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CLIC Sargent’s Great Mums Get Together

Last year I was proud to hold my own Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning in aid of CLIC Sargent’s Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning Campaign and raised £150 for the charity. This year, although I haven’t been able to organise my own event, having just had my little girl, I am keen to support the campaign and have been helping with the promotion of an event local to me that I am attending, so also wanted to share this fantastic campaign with all my lovely followers.

This year the Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning has been replaced by The Great Mums Get Together, which is running between 10th and 17th March. The campaign offers people the chance to get together and raise money for children and young people with cancer and their family.

“Every day 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family.”

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They are there from diagnosis onwards and CLIC Sargent aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

The Great Mums Get Together is a great opportunity for us Great Mums to… well… Get Together and raise some fantastic money for an amazing charity. I really enjoyed my event last year and am pleased to be involved in some way again this year. If you too want to get involved in this year’s campign you can sign up online call 08451 206 658 or email gettogether@clicsargent.org.uk.

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DysNet – Bringing Together the Dysmelia Community

So, many of you who regularly read my blog will know that I am a disabled mummy and was born with hip displacyia or CDH as it was known then), so I have a lower limb abnormality you could say.

I am certainly up for supporting charitable causes and so far in my very small blogging life I have been involved in the #Blogitforbabies Save the Children campaign, the ONE Thrive campaign, I’ve held a Yummy Mummy fundraising event for CLIC Sargent and devised and launched #Blogging4Madeleine in support of finding Madeleine McCann.

I was recently contacted by the lovely Tania Tirraoro who told me about DysNet a new online community to support people with limb differences (otherwise known as Dysmelia) and with having a limb abnormality myself I was only too  happy to help.

The DysNet site went live on Monday 21st May and aims to provide up-to-date information, support and research for people with limb differences throughout the world.

I think this is a great tool, as I remember how my family felt when I was younger and they were coming to terms with my disability. They came across a wonderful charity called STEPS who provided and still continue to provide fabulous support to people with lower limb abnormalities. So, in the current digital age that we live in and with so many people turning to the world wide web for answers to their questions, the launch of a website like DysNet is fantastic in helping provide support to people who either have had Dysmelia for some time, or who are just experiencing it and want to find out more and have that same support that my family had all those years ago.

It is hoped that individuals will contribute to the online knowledge base to share expertise and resources that could benefit others that are in a similar position. By sharing experiences, guidance and advice, lives can be improved and fulfilled, my own experiences are testament to that.

DysNet is also launching an online community called RareConnect. It will be a trusted and monitored environment for everyone involved in Dysmelia to make connections. It will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, meaning the support can be spread wider, breaking down language barriers and opening up new connections and opportunities.

If you are affected by or want to find out more about Dysmelia then please do visit DysNet

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I Did Something Yummy for CLIC Sargent

Well, this weekend was my Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning in aid of CLIC Sargent (the children’s cancer charity). I’d spent 3 weeks arranging the event after I’d seen the campaign advertised in a magazine.

I canvassed lots of people I knew and invited them along and managed to get a host of fantastic prizes for a raffle, including a fabulous art set from Muralart, Jamie @ Home, Partylite, Avon and Phoenix Cards prizes, as well as a baby sign language voucher and spray tan voucher.

We had a truly gorgeous day for it so were able to open up into the garden, thank god as I had gone a little overboard on the numbers I’d invited! My fab neighbour lent me chairs for both inside and outside and I set up the swing and slide for any little people attending.

Inside I had areas set up for a Partylite candle pool with a percentage of the takings going to CLIC Sargent as they are their nominated charity, a Phoenix Cards box for people to purchase cards from (again with a percentage donated to the charity) and a Jamie @ Home stall not to mention the fab cake stall! I’d asked everyone to bring cakes and boy did they bring cakes!!!! In fact I still have cakes left! Lots of cakes!!!!

Unfortunately in the run up to the event a few people contacted me to say they weren’t able to come for a variety of reasons, which meant numbers attending did drop somewhat (I don’t know if that was a blessing for the space I have or disappointing that we could have possibly made even more money), however the support from those that were able to come, or couldn’t come but still supplied cakes or donated money in advance was fantastic and we raised an amazing £150!

