In March this year I held a coffee afternoon to raise money for Pregnancy Sickness Support. It was the first time I had ever done this kind of thing and I had no idea what to expect. How many people would turn up? How much money I would raise?
Well, I didn't run out of cups ... or cake (which was my main concern!) and I made over £160.
I was struck by two things: First, I was surprised to discover how many people who came had either suffered themselves, or knew a close friend or relative who had suffered, from bad pregnancy sickness or HG. If only I had known when I was pregnant, particularly the first time round, that it was not just me then maybe I wouldn't have felt so desperately alone.
Second, I was overwhelmed by the support I received from friends and family. Pregnancy Sickness Support is a charity that is very personal to me. However, I also understand that there are many other worthy charities and that people may prefer to donate their money to other causes. So I was touched to receive such a positive response. Everyone was incredibly generous - even people who couldn’t come along were handing me money and cakes in the school playground. It meant a lot to me that others were so amazingly supportive of a cause that is very close to my own heart.
So, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported my coffee afternoon in any way, whether by coming along, baking cakes or donating money or raffle prizes – you all know who you are!
As part of my Nine Months of … challenge I will hold my second fundraising coffee afternoon to coincide with HG Awareness Day in May next year. I hope that I can make it even more successful than the first.