My apologies if this seems a bit cheeky - I'm just asking everyone I
know to sponsor me the cost of a pint!
On April 21st 2013 I'm running the London Marathon in a bid to raise
enough funds to "sort the clappers" out at my home church: St Guthlac's,
As you may (or may not) know, bellringing is an occasional dabbling
hobby of mine and we have an active band of youngsters at Deeping; some
just learning and some very advanced!
Unfortunately, the clappers have worn themselves out, which has made the
simplest bellringing task far trickier than it ought to be.
In a bid to raise money, we thought about the usual bellringy things:
sponsored peal or quarter-peal weekend, applying for lottery grants and
that kind of thing.
Unfortunately, we're unable to apply for Lottery grants, as the church
are applying for them all for additional church facilities: toilets,
kitchen and a handbell-ringing room. Sorry, a meeting room. And to be
honest, the bells are so oddstruck at the moment, that ringing them for
a peal wouldn't be a joy for either the participants or listeners!
So I've taken up a new hobby. Hobby is a bit of an exaggeration: I'm
forcing myself to go out running on cold mornings and afternoons for
peal-lengths of time. Running is a bit of an exaggeration: I've been
overtaken by pensioners walking asthmatic dogs. Through becoming an
avid* exerciser* (*both exaggerations) I've managed to lose 2 stones and
now have the physique of Jessica Ennis (not remotely exaggerated, but
possibly widescreen format).
If you're a fan of supporting young people volunteering in their local
community and being involved with the joy that is ringing, or just want
to have a laugh at some large bird taking up running and wheezing her
way through 26.2 miles of agony (rather than partaking in a sponsored
ale-drinking weekend) then please sponsor me! (ah, go on, the cost of a
pint?! or two? or a bottle of whisky?!). The link is
The funds will go directly to the church and be used to replace or
refurbish the clappers (we need about £3000ish). Should I
(miraculously) raise more that the amount needed for the bells,
then the money won't be wasted! St Guthlac's are in the middle of
raising £60,000 to put in toilets, kitchen and a meeting room (or as I
like to think of it, a handbell ringing room) in the empty tower space
below the belfry and ringing room: any additional funds will be given
directly to providing these facilities, which will look after the
bellringers and the non-ringers of our church!
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be
quickly processed and passed to St Guthlac's. Virgin Money Giving is a
not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's
behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all
your support and thank you for any donations.
If you'd like to be kept up-to-date with how my training is going,
please drop me an e-mail to
Finally, if you'd like to track me on the day, my running number is 3365.