Tameside Advertiser - - REUBEN’S RETREAT/LIBRARIES -

S you are prob­a­bly aware, I type up our col­umn a cou­ple of days be­fore it goes to print. Usu­ally from the of­fice on a Mon­day.

To­day I type on a Sun­day and I am sit­ting in the most beau­ti­ful ho­tel in Winch­ester. Hav­ing never vis­ited this beau­ti­ful city be­fore, Mike chose it for its lo­ca­tion. Soon we will drive to Southamp­ton docks as we are guests on be­half of our char­ity aboard ‘An­them of the seas’ Royal Caribbean’s lat­est and new­est ad­di­tion to its in­cred­i­ble fleet.

I am look­ing for­ward to experiencing this fine ves­sel and also catch­ing up with friends and travel in­dus­try col­leagues. A fine in­dus­try that con­tin­ues to sup­port our cause.

We have had a busy week­end and it all started out in Chad­der­ton on Fri­day night as fam­ily and friends all came to­gether to re­mem­ber a lovely lady, Lenice.

A me­mo­rial con­cert or­gan­ised by our mu­si­cal friends was very fit­ting to a won­der­ful lady. We all have a great night and the tal­ent was fan­tas­tic.

Rais­ing the roof once more, our char­i­ta­ble friends raised in ex­cess of £1,500. We also got the op­por­tu­nity to meet and thank in per­son, Peter and friends and Sharon who had her hair shaved for Reuben, mag­nif­i­cent sup­port.

Some of our sup­port goes un­no­ticed and with few an­nounce­ments, and this week I would like to thank our fan­tas­tic print team in Hyde who have sup­ported us for nearly two years now. They are Zipp de­sign and print and are be­hind all our won­der­ful lit­er­a­ture that we share with you and also prin­ters of the lovely Reuben swim photo that many of you take abroad and on your trav­els.

Thanks this week also to Travel Bag in Hen­don, Lon­don, for their do­na­tion, Duk­in­field Mo­ra­vian church and all those who con­tinue to sup­port our char­ity pots.

Also great news, that Marks and Spencer in Glossop are about to sup­port our cause too.

Good luck this week­end to Den­ton golf club who are hold­ing their club so­cial’s raf­fle and also their spring fair on Sun­day from 2pm un­til 4pm.

This Sun­day also sees us put to­gether our first ‘Reuben’s Recharge, Serene Sun­days’ sup­port­ing our fam­i­lies from the Seraphina cen­tre with our new drop-in ser­vice.

Not long now un­til the Manch­ester 10k on May 10 when we will have well over 200 run­ners turn­ing the city REUBlue. Proudly cheer­ing on, I hope you will wear your Reuben’s Retreat T-shirt with pride and come and join in the fun and soak up the in­cred­i­ble at­mos­phere.

Re­ally proud to share that Isaac will be run­ning the mini run for his brother too and has al­ready raised over £600 in less than two days.

If you’d like to spon­sor Isaac, you can text a do­na­tion to 70070 and the mes­sage is; MISS53 £5 or sim­i­lar, he would be re­ally grate­ful. Although he re­minds me that although he is run­ning for his brother’s char­ity, he is also run­ning to se­cure a gooey alien from mum, dad, Aun­tie Rach, Sam and nan­nie.

On that note, we also wish Reuben’s Nan­nie Liz a happy birth­day this week.

And be­fore our col­umn runs away with us, we wish with great cheer and pride our run­ners the very best of luck at this week­end’s Lon­don marathon, Jon, Sarah, Rachel, Chris and Lee, run like the wind and take good care. And a big well done to Sharon, Me­lanie and Jo who ran the Manch­ester marathon last Sun­day. Our sup­port­ers in­spire us to con­tinue Reuben’s in­cred­i­ble le­gacy.

● Ni­cola Gra­ham’s son Reuben died in 2012

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