Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge – A Big Thank You From Angela and Hugh

Happy twelfth night everyone.

Good Night from Angela
Angela and friends being put away in the Christmas decorations box for another year.

The decorations are down and, depending on how you count it, for many people tonight is twelfth night.  I still think that last night was twelfth night and you can find out why by checking out my mystery guest post, What Ever Happened To The Missing Day of Christmas, over at The Showcase, which is hosted by the very beautiful, Nishi.

When Angela and I published our Charity Christmas Tree Topper challengewe were expecting big results.  But sadly they did not come.  Why?  Well, because you guys made it a super huge result which went beyond our wildest dreams and, as a result, I have today donated £250 to Alzheimer’s Research UK.  Why this charity?  Well because I have a special story to tell you about Angela who, every year, is the Angel that sits on top of our Christmas tree.

My Mum and Grandmother. Taken January 1962
My Mum and Grandmother.
Taken January 1962

In 1988, my Grandmother gave me some money for Christmas.  I purchased my tree topper Angel with the last of the money because I fell in love with her when I saw her sat there in the shop.  Christmas had gone and she looked very lonely sat all on her own.  I named her Angela and put her away until the following Christmas.  However, before then, I received the devastating news that my Grandmother had the first stages of Alzheimer’s.  I watched her life slowly being taken away and, sadly, in 1995 she passed away.  Angela reminded me of my Grandmother as she was the last thing I purchased with money she had given me.  Even to this day I deeply miss my Grandmother and love her very much.  I often think she is watching over me and helps me through the tough times I have encounter in my life.  All her Grandchildren held a very special place in her heart but, I guess as I was her first Grandchild, I always considered that I was her favourite.  I have some wonderful fond memories of my Grandmother and have written a post about her, My First Memory, which you can read over at Write Dorne – Putting Life into Words.

Three years ago, Alzheimer’s paid our family another visit when I and other members of the family noticed that my mother’s behaviour was changing.  It was not long before she was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s and over the last few years I, and those around her, have watched her life being taken away and change.  Sadly, she no longer recognises anyone apart from my Step-Father, and her illness has even forced a spilt in the family which I am not going to talk about today.  Why?  Well, because today this post is all about thanking those people who participated in the charity challenge Angela and I started.

Donation to Alzheimer's Research UK
Thank you everyone. £250 raised by you.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each one of you who participated and took the time to help Angela and I achieve our goal of raising £250 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.  Please stand up and take a bow and along with everyone else applaud yourselves for the fantastic effort you all put in. Not only have you made me very, very happy by showing me all of your support for this great cause, but you have all done something which will go towards helping those, and their families, who will encounter Alzheimer’s.  And yes, now I am going to list each and every one of you who created a PingBack or left a link in their post because I believe all of you deserve to be mentioned for helping me give something back on this last day of Christmas.  Please pay these wonderful people and their blogs a visit and check out what they had on top of their Christmas tree and give them all your support.

Colleen at Silver Threading

Effy at From Heart to Head

Maria at Maria Brinkley, Artist

Claudette at To Search and to Find

Ronovan at Ronovanwrites

Sue at Daily Echo

Elizabeth at Tea and Paper

Geoff at TanGental

Nishi at The Showcase

Junk Chuck at Old Road Apples

Florence at Rambling On

Serins at Serins Sphere

Kat at Dandelion Fuzz

Lori at Lori Schafer’s Short  Subjects I Feel Like Writing About

Charli at Elmira Pond Spotter

Ali at Alien Aura’s Blog: It’ll Blow Your Mind

The Woodland Gnome at Forest Garden

Meredith at Meredith’s Musings

Dorne at Write Dorne – Putting Life into Words

Udn Speak 4 Me via Twitter

Special thanks to Adi over at Happy Lifeaholic for reblogging my post and to everyone that left wonderful comments about the appeal as well as promoting the post on their Facebook page.  Maria and Ronovan did more than one pingback to the post as well, so a big thank you to you two.  I’d also like to thank everyone who tweeted about the challenge and the lovely emails and comments I have received about the appeal.

