Our St George’s Day Toddle – Warrington

Me with the wonderful organisers, Helen and Sarah
Me with the wonderful organisers, Helen and Sarah

The photos say it all really – yesterday was awesome.  The day totally exceeded expectations on every level… the amount of lovely people who turned up, the amount of money raised, all the cute outfits, the glorious sunshine and what about all that CAKE!?  A huge well done to all our toddlers!

Hats off to Helen and Sarah (and their families!) for all the organising and pulling everything together.. and to the helpers on the bandstand!.

Harriet selling cakes
Harriet selling cakes

Thank you to those big girls and boys who were guilt-tripping people into buying the remaining cakes ha ha! especially my own Harriet who ran up to me holding a tray asking if i’d like a piece of rocky road before it melts “ooh don’t mind if I do”, picking it up thinking they were just trying to get rid of it and she then said 50p please!!  Not daft that one… and I had the indigestion to prove it.

George in his chariot
George in his chariot

Georgie, oh our brave knight George Rooza, really was like the King! he was a little overwhelmed at the beginning preferring to chill in his new chariot with a cake (who can blame him?) but was laughing and giggling by the end.  He really had a lovely day, we all did.

George and Daddy leading the toddle
George and Daddy leading the toddle

The sun shone brightly on us all for the whole day, I couldn’t believe our luck with the weather.  Especially now while i’m sat looking out at the rain today.  And well done me for keeping it together!  I was emotional in the morning before we went… a combination of nerves wondering whether people would show but also a little sadness for the reason the day was actually happening.  I wished it was just a St George’s Day toddle and wasn’t because my George is poorly.

Setting off, being at the front with our little boy  and walking through those beautiful gardens was also a bit of an emotional moment… knowing there were hundreds of people behind us, literally and figuratively.  There were people I hadn’t seen for years, people had brought their families and friends, old friends had travelled to be there, new friends had made the effort.  We met families that had read our story and battled cancer personally that just wanted to support us because they understood.  People came who saw the event on Twitter and Facebook… social media at its best.

The little Ramsdales - winners of the best fancy dress!
The little Ramsdales – winners of the best fancy dress!

I spotted a little green dragon on the walk that looked very cute so when asked who we thought was the winner of the “best dressed” the prize went to little Freddy! His sister Ffion made a fine knight in her home-made costume (love a home-made job!) too and their sleeping baby sister Marley was ever so cute as a little princess!  So well done to the Ramsdales, I hope you liked your prize.

Amazing turn out
Amazing turn out

It was amazing to get home yesterday and find that we’d hit the £5,000 target we set only 4 weeks ago to fund our garden makeover on GoFund Me! We worked out yesterday from our super organisers with their registration forms that from the toddle alone is predicted to have raised a mahoosive £4,000! some of that has already hit our GoFund Me account direct of the last few weeks and some families are still collecting… so you’ve collectively absolutely blown our target out the water!

We’re so shocked to have raised so much in such a short space of time and will be putting it to great use when work on the garden begins next weekend.  I will be blogging as the work on garden progresses so that you amazing people can see what the funds are going towards.

We hope the photographer from the Warrington Guardian shares the photos he took during the week, he was great at getting us altogether at the start, I’m sure that photo will be one for the memory box here.

Thank you x
Thank you x

We have a million thank yous to make! I tried my best on the day to talk to everyone but know we didn’t get round all of you… so from the bottom of my heart, our hearts! thank you each and every little pair of legs for toddling, big legs carrying babies, your sponsors, all the helpers and organisers, cake and flag purchasers, sharers on social media… Walton Gardens for allowing us to use the lawn and gardens, The Warrington Guardian, Wire FM and Heart Radio for raising awareness – what an amazing community we have.

I’ve already thought it’d be great to make this an annual St George’s day event! and before Helen and Sarah have a heart attack, maybe I could get more involved with the organising next time 🙂 It’s about time we got a little more patriotic and will give us another positive focus for the future.

Sleepy George on Daddy's shoulder
Even the King needs to nap

So what a wonderful way to end George’s “interim maintenance” phase of his treatment…it’s been a welcome break from the weekly theatre trips.  The next few months we anticipate being the hardest but we’ll take it in our stride as best we can.  George is going to be in hospital more often receiving chemotherapy into “Barry” his port for hours at a time, some nasty injections are on the way and more theatre trips under general anaesthetic.  We know it is eventually going to make him better and we know we have an amazing community behind us… so bring it on, we’re refreshed and we’re ready.

Lis x

6 Comments

  1. Lisa we went to support you and your family. We never found you but had a wonderful time meeting up with old friends from the birthing classes and the wonderful park and zoo. I’m so glad that you raised the money and thank you for a brilliant well organised event and lovely cakes. Please keep blogging, our thoughts are with you and good luck with the next few weeks x

  2. I certainly felt very patriotic and very emotional. I think a st Georges Day toddle each year is a great idea and to see the children each year getting bigger and no longer toddling would be really special. Really can’t wait to see the garden under way and would love to join you all for more fund raising in the future. George truly is a brave knight and I will now always think of St George’s Day as his day xxx

    1. Clare, you’ve just made me cry :’-) You have always been so supportive, when I ran my Daisy classes and now when I need it the most 🙂 your words really help, thank you again x

      1. Thank you. You gave me the best gift ever, a beautiful birth (which I had always dreamed of) and lots of courage to stand up for what I truly wanted and belief in myself and trust in my body. I believe the birth I had has given me the most beautiful bond with our precious miracle and you will never appreciate how much of that you played a part in. They are all our precious miracles and I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through but I’m so glad that I can give something back to such an amazing inspirational mum. The last thing I want to do is make you cry though 😉 xxx

        1. So lovely to see this important and emotional day, so very well supported..and so proud of the words written above by our amazing daughter Clare. I was present at the birth of Olivia, and I, also thank you most sincerely for the help and support that you gave to Clare, enabling her to have the most amazing experience. You gave her the strength to insist on the delivery that she wanted, and the outcome is our beatiful Granddaughter Olivia. We send our very best wishes to George, your beautiful little boy, and let’s do it again next year xx

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