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.
This fantastic event was organised with so much love, time, dedication and commitment from Noah’s mummy, the fabulous Shellybobbins who worked tirelessly to create a Gala Dinner for Hugs For Noah which would be remembered for years to come. Shelly spent three months planning this fabulous event, contacting various companies around the UK looking for items they could donate to the eBay auction, wonderful gifts for guests goody bags, making sure the venue was decorated to an absolutely outstanding level and that there was plenty to entertain guests, create special memories and most of all raise awareness and much needed funds.
Shelly is an inspiration, a wonderful lady who is so dedicated to giving her baby boy the best life they possibly can whilst raising awareness of incredibly important issues. Please visit www.hugsfornoah.co.uk to read all about Hugs For Noah, show your support and purchase some beautiful gifts.
Here is a video telling Noah’s story which was recorded by the lovely Fi at Childcare Is Fun
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, donated beautiful gifts and given their time to be there on the night to support this amazing event.
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 Shelly’s Blog – everyone looked amazing on Rob and Shelly’s wedding day and it looked like the perfect location for Noah’s first big event.
At the very first Hugs For Noah Gala dinner, there were beautiful, emotional and heartfelt speeches by both Shelly and Rob, Noah’s lovely mummy and daddy… 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. These speeches were so important in telling Noah’s story, explaining the medical problems Noah has and also showing the amazing love and dedication within their family.
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 and Mayoress of Copeland:
The fabulous balloon displays were donated by The Memory Knot Company to decorate the venue:
Noah’s Hugs For Noah Gala cake was very generously donated by the wonderful Judi Bakes – gorgeous and delicious:
We had wonderful programmes on the evening which were printed by the fabulous Marion at Print Point, Carlisle as well as Noah’s business cards and fab speech bubbles!!
The programmes included a beautiful poem which was written by the very talented Amy at I Want A Poem which you can listen to on YouTube:
Each guest who attended this fabulous event received many gifts including beautiful bracelets with the Hugs For Noah logo for the ladies and a gorgeous Hugs For Noah tie pins for the gents which were specially made by the wonderful The Dinky Button which is modelled here the morning after the event:
The fabulous mini cracker saucer decorations were fabulous, such a pretty touch and were donated by Ally at The Ultimate Baby Shower and were a very sweet addition.
There were delicious Hugs For Noah Gala biscuits donated by the wonderful Clare’s Cake Creations and you can see from this video that Noah absolutely loved his!!!
Our fabulous goody bags also included a gorgeous handmade mirror in a Hug For Noah embroidered pouch which were made and donated by the very talented Snap Dragon – these are a gorgeous keepsake of such a special evening and all the more special being Scottish myself, my mirror had gorgeous tartan decoration which looks very like Black Watch tartan, which was our wedding tartan!!
Tim Johnson, Director at Westmoreland Packaging, Kendal kindly donated gift bags/logo stickers & serviette’s www.wespacpackaging.co.uk
At Noah’s event we had a “guess the name of the teddy bear” with the gorgeous teddy being donated by Celebrations of Bank Street, Carlisle.
There was also a huge and gorgeous doggy wearing a Hugs For Noah t-shirt for the “guess teddy’s birthday” competition which was donated by the amazing @BFGraphics – Karen and Barrie are the lovely couple who make the Hugs For Noah’s tshirts, teddies, mugs and much more which are available to buy through www.hugsfornoah.co.uk
Here is “Stevie the Dug” with his very lucky competition winner!!
Cards And Candles For All Occasions (@Eljay1980) donated the beautiful candles which were displayed on the tables at Noah’s event which were displayed on the stunning candelabras which were donated by Cumbria Candelabras.
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!!
Edwin and Matthew @SteedTailors designed & hand made Noah’s bespoke outfit for the Gala Dinner and Noah looked amazing!!!
Andrew at Listers Baby Shop in Workington arranged vintage style pram for Noah to sit in and have pictures taken for the night and also donated £60 vouchers for the eBay auction.
Everyone had an amazing night with delicious food, wonderful venue decoration, spectacular entertainment and the support of lots of wonderful people!!
