For a small charity, our Season of Goodwill has been year-long. So many people have organised events, done sponsored runs/tennisathons/slims, donated personally, contributed as businesses or come to our fundraisers and Ball. I can’t thank them enough.
“So here it is, Merry Christmas…”
It would be easy to be rather ‘Bah Humbug’ having lost Henry (who always made Christmas special for us) and particularly this year as Gary’s working for most of the holidays, including Christmas Day.
I “was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar”……..
The Human League – 1982
On Tuesday, our storytelling project appeared on Tyne Tees News in the morning, the 6.30pm and 10 pm bulletins. All of the regional press covered the story in the next few days. Terry Deary (Horrible Histories) was an absolute gentleman and, along with Shelley O’Brien (our regular storyteller) had the kids both completely absorbed and helpless with laughter.
A Very Poor Wardrobe
I don’t usually fret about my attire but next week requires some thought.
I’m lucky enough to attend all different kinds of events these days: from Rock nights (jeans) to Ladies’ Luncheons (dress), from Church Services and Rotary Clubs (smart) to Sponsored runs (warmer gear required) to our Ball (when I get the chance to push the boat out and wear the kind of regalia you’d not normally see me in). I’m a leggings and baggy top kind of girl with a ponytail.
FIVE YEARS ON…. In the words of a bereaved parent
It was 5 years since we lost Henry on Monday November 2nd. The grief is not as raw but it still hurts like hell and we’ll never be the people we were before his diagnosis. Funnily enough, I actually felt sadness this year – rather than the usual numbness. I spent the day visiting the Crematorium where we left him and the lovely garden his primary school have made in his memory. The evening was the highlight: spent with Henry’s closest friends as we ate pasta and pizza; listening to their enthusiasm as they plan for life after A levels.
Coronation Street Cancer Storyline Rant No 2
So poor Hope in the Coronation Street cancer story has had an infection and had to stay in overnight. Awfully worrying for any oncology parents but one night? The Mums I know are up in arms. We did a poll and the shortest stay was 3 days and the longest was 10. Overnight? I don’t think so.
Following the confirmation that Coronation Street’s Hope has Neuroblastoma, a source told The Mirror: “Producers have gone to great lengths to understand as much about this cancer as possible.”
It may only be October, but Christmas will soon be upon us – scary how fast the year goes isn’t it? If you’re anything like me, you’d much rather sit and shop online from the comfort of your own home with a glass of wine in hand than battle through hot and sweaty shoppers and fight for the last products on the shelves. But did you know that, while shopping online you could be giving a FREE donation to Henry Dancer Days?