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  • mummydragon

We launched George’s Dragons on St George’s Day last year and there is no way we could have predicted where we would be a year on and that Shooting Star Children's Hospices would need our support more than ever. 


When we set off on our fundraising challenge we aimed to raise £10k through sporting challenges and events for all. I personally was terrified about the challenge of London but quickly realised how difficult fundraising was - sending out dozens of emails a day asking for support. But we were rewarded with some fantastic donations. I can’t list them all but we were given venues, prizes, catering and 2 amazing quizmasters - thank you so so much to all who donated us, many of them going the extra mile to stay at events and support. And a huge thank you to all the friends and family who supported us, coming along to events, listening to me brainstorm ideas and persuading me to keep going, joining me in the running challenges and even organising events themselves. We feel so lucky for the support we were given. 

I admit there were times when I wanted to give up especially early on in this year but the fundraising team kept me going and we managed to host the fantastic Painshill Walk taking our total fundraising to over £22k! We have doubled our target!! 


And then suddenly our personal challenges were overtaken by worldwide ones. Whilst I had been very concerned about my readiness for London the option was taken out of my hands as it had to be cancelled. This is a huge event for the charity sector and SSCH have had to cut services at this incredibly difficult time for so many and we honestly worry about whether the charity will survive this crisis. 


At this difficult time we turn to our local communities and we are very grateful to our neighbours, both old ones and new ones. A road where we used to live came up with the fantastic idea of a street marathon. Our friend was meant to be running on Sunday for Children with Cancer and his neighbours will instead be running a mile each with him completing the last marathon! I admit to copying this idea (it’s such a good one!) and the first Ennismore marathon will be taking place on Sunday at 9.30! I’ll be running the first 2.6 mile loop and the idea is that a socially distanced relay marathon will take place. Details are still being ironed out My neighbours have been quick to support and again I realise the generosity of people. 


This year has been a difficult one with personal and global challenges but we have seen the generosity of people and really hope you can support SSCH on Sunday when we run our neighbourhood marathon. Hopefully I’ll be writing about the London one in 6 months time. 



Take care everyone and stay safe. 

  • georgesdragons

Back in July I wrote a blog about the difficulties of fundraising. Since then we have hosted our first Quiz Night and Julie and I have run our first half marathon. Both were events with highs and lows and personal struggles but we have come through them with more money raised for this amazing charity, and with smiles on our faces (well a sort of smile/grimace!)


The Ashtead Quiz Night was a huge success raising £2,500 for Shooting Star. We have so many people to thank including Andy, the fabulous Quizmaster, my wonderful sister in law, Katy, who wrapped prizes and kept me calm in the week before, everyone who donated raffle/auction prizes, everyone who came along and of course my amazing Mum for organising the event - Thanks so much Nanny Dragon! We had great fun on the night, the fish 'n' chips were excellent and we left the hall shattered but delighted with how the evening had gone.


Posing in front of the castle

A week later Mum, Jacqui, Julie and I headed off to Disneyland Paris (yay!) for another run challenge - 15k for Mum and Jacqui and 36k for Julie and me (5k Friday evening, 10k Saturday morning and 21k on Sunday morning!) I was in one of my favourite places in the world, the atmosphere was electric and thankfully Jacqui had her medical kit. Mum's ingrown toenail meant she walked in a pair of sandals and by the end of the weekend was barely walking. But the disaster of the weekend was Julie falling at the 8k mark of the 10k. Bravely she struggled round Disneyland on the Saturday going to First Aid finally on the Saturday evening with them showing just a little concern for her plans for the next day. Yes - she did still run the half marathon in excruciating pain and that evening we discovered on a trip to A&E that she had "strangled" her ankle and was wheelchair and crutches bound for the rest of the trip! I am so proud of her and she truly deserves the Disney bling. We all had a fantastic time and most of us plan to return again - think Julie needs to recover from a lot of trauma first!


Back home and a little achey and then on Wednesday a call from Shooting Star. Julie and I have been given Gold Bond places for the London Marathon. So we are officially training for that. Unfortunately I will be running Royal Parks on my own in a few weeks time but after that we will be back out training in the cold winter mornings. We also have our Car Treasure Hunt on 6th October and Weybridge Quiz Night on 9th November!! It's going to be a busy time...


So is running or fundraising easier? The jury is definitely still out on that one!!

All I do know is that I couldn't do it alone. Thank you all xx

  • mummydragon

Summer is here, and for George the break is made more fun with Shooting Star events including an incredible residential trip at Woodlarks, and the annual Shooting Star Festival of Music, an opportunity for him to sing, make music and enjoy the company of other budding musicians. For me... I'm trying to keep up with the training runs (never easy in the holidays with George needing full time care), organise activities for George, and being a taxi service for Mia!


However, this message is a plea... And a thank you to all you wonderful people who have supported us so far through sponsorship, coming along to events, listening to me moaning, and even helping to organise events and get much needed raffle prizes etc. You are all amazing!!! And well done to every single fundraiser out there. I had no idea how difficult it is.


But, yes, we have another ask... We want a full-house at our two Quiz Nights and lots of cars competing in the treasure hunt. This morning Julie and I run our third race in three months, I am asking you to spend 5 minutes on the site booking tickets to an event or sponsoring us for this fantastic charity. We would actually rather you book tickets as this year is about seeing you and enjoying time together... Please contact us if you have any trouble using the site or want to pay cash for an event.


The Ashtead and Weybridge Quiz Nights promise to be fun events (definitely not too serious!) with professional quiz comperes giving up their time to be there, along with fish suppers, and fabulous raffle prizes - we've been very busy and local businesses have been very generous!!


A great friend offered to organise the Scatter Style Car Treasure Hunt, having enjoyed them when she was young, and is currently spending hours travelling round the beautiful Surrey countryside, plotting clues and organising an afternoon tea for us all to enjoy afterwards, as well as more raffle prizes of course!


Enjoy the summer everyone and hopefully we will get to see many of you at one of our three Autumn events!!

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