Never Expected This!
A night to celebrate the wonderful work of the charity Kidney Wales at the St.David's Hotel and Spa in beautiful Cardiff Bay. It was their Ambassador Dinner and I was chuffed to be invited.
I didn't know many people, the team at the office and one of my transplant nurses was also there, oh and a few of the Cardiff Devils squad. My transplant nurse was really chuffed as she ended up on a table with a couple of them, and had her photo taken with them. She had a beaming big smile on her face.
It was a lovely dinner and then it was time to announce some of the award winners. The first award was Ambassador of the Year and there were 3 nominees, imagine my surprise when my name was announced as one of the three. I didn't win but I did win the next one, the Walk Organiser of the Year. I had to go on stage and answer a few questions, at one point I was fighting back the tears, but I do recall that I did make a commitment to hold another Walk for Life in 2020. So there you have it, it's out there, so look out for more news.
I was chuffed and amazed, I never expected to be put forward for awards, especially considering I only had my transplant in February. As I said on stage, I'm lucky I've had a transplant, I've got my life back but that doesn't mean I'm moving on and forgetting about all those still suffering. For me it's about raising awareness, raising funds and trying all that I can to make sure that other people don't go through what I went through. It's nice to be recognised but I must give back to the community as well.
Feeling blessed and chuffed as I go to sleep tonight.
For more information on Kidney Wales and the work that they do, click here.