Days 32-34: Penalties for Cancer Care!

It is finally here. My attempt to save as many penalties out of 39 in aid of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil appeal.

It is finally here.

My attempt to save as many penalties out of 39 in aid of Marie Curie‘s Great Daffodil appeal.

All you have to do is:

  1. Make a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care at
  2. Then make a prediction of how many I save out of the 39. (Just use the special form and leave your name and details).
  3. Watch the video below!


Penalties for Cancer from Ambrose Heron on Vimeo.

Days 26-31: Fundraising

Sometimes cancer fundraising can be fun, sometimes difficult, but is always rewarding.

Sometimes cancer fundraising is fun, sometimes difficult, but it is always rewarding.

Over the last week this has certainly been true, with a football-related challenge that me and some friends braved in adverse weather.

Although it overran by a few days, the final result is nearly here…


  • Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 (Now TV, Sky Sports 2)
  • The Conversation (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Day 25: Waiting

Today was a day of waiting.

Today was a day of waiting.

A day of finalising details about something I’m planning over the weekend to raise some money for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Campaign.

More will emerge over the Easter weekend, but in the mean time hit that donate button.

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Day 24: Johan Cruyff

Earlier today news emerged that a football legend had passed away.

Earlier today news emerged that a football legend had passed away.

Johan Cruyff was one of the greatest players ever to grace the game, but also an innovator whose direct legacy will be felt for years to come.

A prodigy who emerged from the back streets of postwar Amsterdam, he led his hometown team Ajax to several domestic trophies and a hat-trick of European cups in the early 1970s.

Blessed with a razor-sharp mind, silky skills, a tremendous burst of pace and a powerful shot, he was the complete footballer in an era of ‘total football‘.

Moving on to Barcelona, in his first season (1973-74) he led the Catalan side to the title in an era of Real Madrid dominance, even destroying their bitter rivals 5-0 in Madrid.

Then in the summer of that year, he captained the famous Dutch side which lit up the World Cup in Germany. Although they ultimately lost 2-1 in the final to the formidable host nation, it is still the brilliant ‘Oranje’ who we still talk about.

Although he missed out on the 1978 World Cup (reportedly due to a kidnap threat his family received), he later moved to the North American Soccer League (LA Aztecs and Washington Diplomats), before coming back home to Ajax and then Feyenoord.

Of the all-time greats (Pele, Maradona, Di Stefano) he was the only one who truly excelled as both a player and manager. In the 1980s he managed Ajax to domestic and European success but it was at Barca where he made an indelible mark.

Establishing the ‘dream team’ they won four successive titles and the long cherished European Cup in 1992. But he left a vital legacy of open, attacking football, fuelling an era of dominance under proteges like Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and now Luis Enrique.

His recent death, due to lung cancer, is a tragedy but his legacy of footballing excellence is will live on for a long time to come.


Day 23: The Checkup

Every six months I travel to a local hospital to have my brain scanned by a loud machine.

Every six months I travel to a local hospital to have my brain scanned by a loud machine.

Called an MRI scanner (which stands for Magnetic resonance imaging), it provides an image of my brain tumour for my cancer team to analyse.

Ever since my original diagnosis in the summer of 2012, every six months I have had these checkups to see if my brain cancer has got worse.

This is all a bit nerve-wracking, broadly similar to waiting for exam results (really important exam results), but thankfully I have managed to get used to it.

After venturing into a clinical room, I wait for two of my cancer team to break me the news.

The first set of results in 2012 showed some shrinkage of the tumour and ever since they have been ‘stable’, much to my relief.

Despite the positive news so far, I remain fully aware that one day the news might not be so good, which is why it remains essential that we have a well-functioning NHS (are you listening Jeremy Hunt?) and smarter cancer research.

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