It's been a funny old week and not of the laughing kind, but there have been some highs as well as lows. It was very sad to have to attend the funeral of my friend Stretch on Tuesday but the turnout of people, both from QVC and his family and friends, showed just how loved he was. It was good to catch up with so many former colleagues who have moved on to pastures new - I just wish it had been in better circumstances.
My week had started with an invitation out of the blue forwarded to me by our marketing department at QVC. The invitation is to attend an event organised by Rotary International at the River Room at the House of Lords about the eradication of polio. As you will know if you read my book, I contracted polio at the age of fourteen months and was lucky to survive the disease.
I have made a donation to both British Polio Fellowship and Rotary International's 'End Polio Now' campaign from the profits of my book. Speaking of which, you may have noticed that the link to my book has disappeared from the top of this page. That is because QVC has sold out of all the signed copies that they ordered and there are no plans for the unsigned books to be available on QVC.
If you did want a hardback copy they will be available to buy on Amazon and order through outlets like Waterstones once the new ISBN number has been allocated, which Random House tell me will be around November 22nd – I will keep you posted. You can already purchase it on Amazon as an ebook if you prefer and I will continue to make donations to both the aforementioned charities from the profits.
I have accepted the invitation as I am keen to learn how I can help support this cause further. There is a real opportunity to wipe out polio worldwide and cases are dropping annually but if the chance is missed we could very quickly be back to a situation where 200,000 lives are affected each year. Bill Gates supports Rotary by doubling every donation they receive so anything any of us gives goes three times as far.
Whilst on the subject of charity, the page is now closed for donations to my charity swim in July. Lots of you have asked about the final total raised and I'm very pleased to tell you that, with Gift Aid and the money raised on the day, we were just shy of £6,000 to be split between British Polio Fellowship and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Both charities have expressed their gratitude and once again I would like to thank everyone who gave. Last night I spoke at a charity evening organised by LLR and it was apparent how important fundraising is in the battle to 'Beat Blood Cancer'. There is some fantastic research going on and there is real hope that one day no lives will be lost to leukaemia and quality of life will be improved for all sufferers.
I wore one of my new Trinny and Susannah dresses, as approved by Alison Young, to the event. There is a bit of a funny story behind it actually. At the London tea party to celebrate QVC's 20th birthday there was a young lady with her mum wearing a beautiful dress. During the course of chatting with her I said, 'I hope you don't mind me asking but where did you get your dress from, I really like it.'
She smiled and said, 'It's one of yours. It's a Trinny and Susannah!'
Here is the item number if you want to check it out for yourself – 108266. We both have it in the black multi and I've already had great feedback from when I wore it during the show I presented with Lulu last Thursday. If you already own that one, there is a Trinny & Susanna TSV that I am launching in two weeks’ time.
Talking of launching TSV's, I am not on my usual 5pm fashion slot today as I have been asked to launch the Liz Earle Christmas TSV – it’s a cracker (excuse the pun)! It’s almost like two in one, with a gift boxed set of smaller sizes of face and body essentials plus full sizes of Instant Boost, Eyebright and Skin Repair and a double size of Cleanse and Polish!
In my opinion it is one of the best Liz Earle TSV’s we have ever had and it’s less than half price!!! It’s worth staying up until midnight for; after all, it’s a weekend.
I’m on with Caroline again tomorrow night for the final airing of it (if it makes it that far into the day). That will be after the Saturday Night Gift Show, this week with Debs Flint. I hear that she has Flavia and Vincent on with their wonderful set of dance DVDs. I had the pleasure of dancing with Vincent a couple of weeks ago and, in case you missed it, here's the link to YouTube.
I don’t think I’m quite up to Strictly standard yet but I could practise!!! I wonder who your favourite is this year?
Must stop now as I need to go and give Wilfy his lunch. He is still not eating enough kitten food, preferring his kitty milk…any ideas??
Have a lovely weekend,