On Thursday 18th April, Chris was joined by Gary Barlow, James May and Professor Brian Cox as he drove from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s.
Along the way they made pitstops in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester Warrington and Glasgow, to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care.
Tracey Krieger, a member of the Breast Cancer Care London fashion show committee and QVC blogger, tells us how she has been involved:
Monday, 8 April 2013
It was like any normal mundane Monday afternoon until I saw that I had received an email from lovely Hannah at Breast Cancer Care entitled 'Chris Evans Project – Last Minute Request'. Naturally, I was intrigued to read further and found that, along with 49 other women affected by breast cancer, I was being asked to help with an exclusive launch photograph with TV and radio personality Chris Evans in a project to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Care.
All I knew at the time was that there were going to be some other well-known celebrities joining Chris. I would have to wear pink (not a problem as my wardrobe has pink everything!) and be ready to go having my hair and make-up done and ready.
I couldn't reply to Hannah quick enough with my resounding “yes” and all I had to do was wait for further instructions.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
The email instructions eventually arrived and the meeting time was 9.45 at Earls Court on Wednesday, but it had to remain top secret ahead of the public launch on Sunday, 14th April!
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
I was up bright and early, excited with the anticipation of the morning that lay ahead and wondering which of Chris Evans’ friends would be at the photo shoot. Pink dress in place, suck-it-in underwear doing their job (just), face painted and hair coiffed, killer heels in bag (couldn’t possibly walk anywhere in them) and lipstick to hand.
I checked in with my lovely friend Maggie Lawrence (my catwalk partner from the Breast Cancer Care fashion show in 2010) to arrange where and when we were going to meet.
When we arrived at Earls Court, we were greeted by a sea of pink! A whisper went around the room that Gary Barlow, Mary Berry and Professor Brian Cox were also going to be there! Excitement was mounting!
One of the team came in to update us on the running order and to let us know that we were to be taken down shortly. Toilet break taken, lipstick and hair checked and it was time to change out of my sensible boots into my killer heels.
In no time at all, we were collected in groups and escorted around the back of Earls Court to the stairs. It was when we reached the four flights of stairs that I wished I still had my sensible boots on, so off came the killer heels in place for stockinged feet. Downstairs, in a corner, we saw some flashes emanating from behind a black screen and it was there that we headed.
Around the other side of the screen were all of the celebrities along with Jamie Anderson (son of the legendary creator of Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson) with his mini-me puppet – Chris Evans as Parker, not to mention the gorgeous pink Rolls Royce with the FAB 1 number plate.
The make-up girls went around checking for shiny faces and, killer heels back in place, we took up our positions around the Rolls Royce whilst chatting to the team who were so lovely and interested in the ladies who were and are on their breast cancer journeys. Lights flashed and then there was a lot of cheering and clapping.
I managed to have a few words with Chris, Gary and the lovely Mary Berry and I couldn’t resist in telling her that her Pavlova recipe was the best!
By now Chris Evans, Gary Barlow and Brian Cox had all Tweeted calling it THE THING and tantalizing those Tweeters to wait until Sunday 14th April for the big unveiling. We had all been sworn to secrecy for the next four days.
The next few days passed with the odd email and Tweet being displayed, but still the secret of THE THING hadn’t been revealed.
Sunday morning arrived and in moments I had updated my Facebook status and Tweeted for everyone to get involved with FAB1 Million. I spent most of my day on Sunday trawling the net and spreading the word.
Where to now? Well, I have been thinking about this and ask myself a few questions. Would I like to join the team from Lands End to John O’Groats to blog/Twitter/Facebook along the way? Yes. Can I provide enough Skittles to keep the drivers happy? Yes. Do I have enough pink items of clothing in my wardrobe for the journey? Yes.
So with all items ticked just ask the question – Tracey, would you like to join the team from Lands End to John O’Groats? I would answer quicker than you can say FAB1 Million – that’s a huge YES m’lady!!!!