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Challenge 200

Postby Master Gooner » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:56 pm

Dear All

I appreciate that you will receive many letters requesting help for various charitable causes and that it is difficult to decide which to support. I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read my appeal and hope that you will consider my efforts, on behalf of others less fortunate than you and I, to be worthy of your support.

Since becoming severely disabled in 1991 as the result of a motor vehicle accident, I have had to re-evaluate my life. At that time, as a Leading Seaman Specialist in the Royal Navy, I was incredibly fit and led an active, full and privileged life, serving in both the Falklands and the first Gulf campaign, as well as competing in the Royal Naval Field Gun Crew.

The road to recovery remains long and difficult. Whilst I am mainly confined to a wheelchair and still suffer significant pain as a result of permanent brain damage and numerous physical disabilities, I find it helps greatly to concentrate a large proportion of my time in helping others, who I feel are less fortunate than myself. As such, over the past 4 years, I have helped raise in excess of £1,500,000 for local disabled children, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Kiya survivors in Peru, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity, and most recently when I raised £25,000 for Centrepoint for Youth Homelessness.

Despite my own difficulties, I have always had the love and support of family and friends. I have always had a roof over my head and food to eat and water to drink, famine is something I have never had to consider. As such, my next challenge will benefit Save the Children, the UK charity with a mission to end child deaths here in the UK and around the world.

In April 2012, with your help, I will commence my biggest challenge yet when I will self-propel my wheelchair, approximately 200 miles from Portland in Dorset, to the Emirates Stadium, London. The challenge will take 5 days and see me complete the equivalent of almost 8 marathons, 50 miles a day for the first 2 days and 30 miles a day for the last 3 days.

The money raised through my challenge will be used to help Save the Children with their fantastic work in over 120 countries worldwide including the UK. We will also be supporting 2 new projects ‘Families and Schools Together’ (FAST) programme, a range of education programmes in the UK and overseas to help the poorest children get a better start in life and give them the chance to grow and fulfil their potential. The FAST programme is an award winning, U.N endorsed programme.

The second project is ‘Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play (ESLP). The ESLP initiative, is a programme that assists children living in the most desperate need by providing household essentials like a child’s bed, a family cooker or educational books and toys.

RGK Wheelchairs are providing the lightweight wheelchair, Ridgeway Mercedes are supplying the support vehicle(s), with various companies and individuals sponsoring other equipment.

Whilst this challenge will leave me in significant pain and physical exhaustion for weeks, the difference I will be able to make in the life of others will more than compensate. I truly hope that you feel this is a worthy cause for your support. By supporting me, you will be supporting Save the Children and giving a young person in the UK and around the world a better chance in the future, which they may not otherwise get.

Thank you for your time in reading my appeal. Please help in whatever way you can or by contacting me directly as above.

For daily updates and news - http://twitter.com/challenge200
For donations please visit – http://www.justgiving.com/challenge200

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely

Paul and Jane

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Update

Postby Master Gooner » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:29 pm

Hi All Gooners

We thought you'd like an update?

Paul has now started heavy weight training, he has been doing this for the past 4 days and all is going well. We have the same support crew as last time and many of the same sponsors. However we are looking for new sponsors for the following - Accommodation including breakfast and evening meals four rooms for 5 nights please and a sponsor for the tracking system so people can monitor our progress throughout the challenge, we estimate the system with designated website will cost around £130. We are also looking for a sponsor for Paul's training kit please. Thank you.

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£1,000 mark reached

Postby Master Gooner » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:37 am

Hi all Gooners

Paul and I want to thank all you kind Gooners who made donations in the bucket last night, you have now taken the total over the £1,000 mark with just £49,000 to go, thank you all so much for your kind support again!

There will be a weekly update on Friday but if you wish to make online donations please visit http://www.justgiving.com/challenge200 your help is really needed to help reach the £50,000 target. Thank you ALL.

Jane and Paul

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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:04 pm

Good Morning Everyone

Welcome to the last update of September, how time flys. We hope you are enjoying this wonderful warm sunshine?

