How to Host a Charity Coffee Morning

A few days ago I wrote an update post about my charity fundraising for WellChild. I’m running the London Marathon for them next April, and have a fundraising target of £1,600. With such a big target I wanted to start fundraising right away to give myself the best chance of hitting and hopefully exceeding that target. One of the events that I’d planned was a coffee morning. Taking advantage of a school inset day on a Friday, I decided to open up my house and garden to local parents and their children for a few hours in the morning. Having… [Read More]

London Marathon 2019: Fundraising Update

It’s been almost one month since my first fundraising update so I thought I’d write another update with you to share my progress. In my last fundraising post, which you can read here, I shared the amazing news that I’d managed to raise £455.18. That’s 28% of my £1,600 fundraising target for WellChild. I’d managed to raise this amount my donating the first £100 myself, and then by sharing my fundraising page with friends and family. This saw some online donations come in. I also sold some items that I no longer needed, and made some crafts to sell. My… [Read More]

My First Fundraising Event: An Update

As many people know I’ll be running the London Marathon next year for WellChild, the national charity for sick children. As part of accepting a charity place with WellChild I have a fundraising target of £1,600. I made the first donation of £100 to confirm my place, and I have since raised a good amount already through online donations, selling second hand goods, and from making crafts and selling them. However, I always knew that the biggest earner would be from hosting events. That’s why, with a pretty small turnaround time, I arranged my first event. A charity family magic… [Read More]

London Marathon Fundraising Update

Last week I shared a blog post with you about how I’ve accepted a charity place for the London Marathon with WellChild, the national charity for sick children. My fundraising target is £1,600. This is a huge amount of money to raise, so I’ve decided to give myself the best chance, I’d start fundraising right away! In order to confirm my acceptance of my charity place, I was asked to kickoff my fundraising with a £100 donation. I did this pretty much the same day I received the email offering me the charity place. With my £100 donation confirmed, I’m… [Read More]

I’m running London Marathon 2019!

When I started running back in March 2017, I never imagined that one day I would run a half marathon, but that’s exactly what I’ve done! Last year I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2 hours 29 minutes. This year, I’ll be running the Cardiff Half Marathon again with my step-daughter, and I’m really looking forward to it, although I have to admit that I’m hoping to run it even quicker this year! Now, many people may know that a few weeks ago, thousands of people took to the streets of London to run the London Marathon. I was… [Read More]

Wales Air Ambulance Real Rescues

As regular readers of my blog will know, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of Team Brecon Carreg. Team Brecon Carreg involves taking part in a number of running events throughout the year and raising money for Wales Air Ambulance. For every mile the team covers, £1, will be donated to Wales Air Ambulance. In April alone, we managed to raise an amazing £1,078! Last month, the team and I were lucky enough to visit Wales Air Ambulance at their base in Llanelli. I was amazed to learn that each year their helicopters attend around 2,500… [Read More]

My Dream Pet with Petplan

We’ve teamed up with Petplan for their exciting new campaign which asks children to put their artistic skills to the test by drawing their dream pet. This could be with wings, eight legs, three heads or it could even glow in the dark! To make this campaign even more magical, their dream pet drawing will then be transformed into an amazing soft toy for them to keep and treasure forever. R decided that her dream pet would have a dogs head, cats body and the tail of a dragon! She was very excited at the idea of this and couldn’t… [Read More]

A Visit to Wales Air Ambulance as part of #TeamBreconCarreg

As part of Team Brecon Carreg, my team mates and I were invited to the Wales Air Ambulance Base in Llanelli to find out more about what Wales Air Ambulance does. Just to give a brief overview, Team Brecon Carreg is a running team, split into North and South Wales. Each team is made up of 10 members. As part of Team Brecon Carreg we’ve been entered into a number of races across Wales, and the best part is that for every mile the team runs in training and in events, Brecon Carreg will donate £1 to Wales Air Ambulance…. [Read More]

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. It mainly affects women who have been through the menopause, but it can sometimes affect younger women. The symptoms of ovarian cancer aren’t always easy to recognise. Symptoms include: feeling constantly bloated a swollen tummy discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area feeling full quickly when eating needing to pee more often than normal Sadly, my mum died of ovarian cancer when she was just 50 years old. As March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help try to raise awareness of this, along with the symptoms… [Read More]

I’m Part of Team Brecon Carreg #TeamBreconCarreg

When I started running, I had no idea how much of a positive effect it would have on my life. Not only have I lost weight, I’ve also had a complete lifestyle change. I eat better. I feel more energised, motivated and most importantly of all, I feel happier. Little did I know when I started running in March last year, that I would end up completing my first half marathon! Who knows. Maybe one day, I’ll pluck up the courage to run a full marathon! Until then, however, I’m happy running around my neighbourhood, plotting new routes and entering… [Read More]