Charity Film Night....

by The Squirrell 31. March 2012 13:17

A plan was hatched! "Typical Matt" style!!....


I try to raise £ when possible for the QEH trust and my friend

Henry also supports the Macmillan Cancer charity.


Recently we had a "Charity Motoring Film Night"!!


Henry kindly loaned me his car showroom for the evening which made

an ideal venue and sat around 60-70 people! We got all the cars

(& Dog!) out, mopped up any oil, and began the hard work!


My friend Andy Warren was kind enough to loan me 2 motoring films he had

made about the "History of Motorsport in Bristol", and one of an event

we ran last year at Dyrham House, "Spirit of the 60s" a classic car event.


We got an LCD projector and mounted it in under a beam, and fixed a screen

to the end wall. Found an PA system/speakers and plugged in all in!!


I hired a LOAD of chairs, and got a local brewery to sell me a barrell

of thier beer at a discount ("All for charity mate!")


We put up 2 gazebos (For the "Bar" and "BBQ") and then after a days

or twos work transformed a car dealer into a ("Heath Robinson"!!)



We all worked hard, but the hard worked paid off, and we cleared £££

for our chosen charities!




Morgans at Llandow....

by The Squirrell 23. March 2012 14:42

Today I organised a day at Llandow Circuit for Dad and I

to have a play with the involvement of Henry Williams

and his friends and customers....

The green mean machine went well, and Dads only complaint as

a passenger was "Remember its got to drive home on these tyres!"


We had a great day of tootling around, and Morgan even loaned

us their (Pale blue) works race car...


It was lovely to have a day with Dad doing what we used to do

(Pre transplant, and albeit alot more seriously!) and have a day

doing "Blokey things with cars"!!


4 months old today!

by The Squirrell 8. March 2012 20:26

Samuel is 4 months old today!!


(Time flies!)


Give yourself a little Birthday Cheer Samuel !






(Oh you are!)






by The Squirrell 4. March 2012 23:54

I recently got a bee in my bonnett that I had never

seen the Arctic, or the Northern lights!


(Damn you David Attenborough and BBC1!!)  


And in "Typical Matt" style decided to knock one off the

Bucket List!!


I approached the beloved Jane, and expressed this desire...


She pointed out the 4 month old baby, reminded me of the

feeding and care requirments and (strangely!) was MILDLY adverse to

this idea...! However she is a REALIST and said....


"But I suppose you ARE going anyway....SO NOT MORE THAN 2 WEEKS!"


So....Off I went!!


Heart did wonders in the sub zero temps, and coped admirably with the treks

in the lower levels...Struggled abit in the PROPER snow and arctic Tundra, but

that's was down to my fitness and not the ticker! Had a fantastic time and saw

terrain that left even ME speechless!...



I wandered about in the lowlands, taking in the majesty and looking with awe at the    volcanic pools of boiling water gushing out the geysers and of course the giant mountains that loom over you like some prehistoric omnipident being, just keeping an eye on the fleeting ant like beings scampering about in the nano seconds if its lifetime?


Then the fun begins...How to get higher, see more, with less of the "ants" to hinder your embracement of the Arctic wonderland and its treasures? Well, hire a Tundra Bus with extra low pressure snow tyres for the main mountain climb and then a snowmobile for the inaccessable bits on the glacier seems the best?!!


This was duly done!!...To end my trip a dip in a geo-thermal heated pool, of warm water risen from the depths of the earth! It was TRULY un-natural to bath in 38 degree water, while your face is being beaten with a 60mph wind and a driving snow storm in minus 3 degrees?!








About Matt.

My name's Matt. I was born with a congenital heart defect which hampered me in my youth, and sadly became a terminal conditon recently, and beyond the (amazing) care of the BRI-Bristol Heart team.

In 2008, my condition deteriorated, to a point I was happy to see Xmas 2008. I had prepared to die.

Then in January 2009, a late night phone call from QEH-Hospital Birmingham changed my world, when they offered me a heart transplant, if I could get there pronto!!

6 months on, after a rocky start, I am still alive, thanks to them!

Read on to see how my new life is taking shape, and my adventures to date!....



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