At PS we love events - especially those for charity, and 2013 was no different. We held three charity events last year and participated in a further one, raising money for four different cancer charities.
We kicked off the fundraising in June with our Little Princess Cocktail Party, which we held at the salon, to raise money for the Little Princess Trust. Our beautiful sister Ellie decided to cut off her long wavy hair and donate it to the charity, which collects donations of hair and cash to make natural wigs for little girls who have lost their hair, usually to chemotherapy treatment. Our equally gorgeous sister Liz decided she would join Ellie, so we set a date! Our friends and family were invited, along with their daughters (who dressed in princess frocks) to enjoy homemade cakes, cocktails and ‘mocktails’ and a pink raffle.
While the main event was to cut off the locks of our sister’s hair, we also love any excuse to have a little party. Much of the success was down to our friend Amy who runs the pub down the road and who helped with the contents of the cocktails, as well as our friends and family who made such delicious cakes for us to share. We raised almost £200 as well as four plaits of hair. If you haven’t already heard of the charity and would like to check it out, visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk
Next came the London Bridgathon which we walk every September in memory of our brother Peter, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Unit at UCLH (University College London Hospital). Originally it was Peter’s plan to do the walk with us but events overtook that ambition and we are proud to do it every year and remember him while we take in the sights of the city from the beautiful banks of the River Thames. Luckily the weather on the 2013 walk was kind to us, given the fact that we usually have various pushchairs and four generations of our family walking together. To donate to this cause and help those who are receiving care in the unit, you can find the charity at www.justgiving.com/llu
Our third main contribution to charity came in November with our annual Autumn Fair, which we hold in the church hall at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Frimley, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Research Charity. With the help and support from our wonderful family, and our local Leukemia and Lymphoma Research representatives, Robert and Tessa Cox, we are able to create such a sociable and successful event. We have stalls selling homemade cakes, biscuits, marmalade and jam, as well as a second hand book sale, and plenty of traditional games, which are good fun for the whole family. Our fair has been embraced by the lovely people of our parish, who donate many of the goods we sell, to raise money to ‘Beat Blood Cancer!’ To find our more about the charity visit www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk
Our fourth charity event to mention was Movember, which we dedicated an entire post to in back in December. As we talked about previously, Movember was designed to create awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and raise vital funds to help fight this. Movember proved hugely successful for us, as we raised well over £1000.
As always, we are excited to see what will happen in 2014 and the new ideas we come up with to help raise further money for such incredible charities. This year we are starting with the Fleet half marathon, which PS’ Paula is running for the first time, along with a few friends and family members.
Be sure to keep checking this blog, along with our various social media pages, for updates and more information on upcoming events and fundraising.