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Are you the Real Radio Renegade?

6 magic words that have been poised on my lips for the last few weeks that could have won me thousands. if i’d found him – Man is this guy elusive!

Real Radio (North West) is pretty much the only station I listen to whilst in the car, which is a lot of time by the way – I travel nearly 500 miles a week and that’s just for uni and work and not counting any personal driving I may or my not do. So that is a lot of hours being tuned into 105.4fm

For the last few weeks they have held a competition called, The Real Radio Renegade, it’s been ongoing for some years but I’m a newbie as I only started listening to Real about a year ago. Now the competition, in a nutshell, compromises one man driving round the North West and placing himself in a town or city centre for 2 hours, known as a bounty period, three times a day. The first bounty period being 8am – 10am, the second 12pm – 2pm and the last 4pm – 6pm. He will usually do a weekend bounty on a Saturday and/or Sunday between 12 and 2pm. At the beginning of each bounty period he posts a picture clue to the Arnold Clark Website of the area he is in, believe me these are very hard to decipher and are generic. Today it was a picture of a brick wall – how am I meant to find where that is?! He will then call up the radio show and give a further clue such as “Deja vu – I think I’ll go for a run”, which again was today’s clue and he will state how much the bounty is on his head. Today it was £2,000. Then potential Real Radio Renegade Hunters have to work out where he is, then run around like lunatics asking everyone in sight, those six magic words, “Are you the real radio renegade?”. Now it has to be correct, and not, “are you the real radio renegade master?”. Or “Are you him, off the radio?” Seriously guys, it’s 6 words!

Anyway that’s the competition, there are various terms and conditions regulating the competition also.

Anyway, today he was in Liverpool (again). During the Liverpool Marathon and Wirral 10k – hence the “run” in the clue. He has already been to both the Wirral and Liverpool during this competition – hence the “deja vu”. Now, I live in Hamilton Sq, it is one stop to Liverpool for me which takes 6 mins. For the last two days, myself and my partner and other RRR hunters had discussed whether or not he would be in Liverpool or not as we knew it would be maximum publicity due to the amount of people. (remember that’s what it is essentially all about – publicity for Real Radio) we had come to the conclusion he wasn’t going to go because of the amount of road closures, the fact he never goes to the same place twice – as confirmed by Glen Hunt during the 4pm bounty period during the week.

So at 11:30am, my partner and I got in the car and headed towards Manchester, we were on the M56 when the clue arrived. We looked at each other and thought, noooo it can’t be. So carried on driving. It was around Warrington and the exit for Lymm services that we decided to pull over as callers were all saying Liverpool. We decided to head back, we had checked the pictures and it was confirmed he was in Liverpool. What idiots were we? We thought we had outwitted the RRR and were in a great location for motorway links to catch him anywhere. Apart from Liverpool. It was 1pm by the time we had parked up in Liverpool. We had an hour to catch him.

At one point people thought I was apart of the marathon as I ran alongside it and then across the other runners. I got a high five and cheers – seriously I am not trained nor look as though I have been training for a marathon.

Anyway, running all around the Albert Dock and Liverpool One area, headphones in listening to the radio, two calls to the show for more info and an update as to what I was doing, asking everyone I saw “are you the real radio renegade?” Returned with confused looks, or “yeah I am do you want your prize” to which I would shake my head, laugh and continue running. An hour later, he still hadn’t been found! I believe if we had been there an hour earlier we would have caught him…

We also have some conspiracy theories, I mean is it really possible for one man to be at one end of town then the next within minutes. Hmmm….

Well I will share the theories with you, but only after the competition ends next Friday as I don’t want to be messing it up for other hunters or be blacklisted, so to speak. Hell I’ve entered the competition to have dinner with him tomorrow night. I really hope I get picked as I have a few questions, plus my answer as to why I should be picked HAS to have been the best one! I’ve also applied for tickets for the reveal party next Friday night as the RRR is retiring! – does that give us a clue as to his age??

Who knows? But remember, he is out there, he can be caught and you will win! Go get him.

I won’t be out this week as I am in work, but after today’s session, I don’t think ill be able to walk for a week let alone run – I think I ran a marathon! :p

AR

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Ciaran’s Cause.

I have been brought to overwhelming tears, twice today. Both whilst on the commute either to or from work. Driving home, I was crying so much I had to pull over on the M6 to pull myself together, for fear of causing an accident. The reason? Ciaron Geddes.

Whilst driving to and from work, I generally listen to Real Radio North West, and the Sam and Lorna Breakfast Show. For weeks now, it has been mentioned that Lorna is completing the Liverpool Marathon in order to raise money for Ciaron’s cause. Me, being oblivious, and slightly ignorant, as I don’t read the news or watch the news, generally for this very reason, it upsets me to much. I didn’t know what Ciaron’s cause was, until today.

Driving to work this morning a soundbyte was played of Ciaron’s mother, Marika, reliving the memories of the day Ciaron passed, her thoughts and emotions coming through, listening to her speak about what had happened, the events leading up to it, what she felt at the time, was heartbreaking. I had chills. I was crying. And I’m not very emotional or in touch with my feelings.

