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A Short and Sweet Fitness Diary

Written by stickyeyes, 26th August 2011

From one of our newest Young Person Project Worker, Lynn Elsdon. Take it away Lynn...

Although it was with some trepidation that I signed up to the 5k run on Monday, I am now pleased to report that I have found a (magical) website called, which has given me a glimmer of confidence. The website allows you to map out your own route, and tells you the distance covered. So, I see that 5k is about once and a quarter around Sefton Park. That's achievable, isn't it? Even for someone who hasn't ran for anything other than a bus since they were ten? I'm going to do a practice run tonight. Oh, what to wear.

What to wear? Hmmm, Maybe some running trainers and a t-shirt? (Just a thought.)

Don't forget, you can donate directly towards our work in foster care homes by sponsoring our Reader Runners here: or by sending us a cheque made payable to The Reader Organisation (at The Friary Centre, Bute Street, Liverpool, L5 3LA.)

3 thoughts on “A Short and Sweet Fitness Diary

Sue Garner-Jones says:

Just signed up to donate monthly to Save the Children (I already donate monthly to Amnesty International and the NSPCC); much worthier causes than this which seems mainly to benefit the staff.

In fact, your policy on freedom of speech would be of immense interest to those who help people fight for their rights (including the writers who support you in ignorance) … hmmm, I might mention it more widely, I think, after all we ALL have the right in the UK to express our opinions freely – this isn’t China and you’ve had more than enough time to respond to my many messages privately and with courtesy, particularly regarding your mockery of one who suffers from dyslexia which was appalling.

I shall not be so easily silenced as you imagine: the way you behave is a disgrace.

Jen says:

It’s great to hear you are generous in support of worthy charities like the NSPCC, Amnesty International and Save the Children. Here at The Reader Organisation around three quarters of our funding goes directly into specific outreach projects, allowing us to reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society and show the benefits of shared reading. We’re really proud of some of the testimonials we have received from those who may otherwise have never had the opportunity to discover great literature, and all that comes with it.

In order for us to carry out our work efficiently and effectively, it’s inevitable that some of that funding is used for administration and other back office costs – just like every other charity. Information on our accounts, funders and partners is available in our annual report, here’s the link:

As you know, our blog post about celebrity reading habits provoked an interesting debate in the comment section. We actually do a great deal to support those with reading difficulties, like dyslexia, particularly through our highly successful Get Into Reading programme.

I’m sure if The Reader had been around during Jamie Oliver’s formative years, he would have had no cause to make the assertion that he had “never read a book”, regardless of context, because we would have been there to help him do so. Hopefully our continuing work means many of those in similar positions to Jamie avoid the discomfort he clearly felt when trying to share reading with his children.

Sue Garner-Jones says:

Still no need to mock Mr Oliver, though, was there?

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