A huge September to end a busy summer
Wow! September already. This year is flying!
We have had a really busy summer, with lots of supporters getting up and out to do their own fundraising and awareness raising, which has been amazing. From triple ironman challenges to sponsored steps and quizzes and soul nights, there really has being a whole variety of things happening that have been organised by businesses, individuals and groups that chose to support us. We would like to send a huge thank you to every single person that got involved with all the various things, and raised money for us. It's astonishing that people are doing it for us! It goes to show that there really is a way for everyone to get involved and organise your own fundraising for us - from small events to large ones, every penny matters and we are so grateful for all the support!
It's still happening too - with fundraising evenings, sporting events and even a panto (oh yes there is!) happening up and down the country during the rest of the year. Incredible! So if you fancy having a go at organising your own event, please do! We love hearing what our supporters are up to, and can help with flyers, promo balloons and pens etc. Just get in touch.
Then we have our own fundraising, and are on the look out for some keen volunteers to help us on Saturday 5th October at Tesco Superstore, Carlisle, where we will be packing customer's shopping and raising funds and awareness in store. If you'd like to help with this, please let us know!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and normally we would have a plan to not shut up about it all month.
However, this year, and I hope I'll be forgiven, we're not going to participate. Not because we don't care. We live and breathe the consequences of childhood cancer every single day, and every day we work our socks off to improve the experience of children with cancer.
Rather because this September is a fairly enormous month for us personally. Cooper starts nursery on Wednesday, and I need to focus on getting him settled. Then really very soon, the final part of our puzzle will arrive and we'll have little time to think about anything other than the squishy new born, welcoming him into our bonkers family and ensuring that all those changes don't tip super Cooper (or us!!) over the edge.
We don't know how it's going to feel welcoming a child that will never have met his big brother. We will never have a photo of the three of them. So this September, this childhood cancer awareness month, we're stepping back from the forefront of shouting about it to focus on our kids and us as a family.
Please know that we will never stop caring, we will never stop being with you all.
I'm technically now on maternity leave, but grants are still so very welcome. Please just understand that they might be slower to process than usual. All other enquiries will be responded to, again just a little slower than usual.
I hope that all our supporters and beneficiaries understand why! And don't worry, we won't be slowing down for long - and believe us, when we are back at full speed, we have some absolutely incredible events lined up, some amazing plans and focuses for the year ahead. The passion for this baby isn't diminishing just because there is going to be an addition to the family.
We just need a little time to coo over the new baby, sniff his head, stare at him, cuddle him, count his toes and fingers, recover physically, adjust emotionally and love bomb super Cooper at the same time.
But in the words of Arnie - because I can't resist to end on a daft joke - I'll be back!