Where can I start?????
To each and everyone of the 412 men that bought a ticket to our sportsman's dinner and to everyone that donated a raffle/auction prize or bottle of alcohol .... thank you for helping us to raise just over a phenomenal £40,000 at our 3rd Sportsman's Dinner on Friday night https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v3/u6c/1/16/1f499.png)">💙⭐️
From the girls who came along to help, the Crowne Plaza staff, the parents and nurse that featured in our video, Paul that made our video, our football themed centre pieces from our supporters at Blue Parrot, the ambulance staff and our outstanding speakers Tam Cowan, Willie Young and John Gaghan ....
The night was by far the biggest, best and most professional yet.
We don't have experienced fundraisers or experienced events staff working with us, we don't have sponsors, we don't have a big celebrity following but what we had on Friday night and at all of our fundraisers are people who are 110% behind our cause and what Brightest Star stands for.
To me, that's what charity is and for that, I thank each and every supporter of brightest star....it is each one of YOU that makes it possible for us to help families that lose their child.
Two people in particular put their heart and soul into Friday night...my dad Mick and husband Paul and I'm incredibly proud of them both as would Jack be ⭐️
As I spoke on Friday night, I could see the suffering in my dads eyes, he is living everyday with a double loss and pain. The pain of losing his grandson who was and always will be his no1 pal but also the pain of losing the daughter that he had before jack died. He has the pain of watching her suffer everyday knowing that he can't take away her pain. That's the pain of grandparents on this journey. People often forget about them.
My dad watched me suffer with no support after Jack died and for that reason and to keep his grandsons memory alive, I know that he will always he brightest stars no1 supporter and I can't thank him enough for Friday, all he does for Brightest Star and myself https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v3/u6c/1/16/1f499.png)">💙⭐️ He really is one of the unsung heroes in all of this.
My husband Paul never got the pleasure of meeting Jack but he puts his all into keeping his memory alive through brightest star. As an amazing dad himself, Paul is 110% behind what the charity stands for and that's what makes him all the more special. Brightest star isn't a Mon-Fri 9-5 job, it is literally our life 24/7 and I'm so grateful that Paul has it in his heart as much as I do https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v3/u6c/1/16/1f499.png)">💙
My only wish is that Jack could have got to know Paul as I know he would love his as much as I do. These events don't happen easy and for the last 6 months Paul and my dad have put their heart and soul into making sure Friday night perfect and perfect it was. I could see the emotion in Pauls face when the total was announced and the 1st thing he said was that I did Jack proud. Well no, this event was all Paul and my dad and they did Jack proud.
Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support and lovely comments about Friday night...you all made it happen and we are all Jacks Army https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v3/u6c/1/16/1f499.png)">💙⭐️
All the photos will follow soon xx