It had been a couple of months in the planning, but, yesterday morning, the day finally arrived – Bump’s Brain Pyjama Walk in aid of The National Brain Appeal.
I’d been panicking that everyone who had said they were going to do the walk would do it. I know a couple of people had to pull out, but I still worried about everyone turning up.
We started off with breakfast at my mum’s. Whilst we were eating I started to get a couple of photos through. My friend from work sent me a photo of the girls waiting at the train station in all their gear. I was so pleased/happy at all the effort they had gone to. My sister said “you’re going to cry aren’t you?” I managed to hold off. Right then, though, I knew that everything was going to be ok and go well.
After our breakfast, we made our way into Liverpool. It’s a very surreal experience when you get out of your car and meet a pug, a gangster tiger, eeyore, a cat, a skeleton, a giraffe, a monkey and a man looking like what can only be described as a cross between Bette Lynch and Miss Piggy.
We headed over to St George’s Hall and as we climbed the steps we spotted the bright pyjamas and the hair rollers.
I’ve never felt prouder of my family and friends than I did when I saw them all sitting there looking completely ridiculous but actually not caring. They were all just chatting away as if everything was perfectly normal.
It was just brilliant to see everyone together and all supporting the little man.
We set off on our walk, with a couple of photo/stocking up on water stops. When we got to the Albert Dock, we called in at The Pumphouse for a half way beverage (might have been alcoholic, but it was well deserved). The sun was shining and everyone was sat outside chatting, talking to people they’d not met and it was just a really great feeling watching everyone.
We carried on our walk and eventually ended back at my uncle’s pub – The Rose & Crown on Cheapside, off Dale Street. He’d said he was going to put on some food for us which I was really appreciative of. I wasn’t expecting, however, a full buffet and some bottles of fizz. Everyone loved the food, I even got the comment “now this is what you call a proper buffet!!”
All in all it was a great day. We raised lots of money. Everyone made it so special, even the people that couldn’t be there. I really do have the best family (and I include James’ family in that) and friends. I hope we can all do something together again and I hope you all met some new friends.