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

Monday, August 3, 2009

Day 28, 3 Aug, Ray Fell to Well House Farm

I didn’t feel like a cold breakfast this morning. I woke about 6am and was off by 7 am. I headed south following bridle paths on the edge of and through forests. In parts it was very overgrown and hard going. When I reached Pocklington I could have continued along the bridle path but decided to take the road heading E, then SE and then SW before joining the track again. This track is Route 10 for mountain bikes. I followed the track to a war memorial at a cross roads and then took another bridle path, St. Oswald’s Way, to a farm called ‘Click’em in’ where I took the road to Great Whittington. Following the path from here to Halton Shields was tricky due to new housing but I eventually got to the camp site at Well House Farm. Since the ‘medium’ breakfast the day before I had survived on nuts and chocolate. I made up for it in the Robin Hood Pub. I had walked for about 8 ½ hours and it was great to have a shower especially after the wild camp.

To morrow I am still heading to Rowland’s Gill but will modify the route to make it more direct rather than the scenic route via the River Tyne.

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