A quote from young Tyler, seen standing next to me in
Tyler, yesterday ran our ADOPT A DINOSAUR table. Thanks
to his efforts forty-five dinosaur toys who have lived a
lonely existence in a box at the back of a cupboard now
have loving homes.
He will never get him to touch that snake. The
Mayoress of Milton Keynes whispered to me.
OH YES HE WILL ! OH YES HE DID !
People started turning up to yesterday's frog challenge
while I was still setting everything up. It is now
2.39am on Sunday and while I am typing this blog
messages keep popping into Facebook. Since yesterday
afternoon we have over TWO HUNDRED.
(We finished with over THREE HUNDRED and were in the top
1%of page activity across the entire Facebook network.)
Wrigglies Exotic Pets was packed throughout the day.
Packed with people YES but that is not what I am talking
about - IT WAS PACKED WITH LOVE.
I began my day driving up to McDonalds. Maureen fancied
a pot of porridge to start the day and I am addicted to
hash browns. I had to park up while the porridge was
cooked - not a problem. The duty manager came out and
started to apologise for the delay. No need for that the
delay was a maximum of two minutes. He looked at me and
paused before saying I know you I think. I'm not sure
where from ?
Then he smiled and said: I've seen you on the
Internet. This lovely young man had found
OurRebekah. He had seen pics of me and recognised my
ugly face. For myself that aging ugly face is blushing,
for OurRebekah I
am swelling with pride.
Pride ? I was close to tears when this man appeared and
introduced himself to me. I saw what you were doing
on the net and thought I would come up and say Hello.
One of my former students, Simon.
We had not long been open when Simon appeared and kicked
the love factor to a higher level. THANK YOU SIMON.
During the afternoon a car pulled into the car park and
the drive gave me a thumbs up.
Another of my former students, Chris and his family,
came to supervise my holding the frog.
the way, Chris, your lad won our fun game to give No
Name a name.
Your children were pestering you all day to buy an
exotic pet, I think your resistance was tested but now
your family has this little guy to live with you.
Seen here supervising one of several challenges to hold
the frog is a very, very dear friend of my family -
you noticed Daphne and Chris's son are wearing Sheffield
We started a guest book yesterday for people coming
along to OurRebekah events
to sign. Ahead of the frog challenge I printed and
pasted the e-mails received prior to the event.
An extract from one reads: We
all wish you every success moving forward and if I can
be of any further assistance please let me know. TREVOR
- Director Sheffield Wednesday FC.
How many directors of how many football clubs do you
know who would take time to send a message like that to
a little group like ours ?
One of the display boards we had outside the shop
pictured the love Sheffield Wednesday FC is showing to
Trevor, just tell the boys to stuff Leeds United this
afternoon will you please.
Meet Tony, seen here below with Mayor David and myself.
Chris is seen here on the right of the picture. It has
been thirty years since I have seen Chris. To have him
there with his wife, daughter and son was wonderful.
Absolutely wonderful. THANK YOU to all four of you.
Tony is a radio presenter on Secklow 105.5. Before
yesterday he and I were Facebook friends. Now we are
friends in real time and space.
and his wife. seen on the right snapping a quick selfie
will be having lunch with me later this week to chat
about something special OurRebekah is
planning for Trevor and the boys at Sheffield Wednesday.
Guy Mitchell and Singing The Blues are about to be taken
to a new level !
Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday.
I heard about what you are doing, we stayed in
Ronald McDonald House Southampton so I thought we would
That was a lady who chatted as she enjoyed the cakes
Maureen had baked for the day.
Here's the incredible and loving Mayoress of Milton
Keynes, Susan, cuddling a skunk. YES I did say a skunk.
Nobody knew yesterday, I only found out at the end of
the event, the skunk still had its scent glands in
Good job OurRebekah has
public liability insurance in place ! NAH we did not
need to call on it. He he he.
were times during the day when this little bundle of fur
came close to stealing the show.
Here she is again on the shoulder of Ann. Ann is Tyler's
Mum and actually started OurRebekah last
Tyler and her husband Mark worked tirelessly all day to
make the event a success.
