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George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Today we'd booked ourselves a table of six Hartsfield Manor for some absolutely brilliant Halloween treats! Thanks to the team they've helped solve the 2020 challenge of no trick or treating which is off the cards due to all things Covid... and they're even kindly supporting the Giant Pledge to Help Beat Childhood Cancer in the process 🥰

With adult and children's spookily themed afternoon tea menus, with both 1pm and 4pm sittings over the next two weeks, they also have an outdoor hunt for the kids to help run some of the sugar off so we certainly needed no more convincing! ...the question was what to wear, cue us raiding our fancy dress boxes! (Of course we went for it even if fancy dress was optional!)

On our table we were joined by 2 of our good friends and instantly had costume envy (don't they both look brilliant) but as it happens other tables were also booked by some of George's year group of parents making it even more fun to see what people were wearing albeit on separate tables and all socially distanced!

If you're stuck for something to do this October half term there's still a number of places left and we'd highly recommend it! Simply share this post or tag people in the comments to share the love if you think they might be interested! For more details click here, https://bit.ly/374sraf or give Hartsfield Manor a call on 01737 845300 (and if you're wondering where to find them, they're in a whopping 16 acres of gardens in Betchworth in Surrey just in case you also wanted to walk some of that sugar off!)

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

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Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
After Alex finished rugby training we hot footed it down to Brigthon to the Apple store earlier this Sunday afternoon. We're not entirely sure how or why but for whatever reason Woody's iPhone totally stopped working and, despite having a full battery and many failed attempts to do a factory reset on it, the blumin thing wouldn't start hence running to the experts in hope that they could help!

We all went along for the ride knowing the weather was set to be nice as one thing we all love to do is throw stones in the sea and simply watch the waves coming in. It also meant I had an excuse to pop along to a few shops, although I'm not sure the boys felt the same excitement as me about this! ...just look at them sat there like two very bored / unimpressed / sulking manikins 😂

After that it was a moment of pure indulgence down by the sea skimming stones and seeing who could throw them the furthest. It turns out they can all throw them further than me much to the boys' amusement / glee! (And yes George's hair survived the night so he was very pleased to still be rocking his new mohawk style!)

With tomorrow being the first of the Hartsfield Manor Halloween afternoon teas and mini adventure trails to find clues for the children to earn themselves some treats, Sunday roast then saw a few of our basement guests and a lot of our spooky fancy dress join us to get us all in the mood and to help us decide what we're going to wear!

Don't forget there are still a number of spaces over the next two weeks left, more so at the 4pm vs 1pm sittings, but as you can see from the menu this means mini pizza fingers for the kids and sandwiches and cakes for the adults so no matter the time what's not to love! Give them a call on 01737 845300 or visit https://bit.ly/374sraf if you'd like to find out more!

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgeandthegiantpledge
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantpledge
And on Instagram: https://instagram.com/giantpledge

Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Ohhhh my goodness somebody was V E R Y pleased with himself today! Not only did George score his first ever goal for his Reigate FC winning football team but he also got his haircut and styled into a mohawk after a visit to Youssef's Barber's Reigate! 😍

When we look back to how poorly and frail he was on this day during his cancer treatment today he positively beamed nothing but pure happiness ...even if he took a boot to the face and had a cut / bruise between the middle of his eyebrows but that didn't stop him ...he just looked like a bit of an oik with both that and today's new hairstyle 😂

The funniest thing was both of the boys not wanting to wash their hair, even wearing my shower cap to protect their fresh cuts as they washed before bed this evening 😆 ...let's see how they both look in the morning as something tells me George's flyaway fine hair that grew back following his cancer treatment will never look like that again when it comes to him or us styling it...! Either way a truly super cute reaction which is no surprise as, much like other kids with cancer who lose their hair, suddenly it's so much more important!

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgeandthegiantpledge
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantpledge
And on Instagram: https://instagram.com/giantpledge

Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
And so we have it, that moment where the boys film you and call you embarrassing as you might have had a drink...that single glass of wine might have gone to your head and you might have put on 80's classics and started dancing around your kitchen as it's half term as of today and you might have also taken two weeks off work to spend with them 💃🏼

Meanwhile for the boys it was all about rocking their style and doing their hair today ...they both need a haircut and George had mufti day! We've no idea what we're going to do with them both for the next two weeks but even if it's just spending time chilling out parked up on the sofa at home with me not checking work emails then I'm happy!

