Epping Forest Fright Hike Event:
I'm raising money for Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Charity by doing the Fright Hike through Epping Forest. Please sponsor me at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BeardedBodysnatchers
This fantatsic scheme was started in memory of a friend of mine, Clare. She died last April from too much lung damage caused by Cystic Fibrosis. She didn't receive a lung transplant in time to give her more years. She had a love of collecting yellow ducks, hence the symbol of this project. The Little Yellow Duck Project is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving random acts of kindness of blood, bone marrow and organ and tissue donation. Whilst every random act of kindness has the ability to brighten someone's day, these donations have the ability to literally save or transform someone's entire life. The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day, and to visit the website to register where they found their gift, and find out more about the project.
Live Life Give Life : www.livelifegivelife.org.uk/
This charity encourages people to register as organ donors via awareness campaigns, events and activities. By encouraging people to talk about organ donation and exchange views on the subject, the whole concept has become less of a taboo and more of a celebration of what could be- and how uplifting it could feel to know that as a donor, you might possibly save a number of other lives. Similarly, it is hoped that relatives of donors will draw comfort from the wider knowledge that their loved ones live on by way of helping others achieve their dreams.
Friends' Businesses and Hobbies :
History Blooms : http://www.historyblooms.co.uk/
Run by a couple of friends of mine, History Blooms provide tuition in traditional English archery using the Longbow. They also give Longbow demonstrations, run have-a-go archery stalls for events and can even offer tailored educational visits for schools/after-school clubs. These can include talks on the Longbow, demonstrations along with talks about Medieval Surgery.
Laura Purcell- Historical Fiction writer : www.laurapurcell.com
Laura is a friend I met while doing Tudor Dancing, who has written and published one Georgian Fiction novel so far, Queen of Bedlam. She is writing a series of novels about the women who love (and hated!) the Hanoverian monarchs. Being a history fan, and avid animal lover (and being a little crazy to boot) we have a lot in common and so I would love to see her writing career flurish. Check out her website and book.