13 July 2012

Quiet without Milly

It's so quiet without Milly. She is in America visiting a friend and flew out on her own and even went through the airport and got to the gate on her own. She didn't seem a bit bothered and was more worried about how much time she'd have for the duty free shop! Anyway, she phoned quickly from the plane and they (American Airlines) were looking after her well and she was really excited. But it's quiet without her, so I know you're having a good time Milly, but come back soon!

Such a lot has happened and every time I update on here I wish I'd done it sooner. There's always too much to tell you …

The day after I last wrote, me and Milly were both included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and received B.E.M.s - that's "British Empire Medals". I'd known about it for a while and it was killing me to keep it quiet, but Milly only found out that week as we worried that she'd slip up and tell by mistake. So the day before I was up early cos we had loads of reporters around here all day. Some of them were really, really nice and others were quite grumpy and it made me wonder why they bother doing that job. If you don't enjoy talking to people and can't be nice, it's not going to make a good interview, is it?!

We also found out on that week, that we were being presented with Diana Awards. I was presented with a Diana Courage Award and Milly got a Champion Fundraiser Award. It was lovely to see Milly's school friend Evie there too and Hannah, another friend of mine from Alder Hey, also getting awards for their fundraising.

The next week, Milly carried the Olympic Torch through Keswick and amazingly, the rain stopped and although he sun didn't come out, it was dry. All of Milly's friends came from Windermere School and they were really supportive and had some lovely little songs they'd made up. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and was really proud of my sister. Love you Milly <3
The next day, Mr Lavender, who is Milly's head teacher, invited our whole family for a special lunch to celebrate our Honours and everyone was so nice. If I wasn't ill, that's definitely the sort of school I'd like to be at. They are just so nice and value everyone for who they are.

While we were in London, we were invited to have another look around Downing Street and I really enjoyed it cos I felt so ill last time we went and didn't really get much out of it. We bumped into David Cameron and I don't think that he actually recognised me as the same person he met last year. I guess minus the puffy face and plus a long wavy red wig, I did look different LOL.

Before all of that, i got to go to my old school prom and I felt so amazing putting on my beautiful dress. It was probably one of the best days of my life and I felt like a Princess and just loved swishing my skirt around. I've got to say thank you to Robyn who did my wig and made it sit just right and thank you to Cathy who treated me to having my make up done so that I didn't look so pale for a change! I've got a huge big thank you to say to Sharon from Promise Bridal in Barrow cos she gave me my dress as a present and made everything so special. Sharon first contacted me last year after I did my bucket list and offered to let me go and try on the dresses and play around in them. I didn't even think I'd get to my prom then so she just did it for me to have fun and feel good. So thank you Sharon cos you made me feel amazing, we have some lovely photos and I know that my mum and dad will remember the way I looked and felt forever.

My big news is that we had our first family come to stay and they had a brilliant time away from hospital. I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. I've not met these people but I hope I will - Phil from Coppermine Cottages, Dennis from the Coniston Gonola, Maria at Hawkshead Relishes, Danni at Grizedale Riding Center, Katherine from Birdbakes and John from the National Trust. I'm really grateful that you are supporting my dream and I hope that you all feel proud of yourselves for helping.

After all that excitement, we were away in London at the Diana Awards and Downing Street and then on Saturday, we had Ulverston Carnival which was just amazing. This year, Alice's Escapes was the main charity for the collections and it was so nice cos it was in my own town. My Grandad had spent hours making the wooden bits for our float and my Nannie painted it all for us so thank you Nan & Grandad, you're the best. Mum and Jill and Cathy were sat in our conservatory until about 2am sewing the sails for the boat and putting sequins on everything lol. Then on the day, lots of friends turned up to add the finishing touches and loads more of Team Alice turned up to help us collect during the carnival parade. We all had so much fun and it was lovely and sunny and I just had a really good day. The best bit was when we won the 'Best Float' and I got to collect a cup from Ellie, our town carnival Queen. So thank you to all of the carnival committee for supporting our charity, we had a fab day :)

Then, just this week, we were invited up to Ulverston School to collect more donations for the charity. Ulverston is our local high school and they have been so supportive of my charity. One of their pupils has just completed a sponsored walk that she's organised entirely by herself and another is swimming for 5 hours continuously to raise money. I don't want to put your names here in case it's a problem but you know who you are, so thank you very, very much.

