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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Midnight Ramble

How my legs ache today after joining in the fun on Saturday night to take part in the Midnight Ramble in aid of Oakhaven Hospice. Eight of us from The Cloud Hotel including staff and family members, not forgetting Daisy the Collie, joined hundreds of local people to walk to Hurst Castle and back. I enjoyed having the company of two of my daughters and one of their boyfriends to accompany me on this 3 mile walk. What makes this walk so strenuous is not the length of it but the pebblestones you walk on. The evening started at The Marine Restaurant Milford on Sea where everyone registered and collected their T Shirts. The Marine Restaurant had made a huge effort to create a fun atmosphere with music and some entertainment before we all set off  at 11-15pm to 'walk and talk' until we reached  Hurst Castle. Unfortunately we were not allowed to enter Hurst Castle this year but we all took a short break and watched the reflection of the moon on the sea for a while  before, in my case, struggling back to base where there was a welcome drink and food waiting for us.  It was a lovely evening and I have to congratulate everyone at The Marine Restaurant for their hard work  and to my second chef Pete for being back at the Cloud Hotel the following morning to cook breakfast after a very late night. I hope thousands of pounds were raised on the evening for Oakhaven Hospice as the Hospice needs every penny it can get to be-able to continue to give the wonderful care they give to their patients. It was worth having aching legs today!

We have welcomed our waitress Lucy back from her work experience at the Ritz Hotel in London where she had a wonderful time. She was able to work in different departments of the hotel, she met lots of people, some famous, and she tells me she has learnt alot from the experience.

I'm busy re writing my book 'Delighting Your Customers' as the publishers A & C Black want to publish a second edition. I'll let you know when it's on the book shelves.

I have been invited to be a judge for the 'Everywoman Awards' This is a prestigious award for business women of all ages and the nominations can be submitted now.If you know anyone who you would like to nominate or even nominate yourself go to http://www.everywoman.co.uk/ where you will find all the details of the different categories etc.

 Good luck

Avril