Julieanne and her husband Nigel, from Bromborough in Wirral, have always loved to host parties for their family and friends. But after receiving a Smile Train leaflet through the letter box in 2011, they decided that these parties could serve an even greater purpose – to raise money for children suffering from cleft lips and palates in the developing world. We recently caught up with Julieanne to hear more about her fundraising parties.
Can you tell us more about your parties?
Nigel and I started hosting Smile Train parties roughly five years ago with a small party in the garden. We decided to ask for donations instead of people bringing presents. The first party was so successful that we have hosted one every year since, and each year the guest list just keeps growing.
Tell us about your 60th Birthday Party
We had more than 60 guests, who each donated £20 to attend. We also had small fees to participate in our party games and raffle. Altogether, we raised £2,550 – enough money to cover the surgery costs for 18 children born with cleft lips and palates!
Why do you continue to support Smile Train?
We enjoy raising money for an excellent charity like Smile Train because we know that a relatively small amount of money can change the lives of the children they help. All of us living in the UK have so much to be thankful for. It is wonderful to be able to help others in this way and have a great party at the same time.
What makes you Smile?
Hosting parties. There’s nothing nicer than getting all your friends and family together – the house just comes alive!