Right, I've probably forgotten loads but I'll update again soon and there shouldn't be as much to remember. I'm off to Birmingham tonight and tomorrow we're visiting Cadbury World. It's not an arranged visit cos we're last minute as usual, so I'm hoping it's open on Saturdays!

I'm back at hospital at the beginning of next week and then Milly is back home on Friday so life will get noisy again!

Love Alice x





41 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen updates from you in a bit - so I looked you up on facebook and you were still posting so I sighed with relief :)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your prom pictures. You and all of your friends with your dates - you look just SMASHING!

    You're doing big things Alice. Your name is out there, you're getting awards - you're being recognized. Your bravery and courage is to be applauded! I am so very proud of you and for you.

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  2. Love your fighting spirit Alice, I do hope the weather improves in England so that you can enjoy the rest of the summer, big hugs....:-)

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  3. Alice......you look beautiful in your prom picture!

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  4. You look amazing in your prom dress - beautiful dress for a beautiful girl. You're doing so many great things, Alice. You're an inspiration to us all!

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  5. I've been checking back frequently to see you in your prom dress, you look amazing :-). My eldest daughter is almost exactly your age (she's 11th December) and I know what a big event it is for you all, so I'm so pleased you got to go, and in such a beautiful dress.

    Alice, you are an inspiration.

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  6. You look so so beaut! Had a look on fb at the other ones too, you look like you're having the best time!! (& your date's pretty handsome too!).

    And massive congrats to you and Milly for the BEM! You are both amazing xxx

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  7. Here is to all the "Magical Moments U have had, & to the friends & family who have given them to U,, A Big virtual HUG & Kiss on both cheeks,,
    Hope the "byBiehl" The Story of you jewelery is a big hit 4 U,,the sun pod is my favorate,,, Hang in there kid,,, From the home of the Pittsburgh, Steelers,, Your ;BIGGEST; fan Tony D

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  8. You look beautiful in your dress, it sounds like a really special day for you. I hope you had a fantastic time.

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  9. What a lovely update, sounds like you have certainly been very busy as usual. You looked stunning on your prom night, real princess xx

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  10. Alice you continue to amaze, astonish and tickle me, really. You are just awesome in every way. I'm so proud to have come in contact with you and beyond thrilled at all the well deserved, phenomenal things you and Milly are accomplishing. Love, Tracey

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  11. Alice, you are a beautiful girl inside and out. And your bravery and spirit is truly an inspiration. By the way, you look smashing in your prom dress!


    Teraheartz Imaging

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  12. I SO love your prom dress, seriously VERY pretty! You look like an actual princess, amazing! Congratualtions on the awards, I've been looking thru your pics on facebook :)
    I really do admire you Alice. xx

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  13. You DO look like a princess - lovely purple and lovely red hair! Lots of love from Kingston, Jamaica xxxx
    HUGS.

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  14. You DO look like a princess in purple and with your lovely red hair! Very pretty. Congratulations to you and your sister on your awards, you deserve them! "ONE LOVE" from Kingston, Jamaica!

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  15. wow you have been busy! Congratulations on your award. You looked stunning in your prom photo. So glad you got to go. Lots of love. Mandy

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  16. Once again you have been soooo busy. No wonder you have no time to blog. We forgive you. I love hearing what you have been up to along with so many other people. How brave of Millie. Hope she got enough time in duty free. You look amazing in your prom dress. I'm so happy you got to go. What a world it would be if only half the population had your enthusiasm, courage and wisdom. We can only dream.... Good luck to you Alice.x

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  17. So good to hear from you again - no wonder you had no time to write! I love your prom picture and you look gorgeous. Congratulations on your big awards and congrats to Milly too. Sounds like your charity is going strong and it must be a great feeling to know that your first family was such a success. Hi to Mabel!

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  18. alice.. you're an inspiration to many. keep going :)
    xx

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  19. Hi Alice,

    You look so beautiful in your dress. I love the picture. The car is AWESOME!!!! So happy you felt well enough to go to prom. Congrats also on the awards and medals. You are doing such a great work Alice. I know Milly will be happy to see you again. What sweet sisters you two are.

    Love and hugs,
    Aly in SC, USA

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  20. You look beautiful!

    Do I see Lithuanian flag in second photo? :)

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    1. Yes, you do! Milly goes to an International School and the nationality of every pupil is recognised by hanging their country's flag :)

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  22. Glad to see you're still posting! I enjoy reading this and hearing about all the excellent work you're doing to make a huge difference in the world. Keep it up, all of you. Milly is a hero, and you're both an inspiration!

