I had an absolute ball at the Olympic and Paralympic homecoming event in Edinburgh on Wednesday, and what better way to be inspired in Great Scottish Run weekend than by hanging a couple of Olympic Medals round my neck? Huge thanks to Callum Skinner for taking this photo, and for parting with his medals for a minute!
Callum was one of EIGHT new additions to the #TeamScotlandChallenge shirts taking the overall total to 91! Not bad considering I had only got 20 signatures in the last year. The #TSC page will be updated shortly, but I am thrilled to have added Callum, Caitlin McClatchey, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Daniel Wallace, Katie Archibald, Grant Ferguson and Neil Fachie to the shirts. NINETY ONE!!
I also started off some awesome new Team GB Olympic tshirts which I am hoping to work more on in the coming months before auctioning it off. Among the names to sign were double Paralympic wheelchair star and Wimbledon champion Gordon Reid and two time rowing champion Heather Stanning! Amazing stuff🙂
On my return to Glasgow I nipped along to Celtic Park to see who I could grab from the visiting Man City team and clocked some ace additions to the Celebrity Xmas Card Auction including Sir Rod Stewart, Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling and John Stones. I also nabbed a couple of Celtic stars including Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele.
All in all, a pretty good evening.
Check out the awesome Current Xmas Cards and other goodies up for auction just now RIGHT HERE🙂
Despite the result last night, I had a great night watching my first Warriors game since the Firhill days (thanks Lee Jones!) and left the game with some awesome goodies.
I’ve been at the Warriors Scotstoun Stadium twice this week, having been invited over by Adam Ashe earlier in the week to collect some kit for auctioning. I admit I had no idea what was coming, and I was stunned that he brought out a massive bag of kit including shirts, training goodies and boots for me to auction. I am thrilled, and cant thank Adam enough for his generosity and help.
I then popped down to Scotstoun for last night’s game and managed to get a couple of the shirts signed with some help from Lee again! It’s now signed by squad members like recent Rio Olympics Silver Medal winner Mark Bennett, Stuart Hogg, Lee and loads more. As I am sure you can see, that shirt looks awesome!
Speaking of Mark, he was also in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games squad and became no83 to sign my #TeamScotlandChallenge shirts after recent successes from his Warriors teammate Tommy Seymour and athletes Steph Twell and Eilish McColgan. It’s been a quiet year in the #TSC front, but thrilled to add four more names to the shirts🙂
I also took the chance to get a couple of scattered Xmas Cards signed including a multi one from members of the winning Ulster team including Paddy Jackson as well as a bonus contribution from former Rangers and Scotland legend Ally McCoist.
All in all not a bad week.
Xmas Cards continue to fly out the door, raising loads of money, and more will be coming soon. You can bid on loads right now BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE as part of my continuing fundraising for Children with Cancer UK
…so why not grab a Christmas Card signed by Jon Snow himself aka Kit Harington?
You can bid on Kit’s signed card and loads more right now @ THIS BIG SHINY RED LINK HERE
There are loads of other items there which could be an awesome Xmas Pressie or a wee treat for yourself.
All funds raised go to Children with Cancer UK as part of my on-going charity fundraising for them.
Thanks to all of you who have bid on items already and supported me in this endeavour🙂
I am thrilled with how well the Celebrity Christmas Card Auction is going, though I am going to resist updating the totals for a wee while (just not sixteen months this time ha!) Items are flying out and I am hoping this continues in the coming months until Christmas. There are loads more items coming online tonight, including this brilliant card from the main man behind Shaun the Sheep, Richard Starzak, signed under his previous name of Richard “Golly” Goleszowski. It’s an ace piece showing Shaun in Dr Who mode with his sonic screwdriver…totally unique!
Thanks to all of you who have bid on items and won auctions so far🙂
Last year you may recall I spent the early weeks of September doing a combination of backpacking around Europe and missing out on my GNR place due to breaking my collarbone in a freak cat/tree root/bike accident. This year I was delighted to be back in action on the streets of the North East, completing the world’s biggest half marathon in 2.50.16 on a warm September Sunday. Working on the Saturday meant I missed the City Games meet that afternoon, but had some great success with items when I arrived on Saturday evening. The #GeordieMassive did their bit before I got there, clocking up some brilliant items including securing Greg Rutherford’s bib from his winning long jump performance and I walked into the hotel to find two of my much needed #TeamScotlandChallenge peeps still there after competing :) I was chuffed to bits to add both Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell to the shirts, taking the tally to 81! It’s taking longer than I thought but I am extremely happy to creep closer to the 100 mark on the shirts.
Away from the #TSC, I managed to add some cool items to auction over the course of the Sunday including some race bibs worn by elite athletes in the half marathon, complete with timing chips. Among those to support in this way were Lily Partridge, Scott Overall and Chris Thompson. Race day brought the chance to get some of the celebrity charity runners, which meant Xmas Card time… from the likes of Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs, The Voice) and Sam Heughan of Outlander fame.
In the meantime you can CLICK HERE to check out all the amazing celebrity signed Xmas Cards I have up for grabs just now along with loads more amazing goodies🙂
WOW!! There we have it! The 2016 Celebrity Xmas Card Auction is underway, with 106 signed Christmas Cards among the 300+ auctions I have online just now RIGHT HERE
All in support of Children with Cancer UK ahead of the 2017 London Marathon, there are loads of amazing items, including this one from Viz comic artist Simon Donald and this great card from Salvage Hunters presenter Drew Pritchard both with some awesome artwork added to their cards.
You can find cards from Olympians and actors, singers and footballers with loads more to come. It took seconds for the first bid to come in … on a Christmas Card She Wrote from Angela Lansbury.
The auctions run until Christmas (obviously!) and I will be auctioning a weird and wonderful mix of Christmas Cards with loads of other items included which can make amazing presents and items for collections.
Finally I am delighted to announce I have updated the totaliser on the page, which for some reason I have let slide as I made multiple donations to Children with Cancer UK over the last year and a bit. So… DRUMROLL PLEASE!
Between the awesome money raised for this year’s London Marathon (an awesome £8292.41) and the money donated following last year’s Marathon and Great Scottish Run I am delighted to say I have donated a total of £12037.15 to the awesome people at Children with Cancer UK taking my overall total donated to charity since I started to an awesome £63389.15.
I cannot tell you how chuffed I am to say that, and I would like to thank everyone out there for their help and support, be it putting up with my madness, for buying items and for helping me get items🙂
I cannot wait to add even more to this total and keep raising more money for some amazing causes.
In the meantime you can help make it go even higher by bidding ON THESE AWESOME SIGNED ITEMS IN MY CURRENT CHARITY AUCTIONS