About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 38, Ponden House to Mankinholes, Thur 13 Aug

Today's distance: 20.1 km (12.5 miles)
Total distance: 907 km (564 miles)
Distance to go: 721 km (448 miles)

I had breakfast at 8:00am an then got ready to meet Neville at 9:00am at Ponden
reservoir. Just putting on my boots outside the b&b l had quite a bit of torment from
the midges. It convinced me l had made the correct decision in deciding not to camp.

Nevil and Judith arrived bang on time and Nevil and l set off on our walk on the
Pennine Way after having our photographs taken by Judith. We had a great walk
together,mostly in bright sunshine. We never lost a path but we did somtimes loose
the Pennine Way. We stopped for lunch on the moor and then popped into the little
Pennine Way tea rooms/shop near High Gate for tea and cakes. The shop was remakebly
well stocked for such an isolated spot. We arrived at the main road, next to the
Rochdale canal at about 3:00pm where Neville was picked up by Judith in their mobile
I then walked west along the canal before heading SSE up the steep road to the
Mankinholes YHA. I arrived there about 4:00pm. I waited for the YHA to open and then
had a shower before heading on a short walk to the pub via the Pennine Bridleway.
Tomorrow l head for Standedge where l hope to meet up with my brother-in-law. As l
will still be walking in Cornwall when he celebrates his 80th birthday, we plan to
celebrate it early.

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