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Joe Gregory

10,000 keepy-uppies for CPT and others......

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[p][b][i]Sunday 19th July [/i][/b][/p][p][b][i]I DID IT : ) I said I would, and I did.......[/i][/b][/p][p][b]13,410 consecutive keepy-uppies without dropping the ball. Two hours and five minutes at almost two kicks per second.[/b][/p][p]I am very pleased, relieved, and proud to have finally completed the challenge of doing (over) 10,000 consecutive keepy-uppies. It was really, really tough...... : ) [/p][p]I was determined to do it. I have a clicker counter in my hand, and click it every 100 keepy-uppy / kick. But I can't manage to actually look at it until after I have stopped. So, I had no idea if and when I'd reached 10,000, and just had to keep going.... determined that I never wanted to to do it again : ) [b] [/b][/p][p]Even when I thought I had maybe done 10,000 I felt I had to carry on - just in case I had not quite reached it... by which time I was losing all track of time, or where I was, who I was, and what I was doing... Eventually, I stopped in the belief that I'd managed it, and was so relieved to look at the clicker and see I'd completed over 13,000 consecutive keepy-uppies.[/p][p]I am very pleased to have achieved it, and am very happy to support the Cure Parkinson's Trust in their work in trying to establish a cure for Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disease that slowly kills the brain cells affecting and controlling body movement, and for which there is currently no cure........ [/p][p]I wholly accept that it is too late for myself, but I do want to help other persons and their families affected by this condition.[/p][p]I am also very pleased to be trying to raise funds in any small way for Sport in Mind - a charity helping people with mental health difficulties through programmes of sport and exercise - and Unicef UK, Shoreditch Trust, and Solidarity Sports, who are doing all possible to help children and families through the Covid19 pandemic crisis and very difficult time....... [/p][p]Sincerely, any help with donations for them all - even a pound - is very welcomed, and truly appreciated. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you everyone, [/p][p]With sincere regards, [/p][p][br][/p][p]Joe [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Friday 17th July [/i][/b][/p][p]I have done it...... 13,410 keepy-uppies without dropping the ball.. Completed this evening.. Will update further over the weekend.... ☺ [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Previous update Thursday 16th July 2020[/i][/b][/p][p]Monday evening I managed a warm up of 2,322 keepy-uppies, immediately followed by doing 8,717 more (taking almost two hours in total). Ready before then to maybe accept I may not be able to do 10,000, this was really, really tough, but just maybe I can indeed do it... [/p][p]I plan to have another go this weekend 17-19 July [/p][p]With best wishes, Joe [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]PREVIOUS UPDATE - MONDAY 1st JUNE 2020 [/i][/b][/p][p][b][i]During June /July, I am attempting to have another go at completing 10,000 consecutive keepy-uppies... [/i][/b][/p][p]I had another (fairly unprepared) practice over the weekend, and managed 4,721. I am determined to do 10,000 in a single go during June /July, and will have a go every couple of weeks until I do it..[/p][p]Having done a total of 50,000 in one day in April as part of raising awareness, support and funds for @CureParkinsonsT, @Unicef_UK, @Sportinmind, @SolidaritySport, and @ShoreditchTrust, I couldn't also at that time manage 10,000 in a single go. It's surprisingly more bloomin' difficult physically and mentally than I imagined it could be (4,721 took 44 minutes, so 10,000 will be about 1 hour 40-45 minutes of continuous keepy-uppies without dropping the ball), but I am determined to do it, and it [b]will[/b] be better to do it having not done it when trying so far... [/p][p]I have the magnum bottle of Charlemagne ready..... [/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Previous update 25th May [/i][/b][/p][p][b][br][/b][/p][p][b]I have just had a quick practice, and done over 4,000...... [/b][/p][p][b]SO, I am again going for 10,000 unbroken keepy-uppies again during June /July.[/b][/p][p][b]For more details see twitter @joegregory100.. and I'll update this page in the coming days too [/b][/p][p][b]PLEASE DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN FOR THESE GREAT CHARITIES... thank you.... [/b][/p][p][b]PREVIOUS UPDATE - Monday 11th May 2020[/b][/p][p]I made my final attempt at completing 10,000 unbroken keepy-uppies during Parkinsons Awareness Month just over a week ago, reaching almost 3,000 this time before a persistent foot injury I'd had for the previous fortnight, my sloping garden, and general acceptance that I just couldn't make 10,000 during Parkinson's Awareness Month convinced me to stop for the moment ... World Parkinson's Day has now passed. So has Parkinson's Awareness Week, and so now had Parkinson's Awareness Month. [/p][p]Despite achieving 50,000 keepy-uppies in a day, and 5,000 unbroken ones (not dropping the ball) during practice, it's time to call it a day for a couple of weeks on achieving the 10,000.... [/p][p]I WILL now try again at the end of May / or during June / July - so please do continue to follow my updates, and please do contribute anything you can to help the fundraising for CPT and the other four invaluable charities. [/p][p][b]Previous update - Saturday 18th April 2020 - [/b][/p][p]Hello, I confirm to have attempted the challenge on Tuesday 14th April. Finishing in the dark at 10pm I confirm to have completed over 50,000 keepy-uppies during the day. Really frustratingly, I did not manage the proposed 10,000 consecutive keepy-uppies during the day as well. However, still determined to do so, I have subsequently had another couple of goes since. There is no excuse, but despite doing 5,000 previously in practice, I have increased the single go total each day but still not managed more than 3,015 in one go this week. I am going to rest some injured parts over the weekend, and then try again from Monday. I WILL do it. Please do continue to donate whatever you can this week for very worthwhile causes, and look out for news of my progress each day via this site and my twitter page @joegregory100 thank you… I will do it……….. [/p][p][i](Previous update on Monday 6th April 2020 - “I am STILL