Wednesday, 16 September 2009


I just received an email from a dear friend and colleague who is running a couple of half-marathons on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. I know few of my readers are in the UK but please do consider sponsoring Derek Ward-Thompson if you read my blog and especially if you like the photos I post from the summit of Mauna Kea. Derek is the guy that got me into professional astronomy in the first place (I was on the way to becoming a secondary school teacher before his influence) and I owe him an awful lot. Think about it - you wouldn't see all those pictures of sunsets from Mauna Kea's summit if it wasn't for Derek!

The donation site is:

Derek has a significant physical handicap himself although if you are ever lucky enough to spend five minutes with him you wouldn't know it, the guy is very special and deserves all the support he can get, especially when raising money for others. So please donate, even if it's a tiny amount. If people don't donate then I just might ask Derek to sing some of his favourite beer-drinking songs and I'll post the videos on this blog. Please don't make me do that. I mean it. Please don't.

Derek's website.


Beep said...

I will donate if I can figure out how to do so...although I was admittedly looking forward to the beer-drinking songs ;)

Nina Lytton said...

Ditto for me. Especially looking forward to the beer drinking songs!