Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sunday Spotlight - 8th June 2014

In my life this week…

Beat Volunteer Awards

With the help of my parents, sister and the wheelchair, this Wednesday I managed to make it up to London for the Beat Volunteer Awards. After getting a black cab to The Houses of Parliament, we went through strict security screening, before making our way to the terrace in the House of Commons. It was a lovely evening spent putting faces to names and celebrating achievements, and although I didn’t win in my category, it was an honour to be nominated and invited. I’ll be doing a post about the evening soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Old letters

As you may remember, I’ve been gradually clearing my room so that we can redecorate. This week I have been going through a box, in which I keep old cards and letters from friends and family. I absolutely love reading back through them all; hearing words of friendship and encouragement and remembering where I was when I received them. Unfortunately I can’t keep every letter and card I’m sent, but I try to keep any special ones that really mean something to me. I’m always happy to receive letters from anyone – after all, what could be better than receiving a handwritten letter, showing someone has taken time and effort to think of you. If anyone ever wants to write to me, please do contact me via e-mail for my address. I can’t promise to reply to you quickly, but I always do my best to send replies when I can.

Picnic basket

I think I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy entering competitions, and while I’ve been unwell I’ve had more time on my hands to do so. Sometimes I’ll go through phases where I don’t win anything, and then other times I seem to win a few things in a row! This week saw me win one of the biggest competitions I’ve won so far – a Joules picnic basket, sent through John Lewis. When this huge parcel arrived, I had actually forgotten being told I’d won, so wondered what on earth it could be! I was so excited when I opened it to see this beautifully quaint wicker basket, lined with navy blue floral material. Inside was just as I had hoped it would be – spaces for cutlery, plates and glasses, all of which were provided. I’m looking forward to some sunny weather so I can take a few friends and family on a little picnic, even if it is just in the back garden!

P.S – Last week I mentioned I’d set up a new YouTube channel, and I have now uploaded my first video, which you can find here (

What has grabbed your attention this week? I love hearing about people’s new discoveries and you may end up sharing something that makes it onto my list next week!


  1. Congratulations on being nominated for this! Even though you didn't win, people obviously admire you and find you very inspirational, so you should be proud of yourself! xx

    1. Thank you Samantha that's a really lovely thing for you to say and I appreciate it :) xx

  2. Congratulations for the nomination! Beat is a wonderful charity so well done :)
    That picnic basket looks really nice too!

    1. Thank you Helen - it's a charity very close to my heart and has helped me an awful lot :) I can't wait to use the picnic basket! xx