Tonight, I’m Feeling Proud!

Most of you will be aware that I am currently in the full throws of fundraising for who cary out research into Childhood Cancers. 20 years ago on April 19th, I was given the all clear after fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and the landmark really made me think about how research saved my life and gave me the opportunity to have the 20 years some never got…

Northumberland Run

On Sunday 16th March, my husband Paul (front) and friend Ben ran the Northumberland Run, a gruelling half-marathon around the stunning Kirkley Hall in Northumberland. Whilst the views were picturesque, I didn’t envy either of them and even with sponsorship of over £200 the realisation set in that this would be no easy challenge.

The two of them queued for the bus up to the start line, discussing their training (Ben had thought that the run would be a 10k and so looks slightly more uneased than Paul…but he did an amazing job in difficult, windy conditions!!!)

They even decided to snap this ‘Startline Selfie’. We cheered them on from just outside the car, which I had dumped in a country lane to get a good view (and to allow us to stay warm in such blustery conditions too…I admit!)

Northumberland Run2

Unfortunately, due to an injury he’s had before, I had to rescue my husband at mile 7 and drove backwards around the course to let Ben know…despite the conditions, and having never run a half marathon before, Ben kept going and did an amazing job!!!

He was able to finish the course in 2 hours 6 minutes and we were all there cheering him on at the end which was amazing!!!

Thank you to both of you for the sponsorship you raised and to Ben who has already started planning more events!!!

A week later and we were all at it again!!! On March 22nd, I held a table sale at Roker Methodist Church in Sunderland with items that had been donated by many people supporting our campaign. The church hall was filled with books, clothes, baby essentials, household items, gift sets, toys and of course cakes!!! A special thank you goes to my amazing friend Anastasia Goldsmith who arranged the venue, made the cakes and managed to make tea and coffee, paint faces, sell raffle tickets and bake and sell over 100 cakes too!!!

I know...they look yummy don't they???

I know…they look yummy don’t they???

We also drew our raffle at the table sale and gave away 8 amazing prizes!!! But the main news, was what happened when we rang the lucky winner of the SAFC signed shirt – he donated it back to us to auction to raise more money for the charity! So, taking to social media, I began a facebook and twitter auction over a 24 hour period and was thrilled when at a minute to midnight I received an offer of £201, taking our weekend fundraising total from £608.50 to £809.50!!!

A huge thank you to EVERYONE who supported us at the weekend but particular thanks to Marie Cooper, Lee Cooper, Kevin Cooper, Anastastia Goldsmith and Mam Anita, Carol Bestford, Paul Roddy and to our amazing family and friends who supported us – well done to our lucky raffle winners and we hope to see you all again soon at Ladies’ Night in April!!!


Coverage of our Fundraising

So, as some of you may have seen on twitter last night, yesterday we got coverage of our fundraising for the NECCR in two local newspapers.

The photographers came on Sunday and the girls reacted very differently to the attention! Orlaith hid suspiciously behind my mum, holding her hands firmly over her face whereas Emelie, the baby of the 2, grinned and was accepting of the constant flashing! Orlaith eventually came around, when my dad told her it was so that Santa knew where she lived!

Sunderland Echo – Page 8 you can read the article online here

So there we go! We got the full page on page 8 where many things were mentioned including the toddle I’m
in the process of arranging, which you can read more about here and the book I’m writing, progress of which can be found at TheLiteraryMum.

It’s strange to think, if I’d never made the decision to become a stay at home mum, my life would’ve been simply too hectic to organise all this and I would never have started my book! I owe so much to my husband and indeed to my girls! The support from my parents has also been amazing!

Most of all, I’d like to say a huge thank you to @mortgagefreejourney, @Mammapolitico, @Lemonadebudget and @adadcalledspen for their offers of help and support! Also to my good friends, Lesley and Ruth, who have also offered support – without people like you, this wouldn’t all be possible!

More exciting news to follow this week regarding the toddles! If you’d like to get involved and host a toddle, please contact me at for an events sheet, to see if you’d like to join in! 🙂


Reaching Out, Finding Friends

As most of you are now aware, I’m on a huge fundraising mission to raise money for the NECCR. I’ve written a number of posts about ideas we are organising and also about things we’ve done such as #RunRoddyRun where my husband, Paul Roddy, ran a half marathon a day for a week to and from work, raising £300 in just 5 days!

I’m really keen to reach out to others who have survived childhood cancers such as leukaemia and am specifically looking for others I met in hospital between 1992 and 1994, although I’d be happy to hear from anyone who has experienced childhood cancer. I know that many of my good friends unfortunately passed away, but know of some who went on to live happy, healthy lives just like I have – where are you? Can you help with this mission to raise money?

I’m using the press coverage as well as social media to track down as many people as I can, and would love it if you’d come forward to chat about your experiences. I’ve never been able to contact anyone as yet who understands what it’s like to be in my position…

I’ll be tweeting the link to this post regularly over the coming weeks to find as many of you as I can – I was treated in ward 16 south from 1992 to 1994 at the RVI in Newcastle. My maiden name was Kelly Bestford.
Please, please get in touch.


Kid’s Walk – National Co-ordinated event for the NECCR


As most of you are aware by now, I’m on a huge mission to raise as much as I can for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund to celebrate being 20 years all clear of leukaemia in April 2014. As part of my campaign, I’d love to get some of the lovely bloggers and their children involved in an event which will hopefully roll out across the country in January 2014…

The idea is that a sponsored kid’s walk in a place of your choice could not only bring in funds towards the total on my Just Giving Page but that we will also raise awareness of the charity and it’s fantastic work by blogging about the event and sharing lovely stories (it’s a great chance to get together with the little ones too!)

I’m going to host the North East region walk in Leazes Park, Newcastle. The park is extremely poignant as I frequently visited there during hospital stays, between clinics and operations and it also features in my book regularly; it’s a very special place.

I’d really appreciate any support with this big project and am now looking for hosts for walks nation wide – you can select the place, invite local families and bloggers near you who may be able to attend too…I’ll send the sponsor forms to you, you host the walk, take the photos and transfer the funds raised to the just giving page. You can be part of a huge nationwide event to raise money for this fantastic cause!!!

If anyone would be interested, please read my story on the just giving page, contact me on twitter and we can get our heads together 🙂 you can also email me at thank you to those hosts who have offered their support so far!!! 🙂

Research funded by this charity saved my life – I have my beautiful girls and my husband as a result of the fundraising of others. Please help me give something back to say thank you.