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Knowledge pursues me but I am faster.......

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit.......

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No. 32 Promoting good ELF ....

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Our Alex was a lovely lad,
With a wicked sense of fun,
He loved to laugh, he loved to joke
He really was A1!

Now, Alex loved his music,
He also loved to sing,
He had the voice of an angel,
Without the angel bling.

If he were here with us right now
I know he'd sing a song
And dedicate it to all of you
Who helped to keep him strong.

I've conjured up a virtual band,
(with a virtual song to play)
To help promote the charity
That helped him day to day.

So if you have a bit to spare,
(it need not be today)
Give what you can, and when you can,
...or I'll get the band to play!

ELF (the Elimination of Leukaemia Fund), is the charity chosen by Alex's family as the charity they would like to benefit from donations in Alex's name. ELF is locally based in South East London. Not only do they fund research, but they also give practical day to day help by buying such things as small personal fridges etc for the rooms of patients with cancers of the blood. ELF have a special relationship with King's College Hospital (the hospital that was treating Alex) and give significant support for the work done by the Haematology department. Alex loved the Haematology team at King's, you might well remember them from his nurse and doctor blogging.

If you do visit the ELF website, you will see that it is very 'basic', Jenny (Alex's mum) says that Alex would have volunteered to redo the site (he was really getting into web design). I could be a bit 'previous' with this, as ELF would first have to be asked, but if there are any web designers out there that could spare the time to volunteer their services, I think it would be a very fitting tribute to Alex. I am just testing the water with this, so if there is anyone interested please email me using the 'contact user' facility.

Alex's funeral is on Monday 15th Jan at 11.30 at Honor Oak Crematorium in South East London. I will be saying a few words about Alex and the blog.

The Elimination of Leukaemia Fund (clicky)
11th Jan 2007, 18:14   | tags:,

hildegard says:

Love the logo; reminds me of Emerson Lake & Palmer...

11th Jan 2007, 18:20

paintist says:

I hope that there is someone that will take this on Maggie.....l ike the image of you behind (?) Niges arm....shake those maracas :-)

11th Jan 2007, 18:23

MaggieD says:

Hildegard: see what you mean ...

P, there are not many occassions when I feel I should get my maracas out in public .... but this is one of them :-) ...

11th Jan 2007, 18:28

FilbertFox says:

your maracas are being used well there lady

11th Jan 2007, 18:32

Viv says:

I think the charities that relate personally to people are very important - have to wait until the end of the month though!

11th Jan 2007, 19:20

nige says:

so i'm the frontman of this ELF band, huh? i can dig that...but no way i'd take centre stage over you MaggieD. hehe.


i'd like to promote good ELF. i'm in. i'll donate.

do i get to keep the pixie boots?

11th Jan 2007, 19:33

MaggieD says:

Thank you FF, now if Nige would just step to one side I could demonstrate my counter rotating maracas swinging ....

Viv, I agree totally ..

*putting in ear plugs* Nige, the boots are yours .... I was going to put you in thongs but it just didn't 'work' ......

11th Jan 2007, 19:57

nige says:

fabulous. pixie boots are the new flip-flop, dahling.

11th Jan 2007, 20:15

MaggieD says:

in that case I will find you some nice luminous lime ones .... dung brown is really not your colour (there, I am being nice 'cos it is your birthday) ......

11th Jan 2007, 20:19

nige says:

that was yesterday... you can take the mick again now if you like ; P

11th Jan 2007, 20:51

beth says:

aw another lovely picture.. there will be a donation from my way after pay day

12th Jan 2007, 09:12

seaneeboy says:

Excellent cause.

I'll certainly try and donate as soon as my wages are a bit more stable...

12th Jan 2007, 09:37

Sprocket says:

Happy to help with the website. :-)

12th Jan 2007, 11:37

is that me playing the bass? heehee cool!

i will certainly donate as much as i can after payday. :)

12th Jan 2007, 13:13

chris says:

Ooops. posted twice.

