This event took me to the centre of Manchester for the ‘Quote My Life’ family fun day. I took my six year old niece as my boys sold me out for their cousin’s football presentation! A girly day it was then. Quote my Life is an insurance company founded after some of the staff had experienced dealing with loss of a loved one without life insurance and aim to take some of the stress out of an already emotional time.
We arrived at the very swanky Innside Hotel and was greeted by the lovely Matthew from Ledigo PR who took us upstairs to the event room. Refreshments were being served and a competition was running for the children to get involved with. They had to draw a monkey to be used as the new mascot so this kept everyone entertained for awhile. Ruby, my niece, sat next to Tina O’Brien, actress from Coronation Street, and her daughter and started creating her masterpiece.
Also in attendance was Gabriella Feld, a representative from the charity ‘Once Upon A Smile’, who support bereaved families in a variety of ways. As a mum of two boys, it doesn’t bare thinking about the worst but knowing there are organisations such as OUAS, it is reassuring that there is practical and emotional support about for those who need it. She told me she was busy shopping and delivering Christmas presents to the families they help, and was looking forward to putting smiles on their faces when they receive them.
When the children had finished their drawings it was time for lunch. Beautiful platters of sandwiches and cupcakes were served, my boys didn’t know what they were missing! Face painters and magicians were on hand to entertain and wow the children and everyone was having a great time. Leanne Brown, from Real Housewives of Cheshire, arrived with her two beautiful daughters, Lilia and Lola, and they got stuck in to creating their monkeys too. Mike Toolan, Key 103 DJ, popped in as well to show his support.
The Once Upon A Smile mascot bear made an appearance and he was a big hit with the children, they all wanted a cuddle and a picture (I did too!) Photographers Aaron Parfitt and Carla Speight from Aberrant Perspectives were about, capturing all the action of the day. I also got to finally meet up with fellow blogger, Georgia Broadbent, the person who inspired me to start blogging after I discovered her posts on social media about meeting celebrities.