Let’s dance for Sport Relief

Ortis and I were asked to join the comedic list of entertainers to participate in this years rather hilarious ‘dance’ fest in aid of Sport Relief. We were thrilled to take part, however I could have done with a few more days to learn what turned out to be the busiest salsa ever! Ortis took to it like Ricky Martin himself, but my brain engagement and body co-ordination was a little slower on the uptake : nonetheless I loved every second, we had a blast and I lost a few pounds along the way! So thanks for supporting that one if you managed to catch it. Big thanks to our gorgeous choreographers Richard and Ali and all the far too energetic dancers who made me realise that I needed to sharpen up! I’m on it! Also a big squeeze and comedy congratulations to the ultimate winner Rowland Rivron, who cartwheeled his way to victory during his sublime rendition of Christopher Walken’s award winning dance to Fat Boy Slim’s video Weapon of Choice – out of the ball park my friend.

Holiday

I was lucky enough to take a back to basics RV holiday in Northern California back in February. After spending a few days with friends in New York we flew across the states to embark upon our camping/wine tasting/skiing extravaganza. Sonoma was my favourite part of the wine adventure, quaint and boutiquey, perfect for quaffing fine grape juice and tasting local cheese. We felt somewhat like speedy snails surrounded by our home comforts at all times and loved the freedom to stay or leave. Almost 3 weeks zipped by at a far too fast rate. However I loved every minute, skiing at Heavenly Valley, scenic hiking trips, motorbikes, bicycles, glorious food and wine crowned by one of my favourite vistas – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. It was just what I needed to clear my head and reset my body for 2012!

Walk of the Black Country

You may remember that last year Free Radio organised a fantastic 10 mile walk from Himley Park to Wolverhampton Racecourse and an amazing total of £103,000 was raised for Promise Dreams.  This year on Sunday 10th July we are off again and I know that Free Radio and Promise Dreams are hoping to build on last year – indeed the people that have already registered is phenomenal.  A video of last year’s event is still showing on my website show what a fantastic event it was. We’ll all be there and look forward to seeing all your lovely faces again. For more information and details on registration etc., go to www.freeradio.co.uk/walkoftheblackcountry Entry is free.

Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2012

Sport Relief 2012 is now well under way and one of their popular events is of course Let’s Dance.  Each week  on BBC 1, celebrities are strutting their stuff to raise money and on Saturday 10th March, Ortis Deley and I will be dancing for charity.  We’re both really looking forward to the experience and will use as much technical wizardry as we can lay our hands on.  We’ll really need your votes though – Don’t forget BBC1 on Saturday 10th March around 7.00 pm

Suzi xx

Walk of the Black Country with Promise Dreams

We did it – yesterday Sunday 19th June was an absolutely amazing day.  Beacon Radio organised a fantastic fundraising event for Promise Dreams (supported by Wolverhampton University and  3,500 lovely people pounded the pavements of Wolverhampton with a 10 mile walk from Himley Hall to Wolverhampton Racecourse.

The weather was really kind and in spite of a not too good forecast, the sun shone for us all and the outcome was phenomenal.

At the end of the day Beacon were calling £88,000 raised but the final amount was yet to come and this morning, the 20th June, Fresh made the announcement that the the total raised was……….

£103,000!

a lot of tears were shed at the Promise Dreams office this morning because we can only imagine just how many dreams are going to be delivered in the next few months to so many lovely kids.

It was so lovely listening to so many of you who took part, telling your stories on Beacon. Thank you – every one of you.

From Steve, Don, Beverley and myself – a heartfelt thank you.

To Beacon – hats off to you all for such a brilliant job. Your organisation was fab.

Photos courtesy of Benjamin Lycett

Royal Ascot – 14th to 18th June 2011

The weather this year was quite mixed and there were occasions when the mac had to come out pretty quickly.  In the main though, we were able to get out and about and talk to some lovely people.

I was accompanied on Tuesday and Saturday by model Olivia Inge, who incidentally was the lovely lady in the opening sequences for BBC’s coverage each day.  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, my co-presenter was milliner Louis Mariette.

Sadly this year I was without my lovely James Sherwood and I missed him very much.

Lots of people on twitter have been asking about my outfits for the week so below, thought you might like to see some pix.

