Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Happy Birthday to me….

Today is my 40th birthday and I'm dedicating the miles to the memory of my parents; Margery and Terry Allison. I know they would have been incredibly proud of this run across the USA which is a huge reason for doing what I do.

I've been reading through a lot of birthday cards and was very surprised to receive one from Alan Shearer. Brilliant!

Now what do you get the man who has everything for his birthday, I hear you ask. How about a donation to one of the 2 charities I'm running across the USA to raise funds for; St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation. You could even leave a Happy Birthday message on the justgiving page.

If you would like to sponsor my run then donations can be made in a number of ways. have introduced a brilliant new free donation method. Did you know that you can now donate to the 2 charities using your mobile phone?

To donate an amount to St Benedict's Hospice, please text your desired amount and the following code RNGR98 to 70070:

To donate an amount to The Children's Foundation, please text your desired amount and the following code RNGR99 to 70070:

Donations can also be made direct to St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation using the following links to

(St Benedict's Hospice)

(The Children's Foundation)

Finally, a donation can be made via cheque payable to 'The Children's Foundation' or 'St Benedict's Hospice' and sent to the following addresses:

FAO Libby Nolan
The Children's Foundation,
PO Box 2YB,
Sir James Spence Institute,
Victoria Wing,
Royal Victoria Infirmary,
Queen Victoria Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne.
NE99 2YB.

FAO Sylvia Stoneham
St Benedict's Hospice.
Monkwearmouth Hospital,
Newcastle Road,
SR5 1NB.

Thanks in advance for any donations. I plan to enjoy my 40th birthday at the same weight I was at the age of 20 by running 40 miles.

Finally, thanks to for more first class coverage of this run and a special mention of my birthday. As ever, I'm indebted to the lads for having me on their website for the last 16 months. So many donations have come in from readers all over the world.