I wanted to come up with some fun ways of raising a little bit more cash, in the run up to the London Bikeathon in August.
Inspired by similar recent campaigns, I had a thought... Remember the absolute hysteria created by Angelina Jolie and that Oscars dress in 2012, exposing just one leg? Imagine what we could all achieve if we were to all bare BOTH LEGS??
Knowing the characters around my workplace, I suspected some would require little encouragement to bare a little flesh. So I asked them all to don their favourite (or most embarrassing) ra-ra skirts, Bermuda shorts, hot-pants and cropped trousers… and get their Legs Out For Lymphoma!
The dodgy weather forecast put the kibosh on some of the more extreme costume options, but I'm pleased to say that a good 10-12 of my dear fellow colleagues all got in the spirit, with varying degrees of ankle, calf and knee on display. And after stuffing our faces full of sweets and chocolate, we raised a fantastic £75.00 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research between us.
The JustGiving text number (NICK82 £2 to 70070) was just supposed to make things a bit more interactive. And the hashtag was a bit hopeful, given that few of my colleagues are actually on Twitter. But maybe, if we spread the word, using #LegsOutForLymphoma obviously, we could all start something a bit bigger than I did today...?
I was successfully treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2012. My personal experiences of blood cancer, and my participation with www.the100project.net have taught me that we don't have to move mountains to make a difference.