Ladies Camera Club

23 Mar 2008

1hr and 45 minutes

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!
It.
Defies.
Belief.
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?
Anyhoo............
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?
NO!
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.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on raising so much money and Well Done to Ellie for such a magnificent achievement. There are thousands of children who dont have the physical challenges Ellie lives with who couldnt walk a mile, which makes her achievement even more remarkable.
WELL DONE.
Jools

em said...

Yay!!! So excited for her! What an amazing accomplishment!! :)

Nick said...

Well done Belle!!! we all knew you could do it

Anonymous said...

A HUGE Congratulations to Belle for completing her marathon mile & well done to Mum & Dad for all the work they have put in organizing things.

Keep up the good work
Valerie

mandy said...

Oh Well done Ellie, I am so absolutely thoroughly positively delighted that you have managed your mile, I think Little Girl who walks Big steps will rule the world!!

Nickynoo said...

Wow, Ellie did such an amazing job, she is a little superstar!! Huge amounts of luck for your trip :0)

D@nielle said...

wow Belle you go girl, so proud of you too ! Thanks for sharing all the pics so we can all see this fab day. BTW I'm loving those pics of you with your loved ones ! I'm sending the promised dvd for the raffle tommorow ;)

Louise said...

massive congratulations to you all for the walk and for raising so much money. Well done Belle!!!!

Jenga said...

WOW!!! Well done Belle :) What an exhilerating (sp?!?!?) day it must have been for you all. That total is amazing. You have some gorgeous pics of her too - bonus :)

xx

Deanne said...

Ahh Well Done Ellie
I was so choked reading that post - wish I wasnt so far away - I certainly would have done that walk with you.
A gorgeous lot of photos to treasure for years to come.
As for families Kirsty - right there with ya!!! fall outs then fall back in...
Hugs xxxx

Sharon Speakman said...

Had a wonderful day on Saturday. Amazed at how Belle was a superstar and was fantastic on completing her own marathon. Fabulously, wonderfully terrific at the amount that has now been raised. Well done on Team Wiseman x x x. With love, Sharon x x

Monkee Maker said...

Well done to Ellie for completing her walk, and what a brilliant amount of money you've all raised!

Your gorgeous girl has reached the hearts of many.

:)

Taniwha said...

That is blimmen fantastic Kirsty, well done Ellie and so much money raised! It's still disgraceful that you have to go to the US for help, but I'm so glad you've got so much money to take with you. Go Ellie!

And congrats to your Bro & SiL, I am so happy for them :)

SuzyB said...

Honoured to walk with Ellie on Saturday, had a great time. LOVE those photos of her, especially the last kissy one, just a gorgeous gorgeous shot. Glad she likes Nibbles.

Lastly but not leastly - OMG how many pennies!!! Fantastic!

Heather said...

Well done, Belle!

amber jane said...

Ellie we are so darn proud of you over here - We knew you could do it :D

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Belle!!! All congratulations go to you for your amazing achievement darling! You have made so many people so proud of your fabulous achievement! The world will truly be your oyster. Go grab it with two hands and give it a big, juicy, rosey red kiss.

Back at ya! xxxx

BTW - Well done to Kirsty and Mark for organising it all too. You are inspirational parents indeed!

And to everyone who has sent a penny or two - the sun will always shine through dark clouds because of your generosity.

Charlotte said...

This is so brilliant, everything about it, absolutely brilliant xxxxx

Jen said...

Amazing news! Well done Belle :) And of course to all the people who've done so much and given their time, wow, how fantastic it all is! So excited for you all!!

Rox said...

Congratulations on such achievements - financially and physically! Way to go Ellie!

Kauanoe said...

Woot! Hoah! Congrates on raising all those monies. Koodles to Belle for such an amazing feat/accomplishment too. Prayers and hugs for the next leg of your journey.

Victoria said...

God bless you Ellie!! Great job!

Anonymous said...

woohoo Belle you did it! you can be soooooooo proud of yourself girly! now that is a lot of money and you deserve every little penny of it and I hope the trip to the usa will have a very good outcome for you!

and now give your mommy a big kiss from me, corinnexxx

Rach said...

Well done that girl, go Ellie, go Ellie, go Ellie. So sorry we didn't make it on Saturday, things conspired against us! I was thinking of you all and sending as many good vibes as I could. x

Debbie said...

