I'm always rushing around but this last 2 weeks have been even crazier than usual! It started with a Fashion Show at QVC to preview what's coming up this Fashion Weekend and also over the next couple of months.
Glen and I co-hosted the first afternoon along with our guests Simon Wilson and Gill Rhodes from Clarks. It was great to meet all of you who attended and also to get a heads-up on some of the new fashion ranges! – I even met a lady who lives in my village, funny that we have never met in the village shop!
The following day was the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Although I was really looking forward to the show (I find the models so inspirational), I was also very nervous as I had to deliver a speech. You are probably suprised that I would be nervous in view of all the live television shows I present, but it's very different to stand on a stage with every eye in the room on you.
I had also personalised my speech as both my Mum and my sister have had breast cancer and I was hoping that I would be able to speak the words I had written. I thought you might like to read is so here's an extract…
"We are proud that we can help spread the word about the services that Breast Cancer Care offers. Most of us in this room know how it feels when someone you love tells you they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your heart misses a beat, your mouth goes dry as you tell them that “everything will be ok”, when privately you’re wondering if it will.
The moment I experienced this feeling was when my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2000. Thankfully her operation was successful followed by radiotherapy and she was put onto Tamoxyfen. Unfortunately it was not the right medication for her and thanks to Breast Cancer Care I was able to find out that there were alternatives.
My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago. She lives in a remote part of South West Scotland and felt very isolated. Breast Cancer Care was able to put her in contact with other people going through a similar experience. nd what is it they say, “a problem shared is a problem halved”!"
The following evening was the Launch Party for my daughter Sophie's Pin-Up For Heroes Calendar at the Cafe de Paris. Sophie had ended up doing a lot of the organising, raffle prizes, menu tasting, music for the fashion show and even borrowing the jewellery for the show – big thanks to Simon Wilson!
It was a fantastic evening and if any of you saw last weeks Strictly Come Dancing, that was where Tina O'Brian was filmed! All the proceeds from the calendar go to the Help For Heroes Charity and if any of you would like to buy a calendar (I've had lots of requests already) click on this link.
A big thank you to some of my colleagues who sponsered a soldier or a calendar girl for the evening and also to QVC for their generous donation.
Then of course we had our Be Aware Show You Care BCC Event on Wednesday evening. Well what can I say? YOU were amazing!!!! We had a target for the evening of £350,000 which in the current economic climate we realised was quite high, but we were hopeful. The target was smashed… at last count we were over £417,000 and rising!!! THANK YOU so much to everyone who picked up the phone that night, it really does make a difference!
So after a mad couple of weeks I can just sit back and relax????? No chance! Fashion Weekend kicks off tonight at midnight with myself and Dennis Basso (I think you'll love the TSV) and I know you'll love the Ronnie Nicole TSV on Sunday, I've already got mine in purple! My advice… stay up late, and buy early!!!