you Luca with your own bone marrow transplant scheduled for September :-)

To read the full story click HERE


Friday, 27 August 2010

The story of Sadako Sasaki 佐々木禎子) .One Thousand Birds.


The story of Sadako Sasaki inspired the creation of this One Thousand Birds Video:

At the age of 12, Sadako Sasaki developed leukaemia as a result of radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima. She remembered the Japanese legend that anyone folding a thousand paper cranes is granted a wish. She attempted to fold 1000, but only managed 644 before she died - her friends finished the rest for her so she could be buried with 1000 birds. A statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was built at the Hiroshima Peace Park in memory of her. Every year on peace day, people from all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to Sadako's statue.

Thousand Cranes – East / Hiroshima



Justgiving, the online charity fundraising site helps Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.


What's a footballer worth then?


Having a chat to a work colleague the other day he told me of a guy who used to go to his school that now plays professional football.

The fella is in his mid 20's and recently moved from a smaller club to begin a stint with Newcastle United.

" Yeah" he told me, "he gets paid a lot more now"." how much?" I asked. "Well he was only on £5000 a week before, but now he gets £25'000 a week at Newcastle".............!!

Is it just me being an unreasonable/jealous/moaning git, but is kicking a ball around for a living, no matter how good you are, worth £25'000 a week? And if so...why?

I am 44, work a 37.5 hour week and for a living I maintain/repair life support systems in a large hospital.My work requires me to service and ensure the correct function of a wide range of equipment that is used within the hospital area, some of it is critical in keeping adults and children alive, How much would you think that is worth? Well lets just say that it is less than a premiership footballer would earn in 10 days!

Go figure :-)


Thursday, 26 August 2010

14,843,311. Thats the number of Bone Marrow Donors and Cord Blood Units in the World Today!


How do I know this fact? Well it's because I have taken a look at the Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide Website and this is the figure that they publish as being the current up to date total.

I noticed that the UK contribution to the total (per capita) is very impressive, but some other countries , for whatever reason ,seem to be lagging a little behind when sourcing either Bone Marrow Donors or Cord Blood Donations.

14,843,311 is Good!,but with a little more encouragement that figure could be a lot higher in a world population of 6,884,909,953 souls!

To see the data on the BMDW site click HERE.


Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Quilts 4 Leukaemia. What a Wonderful Blog!. Can you get involved?


I found this Blog during one of my web sweeps and thought it was truly worthy of a mention due to its great ethos of "Wrapping the world in Love".

Can you Knit or Crochet ?

How about contributing a panel to the cause?

For more info simply Click HERE to visit the site.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Behemoth Frontman Adam Darski confirms that he has Leukaemia


Behemoth frontman Nergal, real name Adam Darski, has confirmed the serious illness he previously refused to identify is leukaemia – and the disease has developed so far that chemotherapy can't help him.

The extreme metal outfit from Poland recently cancelled all touring plans as Nergal confirmed he needed immediate medical attention. Now it's been revealed his fiancee Doda has donated bone marrow, although it's not yet known whether her DNA will match his.

To read the full story click HERE to visit the Ultimate Guitar Website.
Are you a fan of Behemoth and want to help Nergal? Click HERE to see how you may be able to help save Adams life.


Trial to look at adding rituximab and mitoxantrone to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide to treat CLL


This trial is looking at adding rituximab and mitoxantrone to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide to treat people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Doctors often use chemotherapy to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). One of the combinations of chemotherapy they use is fludarabine and cyclophosphamide.

We know from research that adding rituximab or mitoxantrone to fludarabine and cyclophosphamide may be better for treating CLL than fludarabine and cyclophosphamide alone.
Rituximab is a biological therapy called a monoclonal antibody. Rituximab works by attaching itself to a protein on the leukaemia cell. This makes it easier for the immune system to find the leukaemia cells and kill them. We know from research that a smaller dose of rituximab may be as good as or better than the standard dose used currently for CLL.

To read the full article click HERE to visit the Cancer Research UK Website.


What a strange drive home it was last night!

I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was! Something about the strange half light caused by the overcast sky mixed with the presence of 2 complete and very bright rainbows hanging in it.

