It’s All Quiet, But All Goooooooooooooooooooood!

Since my £2400 donation to Maggie’s Centres was made the other week, more money has continued to come in for some recently received items, so I am delighted to say I will be making another wee donation will be made in the very near future.  It won’t be huge, but a few more hundred pounds will find their way into the kitty which can never be a bad thing.  I’ll also have news in the not too distant future about some volunteering I will be doing, again pretty cool.

In the meantime, the madness of the Games has hit Glasgow and I am quietly working away in the background at sourcing items.  I’ve been lucky enough already to meet several competitors involved, and will be updating the blog shortly  with some goodies that I have receieved :D I am having a few problems uploading images to the blog just now, not sure why, so will hold off the surprises of who has helped out until I can put pics alongside :D  It goes without saying that HUGE thanks to those who have come on board :D

Keep watching this space :D

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Auction Delayed Slightly…

I have decided to delay the auction for a couple of weeks as I believe I will be able to source some more awesome items during and in the period after the games are complete. I’ve had loads of offers of items for auction after the games have finished so it makes sense to hold off until then to maximise the money coming in for the charity :D

Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for more info come August :D

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New Auction Goodies

a3Check out this awesome item which came in for auction this morning. Pictured left is one of the official athlete issue TeamGB tops issued during London 2012, which have some additions (like the gold banding on the neckline) to ones for general sale.  This one belonged to swimmer Siobhan O’Connor who was kind enough to sign it along with the other seven Olympians who train with her including Jemma Lowe, Elizabeth Simmonds and silver medal winner Michael Jamieson.  HUGE thanks to the awesome Siobhan for going above and beyond.

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I’d like to thank the mental Geordie Massive who not only support my fundraising through getting items signed, are now selling some of their personal collection with the money going into the pot, via my JustGiving Page which means the money is

You can find the goodies being organised for sale by the awesome Josh on the GeordieMassive Facebook Page – CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT  There are some pretty cool items going at good prices.  Don’t forget to like the page when you swing by.

I’d like to thank Josh and the guys for going above and beyond, I’ll add the amount onto the totaliser following the upcoming Commonwealth/Olympic themed auction, with the first new donation already having come in to the page.

Thank you to all involved :)

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Diamonds in the Rough…

With a lot going on in the last few days, I was delighted to be able to spend time meeting some of the best athletes in the world.  I don’t get much time to myself at weekends due to DSCN4883work, so I am a very happy Robin having added loads of awesome items to my upcoming Commonwealth and Olympic themed charity auction which will start within seven days as Glasgow 2014 draws closer!

One thing Robin enjoys is meeting athletes, and I was delighted to bump into one of the nicest guys in sport Greg Rutherford who signed some items for auctioning, as did one of the fastest men in the world.. Yohan Blake, though he did seem rather distracted when he realised DSCN4878he was meeting me!  I have some awesome signed DSCN4962photos





from The Beast which will be included in the auction this month!  I can seriously say I was delighted to meet him.

Who else was about this weekend?  Olympic Gold medal winners David Rudisha, Tomasz Majewski, Sally Pearson, Nesta Carter, Christian Taylor, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix and DSCN4960Keshorn Walcott as well as Paralympic stars David Weir, Jonnie Peacock, Brent Lakatos, Arnu Fourie, Richard Browne, Stef Reid, Kenny van Weeghel and upcoming star Will Smith. 

Among the items I was working on to get signed over the week was one of my Children with Cancer UK vests which is only signed by Olympic and Paralympic medal winners.  Christian Taylor was kind enough to pose with it, though the light seems to have messed with DSCN4953the photo a bit so you can’t see most of the signatures unless you squint, but here’s the close up I took when I got home.  vest1




It’s pretty awesome, even if I do say so myself, and will be auctioned ahead of the 2015 London Marathon as part of “Best of the Vest”.  DSCN4954

perkovic1Massive thanks go to Sandra Perkovic (London Discus Gold Medal) for donating two of her Croatia shirts for auction (one white, left, one red) and Beijing Silver Medal winnign High Jumper Blanka Vlasic who donated five bit of kit for me to auction including this awesome custom Adidas race shirt (look closely for the signature, its in blue)DSCN4959

There’s too many names to mention, but the goodies are currently being added to the auction list for that epic Commonwealth and Olympic auction and all will be revealed in due course :)  There’s a couple of pics there from Kilty, Peacock, Browne and Rutherford to whet the tastebuds.



I’ll leave you with a two time Olympic Gold Medal winner, Jamaica’s Nesta Carter, I’ve got a signed 5×3 white card available when the auction starts.

Once again my thanks to all those who signed for me over the week, especially those I had several items for auction.  There’s honestly too many of you to name here, but you’ll all be listed when the auction starts, so THANK YOU :)

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£2400 in the bag… THANK YOU

maggiesgartnavelI’ve been busy doing a lot of athletics stuff in the last few days, with a view to kick starting the Commonwealth themed auction within in the next week.  In the meantime, on Thursday morning I nipped into Maggie’s Gartnavel to say hello and to make a wee donation to one of my favourite charities.

The donation of £2400 covers the cost of sponsoring another day in the centre, and I have stuck with my tradition and am sponsoring September 11th in 2015 (having already done so for both 2013 and 2014).  September 11th for me marks the date I set off on my first ever charity trek, in Peru, with a great bunch of people and had an amazing time.  I think it’s an awesome way to mark the memory and help out an amazing charity do what they do best at the same time.

The donation takes my totaliser through the £45k mark, which feels amazing.  Its all come from the recent auctions on my page from the Scottish Cup items donated by St Johnstone players, to all the other signed goodies which have recently gone out. My thanks to every person who bought items or made a donation in this period.  Your money has gone to a very special place.

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What A Week!

I keep telling myself I am going to slow down with the fundraising, but it’s something cert1of a bug and it’s moments like this that make it worthwhile and keep me going.  In the post this morning came this awesome certificate from Children with Cancer UK, to mark my completion of the London Marathon three months ago, and raising £2178 in the process.  Many thanks to all those who bought items from me and who sponsored me to do it! You’re all awesome!

This week has seen some brilliant money coming in from the auctions on the blog, and I have gone straight through the £2k target I wanted to raise for Maggie’s Centres and I’ll have more news on that later in the week.

I have also revamped the design for my listing page, and it will debut on the upcoming Commonwealth and Olympic Games Themed auction which will be kicking off in the next week or so and running to the end of Glasgow2014.  I’m working on it behind the scenes and hope to have it ready before the Games kick off. I have a massive collection of items, ranging through signed photos, doodles and kit from multi medal winners and loads more.  Keep an eye on the blog and follow me on twitter @13challenge to keep up to date!

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