Last Thursday Paul was interview on Portsmouth Live TV(PLTV), and although Paul was not 100% the interview went very well and the people at PLTV were fantastic! Below is the link to the interview, watch the whole show or forward the slider to 17 minutes and you can just view Paul's interview. http://www.portsmouthlive.tv/live-at-fi ... smith.html

This week training has been going really well, Paul is really pleased with his progress, struggling on some days but that's just because of the weight increase, which is expected when the weight you are lifting has been increased recently, however Paul is such a determined man nothing will put him off this challenge!

As you know Linvoy Primus is sponsoring the tracking system, supplied by Yellowbrick and the system has now been booked, thanks again to Linvoy.

There have been some very kind people working in the background for us, trying to sort out accommodation, we should know within 2/3 weeks what we will do.

Wightlink have kindly offered us for auction, a return ferry ticket for a car plus 4 passengers for a short break to the IOW (short break not included). We ask for bids to start at £120 please as this ticket is well worth it! Auction ends Friday 21st October 2011.

Next week we will announce another sponsor who we are 99% sure will join us onboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE', things are really starting to look up now so Paul can concentrate even more effort on his training.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also helps those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £1,041.61 to date but it's early days and we have confidence in the generosity that people still continue to show in times like these.


We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are still looking for accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, unfortunately Thomson Sports are unable to cover this sponsorship this time around. The accommodation etc is required for 5 nights please.

A sponsor for Paul's training gear as this is very important, especially during the winter and wet and windy days ahead.

If you or anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200


Thank you for your continued and kind support!


Best Wishes


Jane, Paul and Support Crew

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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:13 am

Good Morning Everyone.

This week has seen some changes and exciting news all rolled into one!

The weather has changed and it looks like we are well and truly into Autumn, we hope you still have some sunshine as we do here in Portsmouth.

As usual Paul's training has gone very well and the statistics are mounting, as you know Paul had the remainder of May off and most of June but then started back to training in July. Conditioning training went reasonably well throughout July and in August the heavy weight training started with the amount of weight increasing, Paul is now lifting the maximum weight he can while keeping safety in mind because of his condition and injuries. Training has now be altered to avoid burnout and in preparation for the chair arriving next month, so as the excitement mounts we have more great news to share with you all.

On Monday we welcomed a new sponsor onboard,the new sponsor is London Camera Exchange (LCE), Southampton Civic Branch. LCE will be donating a new Nikon camera, which comes on the market in October/November and is worth around £700, this camera will go up for auction as of today and the auction will end on Friday 16th December, just in time of Christmas. You can find details of the camera on the link below and details of LCE Southampton Civic branch are also below. We are pleased to welcome LCE onboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE' and thank them so much for their kind generosity.

The new Nikon J1 Camera c/w 10-30mm Zoom Lens (info on this model can be found on the following link to the Nikon UK website: http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/produ ... nikon-1-j1).

We have been promised a donation of £150 by a good friend of ours, so we thank him for his kind generosity as well.

We also have a new sponsor joining us next week so we will be able to update you on who they are in next weeks update.

We are delighted to inform you that 'The Worshipful the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Councillor Graham Winter has agreed to start the challenge off at 10:30 on Monday the16th April 2012, we look forward to this and thank him and his office for agreeing to do so.

LONDON CAMERA EXCHANGE PRO CENTRE

11 Civic Centre Road, Southampton, Hants SO14 7FJ

(Tel: 02380 331720, Email: southampton.civic@LCEgroup.co.uk)

Instore specialities:

Canon EOS Professional Centre

· Nikon Professional Dealer

· Knowledgeable Staff Offering Expert Advice

· Part Exchange Welcome

· Large Stock of Used Equipment

· Competitive Prices

· Sensor Cleaning / Repair Handling

· Photographic Accessories

· Studio Lighting & Accessories

· Bowens Gold Dealer

· Gitzo 5 Star Dealer

· Lowepro Street & Field Stockist

· Large Showroom

All major brands available:

Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, Fuji, Panasonic, Sony, Epson, Lowepro, ThinTank, Tamrac, Kata, Manfrotto, Gitzo, Giottos, Velbon, SanDisk, Hoya, Cokin, Metz, Lastolite, Westcott, Bowens, Nissin, Ansmann, Hahnel, PocketWizard, Op/Tech, B+W Filters, Rouge, Sekonic, Hama, Visible Dust, Rotolight, Orbis, Lensbaby, Benro.


