So, as many of you know, since my diagnosis with cancer I’ve been handing out random acts of kindness enevelopes (each with £5, £10 or £20 inside) in a bid to make the world a happier place.
Now it’s December I made a pledge to hand out one of my ‘random act of kindess’ envelopes each day until Christmas AND I also created a kindness advent calendar so that others could get involved too!
A few weeks ago I saw a video of some lovely students in America who dress as princesses and visit children in hospital and I thought ‘hey I’d love to do something like that’. So I put a post on Facebook and was inundated with offers of support…in fact within hours there was a Facebook group created with over 50 people wanting to get involved!
Days later and we had approval from a local hospital that we could visit children in Tayside receiving cancer treatment…
So today, with the help of some amazing people, Aurora, Tinkerbell, Merida and many others including, of course, Elsa and Anna visited children in the oncology and surgical wards at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee (I was tinkerbell!).
We got ready at Maggies Centre in Dundee and with the help of local makeup artists, a hairdresser and some borrowed costumes we were transformed into character. Everyone involved donated their time completely free of charge!
What followed was an absolutely amazing experience and completely humbling. These incredible children are going through cancer treatment and/or surgery and not once did they complain. Not once! Instead they were filled with love and laughter, playing and enjoying the moment. They are truely loving life! The pure joy in their faces as they met with their favourite characters was incredible! What an absolute privilege it was to share a moment in each of these beautiful children’s lives.
Many people ask me how I am so positive since my diagnosis with stage IV cancer and I’ve struggled to explain it but today these children completely embodied everything that I believe and hope that others with cancer can too:
- Live in today (not tomorrow)
- Don’t be a victim
- Spread joy
- Be you
It’s that simple. Yes cry when you are sad (everyone has those days!) but still BE YOU. Still have FUN and still do all the things you are able to do for as long as you can! Life is a joy and an honour – live it!
Once again I find myself so grateful for my cancer journey and all the good it has brought into my life. I feel so blessed to have been part of today and to have witnessed the kindness and love of so many people.
The world truely is a wonderful place and people, when given the opportunity, just want to be kind.
Love and light xxxx
As well as the many individuals who have supported this venture, here is a list of the incredible businesses who have donated their time, gifts or money to the cause:
- Charlene’s Bespoke Bows and Cakes
- Cambee Cosplay
- Skills development Scotland
- Skipton Building Society
- Scottish Official Highland Dancing Association (SOHDA)
- Tayside Action for Refugees – TAFR
- House of Butterflies Make-up Artistry
- Amanda Thomson Independent Phoenix Trader
- Princess Presence
- Campbell Ewen Gentlemen’s Hairdresser
- The kilted barber
- LS Hairdressing
- Urban Disco
- Blue Square Creative Services Wedoprint
- Innes Rattray MUA
- Fiona Whittet Makeup Artist
Thanks also to my Macmillan nurse and Maggie’s Centres for supporting this xxx