The evening began with champagne and meeting up with the girls and Pamela. The room was beautiful - all swathes of white fabric and lilies that perfumed the air. Lots of pengiuns (aka HABs - husbands and boyfriends).
There was a girls choir that sang from a mezzine floor - they looked and sounded like angels and we all got weepy. Gabby Logan was there as she was hosting. Her HAB Kenny was also there and I nearly exploded with excitement as I am a huge strictly fan.
We were called in to dinner and served amazing food and lots and lots of wine. As we ate we were entertained by two girls in sequinned body suits, suspended from the ceiling by what looked like some ribbon and a couple of hoops. The HABs’ collective eyes were popping.
Dinner was followed by cocktails and a rowdy auction and a lovely speech from Pamela that got us weepy again and talked about how Jo’s was set up and how it’s changed and helped so many women and the success with the vaccine.
Everything started to get hazy at this point (I blame the cocktails). I seem to remember Rowetta from the X factor singing and Elaine tackling Kenny Logan and dragging him onto the dance floor. We followed to make sure she behaved, but he held his own and was literally sweeping her off her feet. I told him that I’d voted for him and was rewarded with a kiss
Lots more dancing and I had a lovely chat with Gabby who is very sweet and genuinely gutted about not being in Strictly any more.
The evening was ended by more speeches and a tribute to the women of Jo’s - represented by us! Elaine dragged Pamela onto stage and we all thanked her. It was a wonderful evening.
Thank you again Pamela - we had a lovely time and while there were sad memories we really did feel so happy to be alive. And to my girls - thank you for being such fun and making me laugh so much. I love you all.