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Looking back to 2011

January 9, 2012

At the start of the second week of 2012, there will be plenty of New Years Resolutions that have already been broken (it’s almost as traditional as setting the resolutions in the first place).

This January I am going to take inspiration from the Roman god ‘Janus’ who is said to be the ancient god of doorways and beginnings.  Janus is usually represented as having one head with two bearded faces back to back, looking in opposite directions (one into the past and the other into the future). So in my first blog post of the New Year I shall be looking at the highs of 2011 See a photo of me this time last year.

My next blog will look forward to 2012.

2011 Best Bits


  • Spent a fantastic week in France with family and friends, lots of cheese, wine and snow!
  • Also published my first range of Greetings Cards – see blog post here. 


  • Spent a wet Sunday afternoon learning how to decorate cup cakes.  My blog post has photos, but I did this for several reasons, a) to take time out for myself, b) to see what all the fuss was about with cupcakes and c) to meet some new people. A bit of fun, but the enjoyment far outweighed the cost and time out of my day.



  • Started taking part in a twice monthly local pub quiz at The Richmond in Bath. Our team ‘The Charlie George All Stars’ named after our mascot (our dog) has finished first or second every time since the start. Still going strong in January 2012.
  • April 29th also saw the Royal Wedding of William and Kate most people remember this as they got a free day off work/school etc.


  • Carried out a bit of consumer research by using Groupon extensively for a while, to see how it worked, how it would work for other businesses and how it could work for me.  My blog post here was very positive, an update should follow as my views have changed/evolved some-what.


  • Ran in the Bath ‘Cancer Research Race for Life’ only 5km and only raised £39.90, but it started off my running passion.
  • Also took part in the Bath Sky Ride – a cycle around Bath for all ages, on closed roads.
  • And attending a ‘Breakthrough Breast Cancer’ charity Twenty20 cricket match at Bath Cricket Club and won a signed shirt in the silent auction.


  • Went on holiday for 2 weeks to Corfu with the family. The first time I have taken 2 weeks out without phone or email. Practised what I preach and had all my calls and emails managed by some-one else, one of the new members of the team, Hannah who joined us in the summer.
  • Also went to see ‘Take That’ at Wembley Stadium. Amazing show and wonderful day out.



  • Helped to organise a reunion at Kelston Park, Bath for the ex-employees of The Andrew Brownsword Collection, Andrew Brownsowrd Gifts, Gordon Fraser Gallery and Classic Card Company (all latterly Hallmark Cards). Raised £250 for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal.
  • Also spent a fantastic week in New York. The same weekend as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 – will never forget that trip.


  • Had a weekend away in Wales and took my husband to the Black Mountains Falconry Centre for a half day hawk and owl experience. If any ‘townies’ want to spend a day in the country and learn lots, see beautiful creatures in a wonderful setting, I can recommend.
  • Also remembered that the world hit 7 billion people.


  • Spent a fantastic weekend away at Dartington Hall in Devon. Walked around the beautiful gardens, ate and drank at the White Hart (on-site) pub and restaurant and had a tour of the incredible conferencing/wedding/venue facilities. Was also interested to hear about their commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice.
  • Got some photos into the Bath Life magazine ‘By Invitation Only‘ event page.
  • Sponsored a few men in the ‘Movember‘ moustache growing appeal to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.


  • Created a Facebook Page for AMPMPA Ltd
  • Ran the longest distance in one go that I ever have attempted – 9 miles – all around Cambridge. Feeling confident that the half marathon is attainable. Decided that I needed to run a Marathon by the end of 2012 as a result.
  • Took 2 weeks off work and spent it with family and friends, a lovely warm end to an amazing year.

I think that just about sums up my year – I am sure I have forgotten a few things, so will update/edit as and when I remember.

2011 Charity Round Up

December 19, 2011

To date 2011 has been my most successful year for charitable efforts and raising money and awareness. Here is a round up of what I have contributed in 2011. (apologies if I have left anyone out, I am sure there are a few more).

Big Bath Sleep Out 2011 – Raised £270.00 for the Julian House Homeless charity by sleeping rough for 1 night in March. Then a further donation of £10.00 as I was unable to take part in the Circuit of Bath walk due to a prior event.

