Sue’s Fundraising Blog: The Joy of Hot Chocolate!

A few months ago, Sue decided to take on a fundraising challenge for Metabolic Support UK. Sue’s husband, Carl, lives with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD), which affects how his red blood cells are broken down and means that he has to have blood transfusions every two weeks. For her challenge, Sue decided to give up alcohol for a whole year! In her latest blog, she’s sharing her newly rekindled love for hot chocolate!

“Well, hi again, guys.

Apologies that it has been a little while since I have checked in. There has been a good reason, I promise you. Drumroll please…….

At the grand old age of 50, I have become a student!

I have begun a degree in Creative & Professional Writing, hoping someday to make a living from it. What has, however, become abundantly clear is the complete lack of knowledge I have in the subject matter.

It is not good enough that I have read nearly everything and anything for much of my life. Oh no, there is so much more to it than that. For example, over the weekend, my given task was to create a blog. From scratch. I now have (many many hours later) a very healthy respect for people who do this on a daily basis and keep it uploaded with fresh content. This week, I am being asked to engage in scriptwriting. Hmmm.

Anyway, to alcohol!

Well, the lack of it anyway. I find that this, actually, is finally getting a little easier. Not in terms of “needing” a drink; I don’t think that “need” ever came into it. More in terms of just not thinking about having a glass of wine, maybe as much as I used to. I am becoming so used to a cup of tea of an evening, or with a steaming mug of hot chocolate with the colder weather setting in, that I don’t think so much about opening that cheeky little bottle. There you go. I might finally be adulting.

I have included a picture of my new, adored, Moomin mug full of the aforementioned hot chocolate. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look at a Moomin mug?

However, that is not to say that there are not times when I would have loved a drink. I am thinking particularly of one uniquely stressful lecture where I had to write a story about an altercation in a post office, then rewrite it in the style of metaphor, then finally in the language of smells. I was given around half an hour total. Let us just say that by the end of it, a large glass of red would not have gone amiss.

So finally, not to nag, but if anyone would like to add in a few more pennies to help the wonderful work of MSUK, that would be fantastic. You can donate here. I promise that I am suffering for the cause if that helps!”

If you would like to take on a fundraising challenge for Metabolic Support UK and would like some advice on how to get started, please email Maggie on