As I drove along the Mansfield bypass the road seemed to shine in an iridescent way,the oil covered surface itself also reflecting a weird rainbow like sheen. I passed by a group of 4 cyclists using the cycle track that runs along the road and noted how their Yellow,Purple, Green and Red coats stood out so brilliantly in the sunshine that occasionally broke through the unsettled sky

It wasn't until I got as far as Rainworth and saw the magnificent sight of 5 giant wind turbines standing proud and turning slowly on the rolling Green hills of Nottinghamshire that it finally came to me where I had seen this image before, many years ago, but ...........
...hang on
.....wait ..........oh my god No!
, Nottighamshire has turned into TeleTubbie land ....................aggghhhhhhh!


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Clumber Park Concert was Great. But what a con the food and drink rules are!


My daughter and her friends attended a concert at Clumber Park the other day but even though they enjoyed the event itself, the rather bizarre,random and petty rules about food and drink being brought into the venue left a bad taste in our mouths........

To read my review on the QYPE website click HERE.


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The world in Slow Motion.......awesome video !


Tempus II from Philip Heron on Vimeo.


50 Cent Hosts Donor Drive For Leukaemia Sufferer.4000 sign up!


"50 Cent took time out of his busy work schedule this weekend to host a donor drive in New York for little leukaemia sufferer and Broadway star Shannon Tavarez.

Tavarez, who played the young Nala in hit musical The Lion King, was diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia in April and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to survive.

The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, threw his support behind the 11 year old's search for a match earlier this month when he and his G-Unit bandmate Tony Yayo both registered as potential donors.

50 Cent decided to step up efforts to raise awareness about the cause by teaming up with DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor centre in the world, to hold a donor drive for the youngster at his Curtis Jackson Community Garden in Jamaica, Queens as part of his work with his charity, the G-Unity Foundation."

Haven't I always said that having a well known face being involved in your charity appeal has a huge effect upon its success?

Here is proof,if proof is needed, that this assumption of mine is not unfounded.

When singer 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) got into being a bone marrow donor in the USA, 4000 people followed his just 48 hours!.

4000!......this is a figure that you just NEVER see when it comes to "unsupported" donor recruitment drives!

God, how I wish that every eligible group,band,singer and TV celebrity in the UK would just stand in front of a camera and say "I have just joined the Anthony Nolan Trust and registered as a bone marrow donor...why don't you?". Knowing the high esteem that the young hold these people in, I would hazard a guess that we would witness a huge surge in people coming forward to sign up.

But this is just a mad dream, an unattainable folly that will never happen because unlike disasters in Africa that prompted "Live Aid" and the likes, people who die of Leukaemia do so without much fanfare or fuss, no one writes songs to raise awareness of this silent killer, yet all it would take on the part of these "Icons" to the young would be a few minutes of their time.

One short spoken sentence could spare someone, somewhere, a death sentence.

If only...............

To read the full article click HERE.


Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Interesting music video time..........


Hermanos Inglesos feat. MeMe - Wanderland from Kristof Luyckx on Vimeo.


Car Town Needs Mk2 Scirocco's.....

I keep asking them, but so far they haven't responded to my request :-(. Oh well, I suppose I just need to keep plugging away until they do :-)

By the way, if you are on FaceBook why not try this application.It's one of those sort that,even though you never seem to have the time to play,you always find yourself back on it!

(Mk2 Scirocco for Car Town.....again!)


Monday, 16 August 2010

Jeremy Beadle was on TV last night.....


..And it was good to see that at long last all of the work that he did for a Children's Leukaemia Charity was recognised.

This amazing guy, so often lampooned and attacked by the press for no real reason at all...except that he was Jeremy Beadle, actually helped to raise millions...nay, tens of millions of pounds for the charity Children with Leukaemia, and yet, being the quite and modest chap that he REALLY was, he kept this side of his life very low key, choosing not to boast or brag about his involvement but instead, over many years, he worked like hell to help those who found themselves fighting blood cancer.

The question is,would all of the snide,slimy journalists who made cheap jokes and quick money at Jeremy's expense have come forward if THEY had been asked to make the slightest contribution to anyone Else's well being!, or if they have given their time to support any sort of charitable event without expecting heaps of adoration or monetary reward for giving up their time.....I would guess the answer would be a resounding "No!". Gobby Gits are always looking for a cheap stab at someone but as with most pond life of this ilk, they don't want to stand up and be counted themselves when things get difficult and they are asked to get involved.

Sadly,Jeremy Beadle died, aged 59 on the 30th January 2008.He died of Leukaemia having only recently being diagnosed with Kidney cancer less than a year earlier, yet all the way to the end of his life he still had time for a joke and brought a smile to those around him.

