Just Listening to You – Crowstone
As you know, I am the Founder of Just Listening to You, a mental health support group.
Last night Just Listening to You held our inaugural quiz at Crowstone Church. I am used to doing so much on my own, but not this time; I was helped by so many friends, new and old.
The team of people created a fun and entertaining evening. Not just the team that helped put the evening together, but the attendees, we can’t have a fabulous evening without you!
Our Quiz Mistress, Sherry Fuller, was in superb form and I knew confidently I could hand the evening over to her as she would certainly ensure everyone had an awesome time.
Mark, one of our Trustees, came to the event and he assisted Sherry with lots of answer checking and calculations– thanks Mark.
Lots of challenging questions, but alas my general knowledge is pretty appalling, so not being able to assist or hinder a team; Bronwyn and I took a back seat. We watched the goings on, ushered late arrivals to their seats, helped attendees with their enquiries and kept an eye on the boys playing beautifully in the foyer. By the way Maria, your boys are so beautifully behaved.
So much generosity in terms of the prizes donated by you and more brought on the night. Lovely and provided lots of choice to the winners of the raffle.
Winners & Birthday Cheers
Our overall quiz winners won a bottle of wine each, Simon, Fiona. Susan & Co; and we sang a Happy Birthday to Susan with a bottle of something!
Lauren won a bottle of Bucks Fizz for the most festive look of the evening.
Thank you everyone who participated tonight, you were fun and made it a genuinely successful evening.
After promising the Caretaker to leave the room clean and tidy; wow, so many of you to thank for helping to clean up after the event, that was pretty much all of you.
Appreciation to Sherry, Mark, Hollie, Linda White, Ann, Lauren, Linda Elsdon, Jan, Melanie, Mark, Alex, Jennette.
Special mention to Honey, my friends’ young daughter was amazing, she helped in so many ways, assisting with the raffle, ran errands and nothing was too much. Please help next time Honey. Love You.
Thank you Tracy and Julia for your table rents, glad you sold so much! Next time we will have more sellers and be more organised.
In conclusion, we had fun, made money but most importantly we had the opportunity to spread the positive word of mental health illness and how important support groups are; don’t let it stop here, join in with your extra action.
Can you remember what Melanie and I read to you? It’s about doing the bit extra for friends who struggle with their thoughts; perhaps they are simply down, lonely, isolated or depressed. A small extra action goes a long way.
“The difference between an ordinary friend and support of someone with mental health issues, is by you giving that little bit extra.
That extra smile, that extra hug, that extra text, that extra shared memory, a knock on the door, an invitation…
The extra is all about the here and now; being totally empathetic with someone, listening intently, but listening about the things they are not saying.
Listening is a powerful tool; when exactly was the last time you truly listened?”
A thank you to everyone who donated a prize. Your friendship is wonderful and much appreciated. On top of this you share your generosity with me in my aim to make the world a better place by battling against ill mental health and support the JLTY support group.
Thankyou: Sandra, Rosemary, Maria T, Ann, Adri Ana, Fiona, Vicki, The Roslin, Ankes, Patricia, Julia Hantig, Julia Hemmings, Joanne, Caren. Maureen (Mo), Rachael, Rita, Vikki – Stop the World….
I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, if I have, apologies and add your name to the list.
Thanks All for helping to spread the positive message about mental health.
Humungous Big Love & thanks goes out to Bronwyn; Bronwyn is my Main Trustee & Treasurer, always at my side and a solid supporter of the group.
I wish you all to have a wonderful, fun and love filled Christmas.
Love Me & Melanie xxxx
For further information, support & help: www.justlisteningtoyou.com