It came – it went – they had a Ball!

When they say all roads lead to Rome – well my road lead to Herriot’s Function room 7pm November 19th! This is where all the stressing, pleading for prizes (others got on board too and got some amazing stuff) and trying to make it worth the £35 entry fee.

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I had my dress – but as I am not usually a girly girl – most people know I am the happiest in jeans with a tiny scrap of “naturel” make-up made me worry how I would fare against all those glamorous ladies (and to be honest the gentlemen too!). So a bit late in the day I was ringing around trying to get my nails and feet done and also the bits of facial hair that have now re-appeared since chemo ended! Hair was also to be fitted in – agggggg I needed more than 24 hours in a day….

The first was hair removal – first my head and the girls at Rags in Settle took away my unruly curls (which made me look ancient) to replace it with a short and straight funky style. Then I went and was defuzzed – wrong to do it the day before the ball and even Monday my skin is still swollen from the wax – the buzzing I felt on my face wasn’t only due to the alcohol..lol

Nails Saturday morning was supposed to take an hour – didn’t bank on my toenails not setting and them having to re-do it – panicking about time as the hour turned into TWO!

Finally got back to the function room where the guys at Herriots had already started setting up the room…..although we were only a small ball of 53 people the room wouldn’t make us feel like small fish in a big pond – brilliant dance floor and space for our raffle prizes and the accessories for the photo “booth”

My running friend Fiona Turton was on hand to do her wonderful floral creations for the tables and also around the room – Herriots also boasted some in the female loos. Husband Charles was on hand to help with EVERYTHING and was a calming influence when I was panicking inside. Karen Smith and husband Darren turned up at the right time to help with the technical stuff – how to make a cardboard frame stronger – something that would be well used later!

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Then it was THAT time – to go to the bar and meet people that had arrived who were staying and that I hadn’t seen for ages – some you have to realise because of the nature of things in the running community I have been chatting to on Facebook – or in the case of Karen and Darren Realbuzz) for years without seeing them – but they are friends just as if I had seen them every day.

My roommate Lizzie was coming from France – we met briefly at the London Marathon 2014 and then had contact again last year when her Dad Peter found out he had Bowel Cancer. She has raised thousands for Bowel Cancer UK doing dafter things than me!

I was glad I had a roomie as there was no way I would have been able to zip myself into the dress I had bought – long to hide my legs and a shrug to hide my arms – if all else fails cover up!

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To be honest the next few hours went in a blur so I won’t bore you with a step by step of she did this and he did that – I was too stressed out – in fact I had to go to the toilet on a couple of occasions and back up to my room on one. So worried that people wouldn’t like everything and it would be a total flop!

But the Chef pulled out all the stops and the food was delicious whether the tomato and roasted pepper soup to start, supreme of chicken or Mushroom and brie wellington and the luscious lemon and raspberry dessert – and a few bottles of wine to top it off.

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Once the teas and coffees and were underway it was time for me to say a little something and the raffle to be drawn. Bad decision to wear contacts – couldn’t see a bloody thing, did a speech ad hoc but missed out the important things of who to thank but at least didn’t do a Gwyneth Paltrow  and blub for ages! Took ages to get through the raffle mainly because both Angelene and I were wearing contacts!

I am rubbish with names and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the singer but she was good – she was also pretty and thin and young (is it wrong that when you get to my age you notice these things!) She was on for 3/4 hour and then Chris (Liz’s partner) became Master in Chief and compare for the Auction – what a brilliant way to raise money!

Poor Steven caught up in the heat of the moment bid for the framed Coronation Street star top and autograph – without ever watching the programme or knowing who it was. He was trying to sell it all night for a fraction of what he paid – plenty of selfies were taken with photo frame.

Biggest hit of the night were all the disguises/ hats / feather boa’s that plus picture/photo frame – my cheap way of having a photo booth. Don’t think there were many people that didn’t partake and it was hilarious. Got people talking to each other.

The music was fantastic too and Paul did us really proud reading the crowd well and I don’t think there was any moment that the dance floor didn’t have someone on it. The party stopped at 12.30 but as residents we stayed up until 2am….a complaint about loud noise made us think it would be better to go to bed.

I was amazed at how much money we raised on the night – around £2700 and with the money from both just giving pages it means that so far (as money is still coming in) Bowel Cancer UK should be receiving £1700 + and Airedale Hospital Oncology Unit £1800 +. (so they can order the chair)

I have two races to finish my CanMollyRun challenge – The Pieathon and Christmas 5km virtual run then that’s it – no more. Next year I have decided no races and no fundraising – need to catch breath and smell the roses.

Just to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped me on this journey – some people are still wanting to donate (if this is you) the just giving pages are open until the end of the year.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mollyfox67

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mollyfox60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Future and past go hand in hand…

remembrance_day.jpgToday is Remembrance Sunday a day when we look, not just of fallen hero’s of past wars but of wars going on today. Living in a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales it is easy to live in a small bubble thinking that nothing is going to affect our day-to-day lives but change is happening all around and with the electing of a new President of the United States this week, change in the form of Donald Trump might affect us all sooner than we think.

