Clic Sargent #dosomethingyummy Week 3

A couple of weeks ago I told you all about 2 year old Aaron and his American Adventure how he needs a radiotherapy ONLY available in the States if he is to live and I pleaded to any PR out there to donate a prize – which I would review on Mari’s World in return that we could raffle or use in a tombola to raise funds for the family.

Daniel totally blew us away with his enormously generous offer of a 3 night break at a family park situated here in the UK, Trevella Park  in Cornwall or Sand le Mere on the Yorkshire Coast. If you, like many of us, have a tight purse this year it may well be worth considering a Staycation. Apart from being fantastically placed they are very reasonable and offer the whole family an entertaining stay.

Thanks also to @PGUK for sending some lovely supplies down which Clare will be adding to the massive Mummy Pamper prize. x

Nickie at Typecast is holding week 3 of her #dosomethingyummy campaign and so I asked Clare, the lady who does all the organising of our local fund raisers to reply for prompt 2  Tell us why getting together with other parents is important. Here’s her reply :)

I am a very lucky mum of 4 healthy, happy children.  My husband, me, the kids and the dog live in a semi and life is normal!   I say that now after 4 enjoyable but scary pregnancies.  At 32 weeks pregnant with Thomas, my eldest, I was diagnosed with obstetric cholestasis, a liver disorder that has been know to cause still birth.  I was numb! To go this far and to discover this. However, they took great care of me and Thomas safely arrived after induction at 36 weeks weighing 6lb9oz.  This all happened again with Aaron, Maddi and Jacob.  Like I said I consider myself a very lucky mum!

After having Jacob I found myself with spare time on my hands as I didn’t return to work.  A close friend mentioned she wanted to organise a Macmillan coffee morning event.  Macmillan had taken care of my nan in her last weeks so I jumped at the chance to help.  

200 people turned up for our event and £700 was raised. It felt fantastic!

I found myself wanting to do more, ‘Think pink and wear it scary!’ Pirate and princess parties, Pudsey parties… All the events were aimed at mums and preschoolers.

Why did I choose to do events particularly for Mums and Preschoolers?
Selfish reasons I suppose, but at the  same time for reasons that I believed other mums would understand.  I struggled to meet other mums with preschoolers and find things to do? I am also quite shy!  So I designed the events to suit mums like myself, ones aimed at the mums that catered for the kids too.  I push myself to tell people about them and have forced myself out of my shell.  I now have a reputation for knowing everyone!

After Christmas a friend of mine told me about a little boy called Aaron.  His sister is in my sons year and I went to school with his mum.  (In fact I have known her family longer than I have known my own husband)  Aaron has Rhabdomyasarcoma cancer, he is 2, the same age as my youngest and has a tumour the size of a bar of soap.  My friend asked if I would help raise money for his trip to America.  I didn’t need asking twice!  I contacted the family, asked if I could help and P for party was organised and what fun it was!  With entertainment and special guests Peppa Pig, Pudsey Bear and Peter Rabbit £565 raised!

Plans are being made for more events for Aaron’s American Adventure.  Sponsored walks, danceathon a spring ball are among the ideas, the community has come together on this and I have more helpers than ever before.

Why do I think they do this? 

Because I think they too also consider themselves very lucky mums and they all have enormous hearts. It just goes to show that mums in today’s busy world who are multi tasking to hold jobs down, raise families, keep the house clean and get a wholesome meal on the table of an evening are also concerned about their neighbours and want to reach out and help anyone who is suffering. They recognise it could be any of us to go through these dreadful scary times and I am happy to act as go between for all these lovely mums and bring them all together.

10 Comments

  1. February 16, 2012 / 3:30 PM

    Really interesting to read your story, I would like to get involved in similar projects myself. It’s good to know that having children didn’t stop you, more the opposite!

  2. February 16, 2012 / 7:49 PM

    Love the way you’re using the #dosomethingyummy campaign to raise awareness locally, Mari – such a fantastic idea.  And  Clare, thanks for sharing your story for the link up.

  3. LauraCYMFT
    February 16, 2012 / 9:06 PM

    Great post and great way to raise awareness in your own community!

  4. Clare
    February 16, 2012 / 11:32 PM

    Thank you ladies. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s so rewarding and it felt great putting it in words. My Nan is always tell me of how everyone pulled together in her younger days….. She talks of great community spirit, she’s says we have lost that now but I don’t agree. Maybe it’s lost it’s way a little! Go for it ladies….. Make a difference put that community spirit back on track xxx good luck

  5. Adele Jarrett-Kerr
    February 17, 2012 / 9:34 AM

    This really makes me realise I’ve got to get my tush into gear to plan something for Yummy Mummy week. Inspiring post.

    • Mari
      Author
      March 2, 2012 / 1:22 PM

      Thank you for your comment and apologies for the delay in replying. Hopefully by now your tush is in gear if not call me and I’ll crack my whip ;)

  6. Whitelilygreen
    February 17, 2012 / 1:48 PM

    What an inspiration you are! A really wonderful post… fab photos too ;)

    • Mari
      Author
      March 2, 2012 / 1:23 PM

      Thank you, Clare is great isn’t she, I hope this helped both Clic Sargent and Aaron’s fundraising that she’s working so hard for

  7. Nicola
    March 1, 2012 / 1:23 PM

    I do hope Aaron gets the treatment he needs. Thanks so much for supporting #dosomethingyummy

    • Mari
      Author
      March 2, 2012 / 1:22 PM

      I hope by supporting locally and writing here that both causes got a good shout out, thanks for coming by

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