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 11, 2010

Day 1. Tue 10 Aug, Chepstow to Brockweir.

A good day today! Not a drop of rain and sunny most of the day with little cloud. Hardly any walking in suburbs, mostly farmland and forest. Great view of Tintern Abbey from Devil's Pulpit but be warned it is a very popular spot.

We decided to walk down into Brockweir and came across the HAPPA horse rescue centre. As any friend of Flame (ex. HVRDA) is a friend of ours, we decided to spport the centre by having our lunch there. We then walked along the West bank of the Wye to Tintern Abbey. The outgoing journey seemed a long way in the sunshine but the return by the forested East bank path passed much more quickly.

We had a little difficulty finding our B&B at Castle-a-Buff Farm, but got a very friendly welcome when we eventually found it.

We walked down the hill to the pub in Brockweir for our evening meal. Although it is obviously a 'local pub' everyone seemed happy to welcome strangers into their midst. We had a good meal at the pub and had no trouble maklng our way back up hill to our B&B.

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