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all change-again

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 4 June 2017, 10:17

I do like to be organised, although sometimes life really does try to throw challenges into the best planned schedules.

however, I have managed to arrange another life change, which will not put any pressures on my open university study time table.

I have been the manager of a medium sized regional charity for 6 years now. The Solent MS Therapy Centre provides therapy and support to people with Multiple Sclerosis in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. If you would like to see more information about their work, this is the website:


Before he passed away my father lived two streets away from the Centre, so that was very convenient for me. Since his passing, my mum has decided to sell the house and move out of Portsmouth to the suburbs. This meant that my reasons for coming into Portsmouth every day have been reduced. I only go into Portsmouth now to go to work.  So with these changes I decided to apply for some other jobs, out of town and nearer to where I live in Havant.

I have been very lucky to have been offered a job with a National Charity. I am now in my two month notice period with the therapy centre and on 1st August will start my new role as the national manager of the Hounds for Heroes.

The hounds for heroes is a large national charity that provides assistance dogs for injured veterans.

You can read more about their work here:


So I am sad to be leaving my current role, however life changes mean I needed to seek a new role and I am delighted to be appointed the national manager of a large national charity.

So life changes again, and thankfully it changes in the summer, during my study break from the Open University.

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First 5 days of sponsorship

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 7 May 2017, 15:55

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far in my 'what goes UP, must come DOWN challenge.

5 days into fundraising I have raised 54% of my target, the target was £ 500 and so far people have been kind enough to sponsor me for £ 265.

This is the link to my page if you want to sponsor me, thank you for the kindness if you do:


I bought some new walking boots this morning, ready for my march up mount Snowdon. that gives me two weeks to wear the boots in before I walk up the mountain in them.

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