Alice in Wonderland theme for Fundraising Ball
No stranger to raising money for charity, Julie Ward explains why the next ball means so much….
“Where do I start everyone ….
Well this Ball is in memory of the love of my life – My Dad xx a real Daddies girl last year was faced like so many others with the evil ‘Cancer’ disease
Dad was so so brave, desperate to get better & true belief he was going to live forever
Sadly we were given the devastating news that he wasn’t to win this battle. Numb & heartbroken I set out to try & get Dad a place at the hospice . Scared & having that sick feeling after calls, tears & upset Dad was moved to the first available bed at Severn Hospice – Shrewsbury
From the minute we arrived it was like walking into a safe haven. Beautifully decorated , fresh flowers in every room, amazing staff & an overwhelming feeling of calm & serenity
We overlooked the stunning gardens, watched squirrels outside the room, ducks wander around the grounds …. Peaceful & daft as it sounds …. Lovely I didn’t think I’d ever describe a hospice as – lovely
Heartbroken but having to concentrate on Dad every minute, the staff – every member were just amazing . The Hospice care for us as a family . Mom had recently had a TIA and a couple of times had a hand massage & neck massage off the Therapist….. Nothing was too much trouble
From arriving on the Monday every minute Dad was at the hospice he was treated with care & dignity. No cold drips, no unnecessary bleeps…. Meds via a driver, allowed to rest & sadly on the Friday he opened his wings & flew high in the sky with the butterflies. Free from pain, after a beautiful 5 days with the staff preparing him for this journey
I confess as pink & sparkly as I am, behind this pink smile, a year on this girly is still devastated . Miss my pops every minute of every day
I’ve had specialist Bereavement Counselling at the hospice ever since Dad passed away. My counsellor has been my lifeline & I would never ever be able to put a £ on her support she is one of life’s living angels
All of Dads care, Moms little therapy treats , my Counselling ….. All costs the Hospice a lot of money
I sat one day at the hospice chatting to the little ladies who were telling me about them popping to Sainsburys to buy flowers for the rooms … & Lia my daughter could tell what I was thinking
So as almost part of my own therapy & coping mechanism this year our Charity clearly was to be Severn Hospice
It costs £605 for 1 patient to receive 24 hour care as an inpatient , then there’s the years counselling I’ve received …. All adds up so I need for my own karma to raise £3000 to pay back for the outstanding care of my pops & £1000 towards my counselling costs
So 2017 I’ve set a goal of £4000!!!!
Already on the road as raised 1 days care fees earlier in the year , then a group of us did the Shropshire Charity Events sponsored walk raising £1000 so the Ball……. We’ve about £2400 to raise
This girly can do this, with the help & support of YOU
Last year 2155 people were referred to the hospice for care and since opening in 1989 they’ve cared for a staggering 27,000 patients !!!!!!!!!
So I ask have you been one of the thousands who have had a loved one there or been & visited & seen how absolutely incredible level of care they provide to us locally ?
This years Ball, is set to be the best . I’m working with Elite Occasions who are supplying amazing props to make the marquee totally magical. Also joining the madness this year is Steve Elliott Photography who with specially chosen green screens will create one off memories for you to treasure forever . Mad Hatter Themed fancy dress or dust off that suit & black tie Gents, dig out that sparkly dress ladies. 3 course meal, dance the night away to local live band The Indigo Machine, raffle & auction …… All raising awareness and funds for the hospice
So please reserve your tickets £40 each or a table of ten for £350, join us on September 23rd at the gorgeous Haughton Hall Hotel Shifnal for a night to remember
I’m doing this for Dad, you’re all invited to join us for a fun filled night raising much needed funds for our local Severn Hospice