Some Things Are More Important – Race For Life Charity Auction

Last year when I participated in Race For Life for Cancer Research UK – I raised a meagre £68. I had a target of £150. I didn’t even make it to half my target. The only thing that kept me incentivised was…I would be doing something active for my own personal health. How could I see £68 making any damn difference to cancer research?! What would THAT achieve?

This year I have increased my target to £250. I’m already off to a great start with two £10 donations. But I want more! I want to make a difference!

I was going to give away a Priptona print to the highest donor. But, I don’t think that is incentive enough. Or even fair to other donors. So, I am going to make a big sacrifice here! All minimum £10 donations will go into a draw to win THIS! (See pics below.)

(As you can see from the photos, it currently adorns my landing space wall. Below is a clearer image of how the print looks – unframed and unsigned.)

There are only a few copies of this that exist in print. Jim has one of them. He requested a copy from me specifically. This is how bloody special this thing is! I do this with a heavy heart! “It’s no sacrifice”, sang Elton John. Well, it is! Trust me! But some things are much more important. Like the work Cancer Research UK do.

So, as I was saying, there are only a few copies of it in print. And only two are signed by Jim. My friend Janis has one (I asked Jim if he would sign a copy for her as Somebody Up There Likes You is her fave SM song, and her daughters appear very obscurely within the print – the beach scene is a photo I took at Victor Harbour in South Australia), and this one is obviously mine (for now).

The only proviso I am putting on this is that I reach my £250 target before this is given away. If I don’t reach the target, then the original regular SM print of the donor’s choice will be the giveaway.

So…there you go! How’s THAT for incentive to donate?! All £10+ donors will go into a draw to win my signed print of Somebody Up There Likes You/Waterfront (Jim always sees it as a Waterfront print…who am I to argue with him?). The target MUST REACH £250 for this to apply though. I will not be giving this print away for anything less. It means far too much.

So PLEASE, donate!

My Race For Life is on July 7th, 2019. All £10+ donations will be eligible up to and including that date. To donate just CLICK THE LINK HERE

10km Race For Life – 5 Weeks To Go

I raised a miserly £68 last year. If any of you reading this would like to donate, please?! If I could get anywhere near £250 (that’s my target for this year. I had it at £150 last year and barely got halfway there. Don’t like my chances this year, then!) in funds raised, I’d be over the moon. Please consider it?

Please click on the image below (a montage of my efforts last year) to be taken to the donation page. As an extra incentive…the highest donor will get their own personalised art print – SM based or otherwise. THERE YOU GO! No excuses NOT to donate now! Highest donor gets a special Prip print! Get donating!

At the moment – Rob, the print is yours! I can see you with a special Barrowland Star “stinky pies” print. Lol

The Boy Done Good!

The Small Steps Project showed a full list of the money raised from each pair of celebrity shoes auctioned. Jim came in 23rd place with his Prada boots. That’s not bad! Well done, Sir! Had I had the money to have placed a bid, we may have raised a little more.

I will certainly make sure that I donate to the project generously once I do have sufficient funds to do so.

Well done Small Steps Project. You guys are doing wonderful work.

These Boots Were Made For Fundraising

I kept quiet about this on here…ever wishful I could place a bid. I was ssooo hoping that I would have the funds by now. But, alas, no. I watched the final minutes tick by. They have spent the past 24 hours on £325, and the thought they were going to go for that price was unbearable to me! With less than one minute to go, they were still on £325. I was nearly in tears at the thought they were going to end on that price!

Then, with 35 seconds to go they started to climb.
£335
£345
£355

With just seconds to go, two final higher bids of £410 and then £460. I breathed a sigh that at that point, it probably would have gone out of my price range had I felt I could bid. I would have chased them to £500 had the funds been available to me.

I’ll never know if I’d have won them for £500. And perhaps when I do have funds some other amazing piece of SM memorabilia will come along? Jim’s leather boots from 1982! Now THEY would be the boots I’d REALLY want!

Whoever won them…I hope you cherish them! And…we all know Jim’s a Size 9 shoe now 😉 (Same size as my OH…rather worryingly – now THERE’S a story to tell there! That you will NEVER hear from me…)

You can see the auction details by clicking here.

PppppPick Up A PpppPenguin

Well, it would appear Sir’s boots are not the ONLY thing Simple Minds related up for auction! So is this penguin sculpture, co designed and created by Fiona Sutherland.

Can’t imagine it is going to be cheap!

What The Small Steps Project Does

Another reply tweet from the Small Steps Project wishing me luck on my bid for Jim’s boots (even if I lose out on the boots, whatever I bid, I will still donate). They also sent me this link to a YouTube clip to show what the charity does.

Wouldn’t it be great to help?

There are many ways to donate…from small, regular monthly donations to one off “justgiving” donations, donating by credit card and PayPal, even using “Give As You Live” – an online shopping affiliate link which means when you shop online with certain brands via the “Give As You Live” affiliate link, the brands will donate 10% of the cost of your purchase for you. It all helps.

I Got A Medal And Everything…

I had never done anything like this before. Entered a race for charity. A 10km event.

I walked it, expecting it would take me some 2 hours to get around….but I did it in 1hr 47m 26s – I might have even done quicker than it seems as I didn’t set off quickly. I was right at the back of the pack. But I soon made up time.

I listened to Simple Minds on shuffle mode on my way round. Nearly lost it when Wonderful In Young life played around the 4km mark…and then a brilliant live version of New Gold Dream played and I was spurred right on. Thanks for the motivation, guys! Love you!

And to those who donated too. Love you guys too! So much xx

Happy with my time and my medal 🙂

And…all for my bro. Hope he was proud.