"Dear CF, This is, perhaps, a folorn attempt, but I'm hoping that a neat coincidence of initials will overcome the perfectly understandable resistance of any blogger to endorsing charity appeals."
Huh? Oh right: Constantly Furious and .. Cystic Fibrosis
According to James, the sender, the only UK charity dedicated to every aspect of CF, from helping the families of the 8,500 sufferers adjust to diagnosis to funding cutting-edge research is the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
He then gives some figures. Apparently, in 2008/9: the income of the UK’s leading feline charity 'Cats Protection' was £36.4 million; the income of the 'Donkey Sanctuary' was £27.2 million
So what was the income of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust? It was £9.3 million
That doesn't look good, does it? More on cats 'n' donkeys than on helping sufferers from this nasty condition? James continues:
"My 12-year old son, Michael, has decided to spend his forthcoming half term walking for 7 days .. a distance of 115 miles .. to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
.. his 4-year old cousin, Maddie, was diagnosed with CF shortly after her 3rd birthday.
He has so far raised over £15,000.. What he - and the CF Trust - really need is for his efforts to go that little bit viral."
As James points out:
"If nothing else, it will make a slightly heartwarming interlude in the fairly depressing week ahead."
Go on, go and have a look. Tweet it, blog it. Give the guys a hand.