planning to complete the 10,000 consecutive 'keepy-uppies' challenge below on 14th April 2020 - even if the coronavirus situation means I now have to complete it in my garden.. I have also now added UNICEF, Solidarity Sports and Shoreditch Trust to The Cure Parkinson’s trust as benefactors of the funds too because of their work with children, families and communities affected by the coronavirus situation ~ I WILL still complete the challenge next week..”) [/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]10,000 consecutive 'keepy-uppies' / 50,000 in a day[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]Proud to be a member of the Fighting Fit Football team that were due to take part in the Cure Parkinson's Cup on 19th April, I have also been preparing to undertake a personal challenge to complete 10,000 consecutive 'keepy-uppies' (juggling a football with alternate feet for 10,000 touches without dropping it) during Parkinson's Awareness Week / Month in April in order to promote awareness and understanding of Parkinson's Disease, and to raise funds for the Cure Parkinson's Trust - and also now others that are involved in supporting people and communities affected by the coronavirus / Covid-19 crisis. [/p][p][br][/p][p]The CPT is the leading organisation fully dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's, an otherwise incurable and degenerative illness that kills brain cells that manage and control human movements, and leads to tremors, slowness of movements, stiffness, balance problems, and much more.......[/p][p][br][/p][p]Keen on sport and keeping fit all through my life, I myself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s on 11th April last year (as I later found out, it was ironically on World Parkinson's Day). I emailed the shock news to all my family at the same time, and knew that they would understand my sadness that I'd probably then never return to playing football as I'd been planning to do 'one day' for many years. I reassured them all of my well-being though by confirming I was otherwise fit and well, still exercising regularly, and able to do at least 300 keepy-uppies in my training. I continued to do some keepy-uppies in my training programme thereafter, hoping the repeated 'left/right' keepy-uppy combination may just help with my leg and body movement.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Having then beaten the 3,500 target posed to me by one of my brothers, I am now preparing to complete 10,000 consecutive keepy-uppies without dropping the ball. It won't be easy..... (!) Anyone that has tried keepy-uppies knows you need a bit of skill and body control, lots of concentration and effort, and ultimately a bit of luck too that you won't stumble, tread on your own other foot, or your laces come undone (10,000 keepy-uppies is likely to take almost two hours).[/p][p][br][/p][p]I wholly and positively accept it's too late in my life to be 'cured' of Parkinson's myself, but I am determined to do what I can for the younger and next generations. Please do support the research into finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease - and the other very worthy and necessary charitable organisations I have now added - by donating whatever you can. Truly, even a pound is genuinely and sincerely welcomed thank you.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I'm 61 years old and have Parkinson's............... Like it or lump it, because of Parkinson's my legs and body doesn't work now as well as it might otherwise do, and my brain similarly. But my heart remains strong, and I am determined to complete the challenge not only for much-needed funds for the CPT (and now others too), but maybe also to encourage even one other person that regardless of difficulties or not, you can do alright......[/p][p][br][/p][p]I also have a 'worst-case scenario' back-up target too. I am planning to spend 10 hours doing keepy-uppies on 14.04.20, and plan to complete a total of 50,000 keepy-uppies overall in that time, including the main target of 10,000 of them being ‘unbroken’ (no dropping of the ball). And despite Parkinson's meaning having to take medication every few hours to deal with the symptoms I will still aim to complete the total 50,000 keepy-uppies in 10 hours with as few drops of the football as possible. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Regardless, I AM going to complete the primary challenge of 10,000 consecutive keepy-uppies without dropping the ball.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I'll be attempting and completing the challenge on Tuesday 14th April, a few days after the first anniversary of my own diagnosis, and halfway through Parkinson's Awareness week.[/p][p][br][/p][p]At a date to be confirmed, I also look forward to later playing for the Football Fit Football Club team at the Cure Parkinson's Cup which has now been postponed from 19th April to a later date because of the coronavirus situation). [/p][p]And a big 'Hi' to everyone that trains and plays with FFFC, where the fantastic spirit, friendliness, diversity, and warmth of everyone enjoying themselves simply playing football means Parkinson's is quite rightly hardly even mentioned... (unless it's me jokingly grumbling if there's any mention of splitting the teams in to those with, and those without…).[/p][p][br][/p][p]New to social media (it's only since joining FFFC that I have got whatsapp..), I am updating on my progress via twitter - @joegregory100 - and wild so with any other media I can muster / master by the day of the challenge.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Sincerely, thank you for all your support alongside me everyone,[/p][p][br][/p][p]Joe[/p]
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Jul 20, 2020




Jul 18, 2020


Huge Congratulations !!


Jul 17, 2020

Julie Newman

May 9, 2020

Norman and Lorna Skelly

Keep going Joe

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May 6, 2020

Jonny Acheson

Brilliant Joe, great effort, very inspiring

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Apr 20, 2020

Emily F

Well done Joe on all your efforts so far! You can do it :)

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Apr 19, 2020


Well done Joe, fantastic achievement.

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Apr 17, 2020

Fran Webster

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Apr 16, 2020

April Brown

Love from April. Well done xx


Apr 15, 2020


Doing foolish things.. with enthusiasm...