Our beautiful baby daughter Anabelle was born sleeping June 2010.
Blessed with the screaming arrivals of our gorgeous rainbow sons,
Alexander October 2011, Zachary November 2013 and Lucas July 2016.

After Anabelle - Raising Rainbows
Heartbreak. Joy. Death. Life. But most of all Love.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

My 100th Post

It has been a busy week planning Anabelle's Angel Day. The 25th June is drawing ever closer and there is plenty to be done. This weekend has been poster designing and a shopping trip, starting to collect bits for the day. Support has been nothing short of amazing and the collection of prizes we now have for the raffle is immense. 

To date we have recieved; Cut and Blowdry worth £20 from the Salon, Family Ticket for Blue Lagoon in Bluestone, £20 from Tesco for me to buy a prize with, Adventure Golf for 4 at Heatherton, Massage Manicure and Pedicure from Blush Salon, £50 voucher for Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins, Sunday Roast for 4 at the Holiday Inn Newport, £15 Giftcard for Peacocks, Overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel, Afternoon Tea for 2 at the Hilton Cardiff, Meal for 2 at the Toby Carvery Newport, Meal for 2 at the Parkway Hotel Cwmbran, Tickerts for 2 for Taskforce, Family Ticket for Techniquest, Family Pass for Greenmeadow Community Farm, Family Pass for Manor House Wildlife Park West Wales, £10 Gift Voucher for Dance World, 4 day passes for Legoland, Family Pass for Dan Yr Ogof Cave, an online wieght loss training voucher from the Health Boutique worth £150, a trilogy of wine from Wales and West Housing, free photoshoot voucher from Gigglelicious worth £75, and a free photoshoot voucher from BellePixelle worth £75!

Without mentioning promised prizes still to arrive and donations from Losely Icecream and Animal for stalls on the day and Glitterbugz Cwmbran running the facepainting stall!

When we first started this venture I wasn't sure what sort of response I was expecting; certainly not the incredible response we have had. I started this fundraising attempt to mark Anabelle's 1st birthday, to do something worthwhile in the wake of our grief, to support Sands and hopefully support research that will bring down the number of baby deaths each day. 

We discussed our target, starting with a few hundred and eventually deciding to be ambitious and aim for a £1000. Already over £400 has been donated to Anabelle's justgiving page; with two months still to go until the sponsored walk and Angel Day fete, we are more than hopeful that we'll reach our personal target of the big £1000. 

But now we anticipate raising far more money than I could ever dreamed! 

This week two local newspapers have indicated their interest in running an article about our story and why we are fundraising, and a local bank has promised to match our fundraising five times over if we can initially get to £700 first; that is a potential £3500 promised on top of what we raise.  I'm just gobsmacked and so in awe of people getting on board and behind us to raise this money and in turn remembering our daughter. 

Who knew what amazing things Anabelle could accomplish simply because she is existed and touched people's hearts. She may have only been on this earth for 32 short weeks, but this tremendous amount of support and potential amount of money to be raised can only give each of those 32 weeks even more purpose. Of course I knew this already, but my girl is simply amazing! 

So I shamelessly plug our justgiving page; imploring everyone to dig deep, donating what they can to help us reach our target and ever closer to the golden £700 opportunity! 


mumsarcade said...

Sending all my good thoughts and will promote too.

Caz said...

Thanks! If you'd do a post and advertise us that would be great! xx

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