Pix courtesy of Graeme McAlpine at www.mcalpine.tv

Beacon Walk of the Black Country for Promise Dreams

The Beacon Walk of the Black Country which was launched at our 10th Anniversary Dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse has already received an amazing response and it would be great to see you there on Sunday 19th June.

Beacon presenters have teamed up with the University of Wolverhampton to urge people from across the region to don their walking shoes and walk 10 miles to help raise as much money as possible.

The Walk of the Black Country will start at Himley Hall, Dudley and finish at Wolverhampton Racecourse in Dunstall, Wolverhampton. The event is FREE to enter meaning all the sponsorship money will be going to Promise Dreams.

You can enter at beaconradio.co.uk and get all the information about the walk.

You know all about Promise Dreams but if you have a minute or two, please check out the video here to see why Steve, Don and I care so passionately about our charity.

Matt Ramsbottom the MD at Beacon adds – “we’re really excited about our Walk of the Black Country and hope that lots of people will join us on the day”

Bev Bird our Charity Manager at Promise Dreams said “we’re so pleased to be part of this event and although 10 miles is a challenge, it’s certainly achievable and I’m sure that the crew from Beacon will keep everyone going!”

The lovely Beverley Knight will be there and hopefully so too will Jacqui Graham and her family.

I know that Beacon is over the moon with the amount of people that have already registered and we are all so happy that so many of you have already agreed to be there. It should be a fab day so I am really looking forward to seeing you on the 19th.

If you want to support us but can’t physically make it on the day, I have put a Just Giving page in case anyone wants to commit to sponsoring.

xxx

We Did It! See the day here!

Wolves and Harvey Nichols join forces for charity

It can be said that we can often read bad things about some of the top flight footballers and so it was a delight to be working with one group of footballers who were giving up their time for a really good cause on 5th April.

For the second successive year, Wolves FC teamed up with Harvey Nichols, top Birmingham Department store, to stage a fashion show to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society which is one of Matt Murray’s testimonial charities.

Several of our first team squad bravely took to the catwalk watched by the rest of the team and hundreds of guests.  Some of their wives and girlfriends supported them adding much glamour to the proceedings and a very lovely night was had by all.  I hosted the evening along with Danielle Lloyd, fiancée of our midfielder Jamie O’Hara.  My word, what a very handsome squad we have at the Molineux.

Take a look at some of the pictures taken on the evening – thanks to Sam Bagnall for the use of the pix on 07767 274924 or www.samphoto.co.uk

Promise Dreams – 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Poppett and Trevor T's Gorgeous Show Girls

At the beginning of March, I was part of a truly wonderful evening to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Promise Dreams with an anniversary dinner that was second to none.

A fabulous night was had by all at Dunstall Racecourse on the 5th March 2011.  With the launch of our tenth year – the Promise Dreams Team and over 400 kind people joined together to have a superb evening to raise monies for Promise Dreams.

The evening got off to a thunderous start with Trevor T and his gorgeous show girls treating the room to a spectacular show including fire throwers and stilt walking and getting all the guests doing the conga around the tables  – and that was all before the starters were served!!

The evening festivities continued with a beautifully presented 4 course dinner and then onto the other festivities.

I was honoured to host the event along with Steve Bull and it was a delight to introduce Beverley Knight onto the stage.   She entertained the crowd with an acoustic set with songs from the past and present and it was lovely to have her stay for the whole evening with her lovely mum.  To have one soul diva was amazing but then 80’s legend, Jaki Graham took to the stage and rocked the crowd – many of the guests joined her on stage!

Jaki Graham and Family

A DVD showing all of our guests what the charity was about was delivered in total silence and I believe that bidding on the Auction items was  inspired by the footage shown because a quick-fire round of bidding ensued  raising a record breaking amount of money for the Charity – thank you so much everyone for your wonderful support

Dancing until 2am finished off what can only be described as a superbly successful evening – and one that we hope will set the tone for the fundraising from now forward….

with Steve and Beverley

If you would like to attend one of our events then you can join us at Beacon Radio’s Walk of the Black Country with monies raised coming to Promise Dreams. If this is something that you would like to take part in, you can go to www.beaconradio.co.uk and register.

For more info on Promise Dreams, check out www.promisedreams.co.uk