I'VE lost eight pounds. No, I've not been careless with cash - though that has been known. I mean I've lost eight pounds in weight in nearly three weeks since I gave up alcoholic beverages and started going to the DW Fitness gym in Carlisle in a (some would say desperate) bid to get fit before the two sponsored walks for my employer, Carlisle Mencap.
I had hoped to lose more but hey, it's a start. The fitness training I did the other evening for 45 minutes while still recovering from a chest infection was pretty gruelling and it may have been easier and less painful to have chopped off one of my legs and lost eight pounds-plus that way but I survived to sweat another day.
So my boss and CEO Sheila, and colleague Morag, supported by chairwoman Christine and her husband part of the way, are planning to walk 20 miles around the 5km trail route at Watchtree Nature Reserve on Sunday November 4. This will seem like nipping to the corner shop compared to what Sheila and I plan next summer - for Sheila a walk along Hadrian's Wall trail and for my good self a sponsored stroll (!) from Ulverston to Carlisle. Wish us luck - we'll need it!
Meanwhile, tickets go on sale this week for our Limelight Live 2018 extravaganza due to take centre stage at Harraby Community Campus Theatre in Edgehill Road on Sunday December 9. Organised in the main by Damien Baglee - an enthusiastic supporter of all things Carlisle Mencap and member of the Blues Flames band - this musical feast has already attracted welcome sponsorship from the likes of David Allen Financial Services, Thompson Accident Repair Centre (who Damien works for), Arnold Clark, Purdham & Waugh, and Uber Creative Designs. There will be 11 acts - 10 bands and Eden Dance - and for just £7 a ticket it plans to be a fantastic night's entertainment and great value - and a major money-spinner for Carlisle Mencap - we hope! Tickets on sale at the community campus and Damien and myself also have some if you want to contact us.
December promises to be magic again - to paraphrase the title of one of my favourite Kate Bush songs. Not only have we got the Limelight Live concert, there's the Big Festive Quiz at the Old Fire Station on Monday December 3 - so get your teams of four organised! - and the Christmas Fair, on Wednesday December 12. Much more about these events and other fundraisers - including a Halloween Disco - in the weeks to come.
Keep up to date with all things Carlisle Mencap on Twitter at @carlislemencap and our website - www.carlislemencap.co.uk - and Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/mencapcarlisle
And all donations/support gratefully received - email me at email@example.com or cal 07341 865382/01228 674393 for more details about all Carlisle Mencap events, to register a team for the quiz, for tickets, for more info on what we do - you get the picture.
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