All of us at Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) have been gearing up for this day ever since the last one in 2013. It is a fantastic opportunity for us all to come together and raise awareness of just what Hyperemesis Gravidarum is, how it affects families, and the support that is currently available. It is also a great chance to raise much needed funds to enable us to continue offering that support and allow us to look to the future and grow.
Last year our Nine Months Of Team started out with big plans. It hasn't been easy and we've had to adapt throughout the year as our individual challenges brought unforeseen difficulties we had to overcome. But here we are, at the end point of the challenge, and the team has raised a staggering £1,134.35, totally smashing their £900 target. Let's give them a cheer!
But that's not the end... some of the team still have to complete their challenges. Some of the physical challenges such as the 3 Peaks, are yet to come - the Nine Months Of was spent merely training for the big event. We'll update you on those in due course. And Amanda's challenge of Nine Months Of crochet has culminated in a handmade auction on eBay with over 60 donations. The auction ends on Sunday, so why not check it out and grab yourself a sweet handmade gift whilst supporting PSS (100% of all winning bids go straight to the charity).
And then there is the Big Brew. We introduced the idea to you just a few weeks ago and already so many of you have expressed a wish to gather together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate friendship, have a natter, and raise awareness and funds at the same time. Our Nine Months Of team member Susie had always planned on holding a coffee morning at the end of her own challenge, but little did she know that she'd be joined by others in a new fundraising campaign!
If you don't know what the Big Brew is about, then here it is in a nutshell: grab a cuppa, grab a friend, take the opportunity to discuss HG and what support means to you and anyone suffering from it, and raise a little bit of money to help us continue providing the support that means so much. We've even created a video for you to share over your tea and cake. There's a version you can play on your computer here, and a mobile version you can find here. I've watched it several times already and each time it's made me rather emotional, so make sure you have some tissues at the ready!
If you can't hold an actual Big Brew, why not consider holding a virtual one? A couple of our volunteers have already decided to do this. Simply arrange a time to meet with friends, come together online in whichever way works best for you (be it Facebook, Twitter or any other means of communicating) and have a chat. You can ask all those who participate to donate to PSS - just direct them to the information on how to donate on our website.
And if you hold a Big Brew, don't forget to share your photos and stories with us afterwards. We'd love to hear how it went so that we can share it with others. If you send us your photos and the total amount raised, we'll collect it all together and update on the blog later in the month.
Finally, we're excited to announce that Sweetpea Pantry are supporting us in the Big Brew and offering our supporters a 10% discount on products bought through their website... and even better, 10% of all sales will be donated to PSS. All you need to do is enter the code 'bigbrew' at the checkout to claim your discount.
Sweetpea Pantry are the perfect place to find supplies for all your baking needs: full of goodness with all natural and super ingredients like whole-grain flours, oats, quinoa, teff, chia and flax, Sweetpea Pantry's mixes for biscuits, pizza and pancakes make baking at home easy, delicious and fun. If your Big Brew event has inspired you to get baking more often, then why not pop on over and see what goodies they have in store.
With so much going on today it can seem difficult to know where to start, but the important thing is to just enjoy it. Let's come together and have a great time whilst raising awareness and funds and really make the most of International Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day 2014. We cannot wait to see what a difference you make!