Save the Change – November

It’s taken me this long to realise I forgot to sort the final Save the Change for November! (I blame Christmas + being ill!)

I must had done a lot of shopping for The Big Ball and Christmas is November as it’s the biggest amount yet – £50.15!

This brings the total for Save the Change (November is the final month as it’s when 20 Things for 20 Years was due to finish, but we’re just waiting on the Horse Race Night now) to £212.15!

The grand total so far is now an incredible £3,992.29!

The Big Ball was a Big Success!

So on Saturday it was The Big Ball and after a months of planning (more realistically a few weeks of last minute planning) the evening went smoothly and was great fun.

It raised a fantastic £1,356.71 which brings the total amount so far to an incredible £3,942.14!

The catering (aka Crisp Corner and the Sweet Spot) were popular and Catch 22 put on a brilliant performance and kept the dance floor busy all night.

The Big Raffle ended up with 60 prizes and I only made 3 mistakes (mixed up the name of the first, lost the second and forgot to print the third entirely) with a combined value of over £2,300! So grateful to everyone who very generously donated towards these.

The night also marked the end of Guess the Sweets in the Jar and Guess the Bear’s Name, see Guessing Games for the answers!

Guessing Games

So the winners of the Guess the Sweets in the Jar and Guess the Bear’s Name were announced at The Big Ball on Saturday.

Luckily someone had correctly guessed the the bear’s name (so didn’t need to cut up the guesses and pick out of a hat).

The correct name (randomly selected using an online generator back in July) was “Lincoln”. This was won by Laura Spicer (my sister, so did get some chants of “fix fix” ha) who picked it at random at the Family Fun Fete back in August.

The correct number of Jelly Beans was 890 which no-one had exactly so it went to the closest which was by Isabel Mansell, again this was from the Fete (that’s when both games had the most entries to be fair).

20 Years

Today is the day it’s all about – 7,305 days or 20 years ago, on Friday 15th November 2002 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

“Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is a type of cancer that affects white blood cells. It progresses quickly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment. Both adults and children can be affected.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is rare, with around 790 people diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. Most cases of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia develop in children, teenagers and young adults.”


Let’s Get Quizzical

As I often did with writing the Pub quizzes I only finished writing the questions a few days before the big night, what a surprise!

We had 11 teams who raised a fantastic £225! (I said on the night is was £250 but turns out I counted the piles of £1 as £10 instead of £5, d’oh!).

This brings the running total up to an amazing £2,504!!

The winning team was “Four Decades” who just beat “Dad Cabs & Co” by 2 points.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and awareness is one of the main reasons I’ve been doing these 20 Things (the other to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Bristol and Young Lives Vs Cancer).

20 Years ago (19 years and 10 months ago today to be precise) I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and after receiving Chemotherapy for 3 years I made it out the other side.

Whilst cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers, more research is desperately needed to keep on top of this life changing disease.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has helped so far, from donating, helping organising, attending events and giving me messages of encouragement along the way (particularly during the 100 Mile Walk and Land’s End Cycle).

Over £2,000 has been raised so far which is an incredible amount and was actually my original target but with the Quiz Night, The Big Ball and Horse Race Night still to come I look forward to seeing what the final total will be!