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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

You, Me And A Cup Of Tea

This year I have enjoyed supporting CLIC Sargent on my blog.  Whilst it is the UK's leading children's cancer charity, it's a charity very close to my heart for many reasons - mainly because this charity (then known as the Malcolm Sargent Fund) supported our family when my daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma back in 1992.  

A while back I shared a short story with you called "Fancy A Brew?"  I had written it especially for Tetley and their book "You, Me and a Cup of Tea" which has been published to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.  The book was released on 1st October 2012 and Tetley actually chose to include my story in the book (it's entry #20)

You Me and a Cup of Tea, Tetley, CLIC Sargent, cancer,

The book includes 175 heart-warming stories about tea drinking or sharing a special cup of tea with a loved one.  Dozens of celebrities have also written short stories for the book and, as I flick through my copy, I can see entries from Richard Wilson, Christine Hamilton (on the page after me), Derren Brown, Sarah Beeny, Melanie C, Denise van Outen and Mario Cacciottolo (of Someone Once Told Me) alongside stories from everyday folk.  Each story should only take a minute or two to read so ideal to accompany your brew.

You, Me and a Cup of Tea is a limited edition book and, if you've got a spare tenner, you can buy it from the Tetley website (It's £7.99 plus £1.99 P&P).  Proceeds from the sale of the book go to CLIC Sargent.

Visit the CLIC Sargent website here