Sunday, 11 November 2018

Swinging Sixties

It's over!  Months of work, numerous dramas and several sleepless nights but it's finally behind us - the fundraiser in memory of my lovely mum for Age UK, Wandsworth.

I'm tired to the point of nodding off at the laptop so I'll let the pictures do the talking.  Suffice it to say, we had a ball - everyone said it was the best yet - and raised £2,702.35 with more money to come from the sales of the last of the Christmas goods I made.

Here goes ...

The Misfits, ready to party like it's 1960

Son and Austin Powers!

With Marianne Faithful

Hippy Table

The Kitsch Kittens
Entertainment - they were FAB-U-LOUS!!!

They sure knew how to work the crowd.

Check out our 60's lighting

One of the kittens got carried away!

Mr Misfit & I made a VW photo booth
The number plate was P3GGY 
for my mum

Over 30 raffle prizes.
The lovely Emma at Age UK won the dance class vouchers 
that I'd been coveting and she donated them to me!
Mr Misfit and I are heading off to ballroom and Latin American
dance for a month.
The cupcake lottery raised
almost £100
Lovingly made by 'Fenella'

My Christmas mini market raised lots so 
my months of handicrafting paid off.
Anything left is going to Age UK for them to sell.
An A Board to welcome the guests

My neighbour donated an almost new TV which we held 
a blind auction for.
It raised £50 and the highest bidder then donated it
back to Age UK for them to sell or give to an
elderly person who may need one.
Our groovy welcome table

Alfie having cuddles in his cool bandana

A last minute arrival of a fruit basket so I
auctioned it and raised another £20.
My lovely Twitter buddy who travels
all the way from Glasgow with her equally lovely partner.
Invaluable help!

The night wouldn't have been complete
without a pic of my mum in the 60's

Huge thanks to all who helped - you know who you are - and to Mr Misfit, I couldn't do any of it without you.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Putting the Fun into FUNdraising

It's hard to believe that I haven't blogged since November of last year but life seems to have been pulling me in a few different directions recently and, as John Lennon once said, 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.'

So, forgive me for the blogging silence but understand that there have been valid reasons and certain news I'd love to share (regarding an exciting development in my writing journey) but things are still too much in the early stages to go shouting from the rooftops yet.  All I can say is, watch this space.

BUT ... I do have some fantastic news about my fundraising for Age UK, Wandsworth.  Regular followers will know that I've now been working with this charity since I lost my lovely mum in 2016.  Three events later, I've raised approximately £3,500.  My next event will be on November 10th upstairs at The Telegraph Pub, Putney and will take the form of a 1960's night with live entertainment from The Kitsch Kittens, food, raffle, cupcake lottery and dancing until midnight.

Every year the hardest part is approaching companies for raffle prizes.  I send HUNDREDS of emails and, more often than not, don't even receive a reply.  I usually manage to source about 30 prizes with the help of friends, and the raffle is always a great boost to the proceeds.

A chance email to a favourite restaurant of ours in Chelsea Wharf - Yamal Alsham - proved to deliver a result beyond my wildest dreams.  We went there today and had a drink in the London sunshine with their charming marketing manager, Imad, and were told that they are happy to donate a voucher for a meal for 2 ( the BEST food!) AND ONE THOUSAND POUNDS!  Eeek!  Can you imagine how hard it was for me not to throw my top over my head and do a little happy dance around the waterfront?! 

Once the news had sunk in - if you'd been passing, I MAY have been the one who looked like a demented goldfish as I opened and closed my mouth in delighted shock - we agreed that out of the first £1,000 they are donating we will cover the cost of the entertainment and that will still leave over £600 profit for the charity.  That means that now, for the first time in doing this, I officially have a cash sponsor.  I can't begin to tell you how many businesses I've approached for prizes or sponsorship to simply be ignored.  Estate agents are THE WORST, by the way!

When I watch TV programmes with WAGS or celebrities raising funds for various charities I always feel a bit down-hearted that, as a nobody, I can never even hope to raise the amount that they achieve but I have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing this in memory of my lovely mum and EVERY PENNY I raise goes to help an older person in my area. OK, I may never get to five or six figure sums but I sure am heading in the right direction.

