Sport Relief Launch

Yesterday Sport Relief was launched around the country, and I helped to launch Sport Relief as North East ambassedor by visiting a project in Gateshead run by Liberdade (Picture above) that benefits from Sport Relief funding. You can read all about the visit here – http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/tyne/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8470000/8470283.stm

It has been a very tough few weeks for me and my family with the death of my dad on the 11th of January, and his funeral which was only just held on Tuesday. The support of family and friends has been amazing, and the turnout for my dad’s funeral at Whitley Bay was unbelievable, but quite fitting for such a humble man who will be missed so dearly – I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was there on Tuesday, and also the many people who have sent messages of support. It gives us comfort to know so many care.

My dad was such a strong person though, and he would’ve wanted me to press on with Sport Relief and take on my challenge of throwing a mile. I am as ever eternally indebted to my mum who continues to support me even in these terible circumstances.

Dad was very proud of what I’m doing for sport relief this year, and that will give me the strength to take on this challenge whilst still coming to terms with life without him.

The challenge itself will take place at Gateshead stadium on the 23rd of February. We would like as many people as possible to come along on the morning to support and get involved – you never know, you might even get on the TV!

The challenge is simple, I’m going to try to throw over a mile in distance with the club in less than an hour. It means I probably need to throw a club every minute for the hour. Obviously I want to try and raise lots of money for Sport Relief so I’ve set up a JustGiving page – http://www.justgiving.com/throwing-a-mile – you can also click the JustGiving logo on the right. I’ve already had some fantastic donations, and hopefully we can get a lot more.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more details or would like to get involved, and please spread the word as far as you can – I’d love this event to be a massive success.

Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sportrelief/ or http://www.sportrelief.com/ for more info.

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