10 Sep Caroll’s Blog Thurs 10th September
Hi, I hope your week is going well?
As X Factor and Strictly are back on our screens it must mean it’s the run up to Christmas, yeah! But let’s enjoy the last of the summer first and the promised Indian summer!
I have had a Petra Trek week this week with eight hours of walking at the weekend, getting my boots well worn in. With only 4 weeks to go I need to be stepping up my training.
The Trekkers all went out for a meal on Tuesday night and it was lovely to get to know everyone better.
We discussed everything from not letting the bugs into your shoes at night to the extreme temperatures we can expect. I’m getting excited and a little nervous now; not sure how my first camping in 40 years will go!
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Great North Run this weekend, especially our 100 runners who will be joining us after the run for a well earned rest and a massage.
A special mention to Clare, our head of fundraising, who is running it this year. She may be running as Superwoman – can’t wait to see the pics !
Thank you to Winns Solicitors for sponsoring our marquee this year – it will be a great place for the runners to calm down, rest and celebrate their achievement. Also thank you to Waitrose Eldon Square for supplying refreshments again this year for the runners. It’s always a fabulous day with great atmosphere in the Charity village; lots of inspirational stories and people – a huge celebration in North East.
Even the atmosphere on the North Shields ferry is special, so fingers crossed for the sunshine.
Clare visited Intu Metro Centre with some beautiful girls from Tyne Tees Models who kindly dressed in ball gowns to promote our ‘Night on Broadway Ball’ on Friday 2nd October.
Thank you to the girls and Paris Dress House who supplied the gowns – also intu Metro Centre for sponsoring the ball this year and donating a £1,000 gift card which one lucky person will be winning at the event.
I did the final tasting at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel which was amazing. So with Clare putting the final touches to the entertainment it’s looking like a night to remember.
I just need my dress now, and with only four weeks to go and numerous tried on I must try harder.
I am trying to avoid my usual black or navy but failing miserably. Oh for a personal shopper!
Although we have our fundraising priorities in the office, the children and families we help always come first. We are working hard over the next couple of weeks to raise a little extra as over the summer we have received over £52,000 worth of equipment requests which we are hoping to buy in September.
One of the mams I met this week told me how her son, who has autism and ADHD, is going back to school and she asked if we could buy him an iPad so he will be able to do his homework and all the same communications he does at school in his own home.
A huge thank you to the customers of Manor Walks shopping centre in Cramlington for being so generous in our collection boxes. Coffee shop As You Like it raised £45.19 and Prezzo raised £88.16 in the last couple of months.
Also a special mention to Paul Wigham who kindly manages these boxes for us – you’re doing a fab job Paul, many thanks. If you have, or know of someone, who has a suitable place for one of our collecting boxes please let me know.
It’s usually cafes, bars, hairdressers that collect the most money where people pay at a till with cash. It’s amazing how the pennies mount up, allowing us to buy more equipment and help more children.
I did an interview at Made in Tyne & Wear in Sunderland on Tuesday.
It was lovely to talk to the girls from the station about the work we do at the charity – they were so interested.
It should be going out on the channel today with Mel, who told me she is interested in doing our Grand Canyon trek next October. Go Mel, it’s going to be an amazing challenge and experience.
I’m off to the Hilton to launch our Glass Slipper Awards Nominations to celebrate North East ladies. If you want to nominate, check out our website.