The ferry crossing voucher to the Isle of Wight for a car plus 4 people is still up for grabs, we attach the details so you can consider what you would like to bid in the auction which will end on Friday 25th November instead of Friday 21st October as previously advertised.

We should hear about accommodation etc withing the next 7 days or so and will update you as soon as we have news on this item.


We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are still looking for accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, unfortunately Thomson Sports are unable to cover this sponsorship this time around. The accommodation etc is required for 5 nights please.

A sponsor for Paul's training gear as this is very important, especially during the winter and wet and windy days ahead.

If you or anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also helps those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £1,066.61 to date but it's early days and we have confidence in the generosity that people still continue to show in times like these.

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200

You can also make donations to the just giving page by using your mobile phones, just text this code QEJA87 and amount to 70070 for example QEJA87 £50 to 70070 it's as easy as that.


Thank you for your continued and kind support!


Best Wishes


Jane, Paul and Support Crew

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Help wanted from ALL gooners

Postby Master Gooner » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:13 pm

Hi Gooner friends

We hope you like seeing our weekly updates, we know we enjoy writing them and we are all excited about challenge 200 because it's bigger and better than challenge 100 was. Last time you were responsible for helpng raise £25,000 for Centrepoint through challenge 100, we were all overwhelmed with your kind response to our requests for your help and deeply grateful!

Today we appeal for your help again and are confident that your response will be just as better than the last because you know that if we are finding life difficult in times like these, the kids we are trying to help are finding life even harder because they have no means of helping themselves. So far this season you have been generous with your donations in the bucket that Paul carries with him on match days. Please keep up your generosity as it really does make a difference, if you want to donate more please visit http://www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and thank you once again for your kind support!

If anyone knows of a company that may be able to help us with our food and accommodation along the route please let us know via this site, we'd be really grateful.

Best Wishes to you ALL!

Jane and Paul

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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:21 am

Good Morning Everyone.

Week 3 of October and the sun is shinning here in Portsmouth.

We will start with correcting the information on the camera that we told you about last week. We have been informed that the actual value of the Nikon camera is £549.99 and not £700 as originally thought and the camera will be due out in November/December not October/November as advertised, either way it is still a geat camera and well worth a bid on, the latest bid is £175 at the moment.

We would like to thank the Milnes and Lamb families today, both are sponsoring Paul's special headbands, used to cushion the helmet head restraint, thank you for your kind generosity and welcome aboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE'.

Another good week for Paul, he's really enjoying himself and looking forward to the chair arriving from RGK in a few weeks time.

RGK are a world renowned wheelchair company who supply Team GB paralympian basketball team with their chairs and also other nations who will be in London at the 2012 paralympics next August. RGK also supply fantastic wheelchairs to ordinary people like Paul for everyday use and for challenges like the one Paul is about to embark on next April. RGK have supported Paul for the past 3 years and we are extremely gratefulto them, we hope that Russel and his team will continue this support in the future.

For any wheelchair owners that would like to upgrade their wheelchair, contact RGK their details are below:
RGK Wheelchairs Ltd
Units 8a/b/c,
Ring Road
Zone 2
Burntwood Business Park
Burntwood
Staffordshire
WS7 3JQ

Tel: 01543 670077
Fax: 01543 670088
E-Mail: info@rgklife.com


We have a new sponsor onboard all that remains is to finalise things before going public on who they are.

There is no news on accommodation just yet but we hope to move forward on this next week when we hope the response will be very positive!

