Women V Cancer

Women V Cancer

Caroline Trotter is raising money for Women V Cancer

In 2013, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  To be honest, I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing.  Once I had accepted the diagnosis, I was scared.  Cancer was something that sadly other people were blighted by, not me! Now three years later I have been told I’m ‘cured’.  Such wonderful news for me and my family and not a day goes by when I don’t consider myself one of the very lucky ones.

In November/December 2016, I will be part of an amazing group of women tackling the sixth WomenVCancer challenge.  We will be testing ourselves as part of a women only team cycling from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Angkhor Wat (Cambodia). The ride is over 400kms and will take 6 days with the hardest day of 68kms being the second to last day. My cycling experience is limited having not really ridden a bike since I was 18 years and the idea of cycling this distance on potholed roads and tracks, in 27C and high humidity certainly focused the mind.  As a result I have put a fitness regime in place, requiring two sessions in the gym with a personal trainer and two rides per week.  I thought I was fit until I started all this!

WomenVCancer organise events such as this to raise awareness and much needed funds to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Breast Cancer Care and Ovarian Cancer Action. There are over 100 women taking part although I’m in a team of four, the other three being friends whose families have all been touched by the horrors of cancer. As a cancer survivor, I would like to raise funds for these three great charities and to raise awareness.  Often the secret to beating cancer is early diagnosis; if ever anyone is unsure about a change in their body, they must visit their GP as soon as possible. I did and that’s why I’m able to take on this challenge. All the money that we raise will go direct to the charity as we have paid all our own expenses.

If you wish to support me, please go to my just giving page – www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Trotter1 or give me a call on 01327 350412.

Women V Cancer

Award Giving Royal Yacht Squadron

Prize Giving at The Royal Yacht Squadron

Making a trophy

Much of our time is spent designing and producing English bone china trophies and prizes. We offer a completely bespoke service to organisations and individuals, so designing and producing one off pieces is a very important part of our business.  The Royal Yacht Squadron celebrate their bicentenary this year and we were thrilled to be commissioned to make prizes for their Regatta in Cowes. Each piece of china – handmade in Stoke-on-Trent – was personalised with the bicentenary crest for each race. It was particularly exciting to be sent the picture of Sir Ben Ainslie presenting one of our plates to 2 of the co-owners of the classic yacht Mariquita , Jamie Matheson & John Caulcutt. Sadly, the third owner, Stephen Hemsley was not present.

I was even more delighted when we also received pictures of all the prizes on display. Over the years it seems English bone china has become unfashionable to commemorate a special event whereas glass and silverware have remained popular. I hope that we will be able to make other organisations realise the importance of these beautifully produced heritage items.

Last year we started making prizes for Exeter Racecourse and these too have proved to be successful presentation pieces. Exeter was exciting to design and produce as they have combined a traditional piece of china with a much more contemporary design. English bone china is strong and durable and will last a life-time. I like to think our china can appeal to all ages and is versatile enough for a wide spectrum of clients and it remains my ambition to put English bone china firmly back on the map and encourage others to do the same.