There has been many donations for the Hugs For Noah eBay auction which is to raise much needed funds for this amazing little boy to help his family to give him the quality of life and independence that he deserves, there is a huge thank you below, but before I get to that I want to mention the fabulous last minute donation which was received and was the only ‘on the evening’ Gala Dinner auction… a fabulous SIGNED cricket bat from the England cricket team, what an amazing donation this was!!!
The eBay auction for Hugs For Noah will be ongoing so please remember to check it our regularly by visiting www.ebay.co.uk and typing #HugsForNoah in the search bar.
To date there have been some amazing auction gifts donated from some very special people!!
Thank you so much to Sir Lord and Lady Cropper – the gifts you have donated will be added to Noah’s #HugsForNoah ebay auction very soon
John Challinor aka @BeingBoycie donated some amazing signed gifts for Noah’s auction and has also been a huge support to Noah and his family. Noah’s mummy is currently in talks with @BeingBoycie to arrange meeting so that John can have some Noah cuddles.
@WelshRoyalCryst donated two gorgeous crystal candle sticks
@wicklesskaz donated a scented bear – since receiving this donation Noah’s mummy and daddy have bought him his very own scented elephant
Elaine at @heartshomespun donated a bath & soap hamper
@Raggedyhomespun donated a beautiful handmade rabbit
@TheThreeBelles donated a signed CD
@Rayeesasindiank donated a £220 cooking voucher
Amy at @pingandponguk donated a selection of children’s books
@inspiredKarma donated a gorgeous ring and bracelet
@TheClockShed donated a beautiful clock
@meganclaireuk donated amazing nursery stickers
The 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 children’s shelving unit which is still to be added to the #HugsForNoah eBay auction
Lakeland Spas and log cabins for donating a Spa which is still up for grabs on our auction site (ebay.co.uk & type in #HugsForNoah)
Diana at @peggycollection donated a designer handmade chunky knitted scarf made by herself
@comfortzoneuk donated a large pamper box of goodies
@roobubcustard who donated an amazing huge knitted monkey
@wise_wendy donated some luscious scented body butter
@WordsworthNT donated two family day passes to Wordsworth House
@Albutcherdesign donated a beautiful sewing book
@sorellahexham donated a gift voucher
@derwentpencils donated a set of watercolour pencils
@bombki1 who donated a large amount of designer amazing baubles (also supplied Rob and Shelly’s wedding with favours which were amazing)
@RedLetterDaysUK donated a £100 gift voucher
@dukeofbeeston donated a signed Call The Midwife script
@thebedsite donated a gorgeous dinosaur bed for Noah’s auction all the way from Ireland
@RoryStewartUK donated a beautitful signed book and an invitation to Westminster which is totally amazing
@JustBeBotanical donated a huge hamper of body products
Peter Barlow donated 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 CD and also performed at Noah’s #HugsForNoah Gala Dinner
@Silvercross_UK donated an amazing vintage pink dolls pram
@AlisonSharpe1 from Tesco’s, Workington who donated the food hamper & fruit hamper
Everyone at this amazing event had a wonderful time and I’m sure you’ll agree that the photo booth which was brought along by the lovely people at BoothPix captured the evening fabulously, this was an amazing donation which helped people created special memories which will be valued for many years to come. You can follow BoothPix on Twitter at @BoothPix
The evening was fantastic and there are many photographs to support this which we are so happy to share with you:
I would definitely say that everyone including baby Noah enjoyed their night… Noah definitely slept well!!
A fab evening and just to prove it, Noah’s mummy was still partying at 3am!!!
Just before we finish this post I would like to share this amazing video with you, this is baby Noah with @RalfLittle sharing the #HugsForNoah message… the affection shown here is so beautiful!!
We hope we have included everyone, however if you have donated to #HugsForNoah and your name is not on the list we do truly appreciate your support and if you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will gladly amend our list.
If you would like to be involved in the next #HugsForNoah event please contact @Shellibobbins on Twitter using hashtag #CountMeIn2014 or the old fashioned way email@example.com or you can speak to Shelly and Noah on 07939583848.