Making a Difference

A reflective post this week to honour the passing of Alice Pyne, aged seventeen, who I wrote about in my post Two Inspiring Blogsites back in June of last year.  Alice achieved more in her short life than most of us ever will, with her national campaign to get everyone in Britain to sign up to the Bone Marrow Donor Register.  She also, with the help of her amazing family, raised tens of thousands of pounds to set up a charity, Alice’s Escapes, to provide free holidays in the Lake District for families with a seriously ill child. She lived up to her motto: ‘One life . . . live it!’

Many young people want to make a difference in the world, even if only to one person – my son has just started writing a blog and his first post was on this very subject – see also Action for Happiness on Why Helping Others Matters.  But to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit thousands of children and adults with life-threatening diseases is inspirational – Alice received a ‘Pride of Britain’ award and she and her sister were both honoured with the British Empire Medal for services to charity.  Alice’s courageous spirit lives on; her sister Milly plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, together with her parents, in memory of Alice – you can sponsor her here.    Continue reading

New Year, new challenge!


Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you what you wished for – in my case, having my sons home for Christmas and sharing food, fun, laughter, games and  music with friends and family.

Today’s a good day to give thanks for the experiences of last year, and to think about the gifts in store for 2013 – whether planned or unexpected, I hope they bring you joy.

Now, although I’ve written here before about the advantages of making new resolutions when spring starts to blossom, nevertheless I’ve decided to take up the challenge of having a Dry January – 31 days with no alcohol!  Why, I hear myself cry?  After all, I don’t have a drink problem, I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or pint of real ale, and this is a month where a combination of the post-Christmas slump, long cold dark nights, tax return deadlines – and the fact that I have a January birthday – surely beg for the cup that cheers . . . oops, better not talk myself out of it already. . .     Continue reading