270. Will you be going sober for October?

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This is not a challenge for me, but I have sponsored someone else who will be taking part in this campaign to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The concept is simple: during October donate the money you’d normally spend on booze and get anyone who’d normally buy you a beer to do the same.

If you’re interested in signing up or making a donation, visit: http://www.gosober.org.uk/

Good luck to all you sober people :-)

269. Reducing the landfill – another charity shop drop off…

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The other half was throwing out some old gaming equipment and was planning to bin it after discovering the trade-in value was virtually non-existent. Instead I’ve dropped the items off at the local charity shop that raises funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace: hopefully someone will still be able to get some pleasure from it.

268. Dealing with hunger!

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Having indulged in what was possibly a little too much alcohol last night, although I’m on a diet, I have caved in and ordered a pizza for dinner. (The smallest, healthiest one, honest!)

Pizza Hut gave me the option to round up to the nearest pound to donate equally to the UN World Food Programme and Children In Need. I like the idea that I’m not just satisfying my own hunger, but someone else’s too! The small amount it was rounded up by, about 50p, is enough that the half that will be used for World Hunger Relief will cover the cost of a bowl of rice for a starving child. It’s shocking how little can make a big difference to another human being.

267. Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

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I know it’s a little bit early to start talking about this, but I wanted to get in there first this year. I remember reading a lot of criticism last year of ‘poppy products’ and how much was actually being donated to the Royal British Legion as a result of their sale.

This bracelet is being sold by M & S for £9.50 and I’ve bought one, confident and content in the knowledge that all the profits £2.85 will go to the Royal British Legion. That’s a bigger donation than I’d normally make for a poppy to wear in my lapel.

Whilst it’s not really about the aesthetics, the bracelet is very pretty, more importantly it’ll allow me to show my support by wearing it for more than just a day, and unlike my poppy it’s a lot less likely to fall off or accidentally stab me during the day! So I’ll be wearing my poppy with pride whatever the critics say.

266. MacMillan Cancer Support Raffle

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Having signed up (and now taken part in) ‘Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, I have received tickets for their Autumn Raffle – £30 worth that they were hoping I’d sell! Now I don’t feel entirely comfortable asking other people to buy raffle tickets but I’m more than happy to buy a couple myself, so I’ve text ‘WIN2′ to 67899 to buy £3 worth of tickets.

However, I am starting to suspect that the more I respond to what the charities send, the more they are sending to me…

264. Waste not, want not…

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A few days ago the bed broke and my beloved kind of fell through, that’s not the story  I’m going to share now though, it’s what I did with the bed slats afterwards that matters! I would normally just have dropped them off at the tip, but I’ve taken them into work in the hope that they’ll come in handy for some sort of woodwork activity!

Tomorrow I’ll be taking in some old cushion inners to help another teacher out with a project they’re working on… re-use, re-use, re-use! Still the easiest form of recycling!

263. Saying Thank-you!

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The other half’s been putting up with a lot lately: I spend a lot of time ignoring him whilst working or sleeping, and then occasionally I go out – often without him.

So today I’m saying thank-you and I’ve had a little help from Nectar to do it. So this is clearly a promotion, but you can’t overate the importance of appreciation and we could probably all say thank-you a little more often.

This is a public display of appreciation, much more tasteful than a PDA (public display of affection; I’ll keep the affection private)! Who could you thank today with a public display of appreciation?

http://thanks.nectar.com/

261. Committing to meat-free Mondays

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Eating more vegetables is not only great for your health but also good for the planet too! UN’s top climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri states that “People should consider eating less meat as a way of combating global warming. UN figures suggest that meat production puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than transport.”

Turns out the other half had never heard of meat-free Mondays… until yesterday when we were discussing it on our way to the Climate March in London. It’s surprised me, but he’s happy to get on board with it – he’s the chef in our house, so his involvement is vital – from next Monday we’ll be going meat-free one day a week.

For more info visit the Meat Free Monday website

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