The route is now fully planned, we locked the route in to the sat nav on Tuesday and we are now ready for the first dry run.


The ferry crossing voucher to the Isle of Wight for a car plus 4 people is still up for grabs, just make a bid in the auction which will end on Friday 25th November, you never know you could be the winner.


We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are still looking for accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, unfortunately Thomson Sports are unable to cover this sponsorship this time around. The accommodation etc is required for 5 nights please.

We are still looking for a sponsor for Paul's training gear as well, so if you would like to be that sponsor please get in touch.

If you or anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also helps those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £1,116.61 to date but it's still early days and we have confidence in the generosity that people still continue to show in times like these.

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200



Thank you for your continued and kind support!


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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:42 pm

Hi Everyone.

This is an extraordinary update but one we feel we must send out because it's exciting and has come totally out of the blue.

Shortly after arriving home last night from football in London, Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1, we received an email from a very generous lady, this lady has asked not to be mentioned. She wrote to inform us that she has sponsored our first 2 nights accommodation in Portland and in Bournemouth on a B&B basis, not only is this a generous offer but it has also lifted the morale of the team and more importantly it's lifted Paul's Morale! we would like to thank this lady so much for her kind generosity as it means that we are now two steps closer to the finish line!

We hope ths generous act will inspire others to come aboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE' by sponsoring our evening meals for those 2 nights at approximately £160 per night and if possible by sponsoring the final 3 nights in Haslemere, Cobham and Regents Park. Thank you.

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200



Thank you for your continued and kind support!


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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:52 am

Well after a good news at the beginning of the week we have had some more, which is very welcome because we have some frustrating news to report also.

First the good news, the same lady who has sponsored us for the first 2 nights accommodation has arranged for a free room for Paul and I at the Hilton Cobham on the 4th night and 3 double rooms at very heavily discounted rates, however we hope that someone will sponsor these and also the evening meals for all concerned.

We thank the lady concerned as she has been doing a lot of hard work in the background organising these things for us and all that is left now is sponsorship for the Hotel in Haslemere and the Friday night near Regents Park, so if anyone would like to help us on these as well as the evening meals at the first 2 hotels Sunday and Monday evenings and at the Hilton Cobham we would be very grateful indeed, we anticipate the cost for evening meals to be in the region of £500 for all eight of us for the 3 nights.

A cheque for £300 is to be sent to us as sponsorship from a new sponsor and we look forward to receiving that in due course, unfortunately post hasn't been delivered today so we can't announce who the sponsor is or whether the cheque is in that post.

Now for the frustrating news - Unfortunately Paul has tendonitis in his left elbow region, he has had this for a while, even when he did his last challenge but we didn't know just how bad it was. Unfortunately it means Paul has to rest but Paul being Paul has come to a compromise with the Osteopath and Sports Medicine specialist, a friend of ours, Paul Nelhams (BOst), Paul will reduce the amount of weight he is lifting or pushing, perform special stretching exercises on the affected area and apply ice every hour for 5 minutes each time. Fortunately Paul has Sunday off so that's a complete rest day from the gym. Everyone who knows Paul knows he's a fighter and will not give in to something like this so a compromise was the best our friend could do to prevent him causing irreparable damage and already it seems to be working although its frustrating Paul a great deal!

We hope that people don't think Paul does these fundraising challenges to impress people as this is not what he is trying to do, Paul simply enjoys fundraising and really enjoys taking on these challenges solely to raise funds for those who really need the help. Most of you know that Paul prefers to do the challenges then disappear into the background to work on the next, he has never sought praise for what he does or sympathy for his disabilities. We have accepted publicity solely for the purpose of raising awareness of each of the charities Paul has decided to support, not for himself, we are so very grateful for ALL the kindness, generosity and support we have received each and every time....THANK YOU SO MUCH!!


The ferry crossing voucher to the Isle of Wight for a car plus 4 people is still up for grabs, just make a bid in the auction which will end on Friday 25th November, you never know you could be the winner.

