I’ll never make a pro-blogger…!

I swore that when we first asked Rebecca to build us a website that I would keep on top of things, keep it updated and maintained. All too often do we see websites that aren’t used to their potential and are left to fall out of date, almost by accident.

We had some very useful comments for Lynsey @ LOTS Marketting, so recently I took action to address the comments and have updated a number of pages. This was really useful for me, and hopefully users of the website will get more out of it. If you have any comments, large or small, about the website, or what we’re doing, get in touch!

As far as the blog goes, it’s a difficult balancing act. If we have time to update the blog, typically it’s because we don’t have much on, and nothing to write about. Other times, when we have lots to write about we have no time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys more specifically).

Over the last couple of months, we’ve had lots on, and therefore barely a quiet minute spare! In the beginning of September, we took our first family holiday since Jack was diagnosed. Thanks to TOMA fund we spent a week at Berwick-upon-tweed Holiday Park. It was a much needed trip away which the kids very much appreciated, and I have to say a couple of nights in the club with a few beers and live music certainly relaxed Me and Sam. TOMA was one of the inspirations behind Jack’s Journey, and we are very grateful for the use of their holiday home.

Work on the charity front continues to keep us busy. Just last weekend we joined Workington Zebra’s as their special guests for the opening home game of their season. Zebras have took us on as their charity for the year and have lots of events planned during the year to raise funds and awareness for JJ. And thankfully they managed to convincingly beat Windermere on the day, with Jack’s Uncle Grant going over for one of the eight tries on the day. Did someone say “Good Luck Charm”?

And the following day we joined the team behind Allonby Ploughing Match for Sunday Lunch and to be presented with a lovely big cheque. The team have ran the event for the past 11 years and it grows each year. It was a pleasure to be invited along, to be chosen as one of the pair of causes to benefit from the match, and to have lunch with everyone involved.

It’s these kind of events that have got us to where we are 10 months in. We are about 50% of the way to our second goal, the purchase of a lake district holiday home, and are constantly looking for ways that we can help and support Cumbrian families. Just today we have taken delivery of another item for a little something to give to parents as they spend their first stay in hospital. It won’t be much but it should make those first couple of days a tiny bit easier!

Going forward I (as in: the ‘royal’ I, the rest of the board) will try a little harder to keep on top of this blog, but for now we best get back to planning The Winter Ball… did I mention that?