@craigadoyle there’s Irish charm under that beard ..!

With his cheeky Irish voice and the charm of a chap from one of my favourite European cities it was a pleasure to meet Craig yesterday and to have him sign the Charity Oars. It means a great deal to the campaign and to raising awareness of DVT’s, PE’s and Thrombosis when people like Craig spend a few minutes chatting about why @charityoars #charityoars is taking place and what we hope to achieve. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to talk to people and to be able to raise awareness of the life threatening condition.

With over 500,000 dying each year (which is more than those who sadly pass away with breast cancer, prostate cancer, aids and highways accidents together) it is important that we raise awareness of Thrombosis, DVT’s and Pulmonary Embolisms.

So a huge thank you to Craig for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat about the charity oars campaign and to sign the #charityoars



@IamAustinHealey what a nice chap….!

Whilst spending some time at BT Sports Studio, I had the pleasure of meeting the scrum half, fly half, full back and wing legend that is Austin Healey. On the rugby pitch there’s not much Austin hasn’t been successful at with 237 caps for Leicester Tigers, 51 caps for England and 2 caps for the Lions.

Rugby aside, Austin also took to the boards in the 2008 Strictly Come Dancing competition reaching the quarter finals.

It was really great to meet such a genuine person and to have a few minutes to chat with him about the charity campaign and what we hope to achieve.

So many thanks to Austin for taking the time to sign the Charity Oars and to helping us raise awareness of DVT’s PE’s and Thrombosis.




Many thanks to @martinbayfield

Martin  Bayfield English former rugby union footballer who played lock forward for Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues and England, gaining 31 England and 3 Lions caps.

I also remember Martin from working out of Greyfriars Police Station (still there amazingly) but mostly from his days playing at Bedford Rugby Club where his first two England caps were recorded.

At 6 foot 10 inches, Martin not only made a daunting presence on the beat, the pitch and most recently on the big screen as Hagrid’s body double in the Harry Potter films.

So a huge thank you to Martin for showing his support to our campaign and for taking the time to meet with us and to sign the #charityoarsImage

Many thanks to @BTSport & @BTSportrugby

An absolutely cracking day yesterday in London. So much so, not even the wind, rain, hailstones, grey clouds and a cabbie who could talk for England could put a dampner on the day. So after picking one of the #charityoars up from Boris Johnson, I headed east to the BT Sports Studios. Again a man with an 8 foot oar on the District Line does get a few looks and a few questions. I quite like it as it gives me the chance to talk about #DVT’s #PE’s and #Thrombosis also I get to talk about the great work that Lifeblood do.

On arrival at Stratford I took one of London’s finest modes of transport “the talkative taxi”….! Was OK really as I enjoy a good chat as well, on the downside when we were stuck at some traffic lights I was keeping an eye on the meter and wondering just how near I would be able to get to the studios for my last £10…!

On arrival I was signed in and escorted by a BT Sports chap and a rather nice and bubbly lady, again, the oars were quite the talking point. During our brief journey in the lift, I asked what the BT Sport Chap did there, he explained. I then asked our other lift companion (the aforementioned nice and bubbly lady) to whit she replied “one or two things”. As we walked in to the main office people stood up and went “hello, it’s great to see you again…!!” and a few other such accolades of respect, part of me thought “that’s nice of them, even though I’ve never been here before..!” but I took the praise anyway.

Then off to the infamous green room I went, on the way my guide said “Hasn’t she done some amazing things for Sport Relief..!” I realised then the praise wasn’t for me, slightly crestfallen I asked “who is she?” Turns out the aforementioned “nice and bubbly lady” was the rather lovely Helen Skelton @HelenSkelton we’re now BFF…! lol I have of course since apologised, I have been reprimanded and educated by family on “how to recognise someone from the television who didn’t play cricket or rugby…!” On the plus side, Helen has also offered to sign the #charityoars so everyone is a winner.

The Green Room:

Sat at the table were Martin Bayfield, Austin Healey and Craig Doyle discussing the days rehearsal and show. The 3 of them took time to chat about the campaign and to listen to the reasons behind why I’m so passionate about making the whole campaign work. It was a pleasure to meet them and for them to take the time to sign the Charity Oars as well as the cards.

So with Charity Oar in hand I departed back to Kings Cross for the delight of a First Capital Connect journey home…!

Again, many thanks to everyone I met yesterday and for all those that have commented and supported us so far on Twitter.