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My Morning Routine – Alison Upton

My Morning Routine – Alison Upton

This month we caught up with 39-year-old Alison Upton, Shaldon based Community and Corporate Fundraising manager at Rowcroft Hospice.  Alison describes herself as ‘an experienced and passionate fundraiser who loves living and working in this beautiful area’

Tell us about your morning routine?

I try to get up at 6.15 and either go for a run or do some rowing at the gym. When it is warm, this has sometimes ended up with a quick sea swim to cool down. As I am a blow-in from the Midlands, I still have to pinch myself every time I run down the seafront. That’s the end of the “me time”. Then it’s all systems go with the school routine: encouraging a 6-year-old to read his school book; a 9-year-old to do her piano practice; chasing them around the house with hairbrushes, shoes and bags; whilst trying to get dressed. I usually cycle the children to school and then drive to work myself.

Tell us about your breakfast, what gets you going in the morning?

I usually opt for a big bowl of porridge with fruit for breakfast or sometimes avocado on toast.  I do love grapefruit too but it depends on whether I have time to cut it up! I wait until I get to work for my first cup of tea.  I suppose you could say I am a morning person and also stopped having caffeine a few years ago so don’t need it to wake me up. 

If you were an item of breakfast food, what would you be and why? 

What a tricky question! Probably granola – a bit nutty and full of energy.

Tell us about any technology that you use in the morning. 

If I run, I use Strava to tell me how slow I am going – and more importantly, how many cakes I can eat later in the day.  I try not to use technology at home in the morning but often have an old fashioned list of things to remember! 

What would you say is your typical ‘Morning Song’? 

Depends on the morning!  If I have managed to do some exercise, if the sun is shining and I have had a good night’s sleep then perhaps “Walking on Sunshine”. There are a lot of “ifs” there!

Tell us about your journey to work?

I drive to work and have the most beautiful commute along the coast road to Torquay. I tend to channel hop on the radio until I find something that I can sing along to – sorry to everyone else on the road!

Tell us who your favourite ‘Carpool Karaoke’ artist would be and what you would sing together?

I think it would have to be The Killers and we would sing “Smile Like You Mean It”.

What are the first tasks that you need to attend to when you get to work?

I start work after the school run so usually get in after my colleagues. We sometimes have events to attend in the evenings and it is good to hear how they have gone. I usually check my emails and then get on with any tasks that I have been putting off – once they are off the to-do list, it is much easier to get through the rest of it.

If you had an endless supply of money, what would your ideal job/hobby be and why?

I think I have the ideal job – working for a charity that does such amazing work in the heart of our community, in a beautiful setting with a team of wonderful colleagues. I love the hobbies I do and I don’t think any money would make them better – although our rowing team could do with some new kit so I might treat us!   I would probably use the money to finish the extension we started a few years ago and spend more time in or on the water. 

Rowcroft is planning to extend its service provision enabling more patients to access the help and support we provide.  If I had an endless supply of money, then it would be great to be able to help….. I guess that would put me out of a job!

What’s your favourite book, TV programme or movie? 

I read a real mixture of books and wouldn’t say I have a favourite.  On TV, I am loving “Keeping Faith” at the moment – I think Eve Myles is great in it and I love the soundtrack. 

What would your super hero name be and what would your super power be?

I would be “Captain Companion”. My superpower would be to end loneliness by creating companions for all the lonely people in society.

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