Friday, 4 December 2015

Organ donation Xmas stands!

Been a right little busy bee these last couple of weeks! I done my first, second and third organ donation stands and I loved it!! It was very pink and girly and I bugged the hell out of people haha some appreciated it some didn't and a lot of people were very proud to tell me that they had already signed which is always the best thing to hear!!

So the first stand was done on the 27th November in my home town of Cobham. They had a lovely parade and turned the Xmas lights on! It was soooooo bloody windy though!! Literally poor mum had to sit there with a broom the whole time to hold the gazebo up! And every strong bit of wind, each one of us would run to hold down the stand!! Haha 

My two gorgeous besties tor and Gemma also came down to support me and got very involved! My little stars encouraging people to sign up, sticking stickers on them who have or hadn't joined all about getting people talking about it!! Oh and everyone loves a free pen!!

Gemma and me X
Tor and me X
Mum and me X

Was so much fun and a rewarding evening! 

The next day myself and my fav girl who's also had a double lung transplant at Harefield 9 months ago, Veronica we done a stand in knaphill, Woking together!!

We spent the majority of the time being obsessed with dogs whilst her little niece Mia did all the hard work handing out sign up forms! She was great and no1 says no to kids...how can you! She had to go after an hour, so Veronica and I had to step up our game to keep up with mias hard work!! 
So we pulled the old heart strings and gave the old twinkle in our eyes and told people how we have had double lung transplants and how it's saved our life's! ;) made a lady cry her eyes out bless her but she said they were happy tears!

Mia the star of the show! 

We were also told by a little old lady that she knew we had both had transplant because we had hamster cheeks! Haha but Veronica's were smaller than mine! She was so sweet and innocent we couldn't help but laugh and she wasn't wrong! She told us about her late husband had received a kidney transplant many many years ago! And she was so happy to see us looking so well! 
This is what is lovely about doing the stands, you hear so many amazing stories from people! And it's lovely to see there reactions when you tell them about our stories, you can generally see how pleased people are for us and if they aren't already on the register 9/10 it makes them want to join! 

So then we tried to suck in our hamster cheeks!! Lol 
I got told off by Fred, alfonzo and Veronica for eating "street food" but techniqualy it wasn't street food, it was from there restaurant up the road! Haha it was yummy though! Hahaha 

Me and Fred! Veronica's partner! 
Was also surprised when my friends came to show there support too! I really am lucky to have such great people around me!! 
 Jo and Dane :) xx

Was a really good day and again everyone loves a free pen, and stickers and most importantly it got a few signed up and a lot of people talking about it and considering it! 

I have to add this photo because it cracks me up, so I'm not sure if they are signed up for organ donation, they didn't speak English, but they saw us have a photo with it and after she came over and picked up the sign and stood there posing whilst her friend took the photo! I don't even know if she knows what it was for! Hehehe 

One thing I did notice was a lot of men get very funny about it, they were the ones to run away quickly or avoid Eye contact! 

So my last stand was in Gerrads Cross for there Xmas fair thingy! 

Was SOOOOO windy again we gave up with the gazebo! Our bits were flying everywhere! I think we spent the first half of the night keeping our hands on the tablet to make sure nothing blew away! 
We got the police involved which was good, nice to see them supporting us, although myself and holly kinda jumped on them, so they didn't get much choice in the matter! Hahaa 

Old snow man and reindeer got involved too 
I don't really think they knew what they were holding up! 
So after it got quiet around there, we decided to move over to tescos, it was hilarious moving from one place to another. We decided to keep eveything up, so mum and Pam popped all the bits in a trolley that needed to go in like the boxes and cases and holly and I carried the table! We were a portable organ donation stand then! With our fairy lights flashing away! Did make us chuckle!
We finally got outside tesco and it was under shelter and was hidden from the wind which was great!
It meant I could out my big stand up as before I hadn't been able too because it would just blow done in the wind! 
We were also next to a rock choir! So lots of people around and we had a right little sing along and dance too! After that calmed down, myself holly and cousin mark decided to try give out some leaflets/ forms up thru the town, we gave out a few and left some in shops and enjoyed some nice mulled wine, canopys and hotdogs freshly cooked from the shop! Mmmm not a bad night for us! Haha also I'm dog obsessed and saw some beautiful pups!! 

All in all successful stands and like I said it felt rewarding!! 

Here are some of the people I shared in my stands, they are fellow transplant recipients :) 
Thanks to everyone that helped and was part of it! And for lee and my family and friends for helping me! Your all stars, and couldn't have done it without you all! 

Now for the next big event in my life!! 
We are holding a charity night screening of the bond film Spectre!! For people who follow my blog you may have seen that my husband works for the studios and builds the sets. He worked on the James Bond film and got tickets for the or wit which we were both so excited to see!! However to couldn't make it and was totally gutted because I had to stay in at Harefield due to low white blood count and wasn't aloud to mix in busy, crowed areas and was in isolation for my own sake! 
Anyways so a lovely lady called Sarah down who works at pinewood studios for genuine dinning has organised the whole night, private screening of the film, and raffle for after! Free prosecco on arrival! All money raised goes to the CF TRUST! I'm so so lucky and have been truely spoilt and cannot wait for Monday! Tickets are £15 for the night which we still have a few left! Also raffle tickets are sold on my blog for £2 each! 
We have been very lucky to be donated some amazing prizes! I will post all after the night on the 7th December! And hopefully we raise a good amount for the CF Trust!!  

Here's the links! For the event which is held at pinewood studios in Iver starts at 6pm but the screening for the film starts at 7pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spectre-screening-raffle-tickets-19779180060?aff=eivtefrnd%3Futm_source%3Deb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=evitefrnd&utm_term=eventimage
If you would like to buy raffle tickets please use the web/desktop version of my blog 
All my goes to cf trust! 
Here is a few of the amazing prizes, more to be added!! 

Right mucho loveo to all! Let's hope the night is successful!! 
Just going to leave you with this photo of my mason because I love it and it always makes me smile haha 

1 comment:

  1. Great post.Personally think its a individual choice though to have a organ donation.I personally would never go through with it(I have cf) but I accept that others may want to pursue that line of action if they need a transplant.Just wish though life was fair and everyone had their health from day one.