Some good news – and a big thank you


It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks for all of us, as we struggle to adapt to new working patterns, while trying to keep ourselves, our families and our colleagues safe. Please take all appropriate precautions so we can help protect each other and our NHS.

We are all in need of some good news, so I’m thrilled to tell you that, thanks to your generous donations, my recent zip wire challenge raised £2,500 for Leicestershire charity Alex’s Wish

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me,  both personally and on behalf of  the charity. At the last count the challenge’s funds for Alex’s Wish had topped £10,000.

I’m proud to have been among a team of  30 to ride the world’s fastest zip wire over Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, in an event instigated by Leicestershire Law Society. Riding the zip wire was a fantastic experience, despite the weather being a bit blowy, to put it mildly, on one of the windiest days ever, and I’m so grateful to everyone for their sponsorship and support.

Alex’s Wish raises money to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive life-limiting muscle wasting condition which affects one in every 3,500 boys.

It was set up by Alex’s parents, Emma and Andy Hallam, in late 2012, after their son Alex was diagnosed with the condition.

The group of highfliers (pictured) were joined in their challenge by Alex, who is 13, and his mum.

As many of you will know, I’m always up for a challenge. I’ve never really thought of myself as a thrill-seeker, although I have also recently qualified as a technical scuba diver, so perhaps this is my mid-life crisis! So, I might well take part in another challenging activity for charity one day soon. I’m not sure what this will be, but a sky dive has been mentioned!

To find out more about Alex’s Wish and its upcoming events, please go to