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So I need a platform from which people will start to listen to me when I cry out so I am going to have to try to build one while attempting to train my brain:

1. I am going to write and try to publish a book about my fight with the beast in order to try and build a far greater level of endurance working on a computer before flaking out. My hope is that the book would not only help me to get stronger but that it could also provide hope, inspiration and encouragement to others to keep up the fight. A belief in themselves that the fight is worth fighting and not only that, winnable. If the book was successful of course it would provide a platform from which I could be heard.

2. I am learning to play golf in order to bring some discipline back into my ill-disciplined mind while clawing back some more of my cognitive/motor function coordination. Just one hour of concentration on the short course and driving range sees my mind wander off in so many different directions and being easily distracted. Just one hour trying so very hard to concentrate on getting the best out of every single shot that I play, even with breaks, completely exhausts me, wipes me out for pretty much the rest of the day. My hope is that with time and effort, I will strengthen my ability to concentrate and that I will strengthen my ability to sustain my cognitive ability over the period of a working day, week, month and year. If I can, from a standing and cognitively challenged start, reach a level of competition that will capture the imagination of the nation and perhaps the attention of the media then I will have built a platform from which I could be heard.

3. I am learning to play the pipe organ in order to bring some discipline back into my ill-disciplined mind while clawing back some more of my cognitive/motor function coordination. Exactly like golf, just one hour of concentration on the organ sees my mind wander off in so many different directions and being easily distracted. Not only that, my mind tires quickly and I have found the keyboard at home to have been the trigger for many a small neurological seizure brought on by tiredness caused by a short period of intense cognitive effort. I will start to post some tunes onto YouTube and the hope is that if I can become good enough that I might perhaps be invited to take part in a public performance in a particularly media worthy location or event in order to build a small platform from which I can raise awareness of the message I wish to carry.

4. I am starting to use the medium of drama as a way of conditioning the brain, once again, to being able to function within a fast moving, unfamiliar environment surrounded by lots of people while managing the multifaceted demands on the brain. In other words to train the brain to be able to function within a demanding work environment. Even conversation with strangers is extremely draining. I have to get stronger in order to get better and to become useful. If, by some miracle, I actually prove to have an aptitude for acting and manage to secure a role in a popular drama or film, then once again I will have built a platform from which I can be heard.

5. I am going to continue to ask you to sponsor me to continue to eat and exercise strategically in order to remain firmly sat on top of the brain tumour while trying to encourage my brain to heal through food and exercise and intensive training through golf, music, writing, juggling and the medium of drama. There are approximately 65 million active personal current accounts in the UK. If I can get just 1% of that amount to sponsor me with just £1.00 per month then I can raise £650,000 a month with every single penny of that money going to help rescue and recover the lives of those impacted by disaster at the time that they need it most through the Disasters Emergency Committee If I can raise anything like that sum of money for the DEC then that will also help me to build a platform from which I can be heard.

So please stick with me, sponsor me and follow my progress on the website. It is bound to be an interesting, challenging and exciting journey and I would love for you to be on it with me and to be a part of the team that helps to make something quite extraordinary happen.

How far can I go on the golf circuit?

How far can I go on the organ circuit?

How far can I go in the world of dramatics?

Can I actually learn to juggle?

Can I actually manage to write a book and if I do can I get it published and how many copies can I sell?

How many people’s lives could I save and how many peoples life chances can I improve through the take up of my balanced daily lifestyle?

How much money can I raise for the DEC? So how many lives could you help me save and rebuild through the DEC at times of disaster?

If you would like to send me a message of support please do so at archie@beatthebeastchallenge.co.uk. Unfortunately I won’t have time to reply to them all but take great comfort and encouragement from messages of support.

If you have an event you would like me to attend do please send me an invitation. I will do everything I can to reply to such invitations. archie@beatthebeastchallenge.co.uk

If you know of a way in which I can attract some media attention or raise awareness further, do please get in touch. archie@beatthebeastchallenge.co.uk

If I have inspired you to follow my balanced daily lifestyle and would like to help me raise awareness and increase the number who decide to follow it by sharing your story do please get in touch. archie@beatthebeastchallenge.co.uk

Accountability

All funds raised will be deposited in and held by The Kingdom Bank.

A monthly update of monies raised to date will be published on the challenge website. Distribution to the Disasters Emergency Committee will be made by Webb and Wallace Accountants and the details published on the challenge website.

All financial reporting will also be managed by Webb and Wallace Accountants and published annually on the challenge website.

Above all I promise that every penny you donate goes to the Disasters Emergency Committee. I do not take even a penny.

Data Protection

As all standing orders are processed through your own bank we do not have any knowledge of or therefore record of your personal details. I can therefore promise you that your details will not be passed on to a third party or used for cold calling follow up calls in any way.

Summary

What was most unexpected was the realisation that has led to the development of this challenge. On diagnosis I had no hesitation in telling my family, friends and the people that I worked with as I felt they had a right to know. I decided to approach the news in a positive way. After all there is always somebody far worse off than I. As a result I have found the strength and depth of support from my friends and family and the community of Edinburgh incredible but have also found the world smiling with me. As I walk down the street I often like to throw a massive smile at those that I pass and almost without fail as big a smile is returned with a cheery greeting. Smile and the world smiles back. Such warmth is felt at such times. Therefore I am going to get out and feel the sun on the face, the wind in my hair, the warmth of good company and marvel at the glory of God’s creation, the wonder of people and man’s incredible aptitude for innovation and creation. This is a glorious world and I intend to rejoice in it and try to do all the Good I can by all the Means I can, in all the Places I can, at all the times I can, to all the people I can for as long as ever I can. Please join me on my journey and sponsor me to provide me encouragement to try and Beat the Beast while helping to improve the lives and life chances of so many more people.

How to Sponsor Me

The Beat the Beast Challenge is self-funding through my own contribution while keeping costs to a minimum with voluntary support and corporate sponsorship in kind. Therefore the entirety of every penny donated will go directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Please sponsor me by completing a standing order form either through your own personal internet banking or by completing the standing order form found on the website and posting it to your bank at the address found in your cheque book.

The Beat the Beast Challenge Account details needed for the standing order form are as follows:

Sort Code: 20-63-25

Account Number: 03278786

Quoting Reference: 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge
(It is essential that the entire payee reference, including the number: 1001-02414-8 is included in order to ensure that your sponsorship gets to the Beat the Beast challenge account).

Suggested but not exclusive sponsorship options, are as follows:

£1.00 per day = £20.00 per month.

£0.50p per day = £10.00 per month.

£0.25p per day = £5.00 per month.

£0.05p per day = £1.00 per month.

It is entirely up to you how much you would like to and are able to sponsor me for so do please give as much or as little as you can. Every penny will be very gratefully received.

While I hope you will encourage me to keep going by sponsoring me for as long as ever I can keep up my fight with the beast, any one-off cash contributions will be most gratefully received and distributed in exactly the same manner to the Disasters Emergency Committee as the sponsorship. Any one off donations can be made by BACS or cheque sent to the following account:

Payee: 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge
(It is essential that the entire payee reference, including the number: 1001-02414-8 is included in order to ensure that your sponsorship gets to the Beat the Beast challenge account)

Sort Code: 20-63-25

Account Number: 03278786

Address: Kingdom Bank Limited
Ruddington Fields Business Park
Mere Way
Ruddington
Nottingham
NG11 6JS

Thank you for having enough faith in me to sponsor me.

Yours aye

Archie