Latest bid on the Nikon camera is now £220, there's still plenty of time to bid so please go for it, remember it's for a fantastic cause!


We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are now looking for only 2 nights accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, the places we are looking for accommodation for are, Haslemere on Wednesday 18th April and Regents Park area on Friday 20th April. We are also looking for sponsorship for evening meals for the first 2 nights and the Thursday night at the Hilton Cobham, which would be around £500.

We are still looking for a sponsor for Paul's training gear as well, so if you would like to be that sponsor please get in touch.

If you or anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also helps those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £1,512. to date.

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200



Thank you for your continued and kind support!


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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:21 pm

Good Morning Everyone

Well that's October out of the way and we're now 4 days into November and as promised we have some news to report to you.

Training has gone well, Paul increased the weights slightly and there was only a slight twinge in the elbow, this a good sign but we remain ever cautious. We visited Paul Nelhams (The Hayling Osteopath) yesterday and he said that he was pleased that the elbow had settled down and advised Paul to continue increasing the amount of weight and continue with the stretching exercises and ice treatment.

Paul Nelhams is now officially a sponsor of Challenge 200, Paul will oversee any treatment Paul needs for this challenge. We will give you more information on The Hayling Osteopath next week.

RGK have informed us that the chair is almost ready and Paul is really looking forward to being reunited with 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE' again for another 1,000 miles plus road training and the 200 mile challenge. Paul has already covered over 800 miles on the rowing machine and hand bike machine since the beginning of September and a lot more in July and August, using arms only. We haven't calculated the amount of weight he has lifted but I can say its a lot!

Paul has some warm weather clothing courtesy of Parkwood Community Leisure, many thanks to them for their generosity again.

We are still looking for sponsorship for the Hotels in Haslemere and the Friday night near Regents Park, so if anyone would like to help with these please do get in touch.

We are looking for a sponsor or sponsors for the evening meals at the first 2 hotels Sunday and Monday evenings and at the Hilton, Cobham we would be very grateful indeed if you or someone could help, we anticipate the cost for evening meals to be in the region of £500 for all eight of us for the 3 nights. Meanwhile we received news last night that the Hilton, Cobham have agreed to a 50% reduction to our evening meals, which is of course great news and very much appreciated.


The ferry crossing voucher to the Isle of Wight for a car plus 4 people is still up for grabs, just make a bid in the auction which will end on Friday 25th November, you never know you could be the winner.

Latest bid on the Nikon camera is now up to £352.50, there's still plenty of time to bid so please go for it, remember it's for a fantastic cause!

We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are now looking for only 2 nights accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, the places we are looking for accommodation for mentioned above.

We are still looking for a sponsor for Paul's training gear as well, so if you would like to be that sponsor please get in touch, his other gear is getting worn out.

Please Note: We have written to a number of the big fuel companies requesting sponsorship for fuel for the support vehicle(s), unfortunately none of them can afford to help us out on this occasion so we are now looking for a sponsor for fuel, which we anticipate will cost around £200 -£250 maximum.

If you, anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also gives hope to those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £2,211.32. to date, nearly halfway to the £5,000 mark, which we hope to reach before Christmas!

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200


Thank you for your continued and kind support!


Best Wishes


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Thank You

Postby Master Gooner » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:31 pm

Hi ALL Gooners

Paul and I would like to thank you all for your very kind donations today at the WBA game, you raised £400+, that's amazing, you should be very proud of yourselves!!! Paul is encouraged and overwhelmed by your generosity once again, Challenge 200 is edging closer. Today's exact total will be in next weeks update. Thank you.

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Short listed for an award

Postby Master Gooner » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:33 pm

Dear Gooners

I thought you should know that Paul has been short listed for a unsung hero award. Paul doesn't do his fundraising for awards be we are so happy and proud of him. Congratulations Paul.

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Re: Short listed for an award

Postby Basil is a Gooner » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:19 pm

Dear Gooners

I thought you should know that Paul has been short listed for a unsung hero award. Paul doesn't do his fundraising for awards be we are so happy and proud of him. Congratulations Paul.

