First Day of the Parliament Event

Good evening!

I hope you’re all well. Apologies in advance if this does not make much sense, am barely awake and keeping my eyes open with matchsticks! Haha!

First day seems to have gone really well, and there is such a lovely atmosphere and a real buzz about tomorrow! Started off at 11am, where a small group of us met to have official press release photographs taken, we just managed to dodge the rain! Fingers crossed it works out that way tomorrow too. We then had a few hours free time, so went to grab a bite to eat for lunch. We were then all got our keys to our hotel rooms, and ditched our bags in the rooms Then all met downstairs in the restaurant/bar area of the hotel and settled down to listen to the speakers.

George and I did one of our speeches today, think it went pretty well! All seemed to flow from one speaker to the next too. We then had a quick tea and coffee break, then dispersed out into allocated groups and discussed everything that would be happening tomorrow, how to talk to your MP and what about etc which was really good and interesting. Was also lovely to get a chance to meet and chat to people that were roughly your age too. We also went through all the main points as to why we were going tomorrow, our main aims and goals and what we’d be doing after the event too with our MP’s.

We had half an hour or so free time to get refreshed, ready for dinner where we were sat in our coloured zone groups. Sorted out by where we live, so we got a chance to know one another before tomorrow and talking to our MP’s!

Right I am pretty exhausted now, and as I am up at 5.30am tomorrow suppose I should sign off really!

Thanks for reading, will posts updates when I can tomorrow!
Kind Regards,

Amy x

Finally a mobile phone snap taken this morning, after the official photographer had finished!

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4 Days to go!

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I am saying that!

Firstly, you have my sincere apologies for being so behind with blog posting! Saying I have been slightly busy, is certainly an understatement of a century! Eeek! Been busy writing numerous speeches ready for the day and sorting out who is saying what with my fellow co-chair George Dove. :) Also been rather busy with mountains of college work!

 

To say I am getting excited about next week is certainly an understatement. I truly cannot believe how quickly it has come round! The run through a few weeks ago went really well, was really good to have a look where exactly we’d be going. The terrace marquee looks fabulous and it will be amazing with all the MP’s and delegates there. Can vouch for the hotel too, for anyone reading who is going up on Tuesday. ;) The speech went well I think at the Patrons Evening, below is a photo of Karen Addington Chief Executive of JDRF and I, taken after we’d finished all the speeches at the Patrons Evening at the Foundling Museum.

 

Well I have made a mental list of everything I need to bring (including all diabetic supplies of course) ready for our train journey up on Tuesday morning!

Well apologies again that it is just a brief post,

So excited!!

See you all soon, thanks again for your support!

Amy x

 

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52 DAYS TO GO!

Goodness, I cannot believe that in 52 days we shall all be at Westminster talking to Members of Parliament! That has gone SO quickly, doesn’t seem that long ago at all that I got a call from JDRF asking whether I would be co-chair!!

My family and I have been busy with various preparations, as I imagine many other delegates and their families are too. Our Scrapbooks from JDRF have arrived, so just sorting out what exactly to put in it. Some hard hitting facts in the books too, but these MP’s need to know the facts.

We’ve also attempted to arrange a meeting with out local MP Mr Mark Hoban, however as he belongs to part of the Government in Westminster, is incredibly busy so this was not possible and understandably so. However he is hoping to be able to attend on the 25th next month so a massive thank you to Mark Hoban MP.

We’ve sorted out my press releases, and have sent them out. Now just awaiting a response from the local media and papers!

I’m also busy writing a new speech, and sorting out a Powerpoint presentation to go alongside it ready for JDRF’s Patrons evening on the 29th this month. Which I am so excited to be speaking at! George Dove and his mum Emma will also be there too. I’m hoping my Mum or someone will take a few photographs from the evening so I can show you guys after.

The following day, George and I and our Mums are doing a whole run through in London, of what will be happening at the Type 1 Parliament next month at Westminster. Really looking forward to this, and hopefully will be able to post an update throughout the day on the 30th to let you know how it is going.

Right, think that is it for now and I’ve covered just about everything.

Thanks again for reading,

Amy x

Below is a photograph of my Scrapbook that I am yet to personalise ready for T1 Parliament!

Olympic Torch Relay!!!

I am SO excited!!!!

In December 2011, I received an email saying I was one of 8,000 (out of 28,000 nominations!) selected and given a conditional offer to be an Olympic Torch Bearer for the London 2012 Olympics!!

My slot apparently is on Monday the 16th July 2012, in between Portsmouth and Brighton!

We get 100% confirmation some time this month, as they’re just finishing up doing security checks and verifying that all stories are genuine. I was nominated for my involvement with JDRF and doing my various speeches and fundraising, so yet again I find myself thanking JDRF for letting me be involved with these events.

I shall let you guys all know when I get my email from London 2012, confirming 100% for definite sometime this month. Until then thanks for all your support, I’m absolutely honoured to have been nominated, let alone selected!

The other good news is that a few other delegates also going along to Type 1 Parliament have been selected too. Which is fantastic news and will hopefully support our cause even further when talking to MPs in Westminster.

Massive thanks again to JDRF!

Amy x

Photograph Copyright London 2012 Olympics.

Addenbrookes Hospital, with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and JDRF.

On Wednesday 8th February 2012, I was invited up to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with JDRF, to meet HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, along with other co-chair of the Parliament event George Dove.

After a quick briefing from JDRF staff, George and I made ourselves comfortable in the room in which we were meeting HRH. George and I sat either side of HRH, with Karen Addington (Chief Executive at JDRF) and Professor David Dunger sat on the other side of us.

After Karen had introduced us to HRH, we all sat down round the table under the watchful eye of the media at the other end of the room. George and I had both made our own Scrapbooks about our life with diabetes and what it truly means to us. The scrap books showed HRH what it was like to live with type 1 diabetes and how JDRF has benefited us so far and the opportunities we have been auspicious enough to have been given. However most importantly, what a cure would mean to us.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Photos copyright Chris Jackson, Getty Images.

It was a huge honour to be asked to go represent JDRF on this occasion, as it was the first time a member of the Royal Family had wanted to come and learn about the fantastic work and research JDRF carries out.

I cannot thank JDRF enough for asking myself and George along for the day, and we both very much enjoyed ourselves and shall most certainly remember this incredible day for years to come.

Thank you to HRH the Duchess of Cornwall for taking time out of her busy schedule to attend, and again to JDRF for inviting me.

It honestly was an amazing day!

Amy x

Click on the here to go to JDRF’s write up about the day.

Hello and Welcome!

 
Hello and Welcome!

Firstly thank you for taking the time to take a look round as I really appreciate it.
I am hoping over the coming weeks, to be able to post brief updates as to what I have been up to in the run up to Type 1 Parliament. I am really excited and cannot wait until the 25th of April!!

Thanks again,

Kind Regards,
Amy.