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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.