So today I did my virtual Remembrance 5k RFF race but after a bad nights sleep it was going to be a race of two halves with the dogs – they are getting used to me putting my trainers on now – although Milo is not as enthused and sometimes he is lagging behind. So they went out at 8.30 and then again at 2pm – mind you I am never going to break any speed records with those two!

There is only 6 days for the Ball now – where did the time go? Most things have been done – but you know how it is there is always a panic that there is something still to do. The main things are done – meals ordered, all paid for and the fizz is on ice!!

This week I received a special Auction prize from the guys at Hope Technology Cycling who have given me a Limited edition pair of cycling shorts (rrp £100)  signed by Guy Martin – I love this man. I have to thank my boss Jackie Bonsall for getting me these. So get bidding! These have also gone on Ebay as they are so unique.

So this week I will go through the Auction prizes for anyone wanting to bid –

1. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HERRIOTS FOR 2 @ HERRIOTS SKIPTON

2. FRAMED TOP, AUTOGRAPHED SAHIR KHAN (CORRIE)

3. SUNDAY LUNCH FOR 2 @ JAMES MARTIN MANCHESTER RESTAURANT + AUTOGRAPH & ROLLING PIN

4. HAYLEY FROM CORRIE 2 HATS & AUTOGRAPH

5. / 6. JOHN NEWNMAN AUTOGRAPH CDS

7. ADAM RICKET (EX CORRIE) SIGNED BASEBALL CAP

8. VINTAGE CAR RIDE FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON TEA @HUMBLE PIE, EARBY

9.TWO TIERD DESIGNER CAKE

10. SILENTNIGHT KINGSIZE BED ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (RRP £1500)

11. LIMITED ADDITION HOPE TECH CYCLING SHORTS SIGNED BY GUY MARTIN

So coundown is on……..

http://www.hopetech.com

http://www.herriotsforleisure.co.uk/

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mollyfox67

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mollyfox60

Raffle tickets are £1 each and you can donate to either of the just giving pages -one is for Bowel Cancer UK one is for Airedale Hospital Oncolology Unit. Put raffle and I wil post the numbers on Facebook.

Just to tempt you – my talented sister Erika before she went on her holiday brought a fully iced Christmas cake for the raffle…christmas-cake

 

 

 

 

Running…..out of time

Things have been very hectic – The ball is less than TWO weeks away – and I have TWO runs this month. Where does time go, last time I looked it was April and I had plenty of time but I reckon the older you are the quicker it goes!

I have started running every day with the boys – Milo and Casey – it gets me into a routine of fighting with my sports bra everyday and getting out there even if its not far – bear in mind the babies only have little legs and Milo is stubborn – when he doesn’t want to run (like this morning) then he won’t!

Yesterday I did a virtual race (paid with medal but run on my own) in aid of Children with Cancer – Run for Lucy – a wonderful little girl who has had so many challenges in her short life but has always a smile on her face. It was my first proper run since York 10 mile and even though I did it on the treadmill  I really enjoyed it – running longer than I have ever had.

 

So all thoughts now are focused on the ball – final numbers are 51 and these wonderful people are going to have a blast, had our last meeting with Herriots last Monday and got to meet the DJ Paul  www.hi-tekentertainment.co.uk/ and was given the details of the singer. Balloons have come from the charity and helium has been provided by Herriots – so we won’t be puffed on the night!

We have had some more raffle prizes come in so if anyone wants tickets they are on Sale at £1 a ticket – full list here of prizes in no particular order :-

  • Overnight stay for 2 at Herriots Hotel Skipton
  • Sloe Gin Fruit Cake in a tin Betty’s of York
  • Cabaret night for 2 (meal) Rendezvous Hotel
  • Champagne Cream Tea x Coniston Hotel
  • Thornton Hall Country Park x2  Family Tickets
  • Cheese goodies The Courtyard Settle
  • Natalie /Dean NbHairdressing @Earby
  • 4 x 1 hr Adult swimming lessons
  • 5 x1 hr dog walks
  • Busy Bees Health Products
  • Cottages.com £50 voucher
  • Keelham Farm Shop £20 voucher
  • Silentnight 4 feather pillows
  • Box chocolates
  • Silohuette Facial voucher
  • Yankee candles Garnd Bazaar
  • Jelly Candle
  • Avon Planet Spa
  • Pot Pourri
  • Oven glove/Tea towel set
  • Litre bottle scotch
  • Fully iced Christmas cake
  • Bottle Champagne
  • Stationery Set
  • Body Shop Gift Set
  • Run For Fun Running T-Shirt (with slogan)
  • Bottle fruity Schnapps
  • Bottle Mulled wine
  • St Eval Candle Co. Gift Set

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SO GET BUYING THERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC THINGS THERE – YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT AND ITS FOR TWO GREAT CAUSES

http://www.phoenixfitness.org/

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Mollyfox16

http://www.herriotsforleisure.co.uk/