Jane
Brilliant - well done Paul, much deserved!

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Postby Basil is a Gooner » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:20 pm

Good Morning Everyone

While we reflect and remember those who gave everything in all wars and conflicts, this week has been a very good one, training has gone very well and we have 3 new sponsors of which we are very proud to be associated with.

Firstly the training. Paul has been putting his left elbow through it's paces and although still painful it appears to be in 'good working order', as he puts it. The Hayling osteopath will continue to work on the elbow over the coming weeks, while Paul continues to undo the good work that the Hayling osteopath does ha ha. Seriously though we are all pleased with the training this week and are excited about the new sponsors that we have onboard.

Our first new sponsors are Gallery, Gallery are based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, Gallery will be sponsoring the fuel for the support
vehicle(s). Gallery are a top of the range kitchen, bedroom, studies and bathroom manufacturer, supplying to the trade. You can find Gallery at 60-74 Hammond Drive, Eastbourne East Sussex BN23 6PW. Tel:01323 - 416633, FAX: 01323 - 416411. The gallery website is: www.galleryfurniture.co.uk

Our next new sponsors are Morrisons, Morrisons are already supporting Save the Children so it is great they wish to support Challenge 200 and combining efforts for the same great cause. Morrisons of Commercial Centre Portsmouth PO3 5UH will be sponsoring Paul's dietry training requirements for the next 5 months, Lesley Ward, chairty administrator will co-ordinate the sponsorship on behalf of the store. www.morrisons.co.uk search for the Portsmouth store.

Our third and final sponsor of the week is an individual who unfortunately was struck down by a stroke back in May, as we have not asked if we can give his full name we will indeed give him a mention by his first name. Donal contacted us on Wednesday this week to inform us that he would like to sponsor our evening meals at the Hilton Cobham, we are extremely grateful that Donal has taken the time to contact us with this fantastic offer and we are in discussions with him as we speak.

We would like to sincerely thank all three new sponsors for the kindness and generosity and we welcome you all aboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE' for the journey through training and the challenge. Thank you.

We are still looking for sponsorship for the Hotels in Haslemere and the Friday night near Regents Park, so if anyone would like to help with these please do get in touch.

We are looking for a sponsor or sponsors for the evening meals at the first 2 hotels Sunday and Monday evenings, we would be very grateful indeed if you or someone could help, we anticipate the cost for evening meals to be in the region of £300 for all eight of us for the 2 nights.


The ferry crossing voucher to the Isle of Wight for a car plus 4 people is still up for grabs, just make a bid in the auction which will end on Friday 25th November, you never know you could be the winner.

Latest bid on the Nikon camera (Yesterday) is now up to £360, there's still plenty of time to bid so please go for it, remember it's for a fantastic cause!

We are looking for sponsorship for the following:

We are now looking for only 2 nights accommodation (4 double rooms), breakfast and evening meal for Paul and the crew, the places we are looking for accommodation for mentioned above.

We are still looking for a sponsor for Paul's training gear as well, so if you would like to be that sponsor please get in touch, his other gear is getting worn out.

If you, anyone else or a company you may know would like to sponsor any of the above then please let us know, we would be extremely grateful indeed.

Please, please ask you friends and colleagues to visit the just giving page today, as tomorrow never comes, not only does it boosts Paul's morale it also gives hope to those children who desperately need your help. Bucket collecting has been going really well and the fundraising total has risen to £2,675.81. to date, over halfway to the £5,000 mark, which we hope to reach before Christmas!

Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200 and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200


Thank you for your continued and kind support!


Best Wishes


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Good News

Postby Master Gooner » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:54 pm

Hi Gooners

Last Friday evening we recieved a telephone call from our local paper 'The News', they have informed us that Paul has been short listed for an award for his acheivement of completing 105 miles in April 2011. I am sure you would join with me to say it is well deserved and congratulate Paul.

Please don't forget to visit http://www.justgiving.com/challenge200

Best Wishes

Jane and Paul


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