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Introduction

In September 2013, following extensive investigation in to the cause of my deafness a scan revealed not only a Chlosteatoma in the right ear but also a Brain Tumour on the right temporal lobe measuring 6 x 5 x 7 cms. It turns out that both diseases were triggered some 15 years ago, at the same time, by a blunt force trauma sustained during my Army service. Shortly after diagnosis I was also diagnosed with epilepsy and given a stark prognosis.  I refused to curl up into a ball and wait for the lights to go out.  Instead I resolved to get that mattress off my back and get out there to take the fight to the beast.  So I am inviting you to join me on my personal challenge to Beat my Beast of a Brain Tumour and help improve the lives and life chances of so many more people with your sponsorship while also providing the hope, inspiration and encouragement carried through my story.  With your sponsorship I can make every day that I am blessed enough to be given, count.

If my story inspires you to send me a message of support or encouragement please do so. I take great comfort and encouragement from such messages.

Follow my progress  
As I beat the beast

I am inviting you to join me on my personal challenge to Beat the Beast of a Brain Tumour and help improve the lives and life chances of so many more people with your sponsorship while also providing the hope, inspiration and encouragement carried through my story. With your sponsorship I can make every day that I am blessed enough to be given, count.

In order to keep my relationship with you live, I will write a report on each of the Challenge activity days on My Journey.

If my story inspires you to send me a message of support or encouragement please do so. I take great comfort and encouragement from such messages.

Voluntary activity days
Voluntary
activity days
15
Height climbed
Height climbed
157,966.22 feet
Miles Covered Under My Own Steam
Miles Covered
Under Own Steam
3,743.61

 People met,
hands shaken
680 people
Days Completed
Months
Completed
24
Money Raised 
Money Raised
£14,023.00
Find Frequently Asked Questions Here

My Beat the Beast campaign is focused on trying to strengthen treatment through good diet and exercise but also to try and beat the cognitive and motor degradation by trying to train the brain and make it more able to take over cognitive and motor functions when the right hand side tries to switch me off. So I want to try and undertake activity which will force the brain to tackle new cognitive and motor challenges while strengthening the body thus strengthening my immune system. So the sponsor is challenging me to find the resolve to get that mattress off my back and get up, get out there and make the most out of each day God gives me in order to ‘Live Life to try and Beat the Beast and thus help to improve the Lives and Life Chances of so many more people!!'

Based in Central Scotland I tackle long country walks, hill climbs, bike rides and canoe routes that are reachable and doable and get backable from in time to cook some good healthy food packed full of the nutrients needed to help me Beat the Beast, write the report on the day’s activity, prepare my kit equipment and maps for the next day’s activity and be in bed for 2300hrs in preparation for a 0600hrs reveille.

This all hinges on the availability of public transport to support my aspirations but I am also developing an expeditionary capability in order to be able to tackle routes enabled with an overnight stop. As my recovery from treatment continues to improve my stability I am increasingly happy to travel and stay as long as needed to complete a route, or series of routes, in an area.

In effect therefore I will go to conduct activity wherever I am invited in the UK, Europe or even maybe globally!! .

The Beat the Beast Challenge is self funding through my own contribution while keeping costs to a minimum with voluntary support and corporate sponsorship in kind. Therefore the entirety of every penny donated will go directly to the 5 charities.

Please sponsor me by completing a standing order form either through your own personal internet banking or by completing the standing order form found here and posting it to your bank at the address found in your cheque book.

The Beat the Beast Challenge Account details needed for the standing order form are as follows:

Payee: 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge (It is critical that the entire Payee reference of 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge is used to help the bank get the money to the Beat The Beast Challenge account).

Account Number: 03278786

Sort Code: 20-63-25

Remembering that I will complete 20 days of activity each month, suggested but not exclusive sponsorship options, are as follows:

£1.00 per day = £20.00 per month.

£0.50p per day = £10.00 per month.

£0.25p per day = £5.00 per month.

£0.05p per day = £1.00 per month.

It is entirely up to you how much you would like to and are able to sponsor me for so do please give as much or as little as you can. Every penny will be very gratefully received.

While I hope you will encourage me to keep going by sponsoring me for every day I survive and am able to find the cognitive and physical capability to complete a day’s task designed to improve my chances of ‘Beating the Beast’ or improving the lives of others, 5 days a week, four weeks a month, for as long as ever I can any One off Cash contributions will be most gratefully received and distributed in exactly the same manner to the five charities as the sponsorship. Any one off donations can be made by BACS or cheque sent to the following account:

Payee: 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge (It is critical that the entire Payee reference of 1001-02414-8 Beat The Beast Challenge is used to help the bank get the money to the Beat The Beast Challenge account).

Sort Code: 20-63-25

Account Number: 03278786

Address:

Kingdom Bank Limited Ruddington Fields Business Park Mere Way Ruddington Nottingham NG11 6JS

Thank you for having enough faith in me to sponsor me.

I would love you to get involved. In fact the very success of this challenge both in healing and fundraising aspirations hinge entirely on the support of as many people as possible. So thank you very much for considering to come and join me on the journey to Beat the Beast. I very much hope that you enjoy it and if you support what I am trying to achieve in the challenge do please help me raise awareness by:

  • 1. Liking the facebook page
  • 2. Sharing the facebook page
  • 3. Following me on Twitter ‘archiedouglas25’
  • 4. Just telling your friends and family about me and the challenge and making me a part of your daily life and conversation. It is quite a journey and sure to give you lots to think and talk about.
  • 5. Please sponsor me and encourage your friends and family to sponsor me too.
  • 6. Organise a fundraising event or activity. There have been a number of increasingly imaginative ideas already. A fundraising tea, Christmas card making, plastic bag charge donations from shops et al.
  • 7. If you would like to, invite me to come and join you on a walk or event. Or to give a talk. It doesn’t have to be a huge event. This challenge is all about people so I would love to come and join you for a walk or bike ride or presentation or work day one day. Just ask and if I can I will.
  • 8. Finally I humbly pray, that my story on the challenge provides a source of Hope, Help, Inspiration or Encouragement for you or any of your friends or family who may need it in the future, as it has for a number of wonderfully courageous people already. So just keep in touch and follow the journey.

The five main passions I hold are for:

  • 1. Health and the defeat of cancer.
  • 2. Youth and the breaking of the cycle of disadvantage.
  • 3. Those in need around the UK and the world.
  • 4. Environment and conservation of the glorious world around us.
  • 5. Support for the men and women who stand up to fight for our freedoms and those of others around the world.

The charities that I subsequently selected to support therefore are:

  • 1. Health – Cancer Research UK – My Father Succumbed to Lung Cancer; a couple of friends are currently fighting cancer and I am fighting a brain tumour. Let’s Help to Beat Cancer Sooner.
  • 2. Youth – The Prince’s Trust – Inspiring and preparing disadvantaged Young Lives for success.
  • 3. Those in Need Around the UK and the World – British Red Cross – Helping people in crisis whoever and wherever they are.
  • 4. Environment – WWF – For a Living Planet and a Future Where People and Nature Thrive in partnership.
  • 5. Servicemen and women – Help for Heroes – Support for our Wounded and their Families.

I can be contacted by various online means, you can befriend and send me a message on Facebook or an email from the website at archie@beatthebeastchallenge.co.uk.

You can also leave me support and messages here on my blog posts, with Disqus. Simply sign in with Twitter/Facebook/Disqus and leave your message for me. I do try my best to respond to every message.

Messages of support and encouragement are always welcome, but as well as this, if you have any good ideas or invitations for the Beat The Beast Challenge, let me know!

All suggestions welcome!

Beat The Beast Charities