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  1. Westonbirt Arboretum Photos / October 2015

    We visited Westonbirt Arboretum today for the first time.  I’ve wanted to go for a while, but for some reason it was a place I always forgot about.  As soon as someone mentioned it I would remember all about this place.  It’s in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, so not too far from us.  The drive there was lovely, up to the top of a steep hill and through picturesque countryside with plenty of Cotswold stone properties and walls to admire.

    We chose the short walk as we had our three year old, Bella, in tow.  One hour is recommended for this walk, but I’d recommend longer!  We took nearly two hours and cut it short!  We must have seen only half of this trail!  There are so many amazing trees to look at (and photograph) and wooden houses, tree stump trails and more which Bella stopped and played on.  You really could spend an entire day walking around and that’s exactly what I plan to do with a picnic in the warmer weather next year.

    Bella had great fun playing in the wooden children’s park before we set off on our walk.  There were plenty of food stalls plus a café and a restaurant to satisfy all.  Bella enjoyed a delicious stone baked pizza to fuel up!  Sadly their card machine wasn’t working and we only had enough money for Bella’s pizza, which is why we cut our day a bit short!  Me and Ben had to eat our snacks as our lunch and we ran out of water!  Bella was also quite tired after a couple of hours walking and as it was muddy, Ben didn’t fancy muddy boots all over his jacket with a shoulder carry!   We’ll go back for longer next year as there is SO much more to see.

    Here are my favourite photos:

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  2. lylia rose reopens press release the grand appeal

    Mumpreneur Reopens Online Shop & Supports The Grand Appeal
     
    Mum of two, Victoria Sully of Gloucestershire, has reopened her awarding winning online women’s fashion boutique www.lyliarose.com after taking a maternity break.  Lylia Rose stocks beautiful printed scarves and costume jewellery which would make perfect Christmas gifts.  The website has also won a Small Business Sunday (#SBS) award from ex dragon Theo Paphitis.
     
    Owner Victoria will donate a minimum of 2.5% of all sales to The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, better known as The Grand Appeal.
     
    Victoria says ‘My baby boy, Reuben, has had two stays in this wonderful hospital since his birth in March.  The whole team were simply fantastic - they provided such a friendly, welcoming environment and much needed support during stressful times.  Reuben has pulmonary stenosis and has undergone two heart procedures at the children’s hospital and will likely need open heart surgery next.  I always knew I wanted to support a charity, but never expected it to be a cause that would be a real part of our lives.  I now couldn’t think of a better charity to support.’
     
    The Grand Appeal aims to ‘transform the lives of sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation.’  Being one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals, they treat a staggering 100,000 patients every year.
     
     
    To find out more about this brilliant charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk
     
    To view the Lylia Rose shop visit www.lyliarose.com/ourshop
     
    To read the Lylia Rose ‘mumpreneur’ story visit  www.lyliarose.com/about.html
     
     
  3. fundraising for the grand appeal at bristol childrens hospital - lylia rose

    Lylia Rose supports The Grand Appeal

    As of 30th October 2015, I will be donating a minimum of 2.5% of sales to The Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, better known as The Grand Appeal.

    My baby boy, Reuben, has had two stays in this wonderful hospital since his birth in March 2015.  The whole team were simply fantastic - they provided a welcoming environment and much needed support during such stressful times, as well as plenty of useful facilities for our stay.  Reuben has pulmonary stenosis and underwent two balloon dilation procedures to his heart within the first six months of his life. 

    Reuben’s valve is sadly very thick and knobbly, so we were informed they will never fully relieve the extra pressure in his heart with this procedure.  Unfortunately the second balloon dilation made little difference so as they've tried twice, they will not repeat this procedure again.  The next step will be to cut the valve in order to reshape it which means open heart surgery.  Truly scary stuff.  Reuben will also need a valve replacement once he is an adult.  For now they will monitor the pressure regularly.  There’s a chance it could stabilise as he grows, but the pressure is currently on the borderline of needing to take action.

    Once the Lylia Rose shop was making regular sales I always knew I wanted to support a charity.  I never expected it to be a charity that would actually become a real part of our lives, but I now couldn’t think of a better cause to support. 

    The Grand Appeal aims to ‘transform the lives of sick babies and children at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit, providing life-saving equipment, patient activities, new services and family accommodation.’  Being one of the UK’s leading children’s hospitals, they treat a staggering 100,000 patients every year.

    To find out more about this brilliant charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk

    To visit the Lylia Rose shop visit www.lyliarose.com/ourshop