I am raising money for Stand Up to Cancer - by attempting to Ballroom Dance in front of hundreds and hundreds of people. And then be judged (literally) for it.
And i'm doing this because cancer is sh£t.
Cancer has had a huge and negative impact on my family.
My wife's mum died from her Cancer back in 2006. This was a terrible loss to her family & friends, in particular my wife and her brother, who were in their twenties at the time. I'd never gotten the chance to meet her (as i didn't meet my wife until after her mum's death), something that is such a shame to us both.
In 2011, my step-mum Lisa was told she had liver cancer and started chemotherapy (and other treatments) which at the time were hopeful for. Sadly the chemo and other treatments didn't work for her and by then her cancer spread to her bones. She died in January 2013.
Later that year, in 2013, my Dad then found out, having already had prostate cancer and having had surgery to remove it, he had developed brain cancer. A risky operation extended his life for a short time, but it wasn't enough to cure him and he also sadly died from his cancer too, in 2014.
My younger brother was just 26 (the exact same age my wife was when her mum died), when both his parents had died from the same crappy disease.
None were older than 66 and none knew the joy of meeting their grandchildren (and vice versa).
These, and all the millions of other similar stories, are why I wanted to "two-step" out of my comfort zone and do something to beat cancer as part of Stand Up to Cancer Ultra Ballroom.
It won't be easy, despite my innate shape-throwing skills (as seen in many nightclubs over the years). But with twice weekly training, some more running and maybe even some yoga, hopefully with the help and support from all my wonderful friends and family I'll be able to do my part to help beat cancer.
I am aiming to raise £500, but I'd love to go on and raise a lot more. As part of my fundraising I am planning on stealing a Kickstarter idea and adding in "Stretch-goals" - milestone figures that if they get achieved 'unlock' additional commitments from me.
As a thank you to every single person who supports me, I will share a link to a video of me performing on the night, so you too can enjoy the 'dancing' even if you can't make the evening on the 12th September.
And as an incentive to encourage you to be as generous as you possibly can, I'll be adding in some amazing Raffle Prize Opportunities (oooooooh) depending on how much you can donate.
These now include Award Winning Bottles of Cotswold Gin Distillery Gin and Whiskey, Goody Bags and more, brilliant artworks form talented people and more, as different rewards at the £10, £20 and £50 levels!!!!
In addition, as the ultimate of ultimate stretch-goals, should I somehow raise £2000 pounds (a massive amount of money i know) I will have my chest, arms and legs waxed. Yep, WAXED. For those know know me well enough, it will probably take a while too!!!
I'll add in a few more goals as we get closer to the day of the competition, which you can come and see live!! It's on Sept 12th for those who want to buy tickets to see me waltz/smooth/foxtrot/fall-over and tickets are limited and on a strictly (see what I did there) first come, first served basis.
And so i can't be accused of complacency and not trying hard enough, i'm also trying to undertake as many Race for Life 10 kilometre events this year as i can. I've already completed Regents Park, Blackheath and Victoria Park and am signed up for at least 3 more (Finsbury Park, Hyde Park and Epping) before the end of the summer.
I'm hoping all this effort and commitment will encourage you to show your support with a donation, but if you have any other bright ideas or suggestions (/offers) i'm willing to listen.
Together, we WILL beat cancer.