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May 2019

Fundraising

One Day at GOSH

No matter how you fill it or where you live in the world, we all get the same, 24 hours in a day. 24 hours can feel like a lifetime or pass by in the blink of an eye. The average adult apparently spends 8-9 hours a day working. 7-8 hours sleeping. Roughly 1-2 hours eating. That leaves around 8 hours. 1-2 of those are spent moving, be that mindless movement from room to room or actual exercise. Leaving 2-6 hours of what is categorised as “other”; reading, scrolling through Instagram or maybe catching up on your favourite program. I’m wondering where in those 24 hours I would categorise answering the continual random questions my children ask, today’s example – “If an octopus lays such tiny eggs how is it able to find them all?” I’m pretty sure those questions fill at least a couple of hours a day! Prior to going on maternity leave, when I was pregnant with Lexi, I filled some of those hours in the day working at my brother-in-law’s structural and civil engineering consultancy, Abstruct Consulting. I had worked there for over three years when on my last day before I started maternity leave my waters broke. I had popped out of the office for a scheduled midwifes appointment fully expecting to return an hour later to finish off my work and eat some celebratory cake. I had spent months joking with my colleagues about me going into labour at work or trying to guess what I would call the baby. They had listened to all my pregnancy woes, especially my complaints of losing my hearing in my right ear, the bizarrest of pregnancy symptoms. They had shared in my excitement of being pregnant and when Lexi so tragically died, they shared too in our grief. They have been such incredible colleagues and when I told them about the fundraising we were doing in Lexi’s memory they knew they wanted to be involved. They had told me they wanted to take on the three peaks challenge which sounded hard enough but just to make it more of a challenge they were planning to complete all three peaks in just 24 hours! The 3 Peaks Challenge consists of climbing the country’s three highest mountains: Mount Snowdon (Wales, 1085m), Scafell Pike (England, 978m) and Ben Nevis (Scotland, 1345m). In just 24 hours it will involve them covering 26 miles of walking distance, 462 mile drive and 3064 metre ascent. It is a challenge that really will be testing their limits!They will be setting off on Friday 28th June, flying first to Glasgow and then driving to the first peak, Ben Nevis at 16:00. After Ben Nevis it is on to Scafell Pike before tackling the final peak, Snowdon which they aim to finish by 16:00 on Saturday 29th June. It is a real team effort as a self-guided group under the direction of one of the civil engineers, who as a scout leader has previously completed all three peaks. Six of them will be climbing, with two more of the team taking on the role of driver, ferrying the climbers between the peaks. I personally can’t imagine climbing one of those peaks let alone all three and all within 24hours! No 7-8 hours sleep, just what little sleep they can get whilst driving between the peaks! Makes me feel exhausted just thinking about it. In just 24 hours my 8 amazing colleagues will be overcoming so much to raise money and awareness of the incredible work Great Ormond Street Hospital do. Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Every day, 618 children and young people from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. Every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. Everything in this video was filmed across 24 hours at Great Ormond Street Hospital and shows how your support can help transform the lives of seriously ill children at the hospital. The money Abstruct raise will help the vital work that GOSH do everyday battling to save and improves the lives of the sickest of children. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abstructthreepeaks

Sophie x

Fundraising

#forlexislegacy

I feel really touched by the incredible motivation of Alex. She gave birth to a beautiful little girl just a week before Lexi was born. Alex’s and my sister have been amazing friends since school and I know they were both so excited that their little sisters were having babies at the same time. Although I have never met Alex she has been so supportive of me since Lexi died. She has found motivation in running and weekly posts her park run with hastag #forlexislegacy. This Saturday will be Alex’s 50th park run since the birth of her daughter and she has signed up to put all the training to good use with 10km race. We are truly blown away by how much she has raised in such a short space of time with a month still to go till race day! I include the below from Alex’s JustGiving page. This is what our fundraising is all about. Set your own challenges, it doesn’t matter what others can do it, it is about what you are inspired and motivated to do ❤️Thank you Alex for being Lexi’s first BFF 👯

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“It still doesn’t come easy, and each Saturday morning that 5km is still a struggle, but every step Lexi is there, in my mind, in my legs in my motivation, knowing that this 10k would be my goal. 10k is not a marathon. To some, 10k is a warm up, but to me, it’s my marathon. And this marathon, darling Lexi is for you, for your legacy. Every step.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/forlexislegacy?fbclid=IwAR0nzHs63p7PtdTM7ddnNOnZNzDqgFeKZW1esEkZxKQjqZQgptL6QBXNaNI

Fundraising

One Hundred BFFs

🥳£20,894.21 raised in our first year of fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity!! It is all down to one very special little girl. Thank you Lexi for inspiring us ⭐️A new year of fundraising and this is something I’ve been very excited about announcing! This year is all about finding Lexi some BFFs: Brighter Future Fund Best Friends Forever!! The Lexi Mace Brighter Future Fund is looking for 100 BFFs who want to take on the challenge of raising £100 (or more!) over the course of a year. You can take part as an individual, a group of friends, with your colleagues at work, within your family or even a sports team. We will be here every step of the way to help you reach your goal. Here are a few ideas of ways you might reach your own BFF goal:- a bake it better cake sale- Bacon butty breakfast sale- Quiz night- Charity tuck shop at work- Office fines box (make a donation every time you break a rule.)- Wine and cheese night- Dress down or up day at work- Own clothes day at school- And of course there is many active challenges you could undertake; runs / cycle / walks / climbs / swim- It is surprising how quickly those pennies add up and you could reach your total just by giving up one shop bought coffee a week over the course of a year! These are just some of the many ideas you will receive along with access to a Facebook group where you can share ideas, successes and achievements on the way to your fundraising goal. Also on the group we will be telling you about some special ways to get involved with exclusive fundraising opportunities offered by GOSH. In the past week alone I’ve been sent details of how you could be a fundraiser at Formula 1 British Grand Prix in July (with access to watch all races on the day!!) there are some really exciting ways to be involved that we would love to share with our BFFs! It is an opportunity to be part of something amazing and to join together with Lexi’s other BFFs to raise a significant amount of money for GOSH in Lexi’s memory. The £100 you raise will build to an incredible £10,000 with the help of the other BFFs by next May! We are already planing a BFF thank you meet up to celebrate everyone’s success next year! So how can you get involved?If you want to be a part of it or get more information you can drop us a message via Facebook, Instagram, email (sophie@there-are-no-words.co.uk) or if you know it’s for you simply request to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1105893789607102/One year to raise One hundred pounds. Be part of our BFF 100 challenge! Sophie, Andrew, Annabelle, Lukie & Lexi ✨⭐️Please help us find our 100 BFFs by sharing this post with your friends and families ⭐️You can learn more about The Lexi Mace Brighter Future Fund and how the money raised is spent by Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity​ here: https://there-are-no-words.co.uk/about/