Big Breakfast: October 8th Patrick Mackintosh
The 8th October saw the latest of the Big Breakfast events, the last in 2016, held at the Hub.
We returned to the subject of health, but unlike the previous occasion, this time from the perspective of a subject, rather than through the eyes of a Health Professional.
Patrick McIntosh, our presenter, is a survivor of 3 different types of cancer. Skin, Bowel and Prostate types, all of an aggressive strain.
He made the choice to treat his ailments with surgery alongside lifestyle changes to discourage reappearances of similar or other cancers. We learnt that bacterial changes as we age alongside a genetic propensity to cancers can put certain people at greater risk, prevention therefore is better than the cure!
To demonstrate to himself his recovery, as well as setting an example to others and fundraising at the same time he determined to walk to the south Pole (we learnt that there are in fact 4 sites claiming that title).He was accompanied only by a guide, the same ex -Army Officer who assisted Prince Harry and his team.
We enjoyed an extremely well produced and informative film recording the trek and demonstrating most markedly the sheer starkness and blandness of the terrain. Walking 20KM per day guided only by a compass in sub -50C temperatures with no plan B exit route in the case of an accident or other event seemed truly frightening. Walking was not and could not be in a straight line as North actually moves and with nothing to see but whiteness and no opportunity to talk meant mental fatigue was as hard to deal with as the sheer physical effort involved in putting one foot in front of another for 7 hours a day, day after day after day. Sleeping in a tent with only 2 thin layers of nylon between you and the hostile environment looked terrifying.
After sharing the filmed experience and hearing Patrick’s commentary we all quickly understood Patrick’s mantras “nothing is as bad as it seems” and “everything is possible”.
An inspirational and educational session which not only reminded me of the strength of the human spirit but has encouraged me to consider more carefully my sugar intake and frequency of enjoying processed meats. Thank you Patrick, a truly amazing palette of achievements.
Our next Big Breakfast event is on January 7th at the Hub when Joanna Francis, the new Head at Copthorne Junior School will share with us her views on local schooling and her thoughts and experience within education as a whole. Tickets can be reserved and purchased anytime during December and up to a few days before the event. Call the Parish Office or put your name on the list at the back of church. I look forward to seeing as many of the village there as possible for this event concerning our greatest gift, our children.
A Merry Christmas and heartfelt thanks to all who have helped make the Big Breakfast a staple event withinin our church and village calendar.
Trevor Hodsdon St John The Evangelist Church