ScumRun Champions

I am delighted to announce that we were the top fundraisers for the 2014 ScumRun which was raising money for Tommy’s the Baby Charity.

Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog will know the reasons for us taking up the challenge, if not it is because our son who we lost 20 weeks into pregnancy would have been 10 on 3rd June this year.

I personally didn’t take part in the trip but I encouraged my husband to. He has long wanted to do a cross country car rally and seeing this year that Tommy’s were the beneficiary and with it being the year Casey should have turned 10 he just had to do it.

We set our initial target at £2004 – 2004 being the year he was born. In the early days of fundraising there were times when I felt this figure would never be achieved let alone smashed… THREE TIMES OVER!

With much support from local business, friends and family we raised a grand total of…


Delighted is an understatement!

Combining the amounts raised by the 100 teams, the ScumRun raised a whopping £100,858 – enough for them to open their fourth research centre which will focus on identifying why so many women suffer from an early miscarriage – something I experienced in the pregnancy after Casey before going on to have our daughters.

Whilst undertaking the race we were ranked in 3rd place for fundraising which meant the team took away an F1 Replica Car signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton. By the end of the fundraising we ranked 1st which meant we also took away a 1:2 scale F1 Helmet signed by Jenson Button.

We plan to auction the Helmet at some stage so if anyone is an F1 fan and interested then get in touch!

Cake for a cause

On Sunday, Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge hosted a fabulous afternoon tea on behalf of Casey’s Crew.

We managed to raise (so far) over £100 for Tommy’s the baby charity. but as the raffle is still open there is still much more to come!

It was a fabulous afternoon – the afternoon tea was completely amazing – so much choice! Plus the kids also got to decorate their own little cupcakes which kept them happy.

Additionally from Thursday (if you happen to be passing Sowerby Bridge) there will be Casey’s Crew & Tommy’s branded cupcakes on sale! Pop down and treat yourself!

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2014… the year of #CaseysCrew

This year marks what should (and still is) my sons 10th birthday!

He was born too soon at 20 weeks on the 3rd June 2004 due to a condition I suffer from called ‘Incompetent Cervix’. After losing him I went on to suffer an early miscarriage before getting pregnant with my eldest daughter, Stevie now 8 and my youngest daughter, Jaime now 2.

CaseyStevie born at 33 WeeksJaime

To mark 10 years we have a number of things going on…

Firstly my husband, his dad and friend Mike are taking part in the annual ScumRun which is this year raising funds exclusively for Tommy’s the baby charity – our charity of choice. This year Tommy’s aims to open a fourth research centre which will purely focus on early miscarriage. Something that over 250,000 women experience each year.

Casey's Crew

Tommy’s hope to raise £100,000 from this activity alone. So far our fundraising total stands at £2770.93 (excluding gift aid) and smashing our target of £2004!

To support our fundraising efforts we are holding an Afternoon Tea this Sunday 27th April at 12 noon at Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge. Priced at £10 per person with £5 from each afternoon tea benefiting Tommy’s. Additionally there will also be a raffle and you can purchase tickets via text if you can’t make it on Sunday. Simple text CCSR77 £1 to 70070 and state your name and include the message raffle (if it allows you to send a message, it should ask this on the confirmation text you get back). Full details about the event and raffle prizes can be found on our facebook page.

There will be other events taking place over the next few months of which there will be more information to follow, but in the meantime I wanted to share the news that I have signed up to the Great Yorkshire Run and will be completing my first 10k in September!

This will be a bit of a challenge especially as I have been out of action for the last couple of months owing to whiplash, but hopefully it will help me on the road to recovery and fitness! For anyone that knows me they will know I am not a runner so this will be some challenge!

I am quite excited about donning my Tommy’s running vest – I have been coveting them for a number of years and if I was ever going to do a run it had to be in 2014! So if anyone fancies joining me in Sheffield on the 28th April let me know! It would be great to get some running buddies!

You can donate here should you so wish!

I look forward to keeping you posted on the challenges!

The Color Run – Manchester

On Sunday we (husband, daughter and myself) took part in The Color Run in Manchester.

After reading some blogs about the London event the previous week and how a lot of people felt let down, I went to this expecting very little. In fact if only I were doing it I may not have bothered at all.

However, after paying 3 fees we were definitely turning up! And I have to say I am so glad we did. We really did have so much fun and it was great to share the experience with Stevie too… what a start to the Summer holidays!

Getting parked up and to the race start was all relatively straightforward. We managed to arrive in good time so were pretty close to the front, close enough to be in the second group out the starting chute.

We got underway with Stevie (daughter) managing to get a stitch pretty quickly. We helped her to power through it before arriving at the first colour chute – pink and plenty of it!


Getting completely covered with our first colour really spurred us on to keep going.

A mixture of running, jogging and power walking saw us complete the course in around 40 minutes which I thought was a pretty good attempt for 1. Our first 5k and 2. Doing it with a child.

I really wanted to take our youngest who has recently turned 2 but made alternative plans for her earlier in the week due to the heat. Although it was much cooler on race day and would have been fine she’s freshly out of nappies too so I don’t think a 5k and potty training would be a good mix. It was fine however as it meant we got some quality time with the eldest!

The Color Run Manchester’s Official Charity partner was Stand Up To Cancer (a campaign brought to you by Cancer Research UK) who administer the donations made to the campaign to fund clinical trials, bringing forward the day when all cancers will be cured. This was a really great event and I’m not sure we could have done anything else so much fun whilst raising money for such a vital cause!

I had such a great time that I might even consider doing it again!

The Color Run - Manchester

The Color Run Manchester

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June 3rd

There’s not really much I can say about this date aside from that it is my son’s birthday.  That should sound exciting aside from the fact that we lost him into my 20th week of pregnancy 9 years ago.

I won’t go into the details as this is not what this blog is about, but if you want to read the details and the reason for our loss along with the stories of our daughter’s births they can be found here.

All I have to say is if you have had pregnancy problems or suffered from babyloss there is help and advice out there if you know where to look. For me personally the best one’s have been Tommy’s the Baby Charity and Bliss, for babies born too small, too sick, too soon.

These charities are vital so if you can do anything to support them, be it through donation or spreading the word – please do so!

We miss you Casey x

Guilt free shopping… for a cause

Last night myself and my eldest daughter Stevie took part in a fashion show to raise funds for the local school she attends and for Joseph Salmon Trust, a small charity who offer financial assistance to people living in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Mirfield areas, whose child has died.

The evening offered the opportunity to buy ex-chainstore clothing at reduced prices and there was an array of brands including Next, Dorothy Perkins, Per Una, Whistles, Jane Norman, Boden and many others.

I have to say the school, the parent committee and the charity did an amazing job! Wine on arrival, plus one of the school cooks had made up some delicacies to sample during the evening from mini cupcakes and scones to artisan breadsticks and open sandwiches – I wish lunch was like that when I was at school!  The raffle prizes were also pretty amazing from a box of cupcakes to handbags, it really was a lovely evening.

So after modelling a number of items I was keen to make a few purchases of my own, you had to be quick though as the audience were keen to grab a bargain from Complete Clothing, the company who runs events like these to help raise money for charitable organisations. Complete Clothing is based in the North of England so if you want to hold a fun evening raising money for your organisation, these people are worth looking into.

So my items, well of course I went for black which for anyone who knows me is my signature colour and managed to grab a whole outfit for just £31!

  • Black Skull Scarf – £7
  • Jane Norman Black Jeans with Ankle Zips – £18 (would most likely RRP around £30+)
  • Black Dipped Back Top – £6 (can’t see brand as label is cut out

Can’t wait to wear it all – ironed of course!