I know that everybody gets hounded by charity around about this time of year. With Comic Relief coming up in March, it seems like everybody is holding their hand out ready to relieve you of your hard earned cash. But the truth is, without your help and support, some of these great charities would simply not be able to do the work that they do. I have always given to charity, not to make myself feel great or look good. Just because I know, that there are people out there that are worse off than me. I used to give dollars to homeless guys on the street in LA when I could barley afford to buy lunch for for myself at the time (yes being in a band was very lucrative!) I think I actually got this mentality from my Nana Doreen, who would literally give everything she owned to anyone who needed it. Money, sweets, toys... you name it, she would hand it out. She had no real attachment to anything tangible, she used to say "they are just things Nicky, you cant take them with you anyway!" This lady would save her own breakfast when we went on holiday in Spain, to give to the local stray cats at the pool! Completely selfless. I wish I was more like her even now, but its tough. It's tough to be like that, I like 'things'!
My difficulty is always picking who to support. There are so many good causes out there, that it is pretty overwhelming to pick just one. As much as I would love to give to all of them, I am still waiting for my numbers to come up on the Euro Millions. Until then, there are bills to pay and hungry mouths to feed... so just like you guys, I have to choose. Most charities are for a great, worthwhile cause, and I guess at the end of the day, your own choice is based upon which charity you can really resonate with. Both my grandma's, Nana Doreen and Nanny Jean have suffered and died of Cancer, so it's a cause that I enjoy giving to.
What always excites me about charity, is when people fund raise by really challenging themselves. Setting themselves a difficult goal and working hard to complete it. So when I found out that a group of Barclay's employees were walking the famous Sandstone Trail in Cheshire to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust (a blood cancer charity), I wanted to help them tell their story, and hopefully raise some money. They will be navigating their way along a 35 mile stretch over 2 days in March, with no prior training, and with some of them carrying a little too much Christmas weight......
So watch their story, and if you can help, then please, please, please join me and others in donating below.
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Click HERE to donate and support Phil, Keith, Steve and Holly in their 35 mile quest to raise money for a cure.
Together we CAN do more.