I hope I have not missed out anyone who participated.  If I have, then please let me know and I’ll see to it that I add you to the list of wonderful people who helped Angela and I achieve this goal.  I know that some of the pingbacks did not work but I hope I managed to find everyone who participated.

I did mention in the original post that Angela and I would choose a tree top winner and invite the winning person to write a guest post which I would publish on my blog.  As far as we are concerned you are all winners but, if we had to choose a favourite, then it would be the wonderful Angel that sat on top of the tree decorated by Kat and her family over at Dandelion Fuzz.  So congratulations Kat, I’ll be contacting you very soon to see if you would like to write a guest post for Hugh’s Views and News.

Once again, thank you all so much for participating in my challenge and I wish you all much success with your writing and your blogs.

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  1. What a wonderful heart you have. I’m sure your grandmother smiles down on you often. With people like you, we can slowly eradicate the pain so many experience because of this disease.

  2. Congratulations on a successful charity event! I truly believe that people want to help and will rise to the occasion, if given the chance. 🙂

    You chose a worthwhile charity and I’m sure your donation will do good things. Alzheimer’s is a scary and sad disease and the sooner we can come to finding treatment the better!

    I am so touched that you chose our Angel! (Now, I feel really bad that she never got a name!) Thank you so much! It was fun to participate and it motivated us to get our tree decorated so I could take that picture for the post. 🙂 I’m sure Kris will be thrilled to hear the news, too!

    1. Congratulations on winning the challenge, Kat. It was so good of you to take the time to participate and help me reach my target. As the winner, you get the chance to write a guest post for my blog. No pressure, honest, and don’t feel you have to write one, but I’d be delighted if you would consider it. There’s no rush to write it either. I’m going to leave it up to you to decide what to do/write and to just come back to me with your decision when ever you are ready to do so. You can contact me via email by clicking the ‘Contact Hugh’ button at the top of my blog.

      Many thanks once again and I’d love to see Kris’s face when you break the news that your Angel won the challenge.

  3. Fantastic, Hugh, and I can’t think of a better charity to support. So sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother; I can empathise, my mother having been in a home with Alzheimer’s since 2008. I was very moved by your story – and what a beautiful photo. xxx

    1. Thanks, Ali. I only found that photo a few months ago and am so glad I found it. I do have other photos of my Grandmother and mother, but not as old as this one. It does have some damage to it which I am going to get repaired.

      Thank you as well for participating in the challenge. I’m sorry to hear that Alzheimer’s has also visited your family. It’s such a horrible nasty illness and I’m hoping that the money I donated yesterday will go a little way to hopefully finding a cure one day.

  4. What a beautiful post, Hugh! Thank you for supporting such a wonderful cause. Memory loss and cognitive impairment have touched my family as well. I read a wonderful book this summer about “100 Things You Can Do Now To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.” I highly recommend this book, especially since it taught me that caffeine and dark chocolate protect our brain cells! Such a lovely memory of your grandmother’s last Christmas gift to you. I’m sure she is with you still. Hugs, and Happy New Year! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful project, even from “across the pond.” WG

    1. Thank you for the recommendation of the book. I’ll certainly take a look at it and I’m so glad to hear that caffeine helps protect our brain cells, being as I drink quite a bit of tea when writing. I’m not so keen on dark chocolate but I’m sure there are plenty of other nice things to eat that will help the brain cells.

      Thank you also for participating in my charity Christmas challenge and for your very kind comments. I really do appreciate the time you and everybody else took to participate, which helped me get to my target.

      Happy New Year to you and wishing you and your blog much success this year.

      1. Dear Hugh, here is a link for you: . This is the author’s site with more information on the book. Thank you for all of your good wishes, and for the time you invested in your round up post and in communicating with each of us who were happy to participate. I wish you and your loved ones happiness and success in the new year.

        1. Thank you so much. That is so kind of you to forward me the link which others who follow the comments in this post will now also have access to.
          With very best wishes to you and your family.