On his headstone the inscription reads "Ask my friends". And, unlike many celebrities these days, Jeremy Beadle had many TRUE friends who would be more than willing to talk with genuine fondness and respect about the life of this amazing,versatile and inspiring man.

R.I.P Jeremy Beadle, the world is a poorer place since your passing.


Friday, 13 August 2010

Virtual Scirocco. Nice to see one with my paint job though !




Today,this email was waiting for me in my inbox:

Tax Refund Notification

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of 188.50 GBP. Please submit the tax refund request and allow 6-9 days in order to process it.

Click HERE to submit you tax refund request
Note : A refund can be delayed a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.
Yours Sincerely
HM Revenue & Customs
| © Crown Copyright | Terms & conditions | Privacy policy | "

Admittedly it's a poorly designed example with terrible grammar and a very amateurish look, but potentially it could gain all of your personal details if you were to follow the links and enter the required fields for account numbers and pin codes etc (these pages look VERY convincing!).So be warned, don't fall for this con.


Thursday, 12 August 2010

What may have caused my Leukaemia?


I often find myself asking this question, but to be honest it seems that nobody within the medical circles can give me a real reason, so I have decided to list all of the illnesses and contacts with "dodgy" materials that I can remember.Perhaps someone somewhere will look at this list at some time and say "Ah ha...that's the link!" never know :-)

Things that may be relevant to my Leukaemia:

Pneumonia as a baby aged approx 18 months
Mumps. Twice as a child aged 7-9 years.
Chicken Pocks (or is it Pox?) as child aged 11-13.
Bronchitis.Suffered with this several times aged fault for being a mug and smoking !

Contact with and inhalation of AVTUR Aviation Fuel (Benzene based) for a few years, also got covered from head to foot in several gallons of the stuff on occasion! (RAF)
Working with components containing Beryllium (RAF)
Using large amounts of white spirit and trichloroethane to clean aircraft parts. (RAF)
Handling lots of luvvly Yellow Chromate which was used for assembling Tornado Wheels (RAF)
Being gassed once a year (for 12 years) with CS gas as part of my GDT,Ground Defence Training.(RAF)

If I think of anything else that might be relevant I will add it to this post as and when I get chance :-)


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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Spotted. Rover 820 with half Rover Trailer !


I would just like to say hello to whoever it was that was driving a silver Rover 820 with a trailer made from half Rover 820 that I spotted on my way to work this morning as I passed through Kirklington,Nottinghamshire.

Nice to see some other nutter who has decided that having a half car as a trailer makes excellent sense :-)

Nice one...whoever you are


I was contacted by Chris, the fella who owns the half Rover trailer, and he has given me this link which explains in pictures how he built it. Great stuff !

Click HERE to see Chris's pictures.Thanks Chris, Nice one mate :-)



Wind Power (As Thomas Dolby would have sung!) arrives in Rainworth


Progress,as they say,never rests, and this is now obvious to anyone who lives with 3-5 miles of Rainworth in Nottinghamshire as they witness the changing of the skyline due to the installation of 5 brand new wind turbines this week(Vestas' V90 model's by the way!).

I (unlike many!) love these devices and find them both fascinating and strangely calming!. When I watch the slow progress of the huge blades on these towers it reminds me (for some reason!)of watching fish in a fish tank....and has a rather strange calming effect upon my being. Anyway, the 5 towers are reported to be capable of providing power to almost 5,500 homes when they go online in the not to distant future, and in a world were renewable energy is now the new goal for our planets power for the years ahead, we must embrace and applaud their installation and contribution to meeting all of our energy needs.
Thomas Dolby "WindPower"

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Scirocco 50 LLR Prints Signed by Sir Ian Botham arrived back today :-)


Had a message on a slip from the Post Office this afternoon saying that they had a parcel for me at the depot.....but I would need to pay them £1.81 because the postage had not been paid by the sender :-). No worries, more than worth £1.81 to get the signed prints of the car back from Sir Ian, and now I can start to get them out to the people who have requested one.

If anyone else would like one of these limited edition prints (only 250 to be made), please drop me a line and place an order.

Right. Better get organized and get some of the pre ordered ones off to their buyers now then :-)

Many thanks to Sir Ian for sorting this out for me, hopefully now I can start getting some cash in for the charity.


