Dr Matthew Smith gets in a pickle

Dear close personal friends (can you tell I’m after something?),

It really did seem like a good idea at the time. And back in March, the 20th May seemed ages away.  Perhaps I should explain. Late one evening in March, I was looking at the BLISS website (a charity for premature babies), and clicked on the link that said “fundraise for BLISS”. Next thing I know, I’d gone and registered to take part in the Great Manchester 10K Run on 20th May. How did that happen?!

Between you and me, this is now a bit of a worry. You see, I am not a runner. I don’t run. I don’t jog. I drive and I walk. Even more worrying, and the reason I’m telling you this is that on that evening I foolishly clicked the fundraising button on the BLISS website, I kind of said that I would aim to raise £500 for BLISS. Crazy I know. But these things happen*

And this is where you come in. Yes, I’m asking for money. But only a small donation, and it is for a good cause after all. If you could donate any small amount, that would be great. And I mean any amount. 50p, £1, £5, anything. You can do this really easily by going to www.justgiving.com/spiritualjunkie. It would also be a great help if you did anything you could to publicize my justgiving.com page.

Who knows, maybe karma will have a little reward for your good deed waiting for you round the corner. Or maybe not. Either way, you’ll be helping premature babies, and you’ll feel better for it. Go on. And think of those 10 K’s that you don’t have to run!

Thank you for your help!


Matthew Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD