Hi – long time, no see! I’ve been trekking around down under with Sue in New Zealand. We had a brilliant time and met some super people. It was no holiday though! We joined a tour and although we got to see a vast amount of the country, it meant being up and out by 7.30 each morning, living out of a suitcase and sleeping in a different bed every night. Still, it all added up to a great experience. And of course, as you might imagine, we used our time there wisely. We put the word out about Sue doing the Great North Swim in June and I suggested to our fellow travellers that they might like to sponsor her by donating their unused foreign currency. Well, this turned out to be a great idea and Sue collected both New Zealand and Hong Kong dollars. I don’t think she’s converted them back to Sterling yet but as soon as she has, the money (and it was no small sum) will be added to her Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Sue-Forsyth
Meanwhile, back at home, there’s been plenty going on. A Pearl Party has been organised for this coming Thursday evening, details of which Pammie mentioned in last week’s blog. She also mentioned the Ball that we are holding next year (14 November – Royal Hall, Harrogate). Well, I won’t go into too much detail about that yet except to say that we’ve had a wonderful prize donated for the auction that we’ll be holding that night – only a week’s holiday in a lovely house in Majorca! Not bad, eh!
And talking of donations, they are still coming in thick and fast and in many guises. Jetta was at a meeting last week and was handed £50 in cash for our cause; our architect, Chris Robinson, on top of everything else he has done for us, sent us a £500 cheque and a lady called Ginny who works in the coffee shop at Chesterfield Hospital (where Pammie was visiting one of our PPR ladies, Margaret who is in their care at present) also made a donation, on the back of asking Pammie what her badge meant. Again, the generosity of people wanting to support our research never ceases to amaze us.
Earlier this week, we met with a lady from MacMillan to talk about the support group that we are wanting to set up and I am pleased to report that we have their full backing. We would like to offer support to those people who are going through what we did when our loved one was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. Brain cancer is different from other cancers as it obviously very quickly affects the way the sufferer’s mind works. The person closest to the brain tumour sufferer can feel very alone when they undertake this journey with their loved one. We would like to be able to ‘be there’ for the carer.
And on a much lighter note, we had our fund raising Wine Tasting yesterday evening at Dr B’s Kitchen. It was great! 9 different wines to try from Graham Coverdale of House of Townend and lovely food to accompany the wine by Dr B’s Kitchen. It was well attended and everyone seemed to be having a merry old time. Definitely worth doing again!
All the best and see you next week.