Here's another and special picture of this special
I thought I had a mind that was always full of ideas but
those Ann's husband Mark ran past me yesterday were on a
higher level all together than anything I have so far
come up with.
Mark we are going to make them work ! THANK YOU. What a
special guy you are.
OurRebekah has been running since May when Ann
set up the fun run which is happening on Sunday 15th
October. We do have some projects running and have so
far raised in excess of £1,300 for Ronald McDonald House
Charities but yesterday was the first actual on the
ground event we have had.
A high standard has been set for everything to follow. A
VERY high standard. The day was packed with people, the
day was packed with fun, THE DAY WAS PACKED WITH
Here's our Mayor with that skunk, was there anyone at
yesterday's event who she did not give a cuddle to as
she put love into what we were doing ?
Over TWO HUNDRED photographs were taken yesterday. I
think I may have to speak to our website hosting company
to buy more space on the Net in order to publish them.
What you see here are just a few pics. What can you see
in each and every one of them ? EASY question to answer
- LOVE ! L-O-V-E - Love.
Another picture of our Wonderful Mayor seen presenting
shop manager Ro with the OurRebekah smile
of the month award for September.
Every time I speak to Ro he inspires me. His knowledge
of animals is beyond belief and surpassed only by his
love for them. Every minute of the day yesterday was
packed with Ro's infectious personality.
Ro you are an incredible guy - THANK YOU.
Within the guestbook is a message from Libby, the Ronald
McDonald House Manager in Birmingham. Libby THANK YOU
for that kind e-mail.
At the beginning of every Sheffield Wednesday game the
PA system blasts a song, that PA system is drowned by
the crowds as they sing HI HO SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY. I
have nicked the anthem which Sheffield Wednesday nicked
from Jeff Beck in the first place to put this together
for Libby and her team.
I found myself skipping about yesterday singing in my
HO HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT ! Actually I think I sang
it out aloud once or twice.
I have a plan to rerecord the song - NO not with me
singing. Tony has the same idea. Hey once we have have
chatted about Sheffield over the main course let's chat
about this while we eat desert. Can I play the air
guitar ? Can I do that if I promise not to sing ?
3.44am - I've been writing this blog for more than an
hour yet I have not mentioned the.......................
Here he is !
When Ro said he was going to get a BIG frog for me to
hold as I conquered my phobia I knew he was not joking
but just look at the size of this creature.
I could never, ever have believed that I could have held
him, not once but many times during the day. I don't
think he liked me very much, he kept kicking at me with
his back legs.
Heck he is a beast of a frog isn't he ?
I am going to print this blog and send it to my mother,
next week she celebrates her 90th birthday. She
remembers so clearly the day sixty years ago when that
frog jumped out at me in the garden and started my
life-long phobia. She will not believe these pictures. I
am not sure that I do.
So how did I manage to hold that wonderful creature ?
How did my life-long fear fly away on the wind. NO I am
not scared of frogs any more.
How did it happen ?
You can see it in every single picture
can't you. That word again LOVE.
The Wave of Love was packed with surfboards yesterday.
Our first on the ground OurRebekah event
has set a VERY high standard for all to follow
When we take on The Three Peaks Challenge love will be
at the top of every mountain.
When we run across The Golden Gate Bridge in San
Francisco Love will be cheering us on.
When the doggies walk in The National Trust's Gardens at
Stowe there will be love in every blade of grass.
Chatting with former student Simon I asked him what he
was now doing for a living. I'm an account executive he
student Chris owns and runs his own business. I joked
with him that the when
the work stops the paperwork
begins. The expression on his face said everything.
The accounting skills of my two former students put
together could not measure the love from yesterday. In
money terms we made a total of £313.62 for Ronald
McDonald House Oxford but the money means nothing
compared to the love.
Yesterday 146 read The Wave Of Love. On Friday we had 135
and the day before 175.
How many people will check us out today ?
I guess I had better click the PUBLISH button and find
Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday you will stuff Leeds United this
afternoon won't you ?