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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

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 55, Bawdrip to Flaxpool, Sun 30 Aug

Today’s distance: 27.5 km (17.1 miles)
Total distance: 1343 km (835 miles)
Distance to go: 285 km (177 miles)

I had no breakfast this morning and left the campsite with a damp tent at 7:45 am. I did my usual trick of taking the wrong path, and making my shortcut rather long. After crossing a wide river/drainage channel I took the A39 to Bridgwater and Witherspoons where I had a 'large breakfast' while I charged my cell phone. Then I decided to change my route to avoid some early hills and left on a westerly route to Spaxton and the Hawkridge reservoir. I then went via Lower Aisholt to Bishpool and the edge of a small wood. This was a steep climb, but it was the only one for the day. I then descended to West Bagborough, and after a snack in the pub headed via Heathfield and Hearn farm to the campsite at Flaxpool on the A358.
I asked about getting a pub meal and was told of two pubs, one of which was recommended. Sadly after walking 1 1/2miles to it I was told they don't do meals after 6:00pm on a Sunday!
I was lucky that when I got back to the campsite the shop was open and I could get a frozen meal to heat in a microwave they had available. Tomorrow is also going to be a problem day for food and for charging the cell phone so there may some hold up in blogging.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Richard, you walked right past our house in Spaxton today. Hope you enjoyed the scenery on the Quantocks. Hope the toe is holding up OK. Sally