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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Clic Sargent readathon challenge



Starting at 9.30am

Get yourself cosy, a pile of books organised, snacks sorted and sit back and relax ready to read for anything up to 12 hours in the Great 12 hour readathon!

£5 registration fee – Register online or email Dannie for further details.

you can get friends and family to sponsor you too, for however long you choose to read! Payments to be made via

Prizes to be won along the way, from books to book tokens and signed books.

You can keep up to date on all the goings on on the day at the blog, including further details about the challenge.

Part of Dannie's fundraising plans for Clic Sargent Thailand trek

CLIC Sargent registered charity number England 1107328

Get the date booked in your diary guys and if you want to, you can get fundraising and get people to sponsor you. Just contact me for a sponsor form.

Still going ahead!

Unfortunately the publicity drive for the readathon hasn't gone as well as i would have hoped, mainly due to the fact i have been out of action for a week and a half due to a nasty car accident which left me with injuries and unable to do very much whilst i was beginning to recover. I am now on the mend but would like to say a big thank you to all those people who have been telling friends and family about it so that the word continues to spread. This is especially important at the moment as i heard from Clic Sargent on Thursday that the lead from their roof had been stolen, costing them £15000 which is devastating and upsetting. It's unbelievable how low people can sink.

With now only two weeks to go i am keen to get as many people signed up to this as possible, purely to make it a more fun and enjoyable day for everyone. On Monday i will contact the local paper to see if they can run the story for me and hopefully we may get more people interested. Either way, no matter how many people take part, it should be a fun event. Really though, i just wanted to let everyone know the event was still taking place despite me not being 100% yet.

If people could keep spreading the word that would be great and don't forget you can sign up here.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

And the prizes are.....

Today i have been donated the last of the prizes for the readathon with some great prizes to be awarded. I'm really pleased about this as the readathon appears to be really coming together. I can't thank enough the support and generosity of friends from in person friends to blogging friends. Friends have rallied around and informed others of the readathon and numbers of participants continues to increase. Today i went into my local town and put up a poster in the local library and on the community board in Waterstones. On Friday i will put up a poster in the library in Basingstoke and in their Waterstones. Next week i plan to contact the local paper and see if they will put it in there. I still have some book groups to contact and see if they would be interested in joining in, although to be honest they have been rather unwilling to get involved, but that could all change:-)

Don't forget though, that to take part you need to register and pay your £5 on the virgin page:-)

Now with just over three weeks to go, the readathon is in full swing and we all will have to start thinking about what book or books to set aside to read. I have so many books still to read that it shouldn't be a problem! There will be a prize give away every two hours so please follow the blog on the day! I will also be posting motivational posts to encourage all those who are participating for the whole twelve hours!

Prizes to give away
1) £10 amazon voucher
2) £10 amazon voucher
3) Signed book for the 6 hour half way mark
4) Johnathon Ross signed book
5) £20 love 2 shop voucher for someone who has participated for the whole 12hours.

So lots of lovely prizes and a fun day of catching up and chilling out.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


Things are getting quite busy here what with organising the great reading challenge, with the 12 hour readathon planned for Saturday 4th Feb. Currently there are 13 people signed up and i have been informed that there are about another 10 still to sign up. Some people feel unable to take part in the challenge but have said that they would happily sponsor me for the Thailand trek and the idea was to raise awareness and increase funds for Clic Sargent, so by whatever means that comes, it's all great:-)

I'm getting quite excited about the readathon now and the opportunity to read for up to 12 hours and talk to friends along the way. Remember that on the day you are welcome to post comments(you can post on here any day in fact!) and chat to others to create a wonderful community atmosphere where we are all doing it for a good cause. However many people choose to sign up is great and shows people's ability that even in tough times we can think of others and support good causes. Without people giving and supporting charities like Clic Sargent they wouldn't be able to continue and i would hate to think that parents would go without the support of the charity, the support of someone being there for their child and for them whilst they are working with the tough diagnosis of cancer and leukemia and for those families who suffer from the diagnosis of their child's cancer being terminal. Having had the privilege to meet people who have had first hand experience of the charity through their children or friend's having cancer, they have said they would have been at a loss without the strength and support of the charity.

So, knowing we are doing it for a great cause makes me smile and to be doing something like the readathon which is great fun! On the day, around every two hours, there will be a little quiz and the best answer or just the name picked out the hat will be the winner of a great prize. There is a top prize for someone who manages to read for twelve hours, which includes a signed book and a £10 gift token, so it's really worth taking part. In order to know how long each person has been reading for, people will need to post a comment every few hours to ensure they are taking part fairly.:-)

It's really nice to see some familiar faces and not so familiar faces signing up for the challenge and all wanting to take part. It doesn't matter who you are or how long you want to read for, your welcome to take part. On the day this blog will be alive and full of posts, so you won't be alone:-)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

The 12 hour readathon update

With almost a month left to go and now that Christmas and New Year are out the way, its time to begin focusing upon the readathon that is planned for February 4th. So far there are 7 people signed up with at least a further 4 who have signed up to the facebook group but just not paid their registration fee yet. I have had some enquiries also. I have not been pushing it or promoting it that much, due to the fact that i felt everyone would be too busy with Christmas, but now that has come to an end, its time to get promoting this great challenge.

Over the next few days i will be contacting book groups on facebook and asking to put it on their pages, sending letters to local libraries and dropping them in at locations. Asking friends to hand out at their book groups and to put in their schools. Putting it on my personal blog, my business website and on my business face book, all in the hope of encouraging more people to get signing up. My target is £600 and so i have some way to go to meet that! I have already sourced a variety of prizes from book tokens to signed books, so there are lots of wonderful prizes to give away. I will also be handing out leaflets to my clients in case they are interested in taking part.

All in all the 12 hour readathon on February 4th is sure to be a great event.

Don't forget to get yourself signed up for it.:-)

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year's eve. Today is the first day of 2012 and a day to focus once again upon charity plans. The Christmas period brought some opportunities to do some fundraising. The tombola at the Clic Sargent charity shop, somewhat disappointingly did not do well. There was rather a lack of interest from people and it seems people were needing their money for other things, which is a shame as i'd hoped it was a time to think of those experiencing difficult times too. However we still managed to raise £25 for the charity, which is a nice small addition to the total.

The week before Christmas, i held a guess the name of the penguin at All Saints pre school in Winchester. Thanks to the lovely generosity of parents and staff, the naming of the penguin helped to raise £33 for the fundraising total. The little penguin found itself a new home and Clic Sargent earned some money that will help to support the children. It Takes the total to £918, which is a nice total to be finishing the year with.

Whilst at the All Saints Christmas fete, i won a big bottle of Whisky on the raffle, which from the 10th Jan onwards i will be raffling off. I will be encouraging my massage clients to be entered into the prize draw, each go is £1 and their name will be place in a hat by 10th Feb. The more go's they have the more the chance of winning. I hope it will make around £40 for the charity but we will have to see. I feel like it will be a good idea and another way of looking at working with different people in order to get them to donate money to the charity. It may even encourage people to sponsor me instead. I will update nearer the time to say how things went.