Donated £10.00 to Childrens Hospices UK – via Twitter , can’t remember why but I did, think they had some raffle money stolen.

Race for Life 2011 – Raised only £29.90 (plus my £15 entry fee) by running the Cancer Research Race for life in June.

Charity Twenty20 Cricket Match – Won a shirt in the Charity Auction for a bid of £23.45 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in June.

Donated £10.00 to Havens Hospices as a nominated charity from my 1000th Twitter follower in  July.

Donated £15.00 to the Rainbow Centre for Children to help towards their summer ball fundraising efforts.

By organising a successful re-union event helped raise £250.00 for the Forever Friends appeal in September.

Throughout the year – donated around £50.00 to Primrose Hill Community Woodland

Movember 2011 I sponsored a few ‘Mo Bros’ to the tune of £30.00

Sponsored Tom Trosborg who ran the Athens marathon in November for Medicines Sans Frontieres only £10.00 but all helps.

Also renewed my membership of People Against Poverty and also made a few other donations throughout the year.

In all I make that over £700.00 (probably a lot more, and plus Gift Aid too) and although I didn’t donate all of this myself, I was part of making this happen.

And next year this is what I will be up to again…….

Bath Half Marathon 2012 Currently have raised £70.00 for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal, will report back on how I do, but please do sponsor me.

Race for Life 2012 I will take part in this again, but I think instead of running in Bath, I may try Bristol or Swindon.

Marathon 2012 – I intend to run my first (and probably last) marathon in 2012, not yet decided on where but at the moment its either New York or Las Vegas! – If anyone knows of a good cause – please email me happy to run on behalf of several charities if necessary.

Updates on all my 2012 fundraising efforts will be posted on Twitter and Facebook but whatever happens I will try to beat my record for fundraising in 2012 and thanks so much to everyone who sponsored me and continues to support my efforts.

On your bike and get running…..

June 3, 2011

Never missing the opportunity to get out of the office, just thought I would update you on some of the activities that I will be taking part in over the next 10 days.

Sunday 5th June 2011 – Bath Sky Ride

See the website for more details.

Its a ‘unique opportunity’ to ride your bike through Bath’s streets without a car in sight. It’s free and easy to register and anyone can get involved, no matter how wobbly you might be on a bike. The route is pretty easy going and last year attracted around 6,000 people. So get on your bike!

Sunday 12th June 2011 – Cancer Research Race for Life

See my Just Giving page for details of how to sponsor me.

5km around the University of Bath campus, I have been training and think I will be able to complete the route in around 40 minutes.  I would like to raise £129.90 (my race number is 1299).

All in a good cause, and hopefully will add to my get fit efforts along the way too.

A big thank you!

March 14, 2011

My Bed for the night

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who sponsored me for the Julian House Charity Big Bath Sleep Out on Friday 11th March.

It was a long cold night, and although my cardboard was a little uncomfortable, I did manage to get in about 4 and a bit hours sleep.  I raised £270 in sponsorship money – and as I had requested from my sponsors, I raised enough to be sponsored for £1 for every minute that I slept. So thank you.

I hope that my small efforts go some way to help some of the many homeless people in the region. I will look out for any news about this and update my blog later, but I think there were around 150 people there, and I hope a lot of money (and awareness) was raised.

Out of my comfort zone – literally

February 2, 2011

As part of my ‘just get on and do it’ mantra for 2011, I would like to declare that on Friday 11th March 2011 I will be taking part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out, for the Bath based charity Julian House.

Julian House is the leading provider of services to single homeless men and women in Bath & North East Somerset. Providing a bed is the relatively easy part of its work. Much more difficult is the task of identifying why its clients are in this situation and then finding the right solutions.

I am not asking you to join me, although you are welcome, but I want to raise £390 sponsorship, (£390 would be £1 for every minute that I will be ‘sleeping’ outside). Please note, this is not camping, I will have a cardboard ‘bed’ and a sleeping bag.

I will be customising my cardboard bed by adding the names of people to it that have supported me – so if you are willing to sponsor me (any amount will be a great help) please visit my Just Giving page – thank you!

I will of course keep everyone updated with my Twitterfeed – so please follow me if you haven’t done so already @am_pm_pa.

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