The lad on the right is actually going to run a marathon! The lad on the left could not!
My good friend and fellow birder Joe Ray will be taking part in the Great North Run this year in memory of his sister, all his proceeds will be going to the Samaritans. The Samaritans offer many people in the grips of severe depression something which doctors visits and medication can not - somebody anonymous to talk with about their problems. My mother was a Samaritan phone operative for a long while and so I have seen first hand the fantastic work this organisation does.
The above picture is of me and Joe on Scilly last year after kipping on the beach and having just seen a Melodious Warbler at first light (hence the bleary eyes!) If you would like to sponsor Joe in his efforts please follow the link below. This link will also give you some more information about Joe's sister Saffron and the Samaritans. Please give generously! Ash.