Today I stumbled across a nifty little app called Ziffit, which allows you to sell the stuff you don’t want online (they even collect) and donate the proceeds to a nominated charity. Clearing out the garage of old books whilst donating to Children with Cancer UK has been a very worthwhile way to pass a few hours and I’m loving the fact we’ve reclaimed a whole host of space! If you would like to donate too check out http://vmgiving.co/wbdc
It has been an absolute honour today to receive a delivery from Dame Jess Ennis Hill! I feel so privileged and I know Jess Weaver would have been so incredibly excited. It’s fair to say Jess and I watched a lot of the 2012 olympics together (well I did as she was a baby!) and seeing another Sheffield girl run so well gave me the inspiration I needed to get back to exercise…. never did I think only 8 years later I’d receive a gift from her in the post. From one Yorkshire Jess in memory of another. What an honour.
Now for the challenge of raising as much money as we can via auction for Children with Cancer UK.
On World Leukaemia Day, it feels a fitting moment,
To raise more awareness, of one of life’s big opponents.
Whilst the medics do a great job, and treatment is helping more.
There are still too many people who aren’t with us anymore.
The disease progresses quickly, with diagnosis sometimes not so easy.
With so many symptoms possible, maybe bruising or being wheezy.
So here’s to fundraising for research and raising more awareness.
To help against the fight, the suffering and the unfairness.
To all leukaemia fighters, I wish you health and feeling well.
I hope your blood is soon free of those nasty leukaemia cells.
It’s often said that tragic events change you, cause you to take stock on where you’re at, what you want to do and what’s important. Having lived through a tragedy myself I can completely identify with that, and whilst much of my life is still as it was before Jess became ill, I have vowed to carry on some of the bravery that Jess showed, and spend more time pursuing the things that I love doing. One of those is poetry, and I’m particularly proud of my first published poem for the Morley Arts Festival. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many! 😀
Tomorrow is another first…. Jess’ first birthday not being here 💔. Jess would have been 9, except as she’s not with us anymore I’m calling it 8+1.
So unlike in years gone by, we won’t be blowing up balloons, excitedly waking up at 5am to open gifts and presents or lighting candles on a cake. But we will celebrate all the wonderful memories, the determined spirit, the mischievous games Jess used to adore, the endless love and cuddles and the unwavering bravery Jess showed. To mark the occasion, we’ll be taking a walk on the beach, something Jess loved to do and donating to Children with Cancer UK.
And of course, in what has become a post Jess way of coping, I’ve added a birthday poem to the growing collection. Here’s hoping wherever she is, she knows we’re celebrating her short but very precious time with us. ❤️
Happy Birthday Jess! 🍰 🎈 🎁
Today you would have been nine years old Half way to an adult, I would have been told Except for the fact you’re not here any more So eight + one is your new age score A few things have happened since you passed away But we still miss you lots, every single day. With us in spirit, I know that you are With your ring on my finger, you’re never very far We’ve been building a legacy, so we all remember you To be honest, it’s helped us know what to do We’ve built you a website, in your name I think you would have like the minor fame We’re fundraising lots, £17k raised already The increase in funds has been nice and steady So many charities to support, that we could choose All of who, our support could use. I’ve told your tale to spread the word I’ve wanted to make sure that we got heard You’ve been on Websites, in magazines and have a song too So many ways we’re remembering you. Ideas are a plenty from your old school I think you’ll think they’re all rather cool A tree, a bench and an annual award too It’s fair to say they won’t forget you So today, for your birthday, we’re off to the coast It’s seems a fitting way, your birthday to toast I’ll play a few pranks, which I know you would have done And we’ll try to make sure, we have lots of fun So happy birthday Jess, my mini me. I hope that you’re ok, wherever you may be. I hope somewhere you’re celebrating too And watching how much we still miss you. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
The Team Jess running vests have arrived and I’ve given mine its debut….even in this heat! Thanks Children with Cancer UK. Nice that we’ve got them for the Team Jess warm up run in September as well as the rescheduled Sheffield 10k 😀
Nice to see Jess pop up on the Children with Cancer social media posts today. Whilst we can’t help Jess anymore, we can potentially help others by sharing her story.😀
Jess had a loving big brother, Oli, who misses Jess greatly. Nonetheless, he’s getting into the spirit of Team Jess fundraising and has created his very own Team Jess ringtone based on the Team Jess running anthem (can even be sent to you if requested!). Hats off to his creative, technological endeavours and it’s lovely to hear the Team Jess tune every time my phone rings! But that’s not all he’s done; Jess loved to game with her big brother, and so what better way for Oli to remember Jess than a 12 hour gaming event! The event will take place on the 14th November, when together with his friends, Oli will play on his xbox for 12 hours straight to remember Jess. If you would like to support him, you can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jill-weaver2
A huge thank you to Pomfretian for their kind donation to the Team Jess fundraising and for publishing a centre page spread about the Team Jess campaign in this month’s edition too. Jess has been in two publications now and they say things comes in threes. I wonder who could be next 🤔. To read the article visit the Pomfretian website.
This week has been another first and another hurdle for us; our first family holiday since Jess passed away. It’s fair to say it’s not easy making new memories without Jess, so we chose to very much keep her memory present with us all the time and visit a part of Dorset not too far from Jess’ last holiday. In an impressive motor home that became our home on wheels for the week, we’ve loved exploring the stunning coastline and beaches of the Jurassic coast, with an honorary Team Jess mascot with us (AKA one of Jess’ favourite teddies). No substitution for the bundle of fun that would have been Jess with us of course, although definitely easier to keep still to take a photograph of! I think being adventurous herself, Jess would have liked that we tried to take her with us to explore some of Dorset’s marvellous natural wonders, especially the adventure of Portland Bill and old Harry’s rocks. And she definitely would have liked the quirkiness of a motor home and having to climb into a bed above a steering wheel! So whilst we missed Jess dearly, it’s fair to say we enjoyed the holiday in Jess style. Looking forward to next year’s ‘E’ trip.