Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page raising money through a sponsored poetry challenge to write a poem a day for a year.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with autonomic dysfunction and POTS.  The impact of this was quite severe and left me unable to do many things that I used to do without a second glance.  However, as is so often the way when the capacity to do one thing is lost, other avenues opened up and through the limited lifestyle that I was left with I rediscovered my love for writing, wrote my first novel and started writing poetry again.  At the same time, my husband left and I became a single Mum to our four beautiful children but through everything the five of us became closer than ever forging a unique bond that to this day has seen each of us through some really tough times.  So essentially the net result of rediscovering my love for writing combined with the support of the amazing Fab4 (as the children have become known) was very positive.  Although you would never chose to have this horrid condition and all its restrictions, it's taught us more about the joy and contentment in life than anything previously came close to teaching us.

On the back of this, however, my mother and friends have harped on (like only Mothers can and friend's sometimes do) about me publishing my poetry.  I have resisted to date because there are so many budding authors out there and I feel very unqualified in so many senses but in June (2013) I set myself a challenge to blog a poem a day for a year to see how it was received as well as hopefully raise some funds for STARS en route.  Amazingly the blog has been a bigger success than I ever imagined and I’m therefore really hoping that the following it’s received will translate into some healthy fundraising for such a good cause. 

Writing a poem a day is quite a task but is proving really enjoyable even if it is sometimes quite hard, particularly fitting in four children, studying a full time degree course, writing for my other blog and dealing with the vagaries of life with such variable blood pressure which can knock you down at any minute and the associated brain fog but determination is a wonderful tool!   

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So please therefore help me make it all worthwhile by digging deep and donating what you can.  I hope you like the poems too which are being posted at www.ginizandtonic.com. 

 

 

Updates 133

21 January 2014: The Coward - http://ginzandtonic.com/2014/01/21/the-coward/

21/01/14 09:02

20 January 2014: The Birthday Party - http://ginzandtonic.com/2014/01/20/the-birthday-party/

21/01/14 09:02

19 January 2014: Broken Trust - http://ginzandtonic.com/2014/01/19/broken-trust/

21/01/14 09:01

18 January 2014: An Angel In Human Form - http://ginzandtonic.com/2014/01/18/an-angel-in-human-form/

21/01/14 09:00

17 January 2014: The Dog Pen http://ginzandtonic.com/2014/01/17/the-dog-pen/

21/01/14 08:59

Raising money for

STARS

STARS

Charity Registration No. 1084898

STARS works together with individuals, families and medical professionals to offer support and information on Syncopes and Reflex Anoxic Seizures

Donations 17

Thanks again Gini for the poem

Donation by Nicola on 10/04/15

For your poems and because of my ice bucket x

Donation by Anonymous on 01/09/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Carol Chignell on 31/08/14

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

via sms

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 31/08/14

£3.00

via sms

Donation by Anonymous on 01/07/14

£10.00

Dear Gini, Thank you so much for helping me to celebrate my 50th!!

Donation by Diane Hughes on 30/06/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Thank you Gini

Donation by Nicola on 26/06/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks Gini for the poem

Donation by Nicola on 15/06/14

Donation by Diane Hughes on 02/03/14

Donation by Rosemary Larner on 01/03/14

Thanks very much for the cards - they look fantastic

Donation by Anonymous on 10/02/14

Thank you for the fab Valentine's Day cards!

Donation by Anonymous on 10/02/14

£4.50

+ £1.13 Gift Aid

What a 'trooper' I know how difficult it is! Well done.

Donation by Maureen P. on 06/02/14

£10.00

Donation by Carolyn on 18/12/13

£10.00

Here is my donation for 8 Christmas Cards! They are beautiful!

Donation by Anonymous on 17/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi, here is my donation for 10 christmas cards. Great idea.XX Happy Christmas

Donation by Diane Hughes on 30/11/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi, this is my donation for ten Christmas cards. You are doing a brilliant job. Angela Metters

Donation by Anonymous on 22/11/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£233.50
  • Offline donations£20.00
  • Text donations£6.00
  • Total raised£259.50
  • Gift Aid£46.63

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