First of all, apologies for the pun. I couldn’t resist! But it really is in a good cause… because on Sunday I went along to a charity lunch on the shores of Windermere. It was in aid of PIES (Partners in Education Swaziland), which raises funds to provide education to desperately poor people in this particular African country, and is supported by, amongst others, the local Rotary Club and Soroptimists.
The lunch is held once a year at a house on the shores of Windermere, with stunning gardens that sweep down to the water’s edge, and views across the lake to the old Claife Viewing Station, a Victorian relic that the National Trust have just finished renovating. This year, the weather was kind and we were able to sit at tables on the patio. Luckily the patio is large, because the turnout was really impressive – over 80 people had turned up for their lovely, home-cooked two course Sunday lunch, plus stalls, plus plant sales, plus a raffle.
Looking around for something I could donate, at the last minute I realised I could take a signed copy of my book along. The organisers fell on it with glee, placed it at the front of the raffle stall, and it was won during the afternoon by… someone, but I didn’t get a chance to see who it was. So if you are now clutching a copy of ‘Raise the Blade’ then thank you for choosing it – and I really hope you enjoy reading it.
The event was a resounding success and raised over £2,000 in one day for the cause. And I’m glowing, because although I never win anything, I won first prize in that same raffle – a M&S gift card to the tune of £50!