Wednesday 18th April 2012, Exmouth Market, London.
Time for a food stop and a change of scenery. We hailed a taxi and headed north to Exmouth Market, had a quick snoop round a pretty cool vintage furniture store and settled into the window seats of a Thai restaurant. I tweeted a pic of my Tiger beer and gave a vague location, waited a few seconds and then deleted the tweet.
Incredibly, less than a minute later, a big smiley face appeared at the window. I invited Mark to join us and we shared a bowl of prawn crackers and a couple of beers as he told us all about his mate's attempt at a monster bike ride from London to Hong Kong in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Mark pledged the full whack. Fantastic! Mark's emotions were written all over his face and it was a lovely moment – for both of us. I felt intoxicated and it wasn't just the beer. I was having so much fun and I wanted to do one more....
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
The first I heard about the project was through Twitter and I was followed it's developments throughout the day in London. The Internet, especially Twitter can be a tough place once people go public about things, however, the overall feeling about this project was so positive and I for one shared that and felt wholesome that it was happening in the city.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
One of my best friends, Mark, is currently cycling to Hong Kong having left London two weeks ago. In doing so, he is raising money for Breast Cancer Care. The money has gone towards a few things in relation to this. The majority of the money has gone to the charity, Mark wanted some new padded Lycra and the remaining money has gone towards a flight for me to go out and see him when he cycles into Hong Kong. You can check out his website at www.thewrightwayeast.co.uk
3. What were the reasons driving that decision and what are you hoping it will achieve?
I have known Mark and his family since the age of eleven. They have always been so good to me, especially his mum, Siggi. She is always so accommodating, warm and friendly. When I heard the news of her being diagnosed with breast cancer I was naturally devastated. Being in a position where I could give something back was something I didn't have to think twice about. I hope this will not only achieve awareness for such a good cause but help her in some way to a speedy and healthy recovery.
4. Has Wearelucky challenged the way you think about giving?
Not so much challenged but this project has helped reiterate to me that if you can give, then you should.
5. How did the people close to you react when you told them about taking part in Wearelucky?
I met a group of friends shortly afterwards and they were (as was I) shocked. The immediate questions were whether I had given my details away and whether it could have been a scam. Once I had explained, they were just excited and wanted to know more! I sent a text to Mark who was camping out in Amsterdam and he couldn't believe it but was over the moon!