@fragrance_shop these girls in the lanes carlisle are just really lovely friends of ours and we always pop by to say hello.Friday 24th May 2013 was the day we had all been planning and waiting for... after three months of planning the big day had arrived, it was Noah Wall's first Hugs For Noah Gala Dinner at Armathwaite Hall. Many amazing people had been involved in the planning of this event to make it the best evening possible so the levels of excitement were through the roof.During the lead up to this fantastic event, the very lovely Beverley Knight recorded a video to help promote Hugs For Noah and the Gala Dinner taking place on 24th May 2013.The love shown via the internet for baby Noah is amazing... nobody could ever have anticipated the number of people who have shown their support, given their time and helped with the promotion of this fantastic cause.Rob and Shelly Wall chose this venue for their son's first Gala Dinner as this was the venue for their own wedding a couple of years previously which you can read about on ShellyBobbins blog - everyone looked amazing on Rob and Shelly's wedding day and it looked like the perfect location for Noah's first big event.We arrived at Armathwaite Hall mid-afternoon on Friday to deliver our range of Hugs For Noah candles which were handcrafted by Cards And Candles For All Occasions to be used partly for decoration of the stunning venue, and also available for sale to fellow guests. The wonderful Armathwaite Spa staff were in the process of decorating the venue when we arrived and the function suite looked amazing... a stunning building, set in beautiful grounds with a simply stunning interior. This promised to be a very amazing evening.The evening began at 7:30pm with everyone meeting in the bar area, socialising, meeting new friends and admiring the stunning surroundings, there were photographs taken by a lovely photographer for Carlisle Living magazine and lots of photograph opportunities for the wonderful guests at this event.
There were many internet based companies involved in decorating this amazing venue, all of which everyone who attended is truly grateful for - you all helped the venue to look fantastic and your assistance and wonderful skills are truly appreciated.The very elegant chair covers were donated by the lovely Mayor & Mayoress of Copeland:
During the evening we had fantastic musical entertainment from the extremely talented Brian James and the superb tribute band Them Beatles - both acts were brilliant and incredibly enjoyable, it was a pleasure to listen to their singing.
Part way through the evening, Noah's mummy Shelly took to the mic to give a speech explaining all about the heartache they have been through as a family, the daily struggles they face with Noah's medical conditions and the joy their beautiful son brings to their lives... this was a very touching and emotional speech with left many of the evenings guests rather teary eyed (myself included). This was followed by Rob (Noah's daddy) talking of his love and adoration of Shelly and his family and the presentation to Shelly of a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.
For this evening's event there was a stunning and delicious cake made and decorated with the Hugs For Noah logo.The evening was fantastic and there are many photographs to support this which we are so happy to share with you:
Still going at 3am ! amazing staff that armathwaite should be really proud of indeed. Gill Colin & Simon are a real credit to armathwaite hall and always put 110% into everything there support has been incredible thank you from the bottom of our hearts x
For his first #HugsForNoah Gala Dinner, Noah was dressed like a little star... the label of his waistcoat even had his name and the date - it was beautiful but by midway through the evening we had tired this little superstar out and he was fast asleep in his gorgeous Silver Cross pram... even asleep he is the most gorgeous little boy!!http://www.steed.co.uk/ twitter @SteedtailorsEveryone had an amazing night with delicious food, wonderful venue decoration, spectacular entertainment and the support of lots of wonderful people!!
We had raffle "guess the teddy's name & teddy's date of birth" - a surprise last minute donation of a fully signed England cricket bat was the only thing Auctioned off on the night, however we still have the ebay auction still goinghttp://www.ebay.co.uk/ just type in #HugsForNoah
I would definitely say that everyone including baby Noah enjoyed their night... Noah definitely slept well!!Hugs For Noah
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Huge thank you to everyone who Donated to make this event the amazing success that it was!! Here's to the next oneLots of loveShellySir Lord and Lady Cropper - thank you for the gifts you have donated which will be added to Noah's #HugsForNoah ebay auction very soon@BeverleyKnight HUGE thank you to Beverley for doing this amazing promotional film your so kind darling I hope you can make the next Gala as we would love you to be there cant thank you enough darling. http://youtu.be/IlMC3-AmL7I@RalfLittle really lovely to meet you Ralf, I hope we meet again amazing film of you both & cant thank you enough sweetheart http://youtu.be/iif_g_zsdRg@BeingBoycie Huge thank you to John not just for his amazing signed donations but always there to help & now we will get to thank John in person too, hes looking forward to having hugs with noah bless, cant wait to see you and say thank you John you've been amazing. @DottieDesigns made a beautiful photo album all boxed black and white a real treasure for noahs memories made that night thank you darling its gorgeous
