Tuesday, 30 April 2013

My priddy dress from the Pilgrim's Hospice

As Chas and Dave would advocate, we went "daaaaaaaaaaan to Margate" at the weekend and I spent the whole of the two and a half journey moaning.

But look at my reward!

I popped into the Pilgrim's Hospice in the Old Town, just behind the Turner Contemporary, and found this dress!

I love it so much I can't bring myself to try it on in case it doesn't fit! I <3 Margate!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Dementia Awareness Week

The Alzheimer's Society is holding its annual "Dementia Awareness Week" from 19th to 25th May to raise the public profile of this horrible disease.

This year's theme is "talking" and the Alzheimer's Society is the charity that is closest to my heart. I'm just waiting to hear some important news, hopefully this week, which will hopefully mean that I'll be able to invite you to a fundraising tea party chez moi!


Friday, 26 April 2013

Wear it Loud for Mary Hare, school for deaf children

Mary Hare Newbury, the specialist school for deaf children, is holding a Deaf Awareness event at its Hearing Centre in Weaver's Walk, Newbury on Thursday, 9th May.

The event is part of Deaf Awareness Week from 6th to 10th May and has been put on to offer advice from an audiologist, specialist products, a prize draw and refreshments.

Mary Hare is also asking people to go to work in their "loudest and brightest" clothes to raise money (by paying £1) to support the work of the school.

For more info, click here You can find out more and even donate the money you raise online.

Monday, 22 April 2013

West Berks Food Bank

Popped into Waitrose to get a magazine that is featuring an article I wrote and was presented with a leaflet at the door by a volunteer from the West Berkshire Food Bank.

Instead of collecting money, they were asking for practical help and hoping that shoppers would buy and donate one of the items on their list which included: instant mash potato, pasta sauce, sugar, tinned meat/fish/rice pudding or sponges. I of course, chose tea bags, as that would be my first choice if I couldn't afford food.

They are leaving a donation point in Waitrose, so please pop an extra item into your trolley if you can!


Sunday, 21 April 2013


When a charity does this......

you know they're serious about their fundraising....

The McBaby couldn't believe his eyes when he saw people paying to throw wet sponges at the poor man in the stocks. I found it a bit hard to watch, except that one lovely lady paid her pound and then wrung out each sponge before throwing it.

It was all part of a fundraiser in aid of West Berkshire Mencap held in Thatcham on Saturday, complete with bric-a-brac, plant stall, hand massages and even non-alcoholic cocktails!

Thursday, 11 April 2013


I absolutely love this blog, so how wonderful to see an entry on a town so close to home:

Charity shop tourism: Hungerford

Meanwhile, in my own charity endeavours, today's coffee morning was in aid of the Parkinson's Society for which I spent a pound buying cakes for the McBaby and MrT. I also tried to have a conversation with a lovely lady whose husband died recently. Note "tried" thanks to a baby who thinks he's Harry Houdini. Embarrassingly, it went like this x 6:

"I'm really sorry to hear about your husband. How are you?"

"Well, I'm...."

"Sorry, back in a second..."


Saturday, 6 April 2013

West Berkshire Hospital League of Friends

Cake, perfume and a lovely notebook. It must be time to report my purchases from Thursday's coffee morning!

The coffee morning was in aid of the West Berkshire Hospital League of Friends who do a great job supporting the local hospital, and in fact, raised the money in the first place for the building to be built nearly 10 years ago. As well as having a chat with the hard-working man behind the Friends, our friend MrT also bought me the Kirstie Allsopp book about Craft! What a sweetie!

Little does he know how terrible I am at craft. Or perhaps he does and thought this book was the answer!

See you next Thursday!!

PS. I think the League of Friends are holding a car boot sale to raise money at the car park at West Berkshire Hospital on Sunday, 12th May


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

YMCA and Mercy in Action, Theale

Just taken a bag of more things to the YMCA and it's just so lovely that the staff are so grateful for the donation. "What beautiful things", today's lady said - I wasn't sure if she was referring to Pierce Brosnan on the cover of one book, or the massive and brand new guide to the heritage of Great Britain!

I also thought it was worth mentioning Mercy in Action in Theale as I happened to stumble upon it yesterday (I'm sure there weren't any charity shops in Theale last time I was here). I don't know where they get their stock from, but there's some lovely bits and bobs including vintage china and I even found a Princess Diana book that I must have taken to a different charity shop, as it had my mum's name in the front!

They even had a Jennings book in here - very rare to see these in charity shops, and appropriately priced at £6.