Excuse me now whilst I go off to have a celebratory G&T.  I'll leave you to take a look at the list of prizes below that I've accumulated so far - aside from the ONE THOUSAND POUNDS AND COUNTING!  Did I mention that?!  Also, if any other businesses, multi-millionaires or even estate agents (!) would like to show their generosity, you know where to find me - here or on Twitter @mummy_misfit.  Or, if you'd like to donate the odd pound or two, you can do so here and also read the story behind my fundraising. Remember, one day you may be old and lonely, and Age UK may be the ones who come to your rescue.


The Spencer Pub, Putney - £50 voucher for dinner
The Flower Yard, Putney - flower arrangement
Cook - £20 voucher
A Time To Heal, Glasgow - pamper hamper
Panacea Health & Beauty - 2x hampers worth £40
The Pheasantry, Kings Road Chelsea - 2x tickets for live entertainment £30
Kingston Lodge Hotel - Sunday lunch for 2
Ma Goa, Putney - Sunday lunch or dinner for 2, up to £50
Cannizaro House, Wimbledon - afternoon tea for 2
Tastecard - annual subscription £40
Fullers Brewery - tour for 2
The Dance Lab, Putney - beginners dance course for 1 month for 2 - £100
Avenue Cookery School, Putney - £30 voucher
Headmasters - cut and blow dry
Chiswick House - 2 x vouchers for 4
Yamal Alsham -voucher for dinner for 2 with a glass of wine - £49
Experience Days - Chelsea football stadium tour - £40
Buyagift - bungee jump - £40
Gap voucher - £50
H&M voucher - £50
The Crane, Wandsworth - bottle of Prosecco
Karen Hardy Dance - dance class for one
Angelic Hell  - voucher for 2 x piercings and £50 for tattoo
House of Yoga - 1 month's yoga classes
The Gardeners Pub - £25 voucher
The Telegraph pub - £50 voucher
The Farm Girl - breakfast for 2 - up to £35
Rush Hair - cut, blow dry and Keratin treatment
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Battersea - bed and breakfast with use of all spa facilities

 32" TV - highest private bidder wins

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Blimey! It's the 1950's!

Last night saw the culmination of months of work for my third fundraiser in memory of my mum for Age UK, Wandsworth.

Friends, family and strangers (some who came last year and are fast becoming friends!) donned their 50's finery and sang and danced their way back to the era of leather jackets, swing dresses and pedal pushers.

We raised just over £1,100 and I think everyone who attended would say that it was a night to remember - the pictures speak for themselves. As usual The Telgraph Pub, Putney, provided a great back-drop for the event and I look forward to working with them for next year's 60's night.

Special thanks go to my wonderful husband, my son and his fiancée, Mireille and Alan, Toby and my side-kick 'Fenella' - I couldn't have done any of it without you fabulous people.

Also, thanks to Emma at Age UK, who came with a couple of her friends and set the dance floor on fire with their glamour and moves!

 A rather picture-heavy blog, but these capture the mood of the evening:

College freshman and the Grease monkey

Fabulous Emma from Age UK and her posse

He had a gingham bow-tie on in that fur somewhere!

My baby!

The boys! He-e-e-y!!

Stunning cup-cakes from 'Fenella' raised £93


The table settings

Me and my men

Not quite Danny and Sandy!

The welcome stand that took me months and will now go to the dump.

Having a breather after air-guitaring

Waiting for the raffle

The 50's aren't complete without a pearly queen

Peggy, my mummy - the black and white photo of her was in the 50's on her honeymoon

Which karaoke number shall we do?

The raffle table

A rush to get ready but we made it!

Check out the 50's baseball boots!

Pretty in Pink

Karaoke for the brave ones

Tense raffle moment

A winning ticket!

Hubbie drilled a lot of holes through those records to make the mobiles

50's sisters

Age UK won the flowers but presented them to me!

Glamour pusses

My trusty raffle helper on the left

'Chrissie Cadillac' leads the revellers in a four-step

The dumped cabinet we found, transformed beautifully

They've got the Colgate look ...

With 31 prizes, the raffle takes forever