Shining brightly 4 Charley

Friends are like stars….you can’t always see them but you know they are always there.

I had started to think about what to write in this blog from the time of our first Charley’s Angels meeting, where we launched the fundraising campaign.

The thing that really stood out to me at the first meeting was this. When I looked around at the people in the room I saw how much love there was for Charley.

There were some pretty special people there, who were just doing a down right amazing job at being a really good friend to Charley and Jess.

Boy we have come a long way since that first meeting! Not only have we smashed the £100k target, but we have united together and shown the world that good things do still happen.

This whole process has definitely restored my faith in humanity. But what it has also opened my eyes to, is the fact that good friends are just like stars. They are always there when you need them to brighten those dark moments and pull you into the light.

I don’t think I’ve ever really sat down with Charley and said how I feel about her to her face. Do we do that in this day and age?

We are so concerned with blogging (ironic huh?!) and our perception to others via social media, that I think we forget to look into the eyes of the ones we love and have a connection with, and tell them how we feel. 

When I met Charley I instantly clicked with her. It was one of those light bulb moments in life when I knew I was supposed to cross paths with this person. I knew I would have many laughs with this person and I knew we were friends for life, without pressure, or pretence, it was natural….we just got along.

She is to the point, witty, smart, endearing and boy does she have some balls. She passed my friend test. 

I know some of you reading this will relate to that paragraph. You too will have had that same experience with Charley. She just has that infectious personality, is that person who lights up a room and makes you want to spend time with her.

She has been such a good friend to me as she has to others over the years, so now it’s our turn as a community of friends to return the favour to support her in her fight.

You really do realise in times of hardship, stress, or worry who your real friends are. It is evident that Charley has so many great friends, family and people looking out for her because everyone has decided not to give up.

Nothing is impossible and the amount of work that has gone into raising funds for Charley has given her so much strength to keep fighting.

If you want to join us in our bid to keep fighting for her life, come along to our Cycle4Charley event this Sunday 25 September and join us for the after party at Big Beach – Hove seafront, which starts at 4pm!

I look forward to meeting more of Charley’s lovely friends who have been by her side all the way. 

One of the Angels x

Cycle4Charley information:

Bike Hire – available from CycleBrighton

Starting place:

Dovehouse Green 

Site location:

King’s Road/Dovehouse Street

Postcode:

SW3

Borough:

Kensington & Chelsea 

Public transport access:

Tube – Sloane Square, (District, Circle), South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly).

Time:

10am meet-10.30am start

(Police escort out of London).

Route: please see eventbrite website for more details 

Free T-shirt given on the morning when you register.

Checkpoints on route:

Tooting Station London Rd, London SW17 9JR – 6 miles

102 Rook Lane, Chaldon, Caterham CR3 5BP, UK – 18-19 miles

Three Bridges Football Club, Jubilee Walk, Crawley RH10 1LQ – 34 miles

Hickstead services, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5NZ – 46 miles

Tates Garage- London Rd, BN45 7ED – 52 miles

Wish Park Hove – (Finish area to gather all riders so they can make their way to Big Beach).

Rest Points:

  • 102 Rook Lane, Chaldon, Caterham CR3 5BP, UK
  • Hickstead services, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5NZ

Finish and party:

Big Beach Café- Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove BN3 4LX – 60.29miles

Goody bag given at the end of the ride to all who take part.

Cycle4charley after party event:

Please join us from 4pm at Big Beach in Hove for the after party!!!

After party information:

4 – 5.30pm- Performance from Stringer students

5.30pm – 6.00pm Raffle

Prizes include:

  • Bath spa package,
  • Signed David Walliams book,
  • Signed England Rugby Shirt,
  • 2 X Duke of York or Komedia Tickets 
  • Voucher for 10 Green Bottles 
  • 1 x Free Volleyball court hire at Yellow Wave

6.00pm-7.00pm Live band 

7-8pm Silent auction announcement -view the prizes on the table and bid using the ballot box next to the prizes.

Auctioning off prizes below:

  • A one hour Jetski Safari in Poole courtesy of Jetski Safaris.
  • A fly board experience off Sandbanks beach courtesy of Aquatic Jetpacks.
  • A Red Paddle Boards paddle, courtesy of H2O watersports.
  • A Volcom snowboard jacket courtesy of Jibtuning.
  • Signed Harlequins shirt.

10pm- Finish 

  • On the night there will also be nibbles and drinks available to buy from Big Beach cafe and C4C merchandise to order and buy.

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