Niamh has wonderful friends - they have supported her and been there for her throughout this ordeal. They come round to see her when she's up to it, never question when she's not up to or cancels and are always available with a bit of textspeak on the phone when she sends a message. Most of the messages consist of anacronyms like ROFL, KK, LMAO, :-) which is beyond me. Other times there might be a bit more info like "You missed Maths - it was s**t!" or "I was like - whatever biatch" probably not those exact words but hey, I'm down with the kids!
My point is they have been there for her, giving her little gifts and pick me ups along the way which mean so much to her. No one bakes brownies like Kirsten - you know that no matter how bad the weather is, when you open the door and see Kirsten with brownies in her hand. Well it's always a sunny day then. They have been known to disappear before Niamh's got her hands on them. You know, our basset hound, Hank, he's surprisingly agile for a big lump. Most 9 year old bassets can barely be bothered to get up. But Hank is different, he can get freshly baked brownies off the bench (even when they're at the back) eat them, then put the tray they come in into the bin underneath the other rubbish (almost like he's trying to disguise the fact that he's eaten them) and close the lid. He then cleans the bench and floor of all evidence....I mean crumbs! Bad dog! In your bed Hank, get in your bed for that!
*Cough* and strangely enough I am always the only witness to that.....hmmmmm?????
Her friends organised a coffee morning and raised £1000 for the hospital that's treating Niamh (Sick Kids, Edinburgh) - we were absolutely over the moon and so so touched by the gesture. Please remember these girls are 12/13 years old and they did that! So kind!
Today, I got a call from Niamh's headmistress at Ross High checking in and asking what I thought about "the girls" doing a bit more fundraising for us, they'd been to see her wanting the school to do something to help and she wanted to check I was happy for them to proceed which of course I was. They are getting an award from the school for their efforts so far which is wonderful and they're raising the profile of childhood cancer awareness which is so so important. The head said they have "big hearts" which is so true. She was so full of praise for them and was very impressed with their tenacity to help. They are amazing friends to Niamh and we very much look forward to catching up with them this weekend over the bank hol. I would like to name check them all but I'm scared I will leave someone out which would be awful so I'll list these fab girls when I know exactly who has done what!
On a personal note, I have been touched by the overwhelming support we've received since we started our fundraising campaign, the messages of support, good advice, fundraising ideas and just general niceness has made me an emotional wreck (in a good way though) most days. The kindness and donations of old school friends I haven't seen for years, but who still care enough to give something is amazing. They remember the short kinda mad speccy four eyes I was (oh and still am lol) and have voluntarily given what they can which is humbling to say the least. The kindness and support from family has been fantastic (can't thank them enough) and the kindness and donations from strangers, people I may never meet, has just blown me away.
I think Paul's doing the next blog post - lord knows what that'll be like. Haha. Speak soon amigos!
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