20 Aug Caroll’s Blog Thurs 20th August 2015
What changeable weather we are having – one day it’s lovely and sunny and, the next day, dark and rainy. It’s just as well we have umbrellas and Intu shopping centres!
Despite the weather, I have seen lots of runners out and about this week. I think many will be doing their Great North Run training.
One person who has not been among them, however, is Clare from our office who will be doing the GNR for us on Sunday, September 13. She admitted this week, following a two-week holiday, that she is struggling to get into it this year.
As she has lots of sponsorship, she obviously needs to find motivation to get going again. We suggested she may want to run it in fancy dress for a change to get people talking around the route. It’s also an excuse for her to take it easy and run a little slower.
But she is now determined to get back on track after we told her what some of her money will be going towards.
More than £300 of her sponsorship will buy an iPad for a local education centre in Durham which helps 20 children and young adults, aged one to 19, with autism.
The iPad will be used daily there as a visual aid to promote eye contact and to help them with their communication.
There are many apps available for the iPad which can help in all sorts of ways with keeping them focused and interacting with each other.
So, now when Clare is running she will be not just out to achieve a personal best but also enabling her sponsors to help 20 children in Durham.
Go on Clare, we know you can do it!
There is always a lot happening with the charity. We are currently working with a great company called IX7 which is designing our new website free of charge for us again: a huge thank-you to Lisa and the team for their continued support and especially to Sophie for her patience in helping me through the process.
We are hoping the new-look website will be ready for the launch of our Glass Slipper nominations in early September.
Please get your thinking caps on for any ladies you think deserve to be spoiled for the day at Hilton NewcastleGateshead on February 26.
Some wonderful local ladies were recognised last year but I know there are lots more out there.
I will provide more details in September so watch this space.
Julieanne and I had a meeting at The Village hotel on Cobalt Business Park on Friday. While it rained all day, we spent a lovely couple of hours in meetings organising our Christmas Jumper day (yes I know it’s only August but it needed to be discussed).
As we’re Cobalt’s chosen charity, The Village was more than keen to help, which is lovely.
We will be launching in September to hopefully get as many people as possible wearing their Christmas Jumpers on December 11 so I’m giving plenty warning.
The Village will also be asking its staff and gym members to jump on their cycles in Santa suits and ride the 2,428 miles to the North Pole – I can’t wait to see this spectacle!
We aim to raise £1,000 to buy equipment for five local disabled children.
I would also like to thank Close House in Newcastle for afternoon tea on Tuesday, when we enjoyed a team treat with some of our top supporters.
The company was fabulous, its No.19 restaurant staff were so nice and attentive, and the scones were amazing.
Hope you are enjoying the summer holidays. I’m off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week: I can’t wait.
I hope you have a lovely weekend and a successful week.