Hugo’s legacy grew still further at the weekend with an event fundraising for First Touch, the charity for sick and premature babies at St George’s Hospital.
My wonderful friend Louise hosted a Jamie at Home evening. For the uninitiated, a Jamie at Home party gives attendees the opportunity to browse and purchase Jamie Oliver kitchen and homeware products – not to mention catch up with friends and drink lots of wine.
Louise wanted the event to raise money for First Touch because it supports the neonatal unit where Hugo was cared for. It is a fantastic charity, supporting the unit by providing state-of-the-art equipment that is out of the scope of NHS funds, as well as things to make parents’ lives a bit more comfortable while they are caring for their babies.
Money was raised via a raffle, with some amazing prizes generously donated by family and friends. They included a beautiful tagine, chocolates, a pet photography session, an M&S hamper, and other covetables.
The party was a full house, and the guests generously dug deep buying raffle tickets.
I was moved by a guest who had won the host’s commission points but donated them to First Touch – I have ordered a few goodies for the charity to raffle – I’ll drop them off on my next visit to Tooting.
It was a fun evening. I didn’t know many of the guests and while they enjoyed the wine and chat, I am humbled and grateful to them for giving up their Friday evening, giving so generously to the raffle (whether by donating prizes or by buying tickets). More than £200 was raised. You are all helping tiny babies and their families – thank you.
An extra special thank you is due to Louise for her dedication to raising money for First Touch. I had a fright when I added up how long we have known each other: 28 years – blimey. Yes, dear readers, I know you are wondering how that could be possible when neither of us look a day over 25!
If you or the company you work for are looking for a worthy charity to fundraise for, please do consider First Touch. They do a fantastic job supporting the tiniest babies and their parents at such a terrifying time. It doesn’t matter if you are not local to Tooting, either: we’re not, living two hours’ drive away. The specialist hospital cares for many families from around the country, just like us. We are pleased to be able to help to give something back.