Friday, 6 August 2010

Gifted teen Andrew, who lost leukaemia battle, remembered in charity football tournament


A CHARITY football tournament has been organised in memory of a teenager who lost his battle with leukaemia.

Gifted academic and musician Andrew Cook, 19, of Swanland, died at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham in November last year.The teenager had a bone marrow transplant in January last year after a donor – an exact match – was found in Portugal.But then, in July, the teenager relapsed and never recovered.

Now, fundraising group Carry On For Cookie is holding the football competition tomorrow to urge people to join the bone marrow register.

James Wood, a friend of Andrew from the age of four, has helped organise the tournament. He said: "He was a great lad and his death was a huge loss."Myself and all his friends have wanted to do something in his honour for a long time."We decided to hold the football tournament to encourage people to sign up to the bone marrow register."Each person signed up is potentially a life saved."

Despite being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2007, Andrew gained four grade As at AS-level.

Andrew, who attended South Hunsley School in Melton, even sat an exam in his hospital bed at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Before that, he achieved ten GCSEs.

Andrew was told he had leukaemia just two weeks after his mother Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away on December 14, 2007.

The football tournament will be held at Blackburn Leisure Centre in Skillings Lane, Brough, from 11am to 3pm.

A total of 84 players have already agreed to take part, each pledging £5 to for charity.

James, 20, of North Ferriby, said: "It is testament to Andrew's character that so many have agreed to play."

Proceeds will be split between the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia Research.

Andrew's dad Gary, 55, said: "It is great to see so many people getting together to remember Andrew."


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Kanye West follows Steven Holmes.Steve isn't impressed !


I had to laugh this morning when I heard on the radio about Kanye West "selecting" Steven Holmes, a student who is studying in Nottingham, to be his mate on Twitter and also to honour him by following his tweets.

Steven ,known on twitter as "ste_101" has so far now refused to give any interviews to major news services and has said that in his opinion "Fame has never appealed to me. It's vacuous."

Well done Steve. Top marks for such a wonderfully fresh attitude to those who expected you to be overcome with gratitude at such an accolade :-)

Celebs often seem to think that "normal people " will fall at their feet when they even look at them, never mind follow them on twitter!

Steve Holmes..what a legend. Kanye West....who the hell are you?


Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Gary Ablett diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.


Ipswich coach Gary Ablett has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. The 44-year-old former Liverpool and Everton defender was taken ill last week and has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Ablett was in charge of Stockport as they were relegated to npower League Two last season but recently took up a coaching role at Ipswich under Roy Keane and is currently in hospital in Suffolk. An Everton statement on their official website said: "Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison, where he has forged a host of friendships through his time here as a player and a coach. "An FA Cup winner as part of Joe Royle's famous Everton side in 1995, he returned to Goodison in 2002 as a senior coach within the Blues' Academy. He departed Goodison in 2006 to take up a position as reserve team boss for Liverpool but has maintained strong friendships on the blue half of the city. Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time." Ipswich are yet to comment but are set to release a statement on Monday afternoon.



Hepatitis B linked to cases of lymphoma in study


(Reuters) - People infected with hepatitis B virus are around twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, researchers reported on Tuesday.

Hepatitis B was already known to cause liver cancer and some scientists had suspected it might cause lymphoma, too. The study,published in Lancet Oncology, confirms this. Hepatitis C is also linked to lymphoma.

The blood cancer is not common and widespread vaccination against the viruses is unlikely to affect non-Hodgkin lymphoma rates much, the researchers noted. But it may be possible to treat the virus and help non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients, they said.
Dr. Eric Engels of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and Sun Ha Jee of Yonsei University in Seoul studied the records of more than 600,000 people in South Korea, where hepatitis B was extremely common before a vaccination campaign began in 1995.

To read the full story please click HERE to visit the Reuters Website.


Tuesday, 3 August 2010

RAF Waddington Officer tells of his Bone Marrow Donor Experience.


Surfing the web this evening I came across this article posted in The RAF
Waddington "Insight" Magazine. It tells the story of a serviceman's experience of becoming a bone marrow donor.

I hope that the guys at the Insight Mag don't mind, but I have now pinched it to post on this blog as I think it is a story that needs to be shared.

The story of Flt Lt Bertie Brown-Ahern,Air Battle Training Centre, RAF Waddington,Lincolnshire

"Despite the fact that I had a litre of bone marrow harvested from my pelvis, (unfortunately
the most intrusive way) I was catching a train 5 hours after coming around from the general anaesthetic– lucky me.