I was informed that the rest of the story and recordings would be played at 6pm. Throughout the day, I forgot, I stayed at work late and left at just before 6, so I was on the M6 again when the story played. Not only did it have recoridngs from Ciaron’s mum, but from his grandfather, whose house he had been at prior. This was more heart breaking than this morning, so much so, that I had to pull over on the hard shoulder to finish listening to the rest of the story and to try and calm myself down. The rest of the drive home, I had cold sweats, I could feel it around my hair line, all because I was so touched by this story.

You can listen to the story here: http://www.realradionorthwest.co.uk/my-real/news/real-radio-news-specials/news-special-ciarans-cause/ciarans-cause/5a87b

Ciaron Greede was a healthy, 7 year old boy, he was out playing football in Warrington when he sufferred a cardiac arrest, and unfortunately died. He was 7 years old. That’s only 3 years older than my brother is now.

Ciaron sufferred a cardiac arrest, much like Fabrice Muamba, Bolton Wanderes Football Player did, only Ciaron didn’t survive.

Unfortuantely, Ciaron’s story is not an isolated one. Oliver King is another child who died at the hands of suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Approximately 12 young people a week die from sever cardiac arrest. 12 people a week is the equivalent of one plane full of passengers crashing and everyone dyeing. Why is nothing being done?

A defribillator could increase the percentage of survival  to 74% if used within 3 minutes of sufferring the cardiac arrest. With each minute that passes, the chance of survival decreases by 10%.

The problem is that defribillators are not readily available. With so many young people dying each week, you would think that there would be one in every school, every sports centre and in public buildings. But, there isn’t. The Trafford Centre in Manchester has had defibrillators installed for nearly 14 years and use one at least once a month. If using this will save someones life – why are they not readily available? Why aren’t they more accessible?

Parliament needs to act. They would do if it was a plane crash killing all passengers once a year, if the percentage of deaths and people being effected by sever cardiac arrest is so high, then why hasn’t there been a Law Reform as yet? Why has there been no Act of Parliament put into place requiring each school, sports centre and public place to have at least one defribillator available.

Rossendale has one out in the open, which the community pooled together to have implemented. Whilst attending to someone and on the phone to 999, they would answer questions and then be given a code to open the box where the defib is located. Why are there not more of these in town centres or villages in a central location?

Offices and public places should have them installed in compliance with Health & Safety Regulations. Training can be given to the rleevant staff who would be required to adminster them, such as first aiders. Even without having appropiate training, they are still easy to use, as when using the defib, it will give you automated instructions on how to use it, how to administer CPR and it will not shock anyone unless it needs to. It will only shock if there is an irregular heart beat.

I urge you to help. I write this, as it has touched me just hearing the story and knowing how much it effects people every day and knowing that nothing is being done. That angers me.

As a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, godparent, uncle, aunty, anything or anyone who knows or is close to a young child. A healthy young child who has no previous conditions, no terminal illness, just a normal child who enjoys being active. Think about them. Think about how you would feel knowing or experiencing what these families have been through. How would you feel knowing that nothing had been done? Knowing that the Government had not acted? If they had have acted, knowing that that child could now still be here?

Something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now.

Be apart of that change.

If this story, or other similar stories had effected you in any way, then help! Don’t just sit there reading it and commenting about how emotional it has made you. Do something about it.

Make a change. Make a difference.

 

How can you help?

You can donate by texting BLUE25 to 70070

You can visit the justgiving site  to make a donation: http://www.justgiving.com/ciaranscause

The Oliver King Foundation wants to secure a Westminster debate about putting defibrillators in public places. There’s currently an online petition to force this to happen – but it needs 100,000 signatures.
You can sign it here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29399

 

Find out More:

Ciaran’s Cause..

http://ciaranscause.co.uk/

The Oliver King Foundation..

http://www.theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk/

Hand On Heart..

http://www.handonheart.org/

Pumping Marvellous..

http://pumpingmarvellous.com/

Cardiac Risk in the Young..

http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/index.htm

British Heart Foundation..

http://www.bhf.org.uk/


Donate your Bras

Ladies, this is a plea for you to make a difference and help raise money and awareness for such a worthwhile cause; Breakthrough Breast Cancer

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My friend, Rhian Jones, amongst others, is taking part in a 10 mile walk in September to raise money and awareness for this charity. The ladies taking part will be wearing their bras over their clothes, designed to be sparkly, blingful and crazy to stand out.

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Last year, Bras for Boobs (based in the Bangor area) raised over £8,000 for the charity and this year they aim to raise over £10,000. But they need your help?

They would love for donations of your bras which you don’t wear any more, not only to wear on the day but to decorate a carnival float.

On 9th June, they will have a carnival float in the Bagnor Carnival, which will be decorated in bras.

This is a plea to all you ladies to donate your bras, it doesn’t matter what size or colour they are, I for one will be donating some as it is such a great cause!

                                   (Photo from last years walk – Bras for boobs)

Here are some videos of the carnival from last year –

To donate then drop me a message on twitter, a comment on here asking how and I will email you details of where to send your bras too!

As the carnival is 9th June, I do need to send Rhian the bras before 1st June so they have time to decorate their float for the carnival!

AR

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