30th Birthday Celebrations

I know, I know, I was 30 back in December but why not blog about it now?!

I turned 30 on the 20th December and for some time, I’ve wanted to have a party to celebrate this.  I might have the odd house party to celebrate but as my birthday is 5 days before Christmas, people can’t seem to make it at times so this was a way to get everyone together and celebrate.  The birthday wasn’t the only celebration though as I was shaving my hair for Cancer Research to support my mum with her cancer journey.

Christmas was the theme and it was an option of Christmas jumpers or Christmas Fancy Dress; I opted for Mrs Claus.  I kitted the room out with Christmas decorations, I called Santa to see if he would come along and give a gift to the kids who where there and I put out a pretty good spread.  I got my brother in law to do the DJing, my sister in law to do the photography and got the family together to set up the room the night before.

The party came soon enough and we had a ball (well I know I did!).  The plan of action was Santa giving out gifts, buffet to open (which gave me time to have my hair plaited ready for the head shave), head shave and then party the night away.

All the kids loved having Santa there, they all receive a gift each (I chose well as they loved them!), the photos came out great too (I’d never doubt that for a second of course!) and then it was time for me to take a seat ready for the raffle.  Most plaits were raffled off so everyone had a shot of cutting one off.  These were put away for safe keeping of course as they were being donated to The Little Princess Trust.  Then my friend Diane shaved the rest of my hair off!  Scary but amazing especially with the hair I had!

Then the surprise came….. my husband of 7 years proposed to me!  Back in 2004 I proposed to him on the 29th Feb, we married in 2008 on the 29th Feb just to be different of course and ever since I’ve joked about not knowing what it will feel like being proposed to…. I can tell you it’s amazing!  Obviously we will HAVE to renew our wedding vows now won’t we 😉  We was also asked to be god-parents to our new Nephew Roman!  Everything went on that night!

From the head shave I raised £2273.64 for Cancer Research, I donated my hair to The Little Princess Trust and I got some fab certificates for the pleasure.  Amazing to think that I raised all that money and my hair was accepted to make a wig for a little child who needs it.

For further information and links to the companies listed please click below:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/

makelifememorable.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/elowreyphotography

 

Here’s a few pictures from the night and a link to the video (grab a tissue!)

Lynz x

Race for Life 2012

Here’s a bit of a plea to try to raise awareness and to gain sponsorship 🙂

Me and my family and friends (the uncoordinated crew) are running race for life this year.  There are a few reasons for this; to raise awareness of this awful disease, to raise as much money as we can for the cause, to support family and friends who have had, are suffering or have beat cancer and to get fit too.

Now, you might be thinking ‘who has cancer in her family’ or ‘why bother’?  Well  here’s a bit of a low down from my perspective.  In the past, family members have passed away due to a varied list of cancers so I will be racing for them.  My husband’s family, my family currently have a number of suffers, members who have passed away due to a varied list of cancers and members who have beat cancer so I will also be racing for them.  Finally a close friend of my husbands too has this dreadful disease and it is incurable.  He is young, he has lived a very fit and healthy lifestyle, has a family who care for him dearly so I will be racing for him.  I, in the past have had abnormalities linking to cancer and if the rule of 25+ for smear tests were in force then, I may not be here today.  This may not be the case but these abnormalities in a matter of months developed into pre-cancer cells and they were thankfully removed before the age of 20.

Now, hopefully you are thinking ‘how do I sponsor’?  This is the easy part.  You can do the following:

Visit http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/uncoordinated-crew and click on donate

Use the JustTextGiving by Vodafone option: Text FRVP48 and the amount you want to sponsor to 70070 e.g FRVP48 £10

Seeing me, filling in my sponsor form and giving me the money

Together we will beat cancer

Volunteers’ Week 2012

Volunteers’ week (1st – 7th June 2012) came to an end yesterday and I would like to spend a moment to share my feelings on volunteering and an abstract I have taken from www.volunteering.org.uk

I’n my spare time (when I actually get some!) I volunteer for the Beat Bullying campaign which helps thousands of young people get through their daily lives.  This is an amazing company and I feel and know that I have helped so many people through their problems.  This is a very rewarding role and I will always continue to carry this work out.  I think everyone in their lives should volunteer their time at some stage whether it be collecting donations in the street, running a charity event or even signing up to Race for Life as I have done in the past and will be running again this year.

Here’s an abstract from www.volunteering.org.uk that I think is important to place here as it brings the reality of how important volunteering is.

Volunteers’ week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Up and down the country, individuals and organisations will hold events to celebrate the contribution of volunteers and inspire others to take part.

The contribution of volunteering

Every year, over 20 million people across England and the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

Services and initiatives that are vital to the running of our country simply wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for volunteers. This includes the NHS, the Coastguard Rescue Service (3,500 volunteers), the  Mountain and Cave Rescue Service (3,500 volunteers in England and Wales), Natural England (2,200 volunteer wardens), the judiciary (30,000 volunteer magistrates in England and Wales) and the police (over 15,000 Special Constables).

Volunteering in 2012

In 2012 the central role of volunteers is even clearer, which means we have lots to celebrate. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games could not happen without the efforts of 70,000 Games Makers, 8,000 London Ambassadors and countless more across the country.

Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee will involve tens of thousands in community activities. The Jubilee Hour initiative, supported by organisations as diverse as The Women’s Institute, West Yorkshire Police and the Muslim Council of Britain, will encourage people to donate an hour of their time to help others either through an organisation or on a personal basis.

Volunteering and community cohesion

But volunteering has an even greater value than ensuring our essential community services function and national events are a success. Every year, millions of people help others in all sorts of ways, most of which they probably wouldn’t even think of as volunteering.

This makes a crucial contribution to binding our communities, building cooperation and trust between individuals, and helping to make our communities better places to live and work.

So we hope that Volunteers’ Week 2012 is going to be bigger and better than ever. We look forward to hearing about what you’ll be doing to celebrate.

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