I have scheduled today's post as its another early start this morning for the Christmas Party for the children at Heel and Toe - rehearsals start at 9.30 in Chester-le-Street for the children's performance. I'm sure there will be a lot of tears this morning as this will be the first time parents have seen the show.
The performance will be followed by a party, with a disco, magician and buffet and of course a visit from the man with the red suit - Santa!!
Philip has made some lovely progress at Heel and Toe and I have to admit the early start to get to Durham every Saturday morning is not something I look forward to but the true dedication of the staff working at the centre and the difference they are making to Philip makes it worth while!!
When I was told about the party I offered to make some gift boxes for the children as a way to say "Thank You" for the therapy Philip is receiving - I later found out there was 80 children attending the party, gulp!! I got on with it and delivered the boxes and cards a few weeks ago.
A huge pile of sweets to fill the boxes!!
I used the new Fancy Favour die that is exclusive to Stampin' Up! embossed with the gorgeous new Northern Flurry folder, the reindeer is from the new Jolly Christmas Bingo Bits stamp set.
Sorry for the poor photo - the cards have been stamped with the cute No Peeking stamp set and the Jolly Christmas Bingo Bits stamp set.
Lucy enjoyed helping to fill the boxes of sweets and with 80 to make I was pleased that she was willing to help me out!!
Heel and Toe is a children's charity based in Durham who believe in providing FREE conductive education for all children needing their help, as we have had no NHS input recently for Philip I am truly grateful for this opportunity. If you would like to find out more about Heel and Toe you can follow the link to their website here.
Philip wasn't very well yesterday and missed his school party, so hopefully today will make up for that!! The school performances have finished this week and next week will be filled with lots of fun Christmas activities. I have a busy week in school helping out with Christmas craft days and baking more cakes for Lucy & her friends to sell as they have planned a fun day for the last day of term - to raise funds for Philip's wheelchair. The support has been fantastic from all of the children, staff and parents at school, their kindness and generosity has been overwhelming, I never expected this!!