Just a small 'Quintessentially English Garden Party'!!!!!

This is the first update we've posted since March as things have been fairly quiet on the fund raising front but my word, it was worth waiting for!

Ironically it was probably about March time that Harrison's Great Auntie Hil and Great Uncle Mike came up with an idea on how they wanted to help raise money for Harrison and his fund. The idea was a 'Quintessentially English Garden Party'!

To most this would be inviting a few friends and family round and offering a few cups of tea and a slice of cake, but not Hil and Mike!

No - a committee team was set up! Plans were hatched! Invites were sent out....and it soon became apparent that this wasn't going to be any small thing. In fact, as the RSVP's returned, the raffle prizes increased every week, the mention of cakes being made never stopped and more and more ideas were thought of, its true to say that this was going to be far bigger than a simple 'tea party'!

The committee continued to organise and more and more prizes were received from all sorts of donators, from local businesses to the likes of M&S, ASDA and Frankie and Bennies!

Sunday 11 August was the date and the weather couldn't have been any better to make it an unbelievable afternoon. Well over 200 people turned up to support Harrison, taking part in the raffle, face painting, hoopla, bric a brac, tombola, golf challenge, splat the rat, biscuit decorating, buying and eating all sorts of cakes and so much more. They could even have their photo taken in a vintage car or have a ride in a Porsche racing car!!!

With Hil and Mike both being Morris Dancers, entertainment was provided from various local Morris Dancers supporting their day. The Hobos, Bourne River Dancers, Dorset Buttons and Rapper Morris Dancers all danced magnificently in the sun, entertaining everyone and none more than Harrison himself, who had a whale of a time holding some bells and dancing along in his own way!

To say that the event was a success is a huge understatement. Magnificently organised and needing to be due to the numbers turning up, it was a brilliant afternoon and in the end it seems that the final figure raised could be in excess of £3,000, which is staggering amount and far more than everyone imagined.

We must thank all those involved in organising the event as well as those that danced and helped on the day, manning the various stalls and entertainment. But special mention must be for Hil and Mike of course. We are so incredibly grateful, words cannot describe how much, but we are! To have the thought in the first place is one thing but to go to such great lengths and to put on such an amazing event for our little man and raise so much money to help him is staggering.  You really did pull out all the stops!

We would also like to thank Hil's friend Penny, who we know did so much in helping to organise things, as well as Dom, Alan and Russ, Harrison's Granny and Joss and so many more that we probably don't even know helped!!

As well as the raffle, donations and the various stalls helping raise money on the day, a special mention must go to one very generous donation. Lisa Nolson, who runs ‘The Whole Package Happiness and Well Being Centre’ in Broadstone donated £2,000 worth of her treatment time, which raised £1,200 alone! Thank you so much to Lisa, we’re very grateful.

We’re still gathering the photos from the day but we’ll be posting them on the gallery section as soon as we have them.

So once again, we’d like to thank Hil and Mike and everyone involved again for supporting Harrison and raising such an amazing amount for his fund.