Oh my goodness, what an evening!! Better than I could have ever expected. Everyone was laughing and crying – mainly laughing at me trying to steer that awful buggy round the shops! – and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share the evening with.
My pastor from my church came, Dijuana came down from Liverpool with her father and her sister, there were so many friends and other franchise partners…it was all such a whirl and I enjoyed every minute.
The mayor and Steve Bolton both gave speeches and Dijuana and I did a quick Q&A after the programme… I think I’m getting quite expert at answering questions now! I’ve done absolutely loads of radio and newspaper interviews for Swindon and Liverpool and had another 3 come to interview me at the hotel just before the event started, plus there was a photographer from swindonweb taking pictures all evening. I never expected there to be so much interest – I got on the train at lunchtime to travel back to Liverpool with Dijuana and within an hour I had 3 phone calls to book in more interviews.
It’s all so exciting, and I just really hope all the listeners and readers out there are inspired to look around their neighbourhoods, look at what’s on their own doorstep, and think how they might be able to make a difference to someone else’s life.