Well here I am again … I can’t be silent for too long as I need to record the ‘Awareness Day’ on Saturday. The day was very hectic as I woke early to see to my guests who were staying over , the lovely David, Sam and Alice and Ruth. They are all helped to prepare the day, David and Ruth being my commis chef to make 60 Florentines. Then cooking for tea and making the final list of the art to be sold while Sam and Alice prepared my blogs as posters.
We then arrived at the hall to full on activity and excitement, the atmosphere was electric . When we opened the doors we were all ready with the numerous cakes on stands, scones, cupcakes, cheesecake, toffee slices , lemon cake , shortbread , ginger stem biscuits and chocolate cakes with teas, coffees and wine with Ruth , Joy, Sue, Chris and Ana at the helm. Across the hall Fiona and the girls set up a wonderful display of wellies boots filled with bulbs and pansies, spray painted with a rainbow of colours.
The MNDA ladies set up information about MND and brought portraits by Patrick the optimist , who pledged to draw 100 portraits before MND affected his hands. Nicola set up a table displaying her PhD on MND and headphones for a song she sang , alongside Angie’s friend, Judith who had a recording of another song and a shirt film. Brenda put up an amazing display of watercolour art she contributed alongside other artists including Diane King , Sheila King , Helen Cole, Dave Goodwin , Steve Raw, John Robinson and Margit . Photography was displayed by my son Joe and sister Sue.
The musician were ready with their instruments, Pete started off with Flamenco , Helen and Anna on the accordion and mandolin , Margit and Adrienne playing the cello, Joe and Mica on the guitar and vocals and Abdan on the guitar and vocals . The music drifted in and out of the art in the church with the backdrop of beautiful stained windows.
Anna emptied two full bags of stones decorated in bright colours around the tree which people started putting leaves on with a message in the to tell use what they appreciate in their lives. My blog was also designed by Alice with posters and lit up with fairy lights. Finally, Angie’s family and Darren greeted everyone as they entered and gave them a gift bag as they left, while Tracy managed the raffle. The hour before the film was such a buzz , so many people came to support us , people I hadn’t seen for ages , people I hadn’t met before and my close friends there to help out. People form my former clinical work , people form university, people from Samba school, people I know from catering college , my first training course when I was 20yrs and all my close friends and family . Friends from London, Lancashire ,Liverpool and Luton. I really felt so supported and I think everyone was enjoyed the evening.It was so hard carrying around my iPad trying to welcome everyone but I only managed a few words to everyone through my tiredness.
After the successful raffle we then proceeded with a few shirt speeches, first from Angie with gave a heart rendering account of her experience of MND, and a few facts about MND, Ruth then created an appreciating moment for me, and then my sister, Sue read out my speech , I exploded into tears as she read out the words I wrote from my heart . I wanted to get across an acknowledgement for all those people who had supported me and made the night successful , but when I talk about the boys I always dissolve into tears , I felt so embarrassed !!!
After the speech we then showed the film “I am breathing “, ,It was such a moving film , the atmosphere changed but Angie managed to close it down well. We tidied up, took the art down and packed everything into the car and made our way home. Back at home my family were still excited, my boys were there with their girlfriends and we made drinks and food and around 1am we retired to bed with a warm feeling in my heart but totally exhausted !!