Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

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Luck Be A Lady

Adhering to an old adage that ‘the early bird catches the worm’, yesterday East Leeds Marie Curie (MC) fundraising group arrived at Rothwell Park at 08.30am. Our metaphorical worm the securing of a prime location near the carnival entrance to hopefully enhance our tombola stall’s visibility to festival goers when gates opened at 11am. The groups facilitation of this popular form of carnival/fete pitch aimed at raising funds to support MC’s […]

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Roll Up!….. Roll Up!

Tomorrow I’ll be part of a voluntary team running a tombola stall at Rothwell Carnival, aiming to raise funds towards the provision of Marie Curie end of life nursing. Sitting here putting pen to paper I’m currently surrounded by carrier bags full of the prizes magnanimously donated by family and friends in support of tomorrow’s fundraising effort. These benefactions including toiletries, books, scented candles, fashion accessories, pottery ornament and clothes…… […]

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Memories Of A Chilly Reception

On Friday I began a voluntary role where for a few hours a week I’ll act as social media administrator for a charitable group. My task entailing sporadic monitoring of newly created Twitter and Facebook accounts for the East Leeds Marie Curie fundraising group. These accounts manifesting from a desire to raise the profile of our group’s work; not to mention increase team membership to join us in the facilitation […]

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Fifteen Minutes?…. I Only Got Two, Warhol!

Unless they introduce a ‘Best Performance Stood In A Green T-Shirt With A Collection Bucket in M&S’ category, it’s an event that’s unlikely to secure me a BAFTA nomination. Nevertheless, I thought I’d make you, my discerning reader, aware that brief clips of an interview I did with a ‘Made in Leeds’ TV reporter are currently being sporadically shown on the local Freeview channel. My fleeting TV debut featured in […]

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Coffee Morning Munificence

Yesterday saw many thousands of people in the UK facilitating or attending World’s Greatest Coffee Morning fundraising events in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. As part of this campaign, my lunchtime was spent undertaking a bucket collection at the Marks & Spencer (M&S) store on Briggate, in Leeds….. To clarify, when I wrote ‘bucket collection’ I was referring to receiving charitable donations in a bucket – Not a idiosyncratic involvement […]

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Not So Secret Squirrel

Wednesday 18th April – After a night kipping over at mater’s abode, it was an early reveille for yours truly today to undertake my usual Wednesday morning voluntary work at Wakefield Hospice warehouse. This gratis labour my small gesture towards thanking the people who so splendidly cared, supported and comforted my family during his final days of my father’s life. On departure from mother’s Wakefield residence I felt fatigued – […]

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“Wood Pigeon For Table 2!”

Today, the 4th February is World Cancer Day. Around the globe events are taking place to increase awareness, educate and raise funds for a multitude of the research and support charities that underpin the fight against this rancid disease. The people selflessly involved in today’s events do so with the objective of making a difference to sufferer’s lives, be it preventative, clinical, supportive, curing or palliative. As my family’s lives, […]

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