CUPCAKE DAY WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!
Dementia sucks…but it’s one hell of a motivator!
So pretty peeps, Thursday 13th June was Cupcake Day, and my sister and I were signed up to join in the fundraising fun with the Alzheimer’s Society.
We were way, way, waaaaaaaaaaay out of our comfort zone here! Neither of us have ever done anything like this before.
But we were doing this for Mum…
…and the hundreds of thousands of people currently diagnosed with dementia in the UK at present. (850,000* at the time of writing!)
Some scary facts for you…One person will develop dementia every three minutes in the UK alone*, and dementia is the UK’s biggest killer! NOT heart disease. NOT cancer. Bloody dementia!
(*source: The Alzheimer’s Society)
Disclosure: I feel the need to state here, I am by no means a Doctor and I am not in any way belittling other diseases that other people are dealing with. This is purely my experience of watching a loved one fade away from dementia.
I say ‘bloody dementia’ because it makes my blood boil that there is not a thing we can do to fix our Mum. I’m so angry it’s unreal. But the anger isn’t going to fix her either. I think this was a major factor in my sister and I doing the fundraiser.
We channeled our anger into doing something good. Redirected all that negative energy into something positive.
So, cupcake day arrived…
We had been busting our butts off getting my sister’s flower shop (the venue for our cupcake sale) ready for the big day. We’d made cupcake stands out of the boxes she gets her flowers delivered in. We’d brought in some extra tables for people to sit at while they devoured all the sprinkle-tastic goodness that the shop would have on offer. We’d had a large tea urn lent to us so that we could provide teas and coffees. We’d twisted people’s arms and got them to bake for us. We’d blagged over 100 raffle prizes (yes, really!). And I’d baked over 70 cupcakes myself with the help of my dear old Mum. We were proud already!
The sale was due to start at 11am but it all kicked off when the first customer came in at 10.25am!
Yikes! This was really happening!!
We literally did not stop smiling, chatting, welcoming and (most importantly) selling cupcakes until a slight lull for about half an hour at 2.30pm.
My feet were buzzing but my heart was bursting!
We were really pulling this off!
We had such a fab array of cupcakes on display, as well as cakes and pastries that had been donated to be sold off with the tea and coffee. We had chocolate, carrot cake, vanilla, black forest, chocolate orange, strawberry, gluten free chocolate…even gin and tonic flavour and some with Haribo on top! Something for everyone.
Along with the cupcakes, we also managed to sell 2000 raffle tickets. Two THOUSAND!!! What the???
People were so generous. So happy to be hanging out. So happy to be given a reason to indulge. The atmosphere was amazing!
One of the funniest moments was when a lovely lady popped in to the shop to donate some money and get a cup of tea. She said she would have loved to have bought a cupcake, but she couldn’t as she couldn’t eat gluten. My sister and I both chirped in unison “we’ve got Gluten Free!”. The whole shop shared a giggle and the lady had her luscious chocolate gluten free cupcake. Actually, I think she bought four!
The rush started again when the school opposite the shop ended for the day. We’d advertised a separate time for the school so we were hoping for a good after-school turnout. The kids didn’t disappoint!
4pm rolled around and we hadn’t even begun to draw the raffle prizes.
Drawing 100+ winners takes time people. But we had a giggle doing it. A few hardcore friends hung around to help and ‘adjudicate’ a fair draw, plus Mum, Dad, Hubbie and my boy stayed until the very end.
I can honestly say that I have never been more proud of my little sister! Of our whole family in fact! Hubbie was a trooper serving teas and coffees to the lovely ladies and gents that dropped in to the shop. Our friends, family and the surrounding community rose to the occasion and have our eternal gratitude.
And as we’d never done this before, we didn’t know what kind of fundraising target to set. We plumped for £250. We would have been super chuffed to achieve that. But at the time of writing this post, our current Just Giving ‘pot’ is at £1329!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Un-freaking-believable!
For anyone that has never held a fundraiser before…JUST DO IT! It can be a daunting task but the pride you feel afterwards for doing something so good is something indescribable! Whatever your cause, your efforts will be appreciated and totally worthwhile.
There may not be a cure now for Dementia, but the monies raised by all during cupcake day will help fund invaluable research into the disease and help support those families affected by it.
For anyone needing support on this topic, here are a few useful details for you:
My heart is breaking as I slowly watch Alzheimer’s take my Mum away, but if I can use this mess to do some good in the world, then so be it!
Thanks Mum…still being my motivator through this crazy little thing called life ♥