I’m not quite sure I can find the words to describe my feelings from this last Saturday.
It’s quite ironic really as it was my words which brought me to such a magical moment.
You see a few months ago I came across an email asking for pieces to be submitted into a writing competition called Turning the Page.
The writing was to be a piece sharing your positive experiences of disability.
Now I love to write as you already know and I’m a passionate advocate for disability awareness so this seemed a perfect opportunity to do both.
Yet entering my words into a competition was a little scary. Asking others to judge my heart.
Yet with Livvy as my subject matter the words came freely.
The competition was being run by Irwin Mitchell in conjunction and support of the charity KIDS a fantastic organisation which works with disabled children, young people and their families.
The idea was to raise awareness about disability from the ones who live with it.
Well I’m glad I found the courage to submit my piece as I was awarded joint winner in the 18+ category.
How amazing was that and on Saturday my family and I got to attend a special event at The Globe Theatre in London.
The whole event was truly wonderful. The welcome was warm, the food divine and the venue beautiful.
The Globe theatre is a an incredible place to visit. You feel such awe as you stand inside.
It fact awe was really the emotion of the day as I was truly spoiled. Besides my wonderful prize of a Kindle which I had already received. I was presented with a lovely framed copy of my writing and also an original drawing from the artist Louise Marshall.
This talented lady had taken the winners writings and created beautiful illustrations in interpretation of the words. I was shocked at how amazing the artwork was and I certainly loved mine.
Add to this a beautiful bouquet of flowers I was one happy lady.
It was wonderful to listen to staff from Irwin Mitchell and KIDS and to hear their desire to raise awareness for disability. Their passion was evident.
I had a wonderful time and the highlight was definitely seeing my work published. Holding a copy of a book which had my heart inside was overwhelming. Knowing that I got to share my beautiful daughter with people meant more than words could describe.
The book is a compilation of the entries. It is being sold to raise funds for KIDS and can be purchased right now from the website.
I hope they sell many copies of Turning the Page not just because the funds are so needed. But because I believe that the writings in the book are truly insightful. A little visit into the world of disability.
I am still on cloud nine after such an amazing day. I am so grateful for all the staff that worked so hard to make the day so wonderful an would like to give a special shout out to Michelle from Irwin Mitchell who in the words of my youngest “is a lovely lady”.
Turning the Page is the title of the book and to be honest this whole experience has been a page turner for me. It has really given a much needed boost of confidence.
It also had given my heart a much needed lift.
I got to share my girlie with others.
Her memory lives on.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Thank you Irwin Mitchell and KIDS for a fantastic day.
Thank you Livvy for being my inspiration.