Subscribe: Subscribe to me on YouTube

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sponsor Me!Today is the halfway point in Movember, which means that in theory, my moustache will be twice as long as this by the end of the month. I find that slightly scary. Give it another fortnight and I might not be able to breathe.

But on the subject of charitable exploits, I was back in Burgess Hill today, so following on from the closely-guarded secrets revealed to me by the illuminati of the hospice world last Thursday, here's a round-up of the latest breaking news from the town's charity shops:

  • The teenager who works in the St Catherine's Hospice Shop is currently paying £275 for his car insurance. Which would be fine if that wasn't per month. It's costing him more than three thousand pounds a year. Which makes it all the more admirable that he's giving up his time for a charity. If it was me, I'd be out there robbing a bank. Let's face it, he's already got the getaway car.

  • On December 1st, the 'Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land' shop (which was presumably set up because Mary and Joseph nicked the stable) will be holding a late-night shopping evening featuring a personal appearance from none other than David Barby of 'Bargain Hunt' fame. I swear I'm not making this up.

  • The DebRA UK shop is closing down on Saturday because it's not making enough money. The manager only found out yesterday, and the bloke on the till is devastated because after fourteen years of volunteering at the shop, it means he might have to spend his days watching David Barby on Bargain Hunt. To be honest, I don't know if that's why he's devastated, but I do know why the shop isn't making a profit. It's the only charity shop in Burgess Hill which closes for an hour at lunchtime, meaning it's frequently shut when I walk past. I've kept the others afloat for the past three years, but if this one refuses to fit in with my working hours, there's not a lot I can do.

That's obviously a slightly depressing note to end on, but fortunately I have a far more positive piece of charity news up my sleeve. My Dad informs me that The Daily Telegraph has published a follow-up to last week's rib-tickling Movember-based cartoon strip. And here it is...

Who says that sequels are never as good as the original? That's at least as funny as the first one.


Phil's Mum said...

The Daily Telegraph was never known for its humour!

A Passer-by said...

Oh yes it was/is - just look at the Matt cartoons - e.g.


'old' friend said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't find either of them funny!

Peter Chapman said...

Fancy being a freelance reporter for Burgess Hill Uncovered? You've found out more news in a lunchtime than I have in the past year!
What is the The DebRA UK shop and where is it?!

Phil said...

It's next door to the Age UK shop in Church Walk, and raises money for people with some kind of hideous disease involving blisters. At least it does until Saturday.