Hey lovely people!
I know, I know it’s been while.. 7 weeks exactly. I’m not sure where the time went but it’s nearly December! I can’t explain how excited I am for Christmas even though I’ve not started my shopping just yet, I’m always the person who leaves it until the last minute and then I’m rushing to finish, I always say to myself next year I WILL be more organised yet when it comes down to it never happens. I will hopefully getting some Christmas posts up in December so look out for those 🙂 Okay, I’m going to stop going on about Christmas and get back to why I’m writing this post..
After almost a year of planning, stressful emails / phone calls, and a lot of crying (don’t ask) last Saturday I held my charity night in aid of Bloodwise and I couldn’t have been happier with how the night went. To be honest I think I’m still recovering.. Over 100 people came out to support and it means the absolute world! The night started off with my talented cousin George performing a 45 minute set full of great songs.
After George had performed, the buffet opened. I had a few people tell me when they had been to charity events they were asking for donations for the food so that’s what I did. We had cobs, crisps, sausage rolls & cakes, it went really well so if anyone is thinking about holding a charity event I would definitely recommend asking for donations as people were actually giving more than the stated donation.
I then held a raffle and auction which went great, I couldn’t believe how many raffle tickets we sold! (The picture below doesn’t show all the raffle prizes as I took this before the event started)
I contacted SO many companies to get donations for the raffle & auction and it wasn’t easy, I think I sent nearly 500 emails and only got around 50 replies which isn’t great. Anyway thank you to all the companies who did donate, I really appreciate it!
To finish the night off we ended with a disco. Finding a DJ was probably one of the most stressful things EVER.. I had one let me down with only 3 weeks to go, it wasn’t his fault as his garage got broken into and they stole all of his equipment 🙁 So I then put an appeal out on social media asking for help, I must have contacted at least 50 DJ’s but at the short notice all of them had been booked. I did finally find a DJ but unfortunately he wasn’t great. Things happen, it’s inevitable but I’m glad it all worked out even though it wasn’t what I planned.
The night ended around 11ish which to be honest I was expecting as it started at 7pm but I was kinda relived because by that point I was seriously exhausted and couldn’t wait to get into bed haha, it was such a great night and I hope everyone enjoyed it! The grand total from my charity night (with donations on my just giving page) is.. £1,250!
Thank you to everyone who donated money / raffle & auction prizes, seriously the support I’ve had has been incredible and I couldn’t be more grateful. The money raised will go such a long way in the fight against blood cancer. This is only the beginning of my fundraising..
If you would still like to donate, please click HERE.