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So Grateful, Humbled and Overwhelmed…

We have been overwhelmed by the all the many and various ways so many people have supported us through this difficult time. With relatives flying round the world to surprise us, old friends making wonderful and moving tributes and so many people offering their condolences both in person at the funeral and in many beautiful letters. We are simply humbled by all the support and know that Daddy would be so  touched – as someone wrote in one of the letters it is ironic that his funeral probably turned out to be the one party he would have died not to miss!

We couldn’t believe that even his gym sent us flowers…

The funeral was never going to be an easy day, but we were strengthened by the tremendous support of all our family and friends. We are so grateful to so many people, but especially Reverend Jenny Edmans for allowing us to use the All Saints Church in Brill and for guiding us through such a beautiful service; Esther Brazil for her heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Laudate Dominum, which reduced us all to tears, but was the perfect send off! And S&R Childs for making the process as easy as it could possibly be under the circumstances and providing everything we asked for and many things we didn’t even know we needed. Daddy would have especially loved the yellow flowers which are still brightening up the house…

Perhaps the biggest tribute of all was the massively unexpected generosity of all who donated to the collection at the Church – even the Funeral Director couldn’t believe that we collected over £1700, which will go towards Cancer Research UK and hopefully ensure that others do not have to suffer as Daddy did.

We are also grateful to the fantastic recommendation of the Idle Rocks in St Mawes, where we took Mummy after the funeral for a surprise break in the hope that a few days away from it all would make everything easier to face…

It couldn’t have been a more perfect place and in the spirit of Alice’s poem, even the dreadful weather seemed appropriate…

I Live On

 I died but did not leave you.

I am here, and have not gone.
Though my spirit left my body
don’t be sad, for I live on.
 
 

My love is all around you.
Can you feel it? Can you see?
That gentle breeze upon your face

is not the wind… but me.
 
 

I’m the sweet song of a bluebird

when spring is in the air.
I’m the roses in a garden.
You can find me everywhere.
 
 

Whenever you are missing me

look up to heaven’s skies.
I’m the twinkle in the stars.
I’m the sunset, and sunrise.
 

 
I’m a raindrop and a rainbow.
I’m the ocean’s waves of blue;
So everywhere you go you’ll know,
I live on, loving you.

 

Despite everything we cried, laughed, walked (for miles!) and had a wonderful few days together…

On our last morning we awoke to an enormous rainbow encircling the town – perhaps we have all gone crazy, but we decided to interpret this as a sign that Daddy approved…

 

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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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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!

Please feel free to:

–       comment on this blog

–       post on http://www.facebook.com/bikesplashbike

–       email us at: bikesplashbike@gmail.com

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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