12th Jan 2007, 13:14

chris says:

Yup, add myself and the rest of Collective to the list too :)

12th Jan 2007, 13:14

MaggieD says:

Thanks so much for your offers of help ..... will email (Chris and Sprocket) when I have more news .....

12th Jan 2007, 13:56

Sue says:

I have read Alex's story, I will donate.

12th Jan 2007, 20:44

MaggieD says:

Thank you Sue .....

12th Jan 2007, 21:58

MaggieD says:

Thought I should name the band members ....
left to right ....
540 Air (on lead guitar)
Nige (front man)
Me (with the maracas)
Joe (on drums)
Backwards Lamb (bass guitar)

I have no idea if any of the above (apart from Bmal) can actually play the instrument they have been assigned .... but 540 just looks like he should be in a band and Joe reminds me of the drummer in a band my youngest brother was once in ...... and Nige, well I have never heard him sing, but if the size of his mouth is anything to go by, he should have the volume (if not the tone) ...... and the less said about me and my maracas the better :-) ......

13th Jan 2007, 16:46

Joe says:

I always wanted to be a drummer :)

[edit] actually I did play a little, a long time ago....I was never very good though...

13th Jan 2007, 18:47

MaggieD says:

Joe .... spooky, now all I need to know is that 540 is a lead guitarist and that Nige can actually sing .... I know where I would lay my bets ...... ;-)

13th Jan 2007, 18:58

nige says:

hey, give me the right song and i can sing it , baby.

13th Jan 2007, 19:55

MaggieD says:

Nige ... Lulu's 'shout' ...

13th Jan 2007, 19:59

JokerXL says:

What a great idea, well done Maggie and all involved!
If I was any good I'd love to help with the web design but I'm still trying to figure it all out myself.
I'll be off to check out that ELF site now.

13th Jan 2007, 22:14

MaggieD says:

Thanks Joker :-)

13th Jan 2007, 22:31

Spiderbaby says:

Have found the ELF. Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

14th Jan 2007, 15:14

MaggieD says:

Thanks Spiderbaby.

14th Jan 2007, 19:23

Twiglet says:

So very glad the sun was shining this morning. I was thinking of you....

15th Jan 2007, 13:24

Joan says:

We were at Alex's service this morning and enjoyed your contribution very much . He was a close friend of our son but we got to know alex principally through his blog,so your words were particualy appropriate to us,thanks.

15th Jan 2007, 16:08

540air says:

Just noticed this one, me as lead guitar? That's just plain cool!! Sadly though I can't actually play one, the talent there lies with SLG (and for the singing, piano, flute and anything else musical).

My air-guitar is pretty good and I can play the piano a little, if that's any consolation?

15th Jan 2007, 16:48

MaggieD says:

SLG! ... I should have known .... she most definitely has rock and roll style ..... and dare I say, a lot more good looking! ... she's in the band .....

15th Jan 2007, 17:03

540air says:

She has it in abundance, though I'm biased of course, and she's far better looking!! :D

15th Jan 2007, 17:12

Julie Harris(admin-at-elf-fund-dot-org-dot-uk) says:

Hi everyone,
i'm not sure if i'm actually doing this right, but here goes.
As you can see, the gig at the venue ( basement bar) on the 23rd Feb is full steam ahead. If anyone woul like tickets (£5) each, please let me have your details. Send me an e-mail with contact number and we can have a chat. All cheques should be made out to The Elimination of Leukaemia Fund or ELF. Please come and support the night which is as you all know in memory of Alex. You can also pay on the door. Lets rock. Take care and see you there. You will also be able to get details off the MooN's myspace. Joe (organiser and all round good egg) will be able to give you details.

6th Feb 2007, 11:51

Viv says:

Red Nose day has nudged me to getting round to sorting out my charitable intentions and the ELF donations is not working - but I will return!

16th Mar 2007, 15:59

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