Saturday, 9 March 2013

Diary Entry: The British Heart Foundation Events Supporter Awards

Sorry that I've been so absent lately - I promise that it's with good reason. Earlier this week I made the journey up to London with my housemate to spend an evening with the lovely people at the British Heart Foundation's headquarters as I had won an award for some volunteer work that I did for them throughout the summer!
The British Heart Foundation has always held a special place in my heart (no pun intended!) as there has been quite a lot of heart-related illness in my family, so from May to September I spent a couple of days a week helping with some events marketing work in their Birmingham offices. I enjoyed myself so much and was gutted when I went back to university and so could no longer lend a hand any more! So when Rachel got in touch to say that I had won an award and asked if I could make the journey to London to receive it, I was over the moon!

The evening was absolutely inspiring - there were so many amazing people there who had overcome huge barriers and had raised thousands of pounds in the process. There was one person in particular who I was completely taken a-back by, and that is a lovely man called Peter Lee. Despite being in his 80's and having suffered from several heart problems in the past - he has run in countless marathons and other running events and is probably more healthy than I have ever been in my entire life! He is also the most lovely man ever and is so full of energy - I can only hope that I have the vitality that he has when I'm his age. He was also on the X Factor playing the spoons! Scroll to the bottom of this post for the video - it's so cute!

After a great night me and the bestie headed back to her aunts house in Ealing and had a well-earned sleep before hitting the shops in London the next day! I honestly hope that being in London never stops feeling exciting and magical - I still love going on the tube and experiencing the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, and it would be such a shame for it to ever become an annoyance for me. We definitely shopped until we dropped and probably went into well over fifty different stores and bought my weight in clothes, accessories and beauty products. (If you're interested in a 'haul' post then just let me know!) I know it means I've pretty much annihilated my spending ban - but who goes to London and doesn't end up spending a fortune?!

Even when we got back from our adventure to the capital, it didn't stop there for me - I got home, made myself some dinner and was then straight back out of the door and off to small stunt training with cheer until 10pm - our last competition is at the end of this month so training is absolutely MENTAL at the minute!

I hope you forgive me for my absence - I'm going to be back to blogging now for good and have a giveaway coming up in the next few days which I know that you'll love so keep an eye out for it! I'm off to support our sports teams at our university's Varsity Finale tonight against Warwick university - it's going to be a great night and I can't wait to perform in between the two matches and show the rest of the university how far we've come this year. Does your university have a Varsity competition? I've heard of a few around the UK, but I'm not sure just how popular they are! :)

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