@RoobubCustard Shelley donated a Huge knitted monkey thank you so much,@LushLtd huge thank you as Lush donated a very large bag of soaps for our ladies & gents goodie bags everyone loved them thank you so much !@TheBodyshopuk samples of shower gels, fruit scented creams, gents hair & body just brilliant & lovely to chat to you girls thank you for your kind words Body Shop Carlisle. will bring noah in to meet you x@WelshRoyalCryst 2 gorgeous Crystal candle sticks@wicklesskaz scented bear & since we've bought one for noah an elephant as they where SO gorgeous !@heartshomespun Elaine who donated a bath & soap hamper@Raggedyhomespun who donated a beautiful handmade rabbit@TheThreeBelles who donated a signed CD@Rayeesasindiank who donated a £220 cooking voucher@pingandponguk Amy who donated a selection of children's books@inspiredKarma who donated a gorgeous ring and bracelet@TheClockShed who donateed a beautiful clock@meganclaireuk who donated amazing nursery stickersThe Kildare Bistro in Wigton cumbria for donating a meal for 2 people.Michael Kings Jewellers in Wigton for the £100 Silver necklace@ecotoystore for donating a childrens shelving & also a section of toys to be put onto noahs website, with every sale a donation will be donated to Hugs For Noah cant thank you enough, one day we will meet & noah can have cuddles with you darling xLakeland Spas and log cabins for donating a Spa which is still up for grabs on our auction site (ebay.co.uk & type in #HugsForNoah) huge thank you for your support & having cuddles with noah tooCumbrias Candelabra's@nikimcglynn Huge donation from Niki of organic balms we've used these since noah was born for massaging also girls use it for lipbalm, sunburn, dry skin, its amazing Noah will now have this balm with his Hugs For Noah logo very soon, & be selling them on this website shop www.hugsfornoah.co.uk amazing support sweetheart cant thank you enough.@peggycollection Diana a lovely friend donated a designer chunky knitted scarf made by herself
Shelley & I have met & now a selection of toys will be on noahs site & with every sale a donation will be made to Hugs For Noah amazing cant thank you enough
@ItSpeaksToMe thank you for your huge donation of cards for the goodie bags
@comfortzoneuk large pamper box of goodies
@wise_wendy scented body butter@WordsworthNT donated to family day passes@Albutcherdesign beautiful sewing book@sorellahexham who donated a gift voucher@derwentpencils donated set of watercolour pencils@bombki1 Large amount of designer of amazing baubles (supplied our wedding with favours which where amazing)@RedLetterDaysUK £100 voucher@MakeScentsLtd a wonderful HUGE donation scented bath salts everyones bath water turned a funny colour on the saturday morning ! Jamie's did I saw her picture on twitter amazing thank you so much darling.@dukeofbeeston who donated a signed Call The Midwife script@thebedsite who donated a gorgeous dinosaur bed for Noah's auction all the way from Ireland@boothpix who provided a fabulous photo booth to allow guests to create wonderful memories@RoryStewartUK a beautitful signed book and an invitation to Westminster totally amazing@IWantAPoem http://youtu.be/ocz2YsW8MAw amazing friend Amy wrote this just for noah ! this was on the booklets on each table everyone loved it and said what a lovely touch it was & great help too.@JustBeBotanical a huge hamper of body productsPeter Barlow for two vouchers both £100 each for a photoshoot amazing@GeorgeJCooke donated an afternoon talk, tea & cake for two people lovely day out@ThemBeatles donated a t-shirt and CDEmily parsons @EmilyJParsons and James Johnson @james_ejohnson journalists at the News And Star www.newsandstar.co.ukSteve Greaves @Steven_Greaves Producer at www.bbc.co.uk/radiocumbriaJohn Cook Signs Carlisle www.johncooksigns.com amazing friend of ours and been SO helpful to us as a family.Marion, Manager at Print Point Carlisle who donated Noah's business cards, table booklet covers (which were amazing) and of course SPEECH BUBBLES YAY!!!!! even the major joined in http://www.printpointcarlisle.co.uk/Tim Johnson, Director at Westmoreland Packaging, Kendal who donated gift bags/logo stickers & serviette's www.wespacpackaging.co.ukJane Lindsey @snapdragonjane Loch Lomond, Scotland www.snapdragononline.co.uk who donated ladies goody bag gifts & all sewn with Hugs for Noah on the pouch that held the mirrors just beautiful, Lady Cropper who herself loves to sew just loved it jane, they are such a wonderful keepsake of noahs first gala thank you darling very much ! xxxxClare @clarescake Kent www.clarescakecreations.co.uk who donated favour biscuits which we filmed noah eating one ! delish http://youtu.be/0N4CRV5-5YgMarie & Frazer @judibakes www.JudiBakes.co.uk Maryport who donated Noah's beautiful gala cakeSharon donated charms & tie pins favours @angelonshoulder www.thedinkybutton.co.ukTable decorations & chair covers by Mayor & Mayoress of Copeland the room looked stunning a huge thank youStuart @IamWingman wwwworldofwingman.com who donated gifts for gents goody bagsEdwin & Matthew @SteedTailors designed & hand made Noah's bespoke outfit for the Gala DinnerThe Memory Knot Company @TheMemoryKnotCo Jaimie & Andrew who donated the balloon display www.thememoryknotcompany.co.ukAndrew at Listers baby shop in Workington who donated £60 vouchers for the auction, arranged vintage style pram for Noah to sit in and have pictures taken for the nightSilver Cross @Silvercross_UK who donated the amazing vintage pink dolls pram for auction@AlisonSharpe1 from Tesco's, Workington who donated the food hamper & fruit hamper for raffleCelebrations of Bank Street, Carlisle who donated a gorgeous teddy for the "name the bear" competitionKaren & Barrie from @BFGraphics who donated the huge teddy for the "guess teddy's birthday" competition, karen & Barrie worked so hard I need to tell you in a blog post of there own !Laura & Gordon @Eljay1980 www.cardsandcandlesforalloccasions.co.uk@AllyAtkins http://www.theultimatebabyshower.co.uk for your donation of beautiful saucer crackers... they were so cute and prettyplease use the hash tag #HugsForNoah and if your wanting to be included in the next one please let me know with either #CountMeIn2014 on twitter or the old fashioned way firstname.lastname@example.org or you can speak to me 07939583848Love Noah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Your support has been amazing & thank you from the bottom of our hearts