The Willow Foundation are an amazing charity who give ‘Special Days’ to Cancer Patients in the UK. For my special day I asked for a trip to London with my Mum and Sister, to go and have afternoon tea at The Ritz and to stay in a nice hotel. This was all arranged for me and payed for by the charity. It was amazing to have this trip which needed no organising on my part especially as I was finishing chemotherpy and waiting for a Lung Operation at the time. I wanted to treat my mum and sister as they have also had such a tough time throughout all of my treatment.
On the 23rd August we set off to London on the Train. When we arrived we had a taxi ready booked ready to take us straight to our hotel. The hotel was gorgeous and really well located! We had an amazing huge room which made us all feel like royalty. We quickly got changed into our ‘Posh’ get up and headed off to The Ritz for our afternoon Tea.
The Afternoon Tea was amazing and we took many pictures which I shall bore you with at the end!! We had to enter through ‘The Queen’s’ Entrance as I was in my wheelchair, me and my sister we asscorted through the side entrance, the entrance the Queen actually uses for her Birthday Visits. (Of course we had a photo done which I think looks like a Royal Portrait). The staff were lovely and so helpful without making me feel like a charity case. The doormen in particular we awesome even making people stop walking on the pavement in front of The Ritz so we could have thr perfect picture. As we entered there was a man playing piano, this man was in fact Ian Gomes who used to play for Frank Sinatra. Once we had eaten and taken many photographs we sat and he played songs for myself and my sister Kelly, we requested ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and ‘Witchcraft’, two Sinatra classics.The actual tea was amazing, there was first a course of various sandwiches, then pattiserie, followed by scones with jam and cream and finally a huge slice of amazingly light cake. I was so full.
TIP : Do NOT eat before having Afternoon Tea at the Ritz. Have a very early and light breakfast!
The hotel we stayed in was The Grange Holborne, a 5 star hotel in a really good location! It was central for us going to The Ritz and also for the Theatre as I’d booked us to see Dreamgirls as I really wanted to see it before Amber Riley left!! It also had a spa underneath the hotel which was free for us to use the facilities. So the following morning after breakfast we enjoyed the pool, sauna and steam room. This was lovely for all of us to relax and be together in such peaceful surroundings. The room itself was amazing, it was so big, especially for London Hotel Rooms! It had two large Queen sized beds and a huge sofa bed.
It was such a lovely trip and we felt very lucky to be able to go on such a trip. We felt like royalty and it was great to all be together where its not a hospital envirnoment. I didn’t think about my Cancer at all really, of course I had a little anxiety in London centre as its loud and busy and we had no direction when we were ‘sightseeing’. London is also not wheelchair friendly at all! Most paths had no dip in them to get on the other side and some were so narrow. At times this can’t be helped due to the age of some of the side streets but struggling on the main Shopping streets is just not on!
Anyway, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Willow, it was such a special day!!
LINK TO WILLOW FOUNDATION : https://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/