@RevRichardColes from 80’s rock to Parish Vicar, and now …. a supporter of @charityoars

Yes it’s true what they say, Dachshunds are little creatures with a lot of energy built into tiny legs. Not too sure who actually did say that or whether anyone ever had (until now). As we knocked on the vicarage door, the sound of tiny feet running in excitement and barks (from rather low down) filled the outside air. As the door opened, a warmer welcome we had never received from canines and a vicar.

We had travelled to meet Richard Coles, one half of the 1908’s group the Communards. Since the 1980’s Richard has built a life as a Parish Vicar, and the people of Finedon are very lucky to have such a champion of all things community and caring.

We had asked Richard if he’d kindly support our campaign for Thrombosis UK and we’re pleased to say he agreed with such a passion. It’s always an interesting thing to meet and to discuss the journey that had taken me to travel around the country with two 8 foot wooden oars, but as we sat there chatting away, enjoying a very fine coffee (and the lovely E also partook of a bonbon…!) it was sad to hear how Thrombosis had raised it’s charming medical condition into the life of one of Richards’ old school teachers life. An innocuous knock on their leg, is all it took.

Talk did go onto his time with Bronski Beat and then the Communards, I fought with every fibre of my body not to start tapping my feet as I hummed the tune to Don’t Leave Me this Way (far too much goes on in my head sometimes and I have been known to start humming out loud when I truly believe the sound is still inside my head), I think Richard might have noticed, as he politely pointed out the gold disc on the wall…! lol…!!

The support of such iconic and popular personalities means a great deal to our campaign, on a selfish level it helps us reach a wider audience a lot faster and in a way that ensures every penny we raise goes to support those who have suffered from VTE, Pulmonary Embolism and DVT’s, it also goes further to help support those who have sadly lost loved ones because of the condition, and just as vital, every penny goes to developing a better understanding of the condition and the treatment of Blood Clots. I also believe that in the role that Richard now plays in his community, his understanding of Thrombosis UK and the work that Charity Oars are undertaking might well at some point help support, comfort or be the awareness of Thrombosis that can be passed on.

So from an 80’s toe tapping, awful dancing, dreadful singing, poorly attired fan, thank you so much for your time.

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@iandstone a funny chap with a penchant for signing strange things ..!

So there we were, heading to the St Ivo centre to be entertained by the visiting jesters, myself, 2 charming female chapesses and a Charity Oar. I mean what could possibly go wrong? Surely many people go to comedy nights with glamorous women, I just added a twist to the evening by taking an 8 foot oar with me #asyoudo

We’d been in contact with the compere a local Ginger Irish chap who goes by the name of Ryan McDonnell @ryanemcdonnell so up we strolled, smiled politely at the lady with the tickets “act normal Westers…!” I thought to myself, if you can get two 8 foot oars into Westminster, surely one Charity Oar into a comedy club would be a piece of cake.

Naturally, being the shy reserved sort of chap I am I took it upon myself to sit at the back, just out of view of the stage, and hopefully the compere and forthcoming servants of the art of comedy.

OK, in hindsight maybe I should have told the lovely E and charming S what I had done. Of course they are both sadly only too aware of my penchant for organising different social scenarios, so taking one of the Charity Oars out that evening, rather bizarrely wasn’t too out of the norm.

It soon became apparent that the good people of St Ives found the fact that there was a chap at the back of the hall with a blooming big oar rather amusing, I took it all in good humour (no pun intended, but Ryan was a rather good host). It was amusing to see (and hear) 200 people turn round in their plastic seats on a wooden floor to observe this mad chap with an Oar. The good thing is, most of them looked very confused anyway before they turned round…!

So on came Ian Stone, now humour (quality humour) is tough, I was genuinely laughing out loud at the set he performed, it was one of the cleverest and most intelligent sets I’d heard for a long time. So thank you Ian. Making a miserable git like me laugh takes a lot of talent and intelligence.

So before the compere came back on I made my exit to catch up with Ian. Of course he too was wondering about the whole Charity Oars story, quite tricky to make a massive pulmonary embolism humorous, but I think I faired OK. Of course I’ve always felt I was a natural comedian so I’m pretty sure he laughed all the way to his next gig…!

If you get a chance to see Ian at work, it’s well worth the entrance fee, or you can catch him on various television and radio shows. I believe he’s the straight guy to Ian Wright comedy showcase….! #thismayormaynotbetrue

So thank you for your time Ian, and for making the day a lot less grey than usual …!

For more information about Ian Stone and where you can see him, please visit his website here

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