Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Almost there

This Great North Run caper has proven to be a lot more stressful and difficult than I envisaged. 

I have written many times about the reason why Wee John and I are doing it. 

In short, this time last year our friend Mags was diagnosed with leukaemia and the outlook was far from positive.

We weren't doctors and, despite offering to do so, strict rules stopped us from being tested as potential bone marrow donors. 

So we entered the ballot for the Great North Run, and got in.  

We informed Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research that we wanted to raise some money on behalf of Mags.  And we run on Sunday.  Along with 53,998 others. 

We're clearly not special but - thanks to our wonderful sponsors - we're doing just a tiny little bit for those who are. 

And, I have to say, sponsors have been hard to find.  Last week I told you that Tony Blair's ex-spinner Alastair Campbell had kindly agreed to Tweet our fundraising link to his more than 103,000 followers.

Do you know how many actually clicked on it and gave us cash?

None. Nada. Bugger all.  Not one. 

But despite this, as I write, we're only £60 short of our admittedly revised target of £1,000.  And, by Sunday if not long before, we will get there. 

For those who have given, we salute you.  You're great.

For those who haven't yet had the chance, now is your moment.  Please click here