Pampered to perfection

We all deserve a little bit of ‘me’ time occasionally, don’t we?

And if it comes with shopping and a glass of Pimms too – well, what’s not to love?

When Emma Mayle mentioned an evening with all this and more coming up in Balderton during her interview on the show a couple of weeks ago, June and Rachel immediately spotted a chance for a fun night out.

Not surprisingly, Rosalyn was quick to agree – so it’s Girls Around Town On Tour on Friday 29 March

The Pimms, Shopping and Pamper Evening takes place from 7pm to 9.30pm in St Giles Church Hall (opposite Chesters pub for those of you not too familiar with Balderton) and tickets are just £5 each, with a glass of Pimms included in the price.

But you’ll have to get your skates on if you haven’t got yours yet – advance booking is essential and the deadline is Wednesday 27 March.

With Mothering Sunday and Easter just around the corner, you’ll find plenty of ideas for gifts and treats among the stands with fresh flowers, dream catchers, jewellery and paintings just a few of the goodies on offer.

Add bouquets of sweets from Simply Sweet, garden ornaments, children’s books, music from Adele Woodsford Priestley, a fashion show courtesy of Rocket Retro and a raffle to the mix and it’s safe to say there’ll be something for everyone…

From a pampering perspective, how about a mini manicure, a mini head massage or a chance to check you’re wearing the right size bra and browse through the lovely lingerie sold by Janice Holmes, another recent GAT guest?

All proceeds from the evening will be divided equally between Newark‘s Beaumond House Hospice, St Alice Hospice in Esher and Cancer Research UK. So call or text Lorraine West on 07707 524998 by next Wednesday to get your tickets and support these good causes while having an equally good time.

Oh and there’ll be cake too – in fact, rumour has it there might even be Pimms cupcakes! Need we say more?

It’s in the bag

Did you know that over 31,000 children in England are taken into foster care every year?

Or that nearly 300 of them live in Nottingham – that’s one child entering foster care in Nottingham alone every 32 hours?

As a foster carer who accepts emergency placements, Nicola Barber understands only too well how arriving in an unfamiliar environment, often with few if any possessions, can affect a child’s pride, self esteem, dignity and confidence.

And it’s that understanding which inspired her to find a way to make a difference to some of the city’s most vulnerable…

Primary teacher, parent and taekwondo instructor Nicola joins the Girls Around Town in the studio this weekend to explain how, with the help of family and friends, she set out to do just that through the charity My Bag.

To help foster children have a more positive experience, My Bag provides a holdall filled with a variety of items they can call their own for as long as they wish to and take with them should they move.

“We want children in foster care to feel like children and we believe this is an important first step in doing so,” says Nicola. “Hopefully it will give them some self esteem and confidence and go some way towards helping them feel like they belong.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out just how the system works and what goes into each My Bag holdall.

And how you could help Nicola and her fellow trustees continue to make a difference for these children at a difficult time in their lives…