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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 16 August 2013

Esme's further adventures: riding from John O'Groats to Perth & Kinross for Teenage Cancer Trust

 CRM@The start from John O'Groats

We will be back here on Tuesday for the start

Starting next Tuesday morning CRM will be riding the 270 miles from John O'Groats to Kinnesswood to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust following on the example set by her niece, Esme Morris Macintyre, who succumbed to a brain tumour on 7th July.  I will be supporting riding alongside her. 

We have just spent four days at John O'Groats in part preparing for the ride. As we will have to start early next Tuesday for the long first leg to Brora before the John O'Groats' sign photo opportunity opens, hence the early photo.

Esme Morris Macintyre

Dear friends

My lovely niece, Esme, lost her battle against brain cancer on 7th July 2013, just five months after her 18th birthday. She was active till very close to the end and still making plans for the future! She compiled a list of the things she wanted to do and the people she wanted to meet and was charting her progress on an open Facebook site, Esme's adventure. She achieved so much - many well-known personalities whom she greatly admired, including Andy Murray, Sir Chris Hoy and the singers Amy Macdonald and Emile Sandé, were inspired by her courage and determination and made time to meet with her. Her brother, Calum, has been adding to her site since she passed away, including a wonderful video of aspects of her amazing life.

Esme and Calum have raised thousands of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that gave Esme a great deal of support and helped her through some ­­­­­­­difficult times. Esme's story of her cancer journey, recorded on her site, is poignant and illustrates how important Teenage Cancer Trust is in supporting young people with cancer. As Esme says,'they make sure that young peoples lives don’t stop because they have cancer'.

Esme's wish was that others would continue to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust to help other young people like her so I am taking up the challenge! I am cycling from John O'Groats to Kinnesswood in Perth & Kinross, Esme's home village, a distance of 270 miles, over five days, starting next Tuesday, 20 August. I have been doing some training!

I hope to raise £2500 for Teenage Cancer Trust. If you feel you can help please sponsor me on my Virgin Money Giving page - Following Esme's Adventure.

Many thanks for your support,


Carole Macintyre

You can follow Carole's progress on Jim's Loire. Details of the route will be posted every day from 19th (journey up to John O'Groats) and then from 20th-24th. Also on twitter with #crm4esme

Carole stretching the legs in sight of the refurbished John O'Groats' Hotel
We will be back there on Monday night to start the ride the next day

Journey's end: Loch Leven by Kinnesswood (above and below)

Update: 23.45, 16th August 
Delighted that through friends' generosity CRM's fund raising ride for Teenage Cancer Trust has already passed £1000. The total stands@£1042£1277.50 with gift aid.  Great – thank you so much!

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