WHAT did you do the weekend before Christmas? Did you go shopping? Visiting relatives? Partying?
My family and I spent the wet and windy weekend on West Street in Fareham collecting for Wessex Medical Research.
Why did we do that? Well, this was one of a number of fundraising efforts I have planned.
I hope to raise £2,000 for charity, culminating in the marathon run in April.
On that weekend in Fareham we were delighted to have collected £345 over the two days.
When did this impulse to fundraise start?
When my 50th birthday loomed back in November I became determined to mark the milestone, and I started playing rugby again.
My fitness started to improve and I was keen to do something my sons would be proud of, that’s when it struck me to raise money for charity.
Wessex Medical Research is a nonspecific charity raising funds across the region for all types of medical research. The funds I raise will go to a particular campaign for research in brain injuries in children.
The research hopes to identify and develop alternative treatments sparing children the additional trauma from that already suffered.
In addition to the street collection I have already sold jams and chutneys, organised a cake and savoury bake sale and set up a tuck shop in my office.
It would be very easy to sit back and relax but as we get older time appears to go by even quicker and I wanted to achieve a little bit more before it was too late.
I have a donation page on justgiving.com and would welcome any donations to help me reach my goal.