Congrats Ellie on your MONSTER walk!! Watch out that Nibbles doesn't sneak any more of your choccies!!

Kate said...

Well done to you and Ellie, she's looking bright and ready for the bigger challenge to come, and love the kissy at the end.

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I'm a bit of a scrapping blog stalker and just had to say THANKS but my new clinique mascara has just run all down my face! Lovely piccies as always (though it helps when little girls are such wonderful photographic subjects!!)Well done to you all, especially your daughter who probably hasn't a clue what all the fuss is about!
Karen Rel.

Cazzy said...

Well done Ellie on walking all that way!

Congrats on the new total too!

Love Nibbles, choc looks nice too!

Barb said...

Go Belle, Go!

Muckyfingers said...

Congratulations Belle, you are a strong and brave woman. Not just to do this walk, but to do it in the blimmin cold!!! Hope you got loads of Easter Eggs ;) xx

Terrie B x said...

"Fantatic""Well Done" Belle...you can be soo proud!!!!way to go...:)x

cannycrafter said...

Have been waiting with baited breath to see how things went and am so pleased you all enjoyed it so much! Well done Ellie! Love that cute chocolate eating bunny!!!
Caroline x

Cazzy said...

Hi again Kirstie and Belle,

Can we have more than one go on the raffle?

Roz said...

Massive congratulations to Ellie for doing that walk, so sorry we could not be with you to share the moment, Ben sends you masssive hugs of Well done and I'm sending you loads of tickles and giggles.

manicstamper said...

FANTASTIC.......way to go Ellie.
Jumping up and down in my chair here(pity the chair).
Fab news and fab pics.
Hugs to you all.
Sheila
xxx

Darcy said...

Just beautiful, all of you. Well done.x

Dawn said...

Way to go Belle! I knew you could do it. AWESOME.

Best wishes on your trip to the States.

Di said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Big congratulations, Belle. Such an achievemnet and somehting to be so incredibly proud of! Best, best wishes for all your future endeavours. x

Mellisa said...

I just read about this over at digishoptalk and am sitting here in tears - just a wonderful strong girl - you are an inspiration to all of us!

Congratulations on walking your mile! Such a terrific achievement! After reading about Ellie on the Trust Fund site, I am humbled by such an obviously strong girl! You will rise above this Ellie, I can't wait to hear more!

Davinie said...

Wonderful job Belle!

Brenda said...

Congratulations! She is such a cutie- i'm so proud of her for doing it!

Heather said...

Congrats on completing the walk Belle- WOW WOW WOW. Well done

Caroline said...

Well done to you all! And spesh to Ellie for managing the walk. So glad it all went well.
Hugs n kisses xx

Brook said...

I'm so proud of you all! What a trouper Belle is! She looks so happy and full of energy! The support you have had is tremendous! I am so happy things are working out well! I have great hopes!

LOUSY said...

Crying .... so pleased well done Ellie ... well done you Kirsty. Huge huge - x

Lousyx

LOUSY said...

Crying .... so pleased well done Ellie ... well done you Kirsty. Huge huge - x

Lousyx

Zoe said...

Huge congratulations to you, Ellie - fab job! Wonderful photos to treasure too x

Carol said...

Ellie - i cannot express to you just HOW proud of you i am!

I couldnt be with you but i did walk a mile in scotland instead and the guys promised me £10 if i completed it (it was VERY VERY hilly!)

xx

Anonymous said...

oh. em. gee!

This post has just made me blurb my eyes out!! Along with the music from your website!

Congrats, and if i don't speak to you before, lots of luck for your trip. Give Ellie a kiss from me!

lots of love,

Clare (shu' up) Curd xxx

Muma said...

Dang I must be so empathic or something but I'm crying here with joy. A huge congratulations to Ellie and her remarkable walk. You have the heart of a lion. I know this is coming several days after you have posted but I have only just seen this today. Since just before Christmas I have been coming in and reading every week or so. I am so very proud of your Ellie she is a real trooper. Well done. :D

Cleo Fitzgerald said...

well belle it looks like both you and I had a monumentus day!!! you did your incredible and amazing walk and I had an op after wich my doctor told me that they got all my cancer out!! SO this can ony mean that there are fantastic things to come!!! HOOOORAAAA FOR BELLE !!!!

Jaye said...

Soooo,
Little Nibbles took the rap for the disappearing chocolate trick, eh?

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