I am thrilled to be able to send the money across to CLIC Sargent, knowing that it will make a significant difference to many little lives. It only takes £20 to supply a play specialist, who through the use of toys helps children undergoing treatment understand what is happening and will happen to them, so our £150 will be able to help put quite a few children’s minds at ease in what must be a very scary time in their lives and that means a lot to me knowing that we have been able to do that!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that got involved! Having been involved this year I am sure I will sign up again next year to Do Something Yummy

If you did something yummy too why not share it with us and hopefully we can encourage more people to sign up next year!?

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Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning

The stage is set, bring on the yummy mummy’s for the CLIC Sargent Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning as part of Yummy Mummy Week. #dosomethingyummy

Yummy Mummy Week  takes place 10-18th March 2012. Yummy Mummy and is a week long fundraising event where mums are being asked to get together with friends and family and ‘do something yummy’ for CLIC Sargent.Tomorrow I am hosting a coffee morning for this amazing cause and hoping to raise lots of money!

CLIC Sargent provide invaluable support to children with cancer and their families.

No matter how much raised all monies help make a difference to people who are going through a very very difficult time in their lives.

£20 could pay for a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist to help a young person undergoing treatment by using toys and photo’s to explain what will happen.

£400 could pay for a family to stay at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for a fortnight, so they can stay together near the hospital during treatment.

I’ve raised money for various causes over the years including Tommy’s baby charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care and like knowing that I am making a difference and helping others. I hope to regularly take part in CLIC Sargent’s Yummy Mummy Week and make it bigger and better each time!

I’ll report back on how we get on but in the meantime why not check out more information about CLIC Sargent and how you can help support them.

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My KateTakes5 Listography – Photos That Sum Up My Week

As a list loving girl I am LOVING Kate Takes 5 Listography Blog so just have to get in the action!

This week’s topic courtesy of Kate – 5 Photos that sum up my week

Well this week I have been on a major organisation trip, it’s been non stop!

I am organising my Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning in aid of CLIC Sargent so have been confirming attendees, chasing up raffle prizes and writing ‘lists’ (see I love my lists!) of what I still need to do! My event is next Sunday and I have somewhat escalated my original plans from a handful of mummy friends over for a coffee to a wider invite to all my lovely local friends, stalls and a raffle! Mad? Yes! Will be worth it though! so this pic sums up that element of my week

I entered a competiton for my lovely mum to win a mothers day competiton and I found out she’s been shortlisted as a finalist so I’ve been letting all of her friends and family know to get their support so this pic sums up my mission to win!

I toook my little girl to a local arts session for preschoolers and we had fun making this lovely mask creation

In addition to my coffee morning I have having friends over for a Phoenix card party the following night (yes, I have already said I am mad!) so I’ve been organising that this week too!

So all in all I’ve been in organisation mode this week and I guess this last photo sums it up totally… I’ve been surgically attached to my laptop!

My aim for next week – get a life and relax!!!!!

If you want to find out more about Kate’s Listography and join in just click here

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Be a Yummy Mummy and Raise Money…

I love doing my bit for charity so when I saw that the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent are calling on all Yummy Mummies out there to get together and hold a Yummy Mummy coffee morning to raise money for the charity I couldn’t resist.

The charity are asking mummies to hold events, no matter how big or small between 10th and 18th March so I am opening my doors to my lovely mummy friends and hosting a coffee morning of my own. I am really looking forward to it and will of course be writing a post event update!

At present however I am calling to all the other mummies out there to jump on board and host your own event to help raise money for this fantastic cause!

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. That’s because they’re there every step of the way:

During treatment – providing specialist nurses, play specialists, Homes from Home

In hospital & at home – offering specialist social care and support in the community – services for young people, holidays, grants

After treatment – helping survivors, supporting those bereaved

I was shocked to hear that every day 10 families receive that news, it must be heartbreaking to receive such news and I can’t even begin to imagine how I would feel or cope. However to read that 8 out of 10 children now survive cancer and that charities like CLIC Sargent are out there offers some form of reassurance that work is being done and people have someone to turn to.

However without support charities like this can’t continue to provide the services they do. If between 10th and 18th March you can take a couple of hours of your time to bake some cakes, put the kettle on and have your friends round or set up a stall at work and raise even a small amount, you will be making a huge difference to those who need it most!

Links:

Yummy Mummy Week launch

Yummy Mummy Week Event Information

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