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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 49, Hawford to Shuthonger Common (Tewkesbury), Mon 24 Aug

Today’s Distance: ~30.2 km (18.8 miles)
Total Distance: 1175 km (730 miles)
Distance to go: 453 km (282 miles)

I was up at about 5:40 am, had a pre-breakfast of the muesli bars and penguins I received as a gift at the cafe by the bridge yesterday. I was away walking by 7:00 am and was having my main, full english breakfast in Worcester just after 8:00 am at the little cafe on the riverside, just north of the road bridge over the Severn.

Then I followed the Severn Way to Kempsey, and walked beside the A38 to Severn Stoke where I had a good lunch in a pub near the church. I also asked to charge my cell phone whilst eating. While I was eating, rain came and it rained all the way to Upton where I had coffee in a pub. In the pub I received a donation from Paul and Viki when they found out what I was up to.

I then followed the West bank of the Severn to Tewkesbury and booked in at the Caravan Club site. I walked a little further than planned today to reduce the distance I need to walk tomorrow. At 17.40 pounds however it was a somewhat costly exercise. However, the camp is in the centre of town so I don't have to walk far to get something to eat.

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