The fundraising abseil and gorge walk – Success!!

Today was an amazing day.  Myself and my beautiful friends walked up a gorge an abseiled off a 90ft bridge.  My friends had been raising money over the week to help us fund a project to makeover our garden for our children to enjoy.

Fun bus!
Fun bus!

The day started with sunshine and bacon butties at Sarah’s house and a drive in our fancy minibus courtesy of Beth.  We drove into the Peak District to meet Malc from Truth & Trust Adventure and headed to the gorge location.

Cheese in the waterproofs
Cheese in the waterproofs

We changed into our attractive wetsuits and waterproofs and set off feeling excited! well I was, I know some of the others were a little apprehensive.

A few of us took a dip and there were definitely more than a few bruises earned as we moved up through the gorge on the slippy rocks and waded through the freezing water! it was good fun 🙂  The highlight was most definitely Claire scaling the waterfall…she was rather vocal, lets say! and Carly bailed so many times that Malc started pointing out slippy rocks to her directly.

We got to a point where it was time to head back to dry and change as there was a bit of a drive ahead to get to Millers Dale Bridge at the Monsal Trail.  That was interesting, all 8 of us at the side of the road trying to remove waterproofs, wet clothes, wetsuits and underwear to change into dry things!

We parked at the next destination and ate our lunches, Kath being Kath had a surprise bottle of fizz up her sleeve and even mini glasses – call it dutch courage.  We ate our “buffet” and followed Malc to THE bridge.

Then I witnessed some of my closest friends, scared to death of heights and completely out of their comfort zone face their fears and take that step over the railings of a 90ft bridge.  I think we were all expecting to brick-it a little… may be some more than others… but I was in bits at times just watching my amazing friends, some of whom were frightened and in tears, challenge themselves.  For me, for my family and because YOU were kind enough to sponsor them.

Claire receiving a well earned hug from me x
Claire receiving a well earned hug from me x

There were some lovely moments down underneath the bridge reeling each other in and giving a great big hug for whoever needed it.

It has been a very emotional day in more ways than one, we’re all knackered and I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone.

The icing on the cake on the way home, once we got some signal and 4G was that our fundraising amount had hit £2250! that’s an astonishing amount in such a short space of time…. and I owe it all to all the lovely friends and family who have donated so far, and the donations raised by my girlies – Dawn, Claire, Sarah, Yvonne, Beth, Carly and Kath, thank you for everything, I love you very much x


A bit off-piste…

Yesterday George had his appointment at Alder Hey for IV chemotherapy called Vincristine.  His port was accessed last week after a dash to hospital with a temperature and the gripper had been left in so we weren’t too nervous about further needles.

George looking out at a helicopter
Whilst waiting in clinic we got to see a helicopter land on the helipad much to George’s delight.  Luckily we’re far enough away to not really see what’s going on with it’s poorly passenger.  He was amazed and it kept him entertained for a good 20 mins.

We were one of the last to be seen as we arrived later than usual as we needed to drop Oliver and Harriet off with friends (thank you to Ruth and Nic for helping again!).  We went through to the doctor a little later and George was on form dancing and playing, full of beans.

George had been off his chemo medication that we administer at home for two weeks while his bloods recovered, so I was expecting for the mercaptopurine (chocolate medicine as he calls it) to be prescribed again and continue.  The doctor explained that his recent blood tests hadn’t recovered as much as they’d like so he’d have to stay off that chemo again… she had also added George to the list for a bone marrow aspiration next week which wasn’t part of the plan.  He’ll be in for bloods tests again on Wednesday to see where they’re up to and check he’s well enough to go into theatre.

In the cosy coupe on the ward
In the cosy coupe on the ward
Anything that crops up that’s unexpected is always going to be worrying but i’m keeping positive for next Wednesday.

The doctor also listened in to George’s chest and felt she could hear something so prescribed some antibiotics as a precaution.  He does still have a cough but no temperature so we didn’t have to stay in and fingers crossed, whatever that is may be what is effecting his blood count.

Nurse removing George's gripper and dressing
Nurse removing George’s gripper and dressing
So the Easter school holidays have been interrupted a little more but this is the nature of treatment for childhood cancer.  We can’t plan or predict what’s going to happen next and unfortunately Oliver and Harriet are also getting the brunt of it.

George still had his IV chemotherapy (Vincristine) that day through his gripper that was attached to his port still from being in A&E the week before.  I don’t quite understand why he would still have that one but not the other!? His nurse was lovely and really took her time removing all the annoying layers of adhesive tape – tearing the tape off is what bothers George more than any needles!

His nurse had spoken to him when she took bloods earlier in the week about naming his gripper so that they can chat about it.  “Barry” was removed yesterday leaving George able to have a bath / shower this weekend – yay! (yes…Barry of all the names?!)

We also left with more steroids as another burst of those started yesterday…. so the little meat monster that’s up all night is due back anytime!

So we’ve gone slightly off piste now during his “gentle phase” of treatment, and although we didn’t quite get the news we were expecting from the doctor, i’m keeping focused on the fact that everything has gone fairly smoothly so far.

Bridge abseil
Bridge abseil
Tomorrow myself and seven friends are going to be gorge walking and abseiling off a 90ft bridge for George’s GoFundMe Garden Makeover… hoping to watch the girls face some fears and have a good laugh at the same time.  They are all wonderful friends who’ve been working hard to get sponsors over the past few days.  We’re already at a whopping £1655 which is a huge amount towards creating a special place for our family.

Thank you Sarah, Dawn, Claire, Yvonne, Beth, Carly and Kath for doing this – you are all very dear to me – and thank you to the many sponsors who’ve contributed so far.  I’m looking forward to sharing how we get on if i’m still in one piece by tomorrow night – come on girlies! it’s only 90ft, it’ll be a breeze!! 🙂

Lisa x


Fundraising for George’s Garden

Currently feeling very lucky with all our fantastic friends rallying together to help raise funds for making over our back garden.

With summer looming and not many options of places to go with a child with no immune system, we’d been asking for quotes to straighten our garden up.  We wanted to make better use of the space for George to get outside and open it up so that Oliver and Harriet can get onto the park behind within view of the garden.

We also needed to provide easily accessible space for George while his mobility is affected and install some kind of canopy to protect him from the sun (he will be much more sensitive to the sun during chemotherapy).

One of our lovely friends decided to set up a sponsored toddle waddle at Walton Gardens in Warrington for all the babies whose mummies attended my birth classes to raise money for the work on the garden.  This lovely lady has then inspired other friends to get involved with fundraising and donating time and labour to our new project.

Bridge abseil
Bridge abseil

So far we have George’s preschool organising a walk, some of my best friends (who are usually right wimps!) gorge walking and abseiling off a 90ft bridge! our Warrington friends tag-teaming to rip the old garden up and out and donating time and skills to build decking etc.. we’ve got a St George’s Day Toddle, a coffee morning at Warrington Collegiate and our very own children and their friends entering runs, races and more… I have a feeling this list is going to grow!

If you too want to get involved by running for George’s Garden or have your own fundraising idea, do let me know.  If you want to make a small donation directly you can do so via our GoFundMe page here.

Oliver and I will also be joining Team Georgie Roo entering GungHo Manchester – if you want to sponsor us, all donations are gratefully received via our GoFundMe page.

I just want to add that without all my friends behind me, keeping me positive even when things are tough, keeping me sane, I don’t know where i’d be – thank you each and every one of you who have taken the time to help us, contributed to this fund and encouraged me every step of the way.  I love you all very much x