An invitation


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.

One Hundred Lengths of the PoolI 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.

Trinny and Susannah dressI 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.

Liz Earle TSVTalking 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,

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Joanna Downey October 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, Firstly I am sorry for your loss and the unhappy time you have had recently. There is no rhyme or reason in life and we just have to keep moving forward, enjoy the good days and appreciate what is important. Those are easy words to write and say but very difficult to follow when feeling as though on the edge of an abyss. Several years ago you wrote to me after my beautiful mum had died and your words helped to bring the sunshine back into our lives. On a happier note Wilfy is gorgeous; kittens are such fun and obviously he has been a treasure over the last couple of weeks. He is still very young so I imagine he finds his milk an easier option than solid stuff – try mixing the two together into a kind of soup – “Yum Wilfy, you’ll LOVE this” and smear some over his mouth – it may spark some interest! We have also had a kitten; he was one of four who had been rescued with their mother after she had been shot. Sox, the name given to him by his foster-mum’s children, is grey and white and we think he is about 11 weeks old. Fortunately his awful start in life has not had any effect on him; he is friendly, very confident and he had all four paws well and truly under our table after one night… Love from Jo x

  2. Lynn Cotton October 26, 2013 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    I have just found your blog Julia – I am a QVC customer and I always watched when you were on (work permitting!). You are one of the very rare people on TV that come across as an absolutely genuine and wonderful person. I almost feel like I know you after watching your shows, and judging by all the comments on your blog, I am not alone in feeling that. I just wanted to say that I read the news of your illness with consternation but am very happy to read on recent posts that your treatment is going well. God bless you. Great to see you on Liz Earle show tonight 🙂 Looking forward to reading your book.

  3. Beth Morton October 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Firstly, I’m glad that Stretch’s funeral had a lot of friends, family and colleagues attending.
    Also, well done you for having helped raise so much money for charity. I certainly hope to purchase your book once it arrives in the shops or Amazon as I don’t have a Kindle.
    I caught a few minutes of you on the Liz Earle show with Caroline yesterday and I thought you looked great! I loved the green dress (or was it top), the colour really suited you.
    I hope the event at the House Of Lords goes well, I am sure you will have a lot to contribute to any discussions.
    Last but not least, I wish I could suggest how to entice Wilfy to eat more food but I hope his appetite picks up and others have suggestions..
    Take care,
    Beth XX.

  4. Marian Bolton October 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was at a funeral myself last Tuesday, and the church was packed there too. A lovely friend and work colleague who sadly lost her long and arduous battle with breast cancer at just 40 years of age. After we had sang ‘All things bright and beautiful’ at the end of the service, Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’ was played. You could fair hear Jane singing it to everyone there, not a dry eye in the house as you can imagine.
    On a brighter note, Chris and I went to see the touring ‘Thriller Live’ show at the Lyceum in Sheffield last Thursday. It was a great show. I remember reading about it on Charlie’s blog a year or so ago and have been on the look out for it coming to a theatre near us ever since. It was definitely worth the wait.
    You may remember that I was lucky enough to win a copy of your book earlier this year. I did donate the book price to the polio charity mentioned in your book at the time. I’m telling you that for no other reason than I wanted you to know that they still received the support they would have done had I bought it. I lost my Dad to a leukaemia-related disorder so it’s close to my heart too.
    I hope little Wilfy’s appetite has picked up. I can highly recommend Applaws kitten/cat food.
    Another week closer to Elemis TSV day. Believe it or not, my ‘stash’ is quite depleted, so my fingers are crossed for lots of EZ pays so I can stock well up again!

  5. Julia roberts October 31, 2013 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Jo
    Thanks for your kind words.
    On the subject of Wilfy …. we had two different opinions about continuing with the baby milk. I dd try some food mixed in with his milk but he just drank the milk and left the ‘bits’ soooo on Monday I stopped giving him milk and he has been much better. He is now having a sachet of soft food, plus hard food and water and thriving! Glad to hear Sox has fallen on all four paws
    Julia x

  6. Julia roberts October 31, 2013 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Lynn
    Thank you for the lovely things you said including the compliments about how I looked in the Liz Earle show.
    I am coping so much better with the meds than I was a year ago and hopeful that they may not be forever as I was told at first.
    I hope you will enjoy my book …. I’m working on my first novel at the moment.
    Now that you have found my blog don’t be a stranger
    Julia x

  7. Julia roberts October 31, 2013 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Beth
    Great news …. Wilfy is eating well and his tummy is more settled after a phonecall to my vet on Monday … Maybe he overheard the conversation and didn’t fancy a trip there!
    I had confirmation from Random House that a new ISBN number has been allocated to my book and it will be available on Amazon or to order through book shops from 21st November – if you get it I hope you will enjoy it.
    The top I was wearing for the Liz Earle launch was the Antthony TSV on Monday – sold really well.
    Julia x

  8. Julia roberts October 31, 2013 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    I think that is part of the tragedy … we all know we have a finite amount of time on this planet but for some it is cruelly curtailed by illness ….. forty is no age really.
    How lovely that you made a donation even though you won the book. British Polio Fellowship is just about to launch their Winter Warmth appeal …. it’s difficult for less mobile people to keep warm and expensive after the recent price hike. They are celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2014 so I will have to come up with a twist on the swimming gala ….maybe do a few across the country …. do you swim???
    There are bound to be easipays on some products on Elemis TSV day … couldn’t possibly be more specific at this point (wink wink)
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  9. Denise December 4, 2013 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Its Denise… I have emailed you as I only just found out about Stretch. I am so sorry to hear this Julia and I really enjoyed meeting him and feel happy that he came to see Palace that time. Even though that was a while ago.
    I really hope your ok and will speak to you soon.
    Love Denny xxx

  10. Julia roberts December 5, 2013 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Thanks Denise ….. Stretch really enjoyed the day you invited him to the box to watch the game …. It’s a lovely memory to have of him happy and smiling.
    See you soon
    Julia x

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