Christmas is a time of joy and sharing no matter what religion – if indeed any – you follow. A chance to receive presents from others, to be with loved ones, and to give gifts to others. Tomorrow we’ll be opening the first door of our advent calendars – a daily little treat that is … More Reverse advent
DONATION LINK: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/antonyjcbutcher Over the last few months I’ve been on a bit of a mental health journey, and am now on the road back to recovery. I’m lucky to be supported by an incredible wife and loads of lovely people – and also the lovely NHS (thank goodness for free healthcare – I’m looking … More Hair today, Gone tomorrow*
Over Christmas and the new Year there was a trend – and one I don’t remember seeing in previous years – for people to post their reflections on 2014 as it drew to a close. I didn’t have time to really think about 2014 at the time, but I’ve been reflecting on it ever since. … More Some reflections on 2014 and fundraising
Ok, so this is it. With only 5 days before jumping on my bicycle this is the last pre-ride update. Life is currently extremely busy, to the point of serious stress. In 2 days I will be leaving my current job and my current house on the same day (and after 4 years, there is … More 5 days to go!
Crikey. Doesn’t time fly. Luckily, training is going really well. I’ve hit all of my targets for the last month and am now regularly hitting 70 miles. Just today I cycled to Llandudno and back. On the logistics side everything is also hunkey dorey. Every night is sorted and I’m really glad that I haven’t … More 2 weeks to go!
With 3 weeks to go before day 1 of the bike ride everything is beginning more and more real. Long considered logistics are now becoming reality, and if I’m honest it’s all a tad scary. Here are some of my worries, and a few desperate pleas for help. (There is also some elation at having … More HELP!!! (3 weeks to go!)
Time cracks on! With less than 2 months to go various odds and sods are coming together – although I could still do with a bit more training… Logistics wise I’ve finally planned a route, setting out the key waypoints and overnight stops, including where I am still in need of accommodation – to keep … More Less than 2 months to go!
So, with exactly 3 months to go until I power myself around the UK everything is starting to get a bit real. Training has started (and stopped, and started, and stopped), fundraising has begun in earnest, and logistics… Well, they exist. Let’s start with the fundraising. Since my first blog post I’ve raised nearly £2000 … More 3 months to go!
Trigger warning – this is an intensely personal and frank account of how MS has affected my life. Sometimes, it hits me like a freight train in the night. I started writing these words whilst I sat watching dance groups from across the UK in Edinburgh. As they were performing some phenomenal dances the thought … More MS and me