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30,000 Calories worth of Nak’d Bars!

I’d met some of the Natural Balance Foods team at the London Bike Show (I admit – not entirely by coincidence ;)) and they offered to help us fuel our training 🙂

They make the Yummy Nak’d bars, which I am basically addicted to, and it turns out that their offices only a few miles from our house, although the bars are actually made in Wales.  I took my Dad there today and they kindly gave us nearly 300 Nak’d bars and loads of their specially flavoured raisins…


My favourite are cocoa delight and the apple or strawberry crunch (I especially like the fact that the crunch bars are high protein!) Now we have no excuses for running out of energy enroute!! 

Daddy loved our personalised tour of their warehouse – which was pretty massive!


And we are hoping he will help us munch through a few!

Thank you so much Andi for all your kindness!!

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The London BikeShow, Anonymous Flowers and Random Acts of Kindness

So I know this isn’t directly related to our challenge, but we have been on the receiving end of so many kind gestures that Alice felt inspired to write one more thing about kindness…

Our parents received the most lovely anonymous gift yesterday, which really brightened their day 🙂

Whoever sent it – you are so right and Thank You!

We also visited the London Bike Show at the Excel Centre on Thursday night. Getting there after work was a bit of a rush, but it was fantastic – so much so that I am hoping to go back for a longer visit tomorrow! There was a fantastic display of road and mountain bikes (sadly not too many hybrid bikes), but Chris the owner of TRIUK was really helpful and we might just have to make a visit to their showroom in Yeovil where he assured us he had plenty of hybrid and touring bikes! We were even almost persuaded to sign up for the Nevis Triathlon… It looks SO fun… very tempting, but we are trying to remain focussed on the talk in hand!

What struck us most was how kind everyone was and how keen to help us. In particular we were touched by our encounter with Tom at the nuun stand… (their electrolyte drinks are yummy by the way and almost calorie free!).

He asked why I was taking so many notes (i’m sad like that!) … I explained about our challenge and he immediately offered to help. He also told us about his wetsuit company BlueSeventy – which looks great!  Actually really great. Especially as I kind of have Reynauds syndrome, which means I have really poor resistance to the cold – so for me to survive the swim Lake Windermere I will need the warmest wetsuit known to man!

Oli at Natural Balance Foods was also really kind and I am literally addicted to their Nak’d bars and the Nak’d crunch bars are even better!  I’ve also just introduced our Dad to their high protein trek bars and now he is almost living on them… (well – those and Alice’s beetroot brownies!) I could tell he really needed protein when he said “they’d go well with a bit of cheese”! Maybe not exactly the Nak’d philosophy, but it is just good to see him eating. I now have quite a stash…

What is amazing to me is that this seems to be happening to us more and more – people just offering their support without us even asking. It feels amazing and we are so grateful! 

As Amelia Earhart said: “No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” 

Here is Alice’s philosophy on kindness (please click to enlarge):

Alice's philosophy on Kindness

Continuing on this theme… Last night we saw Brendan Cole from strictly come dancing at the New Theatre – and I have to say it was pretty fantastic and amazingly it was bond themed – we had no idea, but it was a happy coincidence for our Dad who is a major Bond enthusiast! And they even did the last dance from Dirty Dancing, which made Alice’s night! The sweetest thing was when Brendan danced with two children from the audience at the request of their mother during the Q&A. It took 2 minutes of his time, but i’m sure is something they will remember for a long time!

In the words of the Dalai Lama: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

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A big Thank You!

We are so grateful for so many unexpected acts of kindness! This week a few people who don’t know us personally have sponsored us and we are really touched by the support!  I am sorry that we cannot say thank you more directly to our anonymous donors, but we can at least thank you here and hope that you might see it.

Perhaps even more touching are the words of encouragement from one donor: “You are doing something amazing and my heart goes out to you. It’s people like you that keep the world moving in the right direction. Never lose faith.” You really made our day – Thank you!

We’d love to hear your story if you know someone who has suffered with this disease. We’d also really love to hear if you know anyone who has found any food, treatment or therapy (conventional or otherwise) particularly helpful, as we’d love to share this information with our Dad and others!

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We are also really grateful to Debbie Waite, who has written a lovely article about our challenge in this week’s Oxford Mail, which you can read here.

All this kindness reminded me of George Saunders’s Commencement speech on kindness, which he gave at Syracuse University. I discovered it by chance a few months ago and shared it with my Dad, who is genuinely the kindest person I know! It made us both cry and is definitely worth reading if you haven’t already. You can read it here. I can’t recommend it enough!


“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” ~Bob Kerrey

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