Giving Voice

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Exciting! Exciting! Exciting!

Two days to go to until the talented Lost Voice Guy arrives in Ashington for our entertainment night!

Exciting! (1)

I am delighted that the Mayor of Ashington (John McCormack) emailed me today to accept an invitation to attend the event on Thursday. He will be wearing his Mayoral Chain and he has agreed to draw our raffle.

Exciting! (2)

I went shopping to Asda tonight and noticed that the community notice board has one of my posters on display advertising Thursday event! (I wrote to them last week asking them to display it on their staff notice board so I am thrilled that it’s on the community board for all of Ashington to see!)

Notice board in Ashington Asda


Exciting! (3)

Ticket sales have been going up nicely this week since Lee was on BBC Look North last week – (here’s the link
I look forward to blogging after the event on Thursday night.

Speech and Language Therapy Transforms Lives

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Final Preparations

Only 4 days to go until the Entertainment Evening at Ashington Football Club starring Lost Voice Guy! (Click here to find out how to get tickets!)
On Friday I bought pink and black balloon weights ready to decorate the room on Thursday night. I also have lots of Giving Voice leaflets and pens at the ready to hand out!
This weekend has consisted of sorting out the raffle and tombola and I am delighted to say that we have some lovely prizes. Local up and coming heavy metal band ‘Def Con One’ have donated a signed CD and t-shirt; a local fish and chip have donated a voucher for two meals; and local confectionary business (Sweet Tree Tops) have donated a sweet tree in Giving Voice colours! We also have lots of other lovely prizes to win on the night!

The interview I did with Wayne Madden at yradio is now online (listen here). Although, I don’t sound as confident on the interview as I would like I am delighted that the interview and information about Giving Voice is on their homepage (with a link to the GV website).
I’ll blog again after the event on Thursday, complete with photos from the night! Thanks for reading.

Speech and Language Therapy Transforms Lives

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Radio, Royal Mail and RSVPs!

Welcome to my 50th blog entry! I can't believe it's been a year since I started blogging!

Last Saturday I went along to yradio, North Shields, and was interviewed by Wayne Madden about Giving Voice and Speech and Language Therapy. This was also an opportunity to mention the entertainment night at Ashington Football Club on 2nd August.  (There are still tickets available if you are interested J Click Here) I’ll update my blog with the link once the interview is online J
At yradio with Wayne Madden
This week I’ve written to lots of local businesses with a flyer for the event, asking them to display it on their staff notice boards. I also included information about Giving Voice, along with a leaflet, spreading the message a little bit further.
Unfortunately Ian Lavery, MP and Councillor Ian Lindley have both responded to say they are on holiday on the night of the event. On a more positive note Ian Lindley (Executive Member for Adult Care and Well Being Northumberland County Council) asked me to keep him informed and to let him know how he can help :) I'm pleased this has opened a new line of communication and hope this is something we can build on in the future.
Speech and Language Therapy Transforms Lives

Friday, 6 July 2012

Bitz and Bobz

It’s a year this month since I started this blog and how the time has flown! It’s brilliant that the page views have exceeded 6000 in just under a year! This blog entry contains a few 'Bitz and Bobz' as it’s a little while since I’ve had the chance to sit down and update it!
My mam has been tweeting my blog to lots of celebrities and we were delighted that Jill Halfpenny recently retweeted it to over 13,000 followers!!

Jill Halfpenny retweet

I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks organising an Entertainment Evening to raise awareness of Giving Voice and to raise some money for the North East Trust for Aphasia ( I am very excited that we have been able to book Lost Voice Guy to be the star of the evening! ( The evening will start with some comedy, followed by a fun pub quiz (with a cash prize!) and there will be other activities on throughout the evening. The event is taking place at Ashington Football Club on Thursday 2nd August 7.30pm-10.30pm. If you are in the area and would like to come along please contact me for tickets (advance booking required). Tickets are £5 and this also gets you FREE entry into our pub quiz!! The facebook event can be found here for further information!/events/228609873926723/  
Wayne Madden (of YRadio) is our MC and quizmaster for the evening! He is also going to interview me ahead of the event for YRadio!! – I’ll share the interview on here once it goes online!
I wrote to Ian Lavery MP to invite him to the event but unfortunately he is unable to attend as he is on holiday at the time. I have also written to some of the Executive Council members who I thought might be interested, and I am currently awaiting a reply from them. I am going to contact local newspapers too so hopefully we’ll get some media coverage! Watch this space!
On another note about NETA, my fabulous brother-in-law is running the Great North Run for them again this year! I will be there on the side lines at the 11 mile mark to support him (wearing my Giving Voice t-shirt, armed with oranges and jelly babies once again!) I am also hoping I might get to see Patrick Monahan (and get another one of his famous hugs?!) as he is running the GNR too.  If you would like to you can sponsor my brother-in-law at
If you would like tickets to the Entertainment Evening in Ashington please contact me as soon as possible (through facebook, twitter (Pinkjules_16) or email A night not to be missed!

Speech and Language Therapy Transforms Lives