Landmark Day For One Chelsea Fan

Today, 18th February 2014, would have been my dads birthday if he hadn’t lost his nine month battle with cancer on 30th January 2014.
My dad was a lifelong Chelsea supporter, which is why I’ve often told people that growing up in my house there was a choice: supporting Chelsea, or adoption! I’m kidding about that bit, although as an ardent supporter and former Chelsea Ballboy, it was inevitable dads passion would rub off on me.
Why am I sharing these personal details so publicly on the blog though? Simple – today, 18th February 2014 is the day I become an ex smoker. Not totally un-football related really, since Chelsea FC itself backed the Department of Health’s Smokefree United programme to provide coaching and support to help fans stop smoking – and our very own Gianfranco Zola was very involved at the start of the campaign.
Of course, going ‘cold turkey’ from smoking, the more pressure I put myself under to stay Smokefree, the better – so, through Just Giving I will be raising money in memory of my dad, with all proceeds going to the Chelsea FC Foundation. In addition, for every pound I gain in weight along the way, I will be donating £5 of my own money to Cancer Research.
Will I or won’t I have the willpower though? My guess is the more money raised, the more likely I am to stay Smokefree – so get giving!


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