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London Marathon 2009
Pauline Rowson Guest Speaker at the Wessex Medical Research Trust Charrity Supper
Last night I was the guest speaker at a charity supper in aid of the Wessex Medical Trust. This charity, based on the south coast of England, isn't as widely known as it deserves to be because the research carried out by it has a major impact on many of us Worldwide. Over a period of more than 30 years it has raised in excess of £18 million in voluntary donations to support critical medical research projects into conditions that affect every age group - from infant asthma to Alzheimer's. At present they are funding research into Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Meningitis, Osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease.

The charity volunteers cooked the supper- Shepherd's pie for the meat eaters and a choice of a cauliflower dish or leeks and broccoli for the vegetarians (me) - delicious. The food was cooked in the volunteer's homes and then taken to the parish centre of St Mary's Church, Alverstoke, Gosport where it was kept hot in the small kitchen, until it was time to eat it. Round tables were laid with embroidered linen cloths, and it was bring your own wine and cutlery though I didn't have to worry about that. Mine, and my husband Bob's, were provided by the one of the volunteers. It was a lovely evening with very friendly and enthusiastic people and I hope they managed to raise some money for the charity. I think that is my last public engagement before Christmas, though I might be squeezing in another book signing locally. I'll let you know if I am. And if you fancy helping the charity to raise money then they are looking for runners for the London Marathon 2009.  And before you ask, no, I won't be running. I'm just simply not up for it.  But walking - now that's more like it.