16 September 2010


While in Weymouth, I received a call from Allen Fitzgerald who reminded me that he was at the Hull send-off and had mentioned that he would be on holiday in Devon around the same time that I would be passing. It was such a pleasure to meet Allen and his family in Teignmouth where I am staying at the home of AoS port Chaplain Ann Donnelly. Allen lives in Beverley and is a champion AoS supporter, spending hours outside of Tesco with his 90 year-old friend Robert, shaking the AoS bucket for Sea Sunday. This year he, Robert and Ann McLaren raised over £500 at Tesco alone. The matter-of-fact and unasssuming way that these efforts are conducted is so heartening. Many thanks for taking the trouble to see me Allen.

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