I believe each person has the ability to be extraordinary

Sophie Holmes was the inspiration behind us choosing The Cystic Fibrosis Trust as our Charity of The Year. In a few weeks she is taking on another of her inspirational challenges. The following feature is taken directly from Sophie’s Justgiving page and is a real insight into this amazing lady.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people across the UK. It affects the lungs and digestive system and can cause chronic infections and reduced lung function. Currently, half of those with CF will not live past age 41.The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is fighting for a brighter future for people with CF and their families by funding cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.

On 25 October 2018 I am going to be embarking on a new adventure, a new challenge and following my love for being in the mountains, again. This time I am excited to be trekking the Himalayas to discover the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama! with my true hero and inspiration, my Dad, for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Its going to be one hell of an experience creating special memories together while making a difference.

We will be trekking 65km over 5 days together through this fascinating region of North East India at the heart of the World’s highest mountain range.  We hope to show that you really can experience all life has to offer regardless of the odds and do it in such an unforgettable way – after all, every place you visit becomes part of you somehow. Travel, challenge and adventure truly enriches your life.

Having Cystic Fibrosis I have always been told from a young age that my life would be limited, so I am determined to defy the odds again, and show that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I hope that this will not only raise awareness of CF because it it still so unknown but also encourage others to embark on their own adventures and live fully.

I believe each person has the ability to be extraordinary – I have my CF to thank for that, seriously, I know some would find that hard to understand -it has given me purpose, drive, passion, and indomitable will. Some aren’t as lucky as me, which is why raising money to aid research for a cure or lifesaving medications is so important to allow others the opportunity they may not have without the funds – by donating even a small amount you really could not only be positively impact someone else’s life to live longer but you really could save a life.

Sophie xx

Banana Crumble will keep you up to date with Sophie’s adventure and wish her and her Dad, Peter  a really successful trip. If you would like to help them reach their target then click here.

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Our Chief Banana gets to spread Good News on the BBC

On Sunday June 17th our Chief Banana was invited to BBC to review the newspapers on the BBC Essex Sunday morning radio programme with Peter Holmes.

Matt was asked to choose three items of news from the Sunday papers. Why not have a listen as he talks about Banana Crumble and see which news items he selects and why he choose them!! He did manage to find three  positive pieces of news!!

Why not have a listen on our YouTube page?



Banana Chat – meet Peter Holmes

My name is Peter Holmes. I was born in 1952 and grew up in Leigh on Sea, Essex. I was educated at Westcliff High for Boys and Nottingham University (BSc Civil Engineering).

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer by trade and worked for Northampton and Southend Borough Councils. Between 1980 – 1987 I worked for Thomas Cook Holidays & Thomson – lived in Morrocco, Tunisia and Spain and later worked in Greece, France, Yugoslavia, Austria. I speak French. I started working in radio in 1984 as a freelancer for Essex Radio, which became Essex FM and went full time in 1987.

In 2003 I returned to Civil Engineering as a Highway Engineer designing and implementing road safety schemes… then in 2010 I begun freelancing for BBC Essex at weekends. Then in 2013 I took over BBC Essex Weekend Breakfast Shows and begun my role as a Funeral Minister.

What is your favourite joke?
Two Bishops in a bed – which one’s wearing the nightie? Ans: Mrs Bishop!

What makes you smile? 

What is your favourite good news story? 
One with a happy ending

What inspires you? 
Seeing others succeed.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Donald Trump’s hair!

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
The ability to travel through space because I want to sit on one of Jupiter’s moons and look at the enormous ball of gas!

What is your favourite food?
Sausage and garlic mash

What is your favourite drink?
Pint of Adnams Broadside

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My wife Barbara

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Ban smoking – it would save the NHS a fortune!

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?  
I have a Triang TT gauge railway set!

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
The CF Trust. Treatments have improved immeasurably meaning babies born with the condition can expect to live into adulthood, thanks to their fundraising and the fabulous work of people like Professor Andy Bush. 

Who is your favourite music artist? 
Bryan Adams

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
Jesus Christ

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold?  Hot

Cat or dog?  Dog

Blue or pink?  Blue

Tea or coffee?  Coffee

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half full

Pyjamas or not?  Not – definitely!

Night out or night in?  Night in

Pizza or pasta?  Pasta

Biscuits or cake?  Biscuits

Wine or beer?  Beer

Football or rugby?  Football

Cinema or theatre?  Cinema

Gym or TV?  Gym!!

Naughty or nice?  Naughty (not arf!)

Silver or gold?  Silver

Tent or hotel?  Hotel

Bath or shower?  Shower

Starter or pudding?  Starter

Sheets or duvet?  Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones?  Game of Thrones

Finally, apple or banana?   Banana of course!