Good Morning Everyone
Welcome to the second update of 2012, hope you have all escaped the bug that is going around, if not, get well soon. We are attaching a photo of Paul in 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE'.
Firstly how many of you identified the deliberate mistake in last weeks update - We only had 2 people contact us...we informed you that there were only 6.5 weeks to go, it should have actually read 14.5 weeks.
Training: Training has gone very well over the week, plenty of hill work and a 3.5 mile speed session on the track at the Mountbatten track. The weather has been mixed so Paul has had an opportunity to train in wet and dry conditions, both of which he has enjoyed (mad man).
Diet is a very important part of any training period, no matter who you are. This week Paul started his 3,000 calorie a day intake, which will supply him with the energy he needs to tackle any training session and eat us out of house and home. On Wednesday he felt like Popeye because of the amount of spinach he ate and on Thursday he felt like a sumo wrestler because of the amount of food he ate, we now nickname him Popeye!
Other News: We have the support of Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Metropolitan Police forces and there have been no objections raised by any Dorset authority (first time of passing through Dorset).
We are lucky to have the support of the HCA who last year supplied us with a recumbent chair. A recumbent chair has gears and is driven by using the hands, Paul will use this chair in areas that the police have advised us that there are very heavy lorries and fast traffic and which are of concern to them. We would like to thank Barry North of the HCA for loaning us a chair again. This does not mean that it makes the challenge any easier for Paul because there is still a lot of stress on his shoulders which as you are aware were damaged in the accident.
New Sponsors: We have new sponsors for Paul's wrist supports, the Tume family from Gosport have generously offered to sponsor the wrist supports. We would like to thank them for the support and sincerely welcome them aboard 'THE WHEELCHAIR OF HOPE'. Thank you.
Sponsors: Arsenal Hampshire are onboard for another year, they are kindly sponsoring supplies again and we deeply appreciate there support as it means we will have important supplies throughout the whole challenge. Arsenal Hampshire supporters club are affiliated to Arsenal FC and are a regional supporters club where local Hampshire Arsenal supporters can join and gain benefits of being a member. The Arsenal Hampshire Supporters Club website is www.arsenalhampshire.com
Looking for Sponsors: We are still looking for a hotel on the Friday night, can you or anyone you know help?
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 now end at the end of January 2012, you never know you could be the winner.
We are pleased to announce that a friend of ours is organising a charity Valentine's Ball for Challenge 200 in aid of Save the Children, Heather is very experienced at these things and the ball promises to be amazing!
The ball is being held on Tuesday 14th February 2012 at the Marriotts Hotel Portsmouth, just off the M27 Jnc 12. The cost to you is just Â£60 per head for a 6 course meal including wine, that is a fantastic bargain. There will be great entertainment a raffle and an auction, we have attended a number of these balls in the past and have been impressed every time. If you wish to attend please email us back ASAP, there are tables of 10 and it would be great to fill a couple with our friends. Some of the crew will be there as well so you'll have an opportunity to meet them and Paul.
Heather can arrange a discount on accommodation should you require a room for the night and the best thing about it is that you only have to make it to the lift ha ha, Dress Back tie!
If you are a company that would like to book a table you will be in good company as there are plenty of corporate people already booked up.
Auction items - If you are able to donate a 'Money can't buy item' please let us know.
Donations: 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 Â£6,551.21. So we have now smashed through the Â£5,000 target and now on our way to Â£10,000! We also have around Â£600 to collect from pledges so we're on the way to the Â£50,000 target, thanks to you and people like you.
Please visit to www.justgiving.com/challenge200
and for daily chit chat updates please visit www.twitter.com/challenge200
A NEW WAY OF DONATING, WHICH IS ANONYMOUS: You can now donate by using your mobile phone.
Just text the following code and amount - QEJA87 - Â£50 to number 70070
It's as simple as that, go on give it a try let us see if it works from our end, you'll be helping a good cause and a lot of children!
Lets go for it, with just 13 weeks and 3 days to go lets give those children a present they'll never forget!!
Thank you for your continued and kind support!
Jane, Paul and Support Crew