This year has been somewhat nuts and continues to be so. It started with the return from Sierra Leone and getting used to being home again after a pretty tough mission. I quickly immersed myself in fundraising events and activities to keep my MSF connection well and truly alive. This has meant that lots of great things by amazing people have happened and I have fallen behind on thanking people.
The Redhouse Art Raffle for MSF ran for a wonderful month and raised over £5000. You can read all about it on the website. Richard & John at Redhouse worked tirelessly for a month to make it the success it was and I will always be grateful to them.
While the Raffle sales were taking place, I spoke at the Lent lunch at St Cuthbert’s Church in Pateley Bridge, this was organised by my good friend Kerry. What a lovely group of people. I went with my Mum and Dad and we were treated very kindly by everyone there. The generous people who attended raised £200 for MSF. Thank you.
On 21 March Ray and the team at the Manhattan Club ran a “Horse Race Night” for MSF and raised £80. The Manhattan Club is the home of Burlesque Without Borders and is a very special place for me and all of the BWB team. It is very kind of Ray to take it upon himself to run a fundraiser and I am exceptionally grateful.
On 8th April I gave my presentation to Follifoot WI. Once again the room was full of interested and interesting people who wanted to hear about MSF. There were many great questions at the end and loads of enthusiasm. The group provided buckets for anyone who wanted to donate. With these donations, a cheque from the WI and a personal donation from a very generous individual, an incredible £775 was raised!
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the above events. I continue to be amazed by the kindness shown to Doctors Without Borderland the care that people have for others who find themselves needing such an organisation.