My first baby was a terrible sleeper, my second is going the same way so I have a lot of thinking time in the small hours. I keep thinking, ‘what else can I do? How can I raise more money to help cure cystic fibrosis?’ I never ever want to get to the stage where I have to say I could have done more. My family on the other hand could not do any more. They are fantastic and will keep going and keep raising to help Harriet and all CF patients. We have already raised somewhere in the region of ten thousand pounds since our little girl was born almost eighteen months ago. Not long after we were discharged from hospital (Harriet was born with meconium ileus so required surgery) my Dad rang me one evening to tell me to put Channel 4 News on. Low and behold there was someone saying they believed they had found a cure for cystic fibrosis! At first we began to question whether this kind of news item appeared often. We knew virtually nothing about CF till our second daughter was born, and would not be looking for news on it. Well, eighteen months down the line we continue to raise funds for The Stuart Gordon Fund who support Dr Mehta and his colleagues with their work. For the full story click here.
To raise money we have held quiz nights, coffee mornings, sold arts and crafts and collected stamps, to name a few. Recently my family organised another brilliant quiz night which raised £1000! Not only do we owe them a million thank yous, putting a superb quiz together, I’m sure, is no easy task! We would like to thank all of the people, companies and businesses who donated amazing prizes for the raffle. So a huge thanks must go to The Barbour Foundation for donating the first prize (which was a voucher for a jacket worth £89.95!) and Fenwick of Newcastle for a gift hamper. The following all generously gifted vouchers: Beamish Museum, Pickings, Customs House, Janice Egglestone, No. 4, South Tyneside Kettlebells and Taz Mahal. Also to Durham County Cricket Club for the top and Lynne Croft at Thrives Atoms. For all those people who brought things along to be raffled, gift sets, bottles etc thank you! And just thank you for coming and supporting us – even those people who couldn’t make it and still made a donation, thank you! Finally we couldn’t have done it without the free use of the room at Boldon Cricket Club and to the band for keeping everyone entertained. If I’ve missed anyone out here’s a big THANK YOU! You are all amazing.
Aside from monetary donations we continue to collect stamps and recently it was announced that the used stamps appeal has raised £1,635.58! Please keep collecting, asking workplaces or, if you’re like my Dad, ask anyone you come into contact with! He has chemists, car dealerships, post offices, supermarkets and anywhere else you can think of keeping their stamps for us! Harriet is so lucky to have so many people who just idolise her and will do anything to help. Download a poster here.
We also fundraise for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust who fund lots of different projects in the UK. My husband, sister-in-law and friends have all ran The Great North Run for the trust and will continue to do so. We also have one new recruit to Team Corr this year: my best friend’s husband whose donation page I will link below. Please consider sponsoring him or why not sign up yourself? Click here for details! The other JustGiving pages have not been set up yet but I’ll link them in future posts.
The CF Trust have a ‘wear yellow’ day each year and this year it is on 1st July. Would anyone consider asking at work or school whether they could have a wear yellow day? Like a non uniform day, pay a pound and potentially raise lots and lots of money! If a few schools could support this we could make a huge difference. PLEASE!!!!!
Finally, I am organising a a small fundraiser of my own (eeeek!) at my house. ‘A Cuppa for CF’ will take place on Thursday 28th April from 12pm onwards. Obviously friends, family and neighbours are all welcome. Now I can just about manage to make a cup of tea or coffee but anyone who went to school with me and happened to witness the weekly disasters I produced in Home Economics knows that I am no baker! So if anyone could make a little something (or a big something!) that would be great! Ideally a local baking company will make me a huge ‘Cure CF’ cake! Dream big! Again, any help with this would be greatly appreciated and hope to see lots of people there.
If you would like to sponsor Adam click here.
If you would like to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis click here.