The band finished with all time classic and wedding disco favourite “Livin’ on a Prayer” before we headed off into the Manchester night to be met by our taxi driver. Several illegal manoeuvres later and we were home, why did it have to end so soon?! There are some more photos at the end of the post.
It was an amazing experience and one that I could never have done without the support of the charity and I want to highlight the great work that the Willow Foundation do every day, helping people like me have special days. In some cases this can be tickets to a football match, others a few precious days away with the family, some a driving experience, you name it (literally). In ALL cases young adults who have been affected by life threatning diseases are left with something to look forwards too, a great memory, a chance to forget what they may be going through or have been through and do something amazing! I intend to make sure the charity is reimbursed with every penny that they must have spent on me (a not insignificant amount) by using work events and company £ 4 £ matching. But if anyone else feels in some way like they want to help, then please do so via the charity itself by offering money , by attending an event , even by offering a service or event that they may be able to provide to people who are looking for inspiration?
Anyway, things didn’t end at the Bon Jovi concert, oh no…
As we were tucking into the open bar and free carvery afforded to the VIP set at a Bon Jovi gig, we were fortunate enough to meet one of the loveliest families in the country. The Westwaters had arrived, slightly late and sat at our table. After a lot of chatting and joking with David and Sarah, after blowing the surprise of a fresh-out-of-rehab Ritchie Sambora to Madison (one of 2 very lucky daughters – and Ritchie’s biggest fan) and after admiring the banner brought along by Arielle (daughter number 2) we were about to go down to the merch stand to buy an (obligatory) tour T-Shirt when David and Sarah offered us the chance to go an see Take That, VIP (of course) in Birmingham! What a great offer, and one that we took up (after Nan and Grandad agreed to look after the baby – again)! We travelled down the following Tuesday and had a brilliant time, hosted by the Westwaters in their private box – David was delighted that his name was on the door, I think he took several photo’s to savour the moment! The band came on after a three course meal, free bar and a warm up by the Pet Shop Boys. We all had a great time, especially Arielle who was there to see Gary Barlow in particular (He’s her favourite). We got to meet Leighton and Aunty Diane too. I think Leighton enjoyed the concert, even though he spent most of the time playing XBox with the catering staff – perhaps early 90′s boy-bands weren’t his thing . Anyway, if you are reading this guys, thanks again for hosting us. We had a great time and we will always remember it!
The concert itself was pretty spectacular. The band were on top form and sold out the stadium 2 nights over. The production was amazing and I think I was even busted singing one of the songs (you can’t beat “Never Forget” can you?)
45k Women, me and a giant robot
So I have been busy and treated like a king over the last few weeks. I don’t feel worthy, I really don’t. It didn’t end there either. Since then I have had free entry to a comedy event in Liverpool and met one of the acts (he was one of my best mates but still- Thanks Peter Michael Gerald Marshall). I have been offered a free adventure day with some friends courtesy of Grant at Anglesey Adventures (which I am defo going to do). Oh and the baby has even decided to let me share her dummy in an all out cute-fest. I even got an award (and a cash prize) in work. VIP clearly opens doors!
Once again; thanks again for reading. The fact I am now up to 15.5K hits makes me feel even more like a VIP!
Here are some more pictures:
The venue filling up (our view from the VIP balcony)
Hanging out with the band pre-show
Watch out for the feedback there guys!
We were too close to need the big screens
"Are you with me out there?"
Wanted... Dead or Alive, Yeah!
Thank you and goodnight - What a show!