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

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Day 31 Rowland's Gill to Wolsingham 6th Aug

From Rowland's Gill I walked along a cycle track which used to be a coal mine railway and followed it all the way to Consett. I met Malcome Walker on the way and we had a good chat. I think that he may consider doing Jogle one day. In Consett I met two elderly ladies who suggested that the library would be the best place to get information about accommodation in Wolsingham. The service was excellent, better than any information centre I've been to in Britain and thanks to them I found accommodation at the Black Bull pub.

I had lunch in Consett and carried on folowing the disused mine railway track now called 'the Waskerley Way'. About 3 kilometres before Waskerley I took a left turn to Oxen Law and then to Salter's gate. From Salter's Gate I had a very pleasant walk across Wolsingham Park Moor.

On entering Wolsingham I asked some one (Jim Robson) who was cutting logs in his garden about the Black Bull Pub and he said that he was about to go down there and would give me a lift. I said that I had to walk so he said he would meet me in the pub and I buy me a drink. I met Jim there along with a friend of his, Jackie Brougham (now living in Darwin, Australia but visiting family here) and we had a good evening. They offered me a drink but I asked for a donation instead. They gave me a generous 10 pounds, which was great. Many thanks.

At the pub I was interviewed by a reporter from the local paper and she took my photograph! Not sure if anything will be published, though.

The Black Bull Pub had no qualms about giving me breakfast at 7.30 am tomorrow. I've been in some places where 8.30 am is the earliest time for breakfast.

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