        2. You are very welcome, Hugh. I’ve found it an excellent resource. I compiled a list of “brain building” foods which I shared with my parents this summer. A delicious way to protect our brains 😉

        1. Thank you so much, WG. The Pingbacks don’t seemed to have worked so I am so thankful that you have put a link in your comments, which will take anybody clicking on it, to your wonderfully written post about the types of foods to eat to not only protecting the brain cells, but to help to protect the whole body. There is some excellent information in your post and I hope that those who read it get as much benefit from what you have written as I did.

          Once again, thank you so much. I’m deeply honoured that you put a post together in connection with my Charity Christmas appeal. It is so very kind of you.

        2. Best wishes, to you, Hugh. The pingback’s are so nice when they work, but I’ve learned to never take them for granted 😉 The downside is that one never knows when someone has linked back to a post, unless the other blogger posts a comment and a link. I’ll look forward to following your beautiful blog from here on. Cheers! WG

        3. Yes, Pingbacks can have a mind of their own. Sometimes they work, and then decide not to work, then they work again and so on…

          I’m so glad you took the trouble to let me know, in the comments, that you had created a post, although I would have eventually seen it on my never ending reader list. I’ve also just started following you over on Bloglovin’ as I am ever tending to now read blogs over there as they are all in one place and I get a very handy email every morning informing me who has posted, with a link to each post.

  5. What a wonderful way to start the new year, Hugh! Congratulations on achieving your goal and helping this worthy charity. Sorry to hear about your your mother and grandmother. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Congratulations to Kat for winning the challenge. 😊. And thanks so much for the link to my blog, Hugh. It’s much appreciated. Have a wonderful day, Hugh. Here’s to more great blogging ideas in 2015. 😊

    1. Hi Maria, thank you so much for participating in my Christmas challenge and for your two pingbacks to the post as well. I really do appreciate all the support I got from you all. I enjoyed setting up the challenge, but it was all of my blogger friends and community that made it the success it is. I’ll certainly be posting a few more charity challenges this year on my blog.

  6. Your post made me sad, and glad.
    Sad for your family suffering from this horrible disease, my Nan was affected too also.
    Glad that your reached your goal and that we al helped you do that.

    1. Thank you, Claudette. Yes, this illness is something I’ve certainly become more aware about over the last twenty years. It seems most families are affected by it at some stage.

      Thank you very much for participating and helping me make it to the target I set.

  7. Hugh, I had tears reading your lovely post. I am so humbled and happy to have been part of your Christmas. Happy New Year my friend. We have many lovely stories to write ahead of us. ❤

    1. That makes me feel happy, Colleen, cause I now know I told the story correctly. I wanted to write it so it was heart felt with my readers. It’s almost as if I pasted the feelings, I was having when writing the story, to the reader.

      Thank you so much for being the first to participate in the challenge as well. You kicked the whole event off for me.

    1. Sue, thank you so much for participating in my Christmas challenge. I’ve got to know some wonderful new bloggers from this post and I’m enjoying reading your poems and news on your blog. I’ll be a frequent visitor over there.

  8. Well I must say that I was really touched by your story. Alzheimer’s is unfortunately also something that runs in my family. I’ve had to see both my grandmothers suffer with this before the end. (hugs) to you Hugh and thank you for this wonderful contribution and also story.

  9. Sigh, once again passed over by my ‘friend’. I suppose it’s time to become a hermit again. My father in law developed alzheimer’s just before the coming of his only grandchild. But he did get to know him and my son his Poppa (I think that’s how it’s spelled). So my son did get to spend time with him and ride Thomas the Tank Engine with him, sitting in his lap, old enough to know him and remember him. With my memory problems and total memory loss other than my son I somewhat understand. It is frustrating not knowing how to do certain things at times or forgetting simple things like not picking him up the handle of the hot cast iron skillet with your bare hand and then needing to be told to put it down.
    A very good organization to give it to.

    1. Thanks, Ronovan. I had to do something for this organisation having seen what my Grandmother went through and, now with my mum also having Alzheimer’s, it was something I wanted to do over the Christmas period especially as ‘Angela the Angel’ was the last thing I bought with the money my Grandmother had given me. Thanks so much for participating and for your support.

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