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Celia did it - with Oldie readers help...

Celia ran her half marathon!
And what fantastic encouragement from Oldie readers!

On Saturday I wrote to all other Oldie readers who had emailed Webster in recent years, and asked if they might support my daughter Celia in her attempt to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust by running a half marathon in Leeds the next day. I was writing personally, not on behalf of The Oldie.

The finishing line
Celia is on the right
Well, I'm proud to say that she finished it (she's the one crossing the finishing line on the right), and what a wonderful response I had from many of those I had emailed - a huge pile of charming emails and encouraging notes for Celia, and crucially, loads of money donated through her website ( and by post. At the time of writing the total is over £800 (including Gift Aid tax rebates) for the charity.

It may be more by the time you see this - you can go to to check.

If you would still like to make a donation, you are very welcome to, of course - either by card at or if you feel more comfortable paying by cheque then email me and I'll email you the details.

The whole team
The whole HYMS team
The other good news is that each of Celia's team from the Hull York Medical School also finished the run in one piece- and here's a picture of them (Celia is on the right at the back) When I spoke to her on Sunday evening after she got back to the University, she was elated, tired and sore, all at once.

But most of all she was overwhelmed by the generosity of Webster's correspondents. It comes as no surprise to me, as I have had the pleasure of your company (through cyberspace) for years, but it is no less heartwarming for that.

Celia has asked me to pass on her thanks to all who contributed and sent messages of support, and to say that she hopes to email all who donated and left email addresses in due course.

PS This has been my first exposure to Charity activities on the Internet, and it has been fascinating; I had no idea it was such big business. I plan to write about it in The Oldie in July, so if you have any experiences relating to online Charity matters, good or bad, I would be very pleased to hear from you.  Either email me or post a comment on this site.

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