After the Fortycubed Gala Dinner I wanted to guard against 'Fortycubed Fatigue'. Therefore, Fortycubed has kept a low profile over the Christmas period but plans have been bubbling away and we are now ready to launch the first fundraising events for 2018!
Donations have been rolling in over the Christmas break and the current overall total stands at £32,293! Thanks to all those individuals who donated and to 1-Fix Limited who held an Elf Day just before Christmas to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society.
Friday 26th January - Dentaid Coffee Morning
Dentaid made it onto the front page of The Daily Mirror this week with a story about their work in the UK but this charity makes a significant difference to oral health both in the UK and overseas.
My friend Kate has long supported me as the 'creative director' both on the school PTA and in the Fortycubed campaign. As well as being a creative genius (without any budget whatsoever), she is also a dental hygienist and passionate about teeth and oral health. Kate and I will be hosting this coffee morning to raise funds for Dentaid. For those of you taking an extra healthy approach to January, we will make sure there are herbal and fruit teas available to try if a slice of cake is off the menu.
Monday 5th February - Massage Marathon
Beth from Westwood Massage is donating to charity all proceeds from massages carried out on this day between 9am and 6pm. The donations will be split between Meningitis Research and Ronald McDonald House Charities. These charities are close to Beth's heart since her daughter was hospitalised with meningitis. You can read Sophie's story here. You can choose between a relaxing or a sports massage lasting for half an hour or an hour. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book a massage.
Saturday 12th May - Eurovision Sweepstake
I admit that I am not a devoted viewer of the Eurovision Song Contest but I will have much more interest this year as I see if I am lucky enough to win the Fortycubed Eurovision Sweepstake as we raise money for Alzheimer's Society.
Sunday 10th June - Singalonga Sound of Music
The Link Visiting Scheme aims to reduce loneliness, to promote friendship, to celebrate and honour older people in our community. I wrote about my personal experience of The Link and the difference it has made to Celia and her Link friend in a previous post.
This year the organisation celebrates its 20th Birthday and we have hatched a plan to hold a Singalonga Sound of Music fundraising event at The Whitty Theatre to celebrate! We want to fill the theatre with singing nuns, Julie Andrews lookalikes or any other direction your creativity takes you! There will be food, drink, time for a practice and a guarantee of laughing your leiderhosen off! Tickets can be purchased via this link. Only 170 tickets are available!
Friday 22nd June - Yellow Coffee Morning for Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The week ending 22nd June is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week and Fortycubed will be co-hosting a fundraising coffee morning with a couple who have a grandson with Cystic Fibrosis. You can wear yellow, eat yellow food (not snow) or simply wrap a slice of cake in a yellow napkin!
Martin takes on the Mont Blanc Challenge!
My husband Martin is a Trustee of The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. He will be attempting to climb Mont Blanc in September to raise funds for this charity which combines his love of sailing with his unwavering commitment to building confidence and self-esteem in young people.