Gentleman Crafter goes on the road to raise funds for Mind Charity
John Bloodworth, also known as ‘Gentleman Crafter’, will be setting off on Monday 25th April on a one-man tour of all 92 historic UK counties, crafting with communities along the way in a bid to raise £20,000 in aid of Mind, a UK-based registered mental health charity.
Sponsored by Create and Craft TV, John will live and travel in a motorhome, visiting craft groups, organising workshops and sharing his crafting knowledge, all while promoting Mind.
John (42) has suffered periods of severe depression and anxiety disorder in his life and has found Mind to be a valuable resource in understanding his condition and finding ways to move forward in life.
He said: “A year ago I hit rock-bottom and suffered an extended period where my mental health difficulties began emerging as physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating and being short of breath.”
“Fortunately, I discovered the Mind website and was able to identify why this might be happening and different ways in which I could tackle these issues. I went to my doctor and, after a discussion about the options available, we agreed on a course of action. I was initially prescribed medication which would have the benefit of reducing my overall distress and thereby provide the space in which to seek further support from local talking therapy services. My recovery was then monitored by my GP who recommended adjustments as time progressed.”
Over a period of time, John reached a point where he could look back and understand what had happened to him… and now he wants to reach out and help others.
QVC Presenter Blogs
When QVC launched the presenter blogs with a fanfare in early 2009 I assumed that this was to be part of their 'Performance Plan' and written into their contract i.e. mandatory. The web page introduction tells us to 'keep in touch with all your favourite presenters'. Would that be true! As with all things new, blogs were written fairly frequently, at least once a month and more so by some. So where are we eighteen months down the line......
No prizes for the worst blogger - Anne Dawson - going for the record of nearly 12 months without an update! And even that last post was plagiarising Pipa and Kathy's blogs.
All credit to those that stand out for either hilarious content (Debbie G), frequency (Debbie F, Julia R and Craig) and infrequent quantity, not quality (Julian).
I note that even our esteemed technology expert, Anthony, is obviously winding down before he calls it a day by not providing an update since March.
So, how long before they fall into total dis-repair and disappear altogether?
I just went and had a look, Claire still has her cringeworthy "Me and My Mummy" blog posted on April 22nd.
If anyone's interested, Pipa has her own personal blog/website/forum for women called The Raphael Project - not QVC or music related.
Perhaps they should all get Debbie G's husband to do a guest blog for them, as he has for his chocolate-obsessed wife this week! This really made me laugh! He says he "married a strange woman" and that's his defence for hiding chocolate all over the house!
Paul Coia used to write a lot in newspapers - he had a column in the Scottish Sunday Times for a good while and also he wrote about pop in the Sunday Post. Incidentally has anyone ever eaten a deep fried Mars Bar?
Well I'm from Glasgow, which I believe is where they were invented and I've never tried one! lol supposedly quite a treat, although most 'wegies' like things fried in batter!
I know I must lead a sad life but I quite enjoy having a nosey at their blogs - I thought too they had to update them as part of their jobs
Just a thought, maybe they need inspiration about what they should write about. In an "Ideal World" what would you like to see/read about on the blogs? Careful now.................
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