#BloggersBeatingCancer : Nottingham bloggers unite!
When blogger Emma Critchley, (Island Living 365), lost one of her best friends, Sarah, to cancer earlier this year, she wanted to do something positive. So with the help of fellow blogger, Sarah from Mumzilla.co.uk, the idea of bloggers using their influence to raise money for charity was born, culminating in a virtual coffee morning on Friday 30th September 2016 at 10.30am.
As well as writing a blog post about my own experiences of cancer for #BloggersBeatingCancer (#BloggersBeatingCancer: Fighting cancer with coffee and a hashtag), I decided to host a coffee morning at my home and invite some of my Nottingham blogging friends. The plan was for us to have a lovely catch up over cakes and coffee. During the morning we would use the #BloggersBeatingCancer hashtag to raise awareness of the campaign on social media, whilst raising money for Macmillan and Bart’s Charities.
I don’t know what it is about Nottingham, but it’s a bit of a blogging hotspot! We have a veritable feast of blogging royalty here. In fact, I live just around the corner from Amanda Cottingham from The Ana Mum Diary. If I wanted to, I could easily lob a tennis ball into her back garden from my house. I’d better not though, because I might hit her lovely new summer house!
Here are just a few of the Nottingham bloggers who’ve been such a help and support to me since I started last December 2015. I’m sure you’ll recognise some of them from the Top 100 lists. If not, I thoroughly recommend checking them out:
Amanda Cottingham – The Ana Mum Diary, We Blog Travel.
Jen Stanbrook – Love Chic Living
Penny Alexander – Parentshaped, Space in your Case, A residence.
Emily Leary – A Mummy Too
Becky Goddard-Hill – A Beautiful Space, Family Budgeting, Thrifty home plus many more!
Catherine Hughes – Growing Family
Alex Muir – My Life Long Holiday
Lucy Wray – Lish Concepts, Each Peach Pear Plum
Sarah Lyon – Each Peach Pear Plum
Morgan Prince – Morgan’s Milieu
Jaime Oliver – The Oliver’s Madhouse.
Donna Navarro – Ordinary Cycling Girl
It isn’t an exhaustive list, either. Our Notts Parent Bloggers Facebook Group has 36 members.
Let there be cake!
After deciding to host a #BloggersBeatingCancer coffee morning, I sent out virtual invitations to my blog mates and invited a few other folks too, (The Two Peas from Two Peas PR, Helen and Jo, for example).
I asked my eldest, Beth, if she would make some cakes for the cause as she is our Star Baker. Thankfully, she agreed, sparing my friends from having to settle for my creations. She even agreed to make her own version of Mess and Merlot’s Chunky Chocolate Explosion cake, which I have dreamed about since I spotted it on Instagram.
Beth rose to the challenge, making a wonderful Chocolate Explosion Cake of her own. It’s a multi-tiered Victoria sponge cake, heaped with chocolate goodies. I carelessly bought far too many chocolatey goodies for the top of the cake so we had to eat them all…It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
Beth made some mini cupcakes with various toppings and youngest made a mini-cake too. I contributed some (Morrisons!) brownies and flapjacks.
Nottingham #BloggersBeatingCancer Coffee Morning.
The big day arrived and I was all set with cakes, coffee and tea. Plus, in true blogger fashion, I had my laptop open on the #BloggersBeatingCancer campaign page. I even offered them an analogue donation option…A bowl. No excuses!
When 10.30am arrived, I ushered my coffee morning guests in, set up my selfie stick and phone and we were all set!
We chatted, we tweeted, we ate cake, we drank coffee and tea. We also had the chance to ‘pooch’ and cuddle Lucy Wray’s gorgeous baby, Willow. Most importantly, we donated to a fantastic cause.
I took the obligatory selfie of our Nottingham Blogging Gang. I am absolutely useless at taking group selfies as you can tell from my ‘have I got everyone’s head in the shot’ face.
Left to Right: Emily Leary (A Mummy Too), Me, Jen Stanbrook (Love Chic Living), Catherine Hughes (Growing Family), Alex Muir (Front, My Lifelong Holiday) and Lucy Wray (Lish Concepts).
