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Money pours in at Street Party in the rain

You can’t guarantee the sun will shine in South Shields – and especially not in the summer.  So holding a Street Party in June was always going to be a bit risky.  And of course it rained.

But it takes more than a bit of water to dampen a Sanddancer’s spirits and when I woke up yesterday morning there was more than just a bit of water.  In fact there was so much rain that more than one person asked if the Street Party was cancelled – like that was ever going to happen.

Of course it wasn’t cancelled.  Apart from anything else it was all in support of the Charlie Cookson Foundation and you should never let a charity down.  All I needed was a couple of gazebo’s (to keep the food dry) and we were good to go.

I would really like to share some photos of my son Joel trying to put them up but unfortunately I was too busy to take any.  But suffice to say he went down the route of not following the instructions (again!!!) so it took a bit longer than it should of done – but in the end he did an amazing job.

There was plenty of hot dogs, chilli, crisps, cake and ice cream for everyone, though some ate more than others

Hot dogs

The Brass Band were amazing

Band compressed

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck opened the event, the press turned up, rhe kids loved the face painting and games while the adults got quite competitive over the tombola and raffle.  And as for me.  Well I had some fun as well…………….

Bounce time

All in all the day was a great success and we raised a grand total of


An amazing £467 in just one afternoon.  And there may still be a bit more to add.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped, took part, attended and of course donated.

And it’s not too late. I’m still accepting donations so if you want to add to the total raised you can add your support at or by texting FIFB50 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070

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Lose to win – Week 19

It’s been a busy week.  With getting everything sorted for the Street Party

Event photo

bringing my son home from University for the summer and a busy week at work dieting wasn’t really my top priority and was often at the back of my mind.  I’ve had a few minor blips but in the whole I think I’ve managed to be good.

So as I went through to get weighed this morning I was hopeful, though not particularly confident.  And the result is……..

12st 4

I’ve lost another pound and have now lost all the weight I put on a couple of weeks back.  But what it is showing me is that the old myth that the final half stone is the hardest to lose is actually true.

Anyway it’s another £1 for the Charlie Cookson Foundation, hopefully the first of many this week, and another step on the way to reaching my goal of 2 stone by my birthday in August.

If you’re impressed with my success you can add to my £’s for pounds at or to donate by phone text FIFB50 £1 to 70070

And don’t forget if about the Street Party.  Everyone’s welcome and all the money raised will go to the Charlie Cookson Foundation.  You can find out more or let me know you’ll be coming here.

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Bouncing in the North East – or at least in South Shields

Fantastic news on the Greenside Drift Street Party.

The brilliant South Shields based company Bounce North East are supporting the event with a really special deal on a bouncy castle.

Bounce North East

And they’ve promised a Minion will come along too.

Bounce North East photo

I know my Grandchildren will be so excited to meet him so I’m sure other kids will be as well.

So come along on Sunday 12 June, support the Charlie Cookson Foundation and have some fun.

Let us know if you are planning to join us here

If you can’t come to the party but want to help you can donate at or by texting FIFB50 and the amount you want to donate to 70070

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