That's a world record for walking a mile - in Belle's world anyway!
We love how Belle shoved her lucky mascot teddy and unicorn necklace in her jacket whilst also wearing the cap that came from Steve Irwins Zoo as part of a sponsor pack they sent her. Without those items she would never had made it - according to Belle.
Laugh out loud.
She did it though, with only 4 rest breaks and each one filled with sugary boosters to get her on her way for the next stretch. We bought this pink collapsible chair about 4 years ago in the USA and it came in very very handy!
We are so proud of Ellie, beyond any reckoning and to us she is a champion. She never complained once and to be honest, it did not feel like an hour and 45 minutes. For Mark and his Pop to metre the walk last week took them 15 minutes but we always knew Belle would be a lot slower than that.
We were joined by so many fabulous people including a wee slot from the Wigan Observer to go in Wednesday's edition. We want to thank the following people for coming yesterday who we believe played a fantastic support role and provided great company for all involved.
My sister Becky and my niece Charlotte (well done Charlotte for completing the course, even without a sit down... gorgeous girly).
My Brother Leigh and his wife Kerry (ahem! who have just got themselves a 9 month booking at the fetus hotel... Im going to be an aunty again!)
My in laws, Pat and Dave
My friend Suzy and her two fun filled nibbles - Beth and Ben
My friend Jane, hubby St and their two minxes - Courtney and Katherine
My friend Sharon, her hubby and wee Harry - who was rolling around in the mud and loving it.
My friend Carmel and her daughter Charlotte (who is the tallest 7 year old in the world!).
And finally but certainly not least, Julie and the girls from Speedy Hire who came along to support us for the walk too. We were completely delighted that they had taken to Ellies plight through our local paper and have held a national collection through all of their offices in the UK. They have raised (so far) £1700 and announced this to us yesterday
bringing our total collect (so far) to
Mark and I sit here stunned, pinned to the chair, jaws dropping to the floor in absolute bewilderment. I say this all the time but we seriously cannot find a word worthy enough of relaying just how grateful we are. Thank you is all we can muster and we have said it 400 trillion times and we will continue to say it until we have run out of breath!
Hitting our target was beyond anything we imagined. And Belle managed it through some serious hard work yesterday morning - I really don't think she knows just how much £11, 750 is.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you xx
After the walk we invited everyone around to sample my MIL's cakies and Carmel's momma's scones (of which I had to decline cos you know - being wheat free and all (try my new wheat free recipe for yorkshire puds over here) - and almost took a bite out of Ellie's arm to ease my sugar fix). The house was heaving and I just felt rotten that I couldn't have spent lots of time with each individual. I managed to pass myself around, briefly, to everyone inbetween kiddies getting whacked in the face during a marathon session on the Wii! The stinky guinea pigs got a ton of attention and I think Belle's tortoise, Lightening, slept through it all. Belle was such a lucky girl to have all of our friends and family's support.
Most of everyone left after about an hour and my Bro and Sis stayed behind for a few more hours. We had a fish and chip lunch and a bottle of plonk was shared between my sis and I. We were having such a lovely day. The kids were plied wih eatser chocs, we got the playstation out and had a giggle or two. I didn't want them to go when they did, both Becky and I were tipsy and laughing at the most silliest things. And then when they left I got teary. How many emotions in one day?
Here are some more picture from Belle's big day - I was really ragged off to find out that I had my ISO on quite high over the past few days and I am apologising about the quality - more out of embarrassment! I must have been cuckoo not to notice such a simple mistake.
Suzy B's kiddies, Beth and Ben pose with Belle
My Bro and sister, mummy and daddy to be!
Belle and Charlotte snuggle and warm up on the sofa.
My niece, Charlotte, determined to use her prized brolly despite being no rain. I love how kids get attached to things like this although we were worried that a gust of wind would take her away at one point.Beth and Ben rest up whilst waiting for Belle to catch up. Yes, she was very slow!My sister and I having pictures taken this time last year?
But now - thankfully, YES! We both are little tinkers at times and family fall outs are part and parcel of that tapestry. When we finally swallowed our ride at my bro's wedding last year, I think it was the best thing I had done in a long time.
Becks, Belle and I in a very rare grouping. I shall treasure this photo for EVER!
And then this - this little beauty....... I love this picture of these two people so much and the fact that belle has her eyes wide and blue!
And this is a picture of Barry and Andy who came round to deliver sponsorshop money to the tune of £1500. Barry, on the left ran the Liverpool half marathon and collected money from the various clients who are associated with their car sales form in Wigan. Again, mark and I were flummoxed for words - we are grateful and thankful for their amazing gesture.And finally - meet Nibbles. Belle received this soft toy from Suzy B and she has been besotted with him for a whole 24 hours (Belle is a kid who rotates her toys on a 12 hour basis - I think nibbles is in for the long run). I had to take a picture of how she had left him yesterday when she nipped upstairs to feed lightening. Nibbles **may** have eaten a little bit more than she expected on her departure!And to finish off completely - here is a wee kissy from Belle as another thank you from the bottom of all our hearts.