That said, Monday see's us venturing to Hartsfield Manor for the first of their Halloween afternoon tea sittings! There's still availability left on Thurs 22nd and Sunday the 25th, both at the 1pm sessions. But if a 4pm slot works for you then drop them a line as there's definitely more days with even more spaces for a covid safe / government compliant trick or treating alternative! (Read more at https://bit.ly/374sraf)

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgeandthegiantpledge
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantpledge
And on Instagram: https://instagram.com/giantpledge

Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Over the space of the last 4 years we honestly didn't think life could get much more challenging / any stranger. On this day in October 2016 we went along as keen beans to the filming of Stand Up To Cancer in the YouTube studios with access through my work to be part of the live audience...little did we ever think George would go on to be diagnosed with cancer himself just a matter of weeks after 😞

Flash forward to today and the whole world is in the grips of Covid19. The varying lockdown measures across the UK are now also starting to include places far closer to home to us in Surrey. Yes we may still be OK but we can all tell what's coming! In fact as of midnight on Friday 28 million people across the UK will find themselves moving into the government's tier 2 of lockdown meaning they'll no longer be able to mix outside their household in other people's homes, pubs or even restaurants indoors as they move into this high risk category - I wonder how many of those people include you?!

As I said before, I've always written down what's happened in the day to help remember and/or process what's gone on. That was the case throughout George's cancer treatment so I guess you're also seeing me do that now through all things Covid! Cancer look backs and covid aside our day was pretty mellow and relatively normal albeit exhausting for some! (You can definitely tell George is ready for half term!) By the sounds of it we may not be going anywhere or doing anything much for the next two weeks while the boys are off school so for today we'll focus on a time pre the last four years chaos and mayhem when the excitement of the day was meeting YouTuber vloggers Caspar Lee and Niki and Sammy the twins among a host of others! (Look how diddy the boys were 🥰)

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgeandthegiantpledge
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantpledge
And on Instagram: https://instagram.com/giantpledge

Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
George and the Giant Pledge
George and the Giant Pledge
Goodness me, watching the BBC News tonight my heart sank hearing schools are closing again in Northern Ireland. Apparently they have the highest Covid rates in the UK ...it certainly feels as though more lockdowns closer to home could well be imminent with all this talk of deploying a 'circuit breaker' strategy by the opposition 😬 I guess there's no point speculating but it's quite something feeling there's no end in sight to all of this.

When we felt overwhelmed in a similar-ish way during George's cancer treatment we broke down chunks of time into much more manageable mini moments, we certainly weren't able to plan anything longer term. We jumped at opportunities last minute and made the most of every day where we could...not that any of that was easy considering we're both spreadsheet loving control freaks!

To that point Woody and I had an impromptu walk around the park with a coffee this morning which was lovely! We also saw lots of people jump at the chance to book into the Hartsfield Manor Halloween afternoon tea event with 4 of the sittings already pretty much sold out! That said there's certainly still places on a variety of days left, we'd just suggest you give them a call / book in ASAP if you're interested (tel: 01737 845300 or via https://bit.ly/374sraf)

Meanwhile today George had his usual weekly swimming lesson...it made me laugh that on this day during his cancer treatment we were playing a game where he had to guess he was a fish on yet another of our inpatient hospital stints. He's not quite fish like just yet but he's certainly improving week after week 😂 Alex also won a runners up place for his recent Macmillan Cancer Support World's Biggest Coffee Morning baking efforts which made us all smile today 🥰

It was then at bed tonight for some reason George had a bit of a meltdown 😞 He begged us not to make him wear his body brace this evening. Yes it's uncomfortable but no different today than it has been since he's started wearing them after his spinal /cancer resection surgery. It could be that he was overtired, that it's now getting far too small for him (we're waiting on the call to say the new one is ready), or simply because he's just had enough of being shackled into a rigid bit of plastic for 23 hours a day. I honestly could have cried with him this evening when he said "I can't wear this till I'm 16 mummy" Poor little mite 😢

Between us we've got this.

#thebigpush
#aimhighstaypositive
#giantpledge

Donate or join the Giant Pledge team with your own fundraising event in 2020 at https://giantpledge.com/team

Buy one of our 'Tackle Childhood Cancer' tees or pick up your superhero cape in honour of the doctors, nurses and super brave cancer kids at http://giantpledge.com/shop

Sing along & share our charity 'Do a Big Poo' song, https://youtu.be/U3iOmhIIc_s or buy it here, https://giantpledge.com/buy

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgeandthegiantpledge
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/giantpledge
And on Instagram: https://instagram.com/giantpledge

Or for help with any event you may be thinking of email Mari-Louise.White@rmh.nhs.uk and cc us at GeorgeandtheGiantPledge@gmail.com
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