Barn Dance with The Bismarks for KissyPuppy

Wight Bells have traditionally raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and for their next event, they have very kindly decided to support The Sophie Rolf Trust –  KissyPuppy.
The Wight Bells Morris Side present a Barn Dance at The Riverside Centre, Medina Quay on Saturday 5th April from 7.30pm – 11.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 per adult and  £2.50 for children. Telephone Judith on 401685 or Judy on 520160, there is a licenced bar and all proceeds go to KissyPuppy. The band who are playing are a nationally acclaimed band called The Bismarcks who will provide a terrific atmosphere and so we are hoping to have a full house that evening.
There will also be a Raffle (top prize to be a ‘Tiger Milk Feed’, courtesy of the Isle of Wight Zoo)

The Bismarcks are three English musicians playing traditional tunes on three instruments:

Ed Rennie on melodeon, Nina Hansell on fiddle and Gareth Kiddier on piano.

Small but perfectly formed, The Bismarcks sound is some how greater than the  sum of its parts. At times there’s an almost mechanical, unstoppable energy  to their playing. Exactly how this happens is probably not something which  can or should be defined. Suffice to say that it’s just three people doing what they love to do. That’s what makes The Bismarcks amongst the bounciest, most infectious and best music for English ceilidh dancing.

Having performed at ceilidh clubs and festivals for ten years, The Bismarcks disbanded in 2006, only reforming for very occasional dances and parties that are that extra bit special. They are delighted to be back together for a rare performance on the Isle of Wight and are very much looking forward to working with their favourite caller Sheena Masson.


Sophie Rolf was a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl who, a few months before her 5th birthday, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Through all her therapy Sophie showed great courage and a smile that has inspired all of those around her.

Initially we set up ‘KissyPuppy’ as a mechanism to fund raise for Sophie and her family. Sadly Sophie lost her battle at the end of 2013 but KissyPuppy intends to continue to provide support to children on the Isle of Wight suffering from life-shortening conditions and is now KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf Trust.

What this devastating process highlighted to Sophie’s family, is the limited healthcare options available for children living or dying from life limiting conditions on the island.

Currently, children from the Isle of Wight travel to Naomi House in Winchester for specialist respite or end of life care, which for Sophie and her family would be a three hour journey each way.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice (EMH) is an independent charity providing comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-limiting illness and they are looking at how they can extend these services to children.

We appreciate the phenomenal support for Sophie and her family from the Community on the Isle of Wight and the wider support we have received. We have been raising funds together with EMH, to create an Island based solution that would support children on the Isle of Wight with life shortening conditions.

The EMH project aims to bring together locally provided and family led palliative care services for children, teenagers and young adults on the Isle of Wight. EMH is working with the Isle of Wight NHS and other local groups, organisations and Island families to make this happen.

Over a period of time a range of services will be developed offering flexible, individualised care and support, in the place of choice, and built around the unique needs of each family. These services will be coordinated centrally, and delivered by a multi-professional team, working together with each family to support their wishes and care choices and will extend to friends and all those involved..

EMH is already setting up a Family Network to bring together Island families who are affected by life shortening conditions and to provide them with help and support through their Information & Support Centre in the John Cheverton Centre.

Donations would be very much appreciated and we thank you for your continued support.


West Wight – Zumbafun

Another huge turnout for the final part of the day of Zumba at the West Wight Sports Centre with Tracey Potgieter on stage in a pink tutu encouraging everyone along.

The dancing started with Sophie at the front with all the other children dancing to one of Sophie’s favourite songs ‘Vindaloo’!!. Emily then got on stage to lead the Macarena before all the grown ups started their 2 hour marathon of Zumba.

It was all helped along with free cheese and wine which everyone seemed to enjoy (some more than others… Auntie Yvonne.. not naming names or anything lol..). The evening came to a close with the conga around the sports hall and some freestyle disco dancing (Good moves Pete).

A huge thanks to everyone involved in putting it all together, donating prizes for the raffle, fee use of the sports hall and especially to Tracey.

End of term School Disco

Sophie, Jack and friends enjoying the end of term school disco. Thankfully Sophie wisely informed Dad that parents were not allowed to dance. Well done Sophie….

Sophie & Jack’s Baptism Day

On Sunday 8th July an honoured group of friends, family and community members were part of a very special day, Sophie and Jack’s baptism.

At 9am on Sunday morning as the church bells rang, St Saviour’s church, Summers Lane, Totland, Isle of Wight filled with people. Extra chairs had been placed at the edges of the aisles and the priest had personally carried in extra benches to create ‘front row’ seats for the children. The church was buzzing.

Sophie arrived in an elegant ivory dress, and matching parasol, Jack was appropriately suited and booted. They looked wonderful and smiled all the way through the service. 

A ‘little party’ had been organised at the football club and everyone had been warned to wear wellies as the field was a bit waterlogged. The exact extent of the ‘little party’ had been kept a secret but with rumours starting and the need for wellies a festival atmosphere had started to grow.

It was awesome! Bunting and balloons everywhere; an open sided marquee with  hay bail seating and a little stage; a bouncy castle; a bouncy slide; a coconut shy;  boat swings; hair braiding; face painting; two magicians, Huxley Hunt and Mr Randini; a Punch and Judy show; a dressing up tent and a tent full of cupcakes.

The pictures show what a great time everyone had and despite the weather forecast the sun shone down.

A big big thanks to Steve Blamire and the West Wight Football Club.

Coffee Morning and Cake Sale

Sophie’s Day – The theme is purple

We shall be having a coffee morning, cake sale and raffle at Westview House, Ward Road, Totland on Friday 17th August.



Also hope to get my clients to make some bracelets to sell. The staff will have to pay £2 to have the privilege of wearing purple for the day.