I’m sitting here next to the radiator watching the rain lash down, and noting that I need to get Colin to fix the guttering by the dining room window! Autumn is definitely here eh? 🙂
Thanks to so many of you for taking part in my seasonal sound competition – lots of clever guesses, and you’ve still got another week in which to try – check out last week’s blog to have a listen and make your guess! You could win over £80-worth of Leighton Denny’s amazing nail colours and products, including his award-winning crystal nail file, and the competition finishes next week – go on, be lucky!
I’m writing to you today, though, because I really need you to join me, Craig, Charlie, Miceal, Will, a whole host of other colleagues, and some of your favourite guests and celebrities, this Monday 13th October from 6pm to 9pm.
Why? Because it’s the 15th year that we are supporting the charity Breast Cancer Care, and we need YOU to help us add to the already monumental amount of money raised. To date, that total is over £5 million, but I KNOW we can increase that amount significantly next week 🙂
This year’s Be Aware, Show You Care show is going to be the biggest and the best – I just feel it! We have a fabulous auction with three incredible lots and Miceal will be taking your bids for them on the night. Rather than give you too much information today, I thought you may be interested to know that one of these auction lots is called “The QVC Experience”…
You and a friend can win an amazing day here at the QVC studios where Ali Young will give you a beauty consultation and then a makeover. Kathy Tayler will use her exceptional Morning Style skill to create a fab outfit, including accessories, from some of our top selling brands. Not only will you look amazing, but you get to keep everything we dress you in! And finally, to round off the day, you will have dinner in a top London restaurant with me and Craig!!! ( I know, I think we got the easiest bit!)
I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited at the prospect already! There are two other amazing prizes you can bid for and they involve some incredibly famous people, a London show, an overnight stay and Champagne! 🙂 Check out QGossip this weekend, and all will be revealed!
As always, we will have an incredible number of products donated by our lovely suppliers, so not only will you be able to get all your favourite brands at reduced prices, but at least 70% of the sale price will be going directly to Breast Cancer Care! I am thrilled to have more stock of the ‘I Hope’ teardrop pendant but and also my brand new ‘I Hope’ ring, which is the most beautiful weight in solid silver and has the same inscription as the pendant…
Another piece of jewellery that I am sure will resonate with you has been created by Charlie Brook and myself. With the word ‘Forever’ inscribed on the back, it is a beautiful sunflower pendant made in memory of Amica and Beulah, and also two other of our colleagues whom we lost at the end of last year… We decided to work with our jewellery buyers on this piece after one of you wrote to me on the blog and suggested it… thank you so much 🙂
And, having mentioned our friends, it would be rude of me not to mention the lovely Lisa Snowdon, Sharon Osbourne, Julien Macdonald, Simon Wilson and Michelle Mone. They have each designed a charm that is specific to them and is attached to a stylish silver charm bracelet. At just £24 (excluding P&P) I know it’s going to be incredibly popular.
Staying with friends, we would love you to take part in the #BCCBestie campaign, which is already up and running and requires you to send in a photo of you with your best mate – one lucky winner will win a Breast Cancer Care T-shirt that has been signed by a host of your favourite celebrities – simples! Check out some besties who’ve already taken part on Pinterest!
Of course we will also be meeting three of this year’s Fashion Show models – two women and one man – all of whom have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and finding out how they are coping. Also, my daughter Lucy has been interviewed to find out how my diagnosis affected her…
To access all these wonderful things, you’ve just got to join Craig and I on Monday from 6pm and be part of what I know is going to be a monumental night. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous – it’s been five years since I presented the show and a lot has changed for me since then, but one thing remains the same. Through my own experience (you can find out more about my experiences on my website) I know that Breast Cancer Care provides invaluable support to anyone struggling with this disease – whether they be the cancer sufferer, or someone they know.
55,000 women this year alone will be diagnosed, and although women now live longer with the disease, there are more women being diagnosed… Never have their services been needed more and, until the day they find a cure for this cancer, which robs women of their femininity, their confidence and often their lives. We must do everything we can to raise awareness and provide support. Please help me do this on Monday – thank you 🙂
Monday 13th October is also Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, putting focus on people whose original cancer has spread to the lymphatic and blood system and the fact that, while this can be treated to some extent, it cannot be cured. You can find out more about secondary breast cancer on the Breast Cancer Care website.
Have a great weekend, and see you on Monday!
With my love,