6am Thursday morning and the alarm goes off. I'm up dressed and ready to leave the house by 7am heading to Edinburgh Airport, bound for London to attend the Pin-Up For Heroes Charity Calendar Launch Party at Cafe Du Paris that evening. Taking my little sister Helen for company we head to the big city ready for adventure. Our early morning flight gave us plenty time during the day to be tourists visiting Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank!
The evenings event was fantastic, and we had such a great time. The location was stunning! The guests at our table were so nice and welcoming and the food was amazing (the chocolate mousse especially!). Our entertainment for the night kicked off with 'The Girls From The Garter Lounge' (http://www.garterlounge.co.uk/) including one of our dear friends Darkteaser, with an amazing Burlesque routine! Then we said hello to the Calendar Girls all wearing their outfits, hats and fascinators from the shoots. This was followed by a wonderful dance class and Lindy Hop demonstration from the London Swing Dance Society (http://www.swingdanceuk.com/) and music from the RAF Squadronaires (http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafmusic/aboutus/rafsquadronaires.cfm).
The BIG surprise of the night was a visit from Tina O'Brien and Jared Murillo from the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing!
And to top it all off we also met Graham Cole the actor who played Tony Stamp in The Bill (it was essential viewing in our house growing up, so both me and my little sister, Helen were really pleased to have met him!!)
We're pleased to note that the night raised over £3500 for the Help For Heroes Charity, which included a donation from the TV Channel QVC of £2000. The Pin-Up for Heroes Calendar can now be purchased directly from the website www.pinupforheroes.co.uk priced at £9.99