There was so much cake….Dare I say too much cake? In fact, nobody was allowed to leave until I’d pressed a plastic plate filled with chocolatey delights into their hands, just to share the calorific load!
Who knew ‘doing our bit’ for #BloggersBeatingCancer would be so much fun?
Here’s to you, Sarah!
People touch our lives.
Sometimes we have them for our whole lifetime and sometimes only for a little while.
Sarah touched the lives of so many in her short life, Emma from IslandLiving365 being one of them. She wanted to do something positive in Sarah’s memory and along with Sarah from Mumzilla, she did just that.
The #BloggersBeatingCancer Virtual Coffee morning united bloggers and non-bloggers alike, both virtually and in real life. We watched as the hashtag trended on Twitter and raised awareness of the campaign.
#BloggersBeatingCancer has raised £1,006 so far, (£1,171,14 with Gift Aid), surpassed it’s initial £1,000 target. However, it would be wonderful if we could raise even more money for Macmillan and Bart’s Charity.
It has been an inspirational campaign and makes me feel proud to be a blogger and to help Macmillan and Bart’s Charity in some small way.
Over to you.
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Oh gosh, I don’t know why but this made me a little teary. Sarah would have loved that so many people came together all over the country to eat cake in her memory. She was a big one for cake and tea! Thank you for taking part and all of your support, I am also so jealous that you have so many amazing bloggers near you! I need to move to Nottingham! #Bloggerclubuk
Such a wonderful cause. Thank you for doing something positive in Sarah’s memory. It has been a wonderful campaign to be part of. We’ve laughed and cried together, haven’t we?
This is such a worthy cause! Your cake looks amazing – so gorgeous! It’s fabulous that you could get so many bloggers together to tweet & eat. And well done supporting this fabulous cause & Emma. Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK x
How fabulous that you could all come together and do something really worthwhile. You have some awesome bloggers living close by Jane. Mich x #BloggerClubUK
Absolutely blooming brilliant! Well done to you all and those cakes…. We are all touched by cancer so it’s wonderful that you have done something so positive #fortheloveofBLOG
Having lost my father to cancer earlier this year this is a cause that I support. Shortly after he passed away, we made a load of cookies and cakes and put them in the visitors kitchen of the hospice he was in. We put a donation tin with them which meant the hospice got a bit of money straight to them. For his funeral, instead of flowers the funeral directors helped us set up a fundraising page where people could donate and we raised about £500. Well done to you all for helping raise money and awareness for this cause.
I’m sorry for your loss, Ali. Raising money rather than sending flowers sounds like a really worthwhile idea. That’s an amazing amount of money you raised too!
No way! I’m Notts based too! Had no idea there was so much blogging going on right here!! And I’m off to donate now. #fortheloveofblog
Hi Faye! Pleased to meet you! Thanks so much for donating too!
That’s fantastic, see what bloggers can do together! Such s good cause and such fab looking cake too, who wouldn’t want to join in! Well done I say. #kcacols
I was so proud to be a part of the virtual coffee morning over on Twitter, how much was raised and how fantastic the blogging community really can be when we get together. The selection of cakes looks so so tasty!! I forgot the cake but I had a good few cups of coffee alongside donating to the fantastic charities. Thanks so much for sharing at #KCACOLS hope to see you back next week!
Thanks for cohosting #KCACOLS this week Kat and for supporting #bloggersbeatingcancer!
Well done on what looks like a really successful coffee morning! I’m so envious of all that cake – it looks delicious. Glad to see the support for #BloggersBeatingCancer is continuing beyond the day itself xx #KCACOLS
Well done to all of you and how lovely to bring everyone together. I love that so much is done for this cause which has touched all of our lives and everyone really gets on board. Three cheers for the Nottingham bloggers and how lovely that you are all so close! That cake got me the first time I saw it and wow what a fabulous replica Beth made. Great to see that this campaign has done so well for Emma in memory of her lovely friend x
Thanks so much, Nicky.
Oh my god, those cakes look amazing!!! Good on you, I’ve lost several people to cancer including my dad, it’s shitty and a horrible thing that needs fighting head on. #KCACOLS
Good to see that selfie stick is still in use Jane 😉 But seriously, well done – a great cause to support. Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG
Ha! You can see I’m still totally useless at using one! Thanks for hosting!