Showing posts with label Go Sober for October. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Go Sober for October. Show all posts

Monday, October 06, 2014

Go Sober so far, thanks and acknowledgements!

Delighted to say that in the first five days of October, Team JDCMB has clocked up £166 for the appeal by Macmillan Cancer Support. The challenge is, as you know, to stay away from alcohol for the whole of October, something that can be more difficult for journalists than we'd like it to be.

I've promised all musicians, organisations and those supporting them an on-blog acknowledgement and link by way of a thank-you, with lists presented weekly. So here is the first group of marvellous people who have given generously to our campaign.

Thank you a thousand times to:

Lady Ellen Dahrendorf
Simon Spence, chairman of the excellent Co-Opera.
David Nice, Classical Music Editor of The Arts Desk. Do take out a subscription - you get quantities of quality arts writing for less than the price of one cappuccino a month.
Gill Newman of The Chopin Society. Great series of world-class piano recitals (and the occasional concert-of-the-novel!) in Westminster Cathedral Hall on Sunday afternoons.
F L Dunkin Wedd, composer - have a listen to him at his website.
Nick Spindler

So, six days in and there's still a long way to go. Keep 'em coming, folks. It's a wonderful charity and terribly necessary.

You can donate via my personal page, or via Team JDCMB's (which is wide open for any other doughty campaigners to join, should you so wish!)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Going Sober for October

I've just signed up to GO SOBER FOR OCTOBER, the charity initiative raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. My mother, father and sister all died of cancer within six years and during this traumatic time the support provided by Macmillan's specialist nurses was simply incredible. I don't know where we would have been without them.

So to help raise some cash and awareness, many of us have already elected to join this scheme. It's healthy, it doesn't involve getting on a bike or running unconscionable distances in the rain - and if you bear in mind that I am a >journalist<, you will recognise that it's not as much of a doddle as it sounds.

You can help in many ways. You can sponsor me (page here) or you can join in.

WE HAVE NOW FORMED TEAM JDCMB. All you need to do is sign up as an individual here, and then add yourself to our team effort here.

And remember - we start TOMORROW. Not a drop until 1 November. Go for it.

Thanks so much,
JD x