Monday, 10 April 2017

Hello Magazine!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Turning an old lodge house into a modern home

These renovation pieces really appeal to the Kirstie Allsopp in me! This is the piece that appeared in this month's Out and About magazine!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gin fudge has been launched - Good Housekeeping

If it's good enough for Good Housekeeping....

#gin #fudge #buttermilk

Thursday, 9 March 2017


Enterprising children at Cheam School in Headley presented an incredible £7,643.14 to local bereavement charity Daisy’s Dream this week.

The money was raised at the school’s successful Christmas Fair in December and presented to Daisy’s Dream fundraiser Gemma Gittins.

Jacqui Marriott, head of pre-prep at Cheam School said: “We decided to support Daisy’s Dream because we know what a devastating impact bereavement or long-term illness can have on a child.

“Dealing with such issues is never straightforward and is different for each individual. Daisy’s Dream provides such a fantastic support network not only for the children affected but also for their families, carers and schools. We believe that this is crucial for ensuring that each child is able to cope with their circumstances whether at home or at school and always has someone to turn to should they need it.”

“The Cheam Christmas Fair was a great success this year and everyone had such a fun time visiting Father Christmas, playing pin the tail on Rudolph, feeding the live reindeer, delving into the lucky dip and shopping for presents. We had such an amazing team of volunteers and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us to raise this fantastic sum in aid of Daisy’s Dream.”

Gemma Gittins from Daisy’s Dream added: “To raise such a great amount at a Christmas fair is nothing short of amazing and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the school who contributed.

“The money raised could help us support as many as ten families across the area for a whole year. With increasing demand for our services, we are so indebted to Cheam School for their generosity.”

Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service which responds to the needs of children and families across Berkshire affected by life threatening illness or bereavement.

Monday, 20 February 2017

County Knowledge

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Thursday, 16 February 2017


The last few tables are still up for grabs at West Berkshire Mencap’s annual Charity Race Day at Newbury Racecourse on Friday, 3rd March.

The highly-anticipated event is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year and helps raise much-needed funds for people with learning disabilities.

Tables are selling fast, but organisers are urging local individuals, organisations and businesses to secure the remaining seats with the promise of a full day of racing plus a three-course lunch and afternoon tea.

The day includes a champagne reception and a gourmet three-course lunch and wine. There is also the chance to bid for experiences in a silent auction with lots including a fantastic meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant The Harrow in Little Bedwyn with luxury transport there and back.

West Berkshire Mencap CEO Leila Ferguson said: “You don’t have to love horseracing to have a fantastic day with us. We can accept bookings of one to ten people and all money raised will be used to support services for children and adults with learning disabilities. “More than 250 places have already been snapped up and the event is supported by more than 20 twenty local and national businesses. It represents an excellent opportunity to network or as corporate entertainment for your team. Simply by attending or donating a prize to our raffle, you will be helping to raise money for children and adults with learning disabilities in your local area.” To donate a prize, book your place or to find out more information, pleae call us on 01635 41464 or e-mail

Please contact the charity on 01635 41464 or email to book or if you

Monday, 13 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Watch out! There’s an outbreak of pink and red today that mainly seems to be affecting women! I’m not a big fan of the whole gushy romance thing, but it is a good opportunity to declare my love for getting people into the papers. Happy Valentine’s Day!

1. My clients: most people I work with are inspirational, enthusiastic and are doing great, forward-thinking things. I am lucky enough to work with charities and business owners who have a great deal to offer. It’s such an honour to hear these things early on and to work with people to find the best way of telling their story. Sometimes, a little brainstorming together can help clients really visualise new ways of achieving their goals. If by some quirk, people don’t have a newsworthy story to tell from within the business, we can either make something happen or we can find a different way of promoting their offering.

2. I am lucky enough to help people who need each penny of their marketing spend to work hard. It’s so exciting to get them great value for money and to spread the word in a cost-effective way.

3. I've always been much better at writing than talking so being allowed to spend time listening to people and then selecting the best way of writing this down is a great job for me!

4. PR role models. People always think you’re either Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, or Samantha from Sex and the City. (I will leave you to decide which one I am!)

5. Meeting celebrities or inspirational thought leaders.

6. Being inspired in the middle of the night. Do you have a pen and paper next to your bed? Also, what did I mean when I wrote down "celebrity caravans" at 4am this morning?

7. Writing about anything and everything. Today it’s printers, billboards and chocolate; yesterday it was electric cars, charities and horse racing.

8. While they might not be the world’s most exotic locations, my job has enabled me to visit places I wouldn’t have visited. Last week, Turin. This week, Slough and Birmingham.

9. We PR-types have an excuse to read magazines and newspapers at work! When I sit with a cup of tea and a glossy magazine, I am looking for coverage, gaining ideas, assessing the news situation or making plans – even though it might not look like it. There’s something so exciting about seeing something that you’ve written in print. Sometimes I’m more excited than my client!

Happy Valentine's Day!