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  23. Great to hear all your news, thank you for keeping us updated! You've all been so busy! Congratulations on all your awards, and to Milly, who looks great with the Olympic Torch! You look stunning in your prom dress with red wavy hair - it nearly made me cry :-) I hope you enjoyed Cadburyworld - if I'd known you were in Birmingham I would have popped over to say hello! :-) Great to hear your first family have enjoyed themselves! We love you xxx

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  24. OMG ALICE!!! YOU LOOKED AMAZING FOR PROM!!!!!!! I hope you realize what a truly beautiful and inspirational girl you are! Keep on doing what you are doing!! Take care xoxo

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  25. Wow Alice, I know I said on your FB page but I'll say it again, you looked stunning in your prom dress, what a lucky guy to be able to have on his arm such a wonderful inspiting girl. Great to see your update, looks like you've all been having fun times again and well done on your BME for both you and Millie!

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  26. Hi Alice,

    Just thought you'd want to know that Twitter is all abuzz for #AliceBucketList today.

    Many are retweeting - some are complaining that you trended on Twitter as long as two years ago.

    To them I say, "so what"? If people want to make you trend today what does it hurt? If Milly is still away maybe you could use some interesting news.

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  27. Hi Alice,

    Never give up and believe in you!

    A big hug from Portugal,

    José

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  28. You are kickass. Love your blog

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  29. Thanks for the update. You and Milly have been so very busy. I am so proud of all that you have acompolished and I'm glad to see that it is being recogonized although I know that is not why you do it. You are both lovely inside and out. Hugs and love from North Carolina, USA Becky

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  30. Firstly congratulations to you both on your awards. Can't think of anyone else so worthy. Thanks for posting a photo of you all dressed up for the ball - you look absolutely stunning. Thoughts and best wishes from New Zealand.

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  31. Hi, Alice...I'm reading your blog for the first time. I live in America (in the state of Tennessee). My friend, Paul (Shammah) Pavao has had a transplant this year for leukemia and he posted a link to your blog on his blog. Soooo, saying all that, I wanted to tell you I'm very amazed at you and your family and think it's wonderful how everyone has given you so much love and support! I am a mother of five and know that it would be difficult for me to go through what you're going through or to see one of my children going through it. I will be praying for your family. You are a lovely person, and, as a former English teacher, I want to say that I love how you write! It is definitely from the heart! Thank you so much for your blog and your spirit. :) Chavvah (ha-vah)

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  32. Hi, Alice! I read your blog today for the first time and I have to say that I was impressed, amazed and encouraged by your life, your spirit, your lovliness. You are grasping life to its fullest and I am so glad that you are. I live in America (in the state of Tennessee) and I have a friend, Paul (Shammah) Pavao, who received a bone marrow transplant this year for leukemia. He posted your blog on the side of his so that many could read about you. Thank you for what you've written and giving us all a glimpse into your life and the life of your family. As a mother of five, I will be praying for you and your family. I can only imagine how some days must be difficult and that you need a power stronger than yourselves to get through those days. Thank you, again, for sharing! Love, Chavvah (ha-vah) :)

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  33. Alice, I am one of the frequent visitors of your blog though I don't comment often. You are an inspiration to all of us...If everyone in the world was as positive, as brave as you, then the world would be a much better place. I am so happy to hear all your news and you look absolutely beautiful in your prom dress, and the dress itself is stunning. I wish you many, many, many more happy events with all my heart.

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  34. Alice, you look so beautiful in your prom dress!!! It sounds like you have so much going on, thanks for giving us all an update :) xxx

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  35. You look beautiful in your prom dress. You are an inspiration and an idol thank you for sharing your amazing blog posts with us ! I can't wait to read more

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  36. Hi Alice!
    I follow your Blog since february, and I love it!
    you are such a nice person, and I have told all my Friends about your Blog (sorry, I'm german, and my english is not the best! :)))))))) )
    Bye Lisa

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  37. Hi Alice!
    I follow your blog since february, an I love it! You write about a part of the world, about which no one else speaks ( I'm german, here it is so)
    You look so wonderful in your dress, like a princess!
    (Sorry for my bad English, I was 2 Times in the US an now I speak a little bit bad, and more american as britten. Sorry :)))))))) )

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  38. Alice,you look so...Beautiful in your wedding dress. if u want to know some more stylish clothes then you can visit following website..
    http://www.keithlloyd.com

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  39. Alice now that you are up there and I know you can hear me......
    I'll tell you one thing.....
    You know what????
    You look absolutely beautiful.

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