In truth what I find strange when discussing bone marrow donation is people don’t generally ask how or why? Much publicity has been raised in recent years about the mystical power of stem
cells and bone marrow sort of falls into the same category, bone marrow donations work because they just do!

So how is it done? Once a potential donor has undergone initial tests (a saliva test pack is sent to you) and has been placed on to the register, they are available for matching. If they are ever thought to be a potential match they undergo further blood tests to verify their viability. The
likely hood of being a match is greatly increased for family members but it is not guaranteed. Hence, organisations like the Anthony Nolan Trust, which to help sufferers without suitable family donor.

The chances of being an unrelated donor vary but generally speaking it is approximately 1 in 20,000. If matched, donors are asked to donate approximately 1,000ml of bone marrow. Everything is done anonymously and donors have the right to say no at any time. Furthermore, all costs are met by the Anthony Nolan Trust. For example, my wife and I were flown first class from Scotland and put in a hotel for the duration.

Once harvested the bone marrow is introduced into the recipients’ blood stream, whereby it finds its way into the bone cavities. Once here the bone marrow starts to do its thing,reproducing until it fills the cavities. After approximately 2 weeks the bone marrow begins to reproduce healthy, disease free blood. This process, simple as though it seems, is not without risks for the recipient.

In the case of leukaemia, intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy are used to eradicate the disease. The intensity of these treatments, known as conditioning, has the effect of severely weakening the patient’s immune system, resulting in them requiring a bone marrow transplant.
If the transplant is unsuccessful they could be left with no bone marrow at all. Conversely the risk to the donor is minimal.

There are now two ways that one can donate bone marrow. The first and most widely used method is known as a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation. The second method involves donation of the bone marrow itself. A peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC) is a procedure that allows a person to donate stem cells, without having to directly donate any bone marrow. Every day, for four days before the PBSC donation takes place, a nurse will inject you with a medicine, either at home, medical centre or hospital. The medicine increases the number of stem cells in the blood stream.

On the fifth day, the donor is connected to a harvesting machine that separates the stem cells from the blood. The advantage of a PBSC donation is that no general anaesthetic is required and subsequently there is no requirement to stay overnight in hospital, although for aircrew, it may
mean you cannot fly whilst receiving the medicine.

The second method (which I elected for because it allowed me to fly right up until the day before the donation) is a direct bone marrow transplant. During this procedure bone marrow is removed from your hip or pelvis using a syringe. While this is not a surgical operation, it is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic because the procedure can be painful.

After donation it is normal for some mild discomfort where the needle was inserted into the bone, but this passes within a few days. Normally donors are required to stay in the hospital for 24 hours in order to ensure that they have fully recovered from the general anaesthetic – but it is case dependant. It takes just 5 days for the bone marrow to regenerate, during which it is recommended that donors remain at home as they may feel fatigued.
Both methods of bone marrow donation are very safe, and the risks of developing complications are minimal. However, possible complications do include infection and an adverse reaction to the anaesthetics. Two weeks after donating I was back flying Tornado GR4s with no ill affects felt at all.

So that’s the how, but why? Everyone will have their own personal motivations; mine was that an immediate family member died from Leukaemia as there was no donor available. Hoping to spare another family the same grief I placed myself upon the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.

Despite having access to a database of 12 million people worldwide, the Anthony Nolan Trust only manages to conduct 400 donations annually for the 16,000 people requiring a transplant. Sadly that means hundreds of fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and children die each year because a match could not be found. Bone marrow donation is an exacting science and recipients and donors have to be a close genetic match.

The Anthony Nolan Trust raises funds and awareness of bone marrow donations to help combat diseases such as leukaemia (cancer of the bone marrow cells), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or a related cancer of the blood. Of the people currently on the bone marrow register 60% are female and 40% are male. Males are generally able to provide larger volumes of marrow, and are less likely to suffer from anaemia. Also, unlike female donors, males do not have to come off the register due to pregnancy.

Currently, certain ethnic communities such as African, Asian, Chinese and Eastern European are under-represented on the bone marrow register. Anyone can be on the register providing they are between 18 and 40 years of age, in good health and weigh over 51kg, which generally speaking in the Royal Air Force we are. Furthermore, unlike blood donations, Aircrew are not prevented from being donors. And that’s what happened to me; I found out I was a viable match whilst on the Tornado GR4 OCU. Despite the fact I was undertaking flying training, I was permitted by the Squadron Commander to donate to an anonymous recipient. The result was that I had two weeks off flying, saved a person’s life and wasn’t even back coursed…… in fact the weather at Lossiemouth was so bad I didn’t even miss a trip!

