Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Charity pamper evening in pictures

Head and shoulder massage, mini-facial, hand and arm massage, mini-manicure and express hair styling ... these were just some of the fabulous treatments on offer at last night’s Charity Pamper Evening at Shear Success Salon and Spa in aid of Pregnancy Sickness Support and their Nine Months of ... campaign to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

I had a relaxing head and shoulder massage and express hair styling (after which I felt very glam) followed by a lovely hand and arm massage whilst lying on a heated bed with dimmed lighting and soothing music ... bliss!  

Although I had arrived feeling a little frazzled after rushing home from work, doing the school run, the nursery run, making the tea and getting ready in 5 minutes flat, I was soon feeling chilled out with all the other guests.

We were treated to bubbly and canapés and the salon kindly donated a wonderful raffle prize of a mini-facial or mini-massage plus a blow dry.

It was a perfect evening with great company and we raised £136 for Pregnancy Sickness Support.  Thank you to everyone who came and helped to make the event a huge success. Thank you also to Angela and all the staff at Shear Success who were amazing.  They did everything which meant it was very easy for me to organise the event.  All I had to do was sell tickets ... and then enjoy the evening.

I have only one question – when’s the next one?

If you have enjoyed reading this please sponsor me for the Nine Months of ... campaign here.  You can find out more about the Nine Months of ... campaign here.  Thank you.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

What do I have in common with Theo Walcott?

Not a great deal, I imagine. But there is one thing. As I watched the news last week, when the BBC newsreader reported that Walcott had suffered “the injury that all footballers dread” I knew, I just knew. I turned to my husband and said “ACL”.  Bingo, I was right! He had suffered the same injury I suffered - a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament - and has just had the same knee op that I had twelve weeks ago.

It must be a pretty common injury even among mere mortals who do not command seven figure salaries for kicking a round thing around a field.  There are at least four parents’ of children in my son’s class who have had the same injury … and as far as I know none of us are footballers.

But what has this got to do with charity?  Hang in there, I am getting to the point.  According to the news Walcott is likely to be out of the game for six months.  I can certainly vouch for the fact that it is a long recovery process.  Three months into my recovery, I have only just been allowed to do my first jog since the op. It was only round the corner but it was indeed a jog, not limp or a hobble or even a fast walk but a proper jog!  This was a small step but a significant one for me.

This brings me to goals (excuse the pun). Walcott has major incentives to get his knee back into shape as quickly as possible after surgery – his career, playing for his country, not to mention that seven figure salary!

But what about me? In recent years I have become less and less active as the effects of my injury increased and the stability of my knee deteriorated.  Of course, I want to be able to do sport, get fitter and maybe even lose a bit of weight but my main incentive and motivation is this: as my children grow up I don't want to be afraid to play tennis with them, kick a ball around in the park or even just kneel on the floor to play for fear that my right knee might “clunk out of place” and have to be then clunked back into place.  This is why I got it fixed.

I have been very conscientious with my physiotherapy but I am beginning to feel that I need a concrete goal to aim for.  So, I am thinking that it would be good to do some kind of run, cycle, swim (not all three, of course, as that would be madness!) and that as an added motivation I could do this for charity.

But what? And when? I have no idea what would be an achievable goal or an appropriate timescale to aim for. Clearly, I will not be doing an Ironman Triathlon or the Marathon des Sables any time soon but there must be something more realistic I could aim for.  Bearing in mind that I am currently not allowed to jog for more than about 10 minutes at a time, as well as the shamefully low fitness level I am starting from, I expect that I will need a long time to prepare!

So, I am now on the lookout for opportunities towards the end of this year (or even next year) and any suggestions would be appreciated.  Answers on a postcard please ... or via more 21st Century means of communication if you prefer!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

New Year Pampering

What better way to start the New Year than with a bit of much-needed pampering?

The date of my Charity Pamper Evening in aid of Pregnancy Sickness Support has now been set as Tuesday 28 January at 7pm at Shear Success in Sutton Coldfield.

Tickets have sold fast, so much so that I now have a waiting list! Some people have yet to pay so places may become available. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like me to put your name on the waiting list.

Here’s the deal:

Tickets are £10 (£5 of which goes to PSS) and guests will receive a drink on arrival and canapés.

Everyone will receive:

·         a head, shoulder and neck massage,
·         a stress relieving hand and arm massage, and
·         hair style or colour advice.

As well as a choice of:

·         a mini facial,
·         a mini massage,
·         threading,
·         a mini manicure or mini pedicure, or
·         a part-body spray tan.

It promises to be an excellent evening. I look forward to seeing you there!

You can sponsor Pregnancy Sickness Support's 'nine months of…' campaign by donating here.