Donations are anonymous but after two years the trust informed me that my recipient would like to contact me. I agreed and eventually we got in touch. My recipient was a doctor who had, ironically, spent many years working for the RAF and working with Leukaemia patients. Previous to the transplant he had spent many months in hospital, terribly ill and unable to work.
However, just 6 weeks after the donation he was able to return to work. Over the 2 years we exchanged telephone calls and we eventually arranged to meet on a bank holiday Monday.

Unfortunately, the day before, his wife Carol rang with the sad news that Nick had died that morning from a massive heart attack. I was dumbstruck that she would be ringing me merely hours after he had died. However, she was adamant that I should be amongst the first to know, as she and her family had three years that they otherwise would not have had because of the donation.

I am still on the register and would donate again without a second thought. If you are interested in becoming a bone marrow donor then pease visit the Anthony Nolan Trust website:

Alternatively you can help support the trust by raising funds or supporting forthcoming
station events".

Well,What a brilliant and emotive story this tells about the personal experience of this Tornado Pilot who decided to get involved and become a donor. Well done Bertie, and Well done RAF Waddington for publishing this very informative and moving story.

P.S Having spent almost 3 years at RAF Lossiemouth during the late 90's (I helped to move the Tornado GR1 fleet from RAF Honington) I can appreciate the comments made about the awful weather keeping Bertie grounded for 2 weeks :-).


Stuart Kettell.One man fundraising army!


Today I read about a chap named Stuart Kettell and the amazing fundraising events that he has undertaken to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Micro-light flights,Penny Farthing rides,canoe trips and hanging from cranes in a glass box for a week are just some of the amazing things he has done.

So far he has raised over £25'000 for the charity, and judging by his capacity to come up with novel and interesting fundraising ideas, I am sure there will be many more in the future :-)

Visit Stuarts website by clicking HERE to see what he's been up too over the last four years and perhaps you could sponsor him in his next mad adventure.

Well done Stuart :-)


Monday, 2 August 2010

Want to become a Donor but can't get to a recruitment session?


.No problem :-)

Due to the new method of testing potential donors for tissue type by way of a "Spit test" it is now possible for you to request a pack and do this in your own home!.

Fill in your details on the Anthony Nolan webpage (Link Below) and you too could do something amazing and save a life :-)

Click link below:

It's free,it's easy and it's your chance to save the life of someone who otherwise may's their life in your hands :-)



African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust Appeal Poster.


So what…if you are Black or Mixed race?

It’s shocking but it’s true, your chances of finding a lifesaving bone marrow donor ARE much more worse if you’re BLACK

…because there are 24 times more white people than black people on UK bone marrow registers.
The ACLT recently held two Super Donation Days, which aimed to boost the number of lifesaving bone marrow donors. These were the results:
Choice FM (Global Radio) in Leicester Square – Saturday 22nd June
75 new potential bone marrow donors
Galaxy FM (Global Radio) in Birmingham – Saturday 10th July
28 new potential bone marrow donors
I have to say that the apathy talked about on the ACLT website is not only apparent in the Black/Mixed Race community.Recently we held 2 clinics on 2 seperate days, and the total number of people recruited? ..............48!
If you would like to help the ACLT save lives, clich HERE to visit their website.

Leukaemia Boys Father demands removal of power lines


A father who lost a son to leukaemia is calling for power lines at a Northampton train depot to be taken down after electric cables in the area were blamed for a rise in cancer rates.

Steve Williams' son Stuart was one of a cluster of children to be struck down with leukaemia while living near electrified railway lines in Pembroke Road, Spencer, in the 1980s and 90s.He called for their removal soon after MPs advised no new houses or schools should be sited within 60 metres of high voltage cables, following years of campaigning by Parents Against Leukaemia.Although British Rail removed the power lines in the 1990s, Siemens have erected new ones at its Kings Heath train depot. Mr Williams, who believes the power lines present a risk to public health, is now calling on the company to remove them.He said: "I watched in disbelief when I saw them put back up. I thought the company knew about the dangers. What I'm worried about is if, as we believe, it was the cause then, it could happen again.

To read this story in full please click HERE to visit the Northampton Chronicle Website.