SPA and Fusion @Ramside Hall

We all love a good pamper session and what better place to do that then in a very special hotel like Ramside Hall Hotel.

Up until a couple of weeks ago I had never visited the Hotel. I had driven past it more times than I care to remember, but it was lovely to get an insight in to what goes on beyond the entrance on the A690.

Very excited to see what was on offer I was blown away when I pulled in. Such a large hotel complex and so many things to do.

The entrance to the Spa/Fusion is gorgeous and was all decorated ready for Christmas with Polar Bears and a Snow Theme running throughout.

The team were very attentive and we were given a talk and a guided tour from Jasmine the Membership Coordinator. As well as some lovely welcome drinks ….

The one thing that stood out for me from the chat we had was that Ramside Hall were the first Hotel in the country to offer treatments that are aimed specifically at Cancer patients. I really wanted to know more about this and asked Jasmine if she could go in to more detail and this is what I found out….

Ashleigh Lamb The Senior Therapist explained…..

Upon working for Ramside, I have taken part in extensive training here at the spa, one of my courses being Wellness for Cancer. Our Wellness treatments are all tailored made to our guests by how they are feeling and the results they would like to achieve. The training involved passing numerous case studies before gaining a certificate, so our highly trained therapists are sure to personalise the perfect treatment for you.

The training consisted of completing online modules, each one lasted around 45minutes. We then watched clips from doctors and the Director of Wellness for Cancer to help us complete our online exams. The director, Julie Batch then came to the Spa and took us through a two day practical training course. We carried interactive practical activities to learn specialised massage techniques and how to incorporate them into our ESPA Massage and Facial treatments.” Continue reading

The Big Chop …… Thank YOU!

This post is to say a massive Thank You to all of you.

On the 28th of November 2016, courtesy of Toni and Guy in Durham Libby had The Big Chop and has so far raised £760 for The Toma Fund. (I say so far as there is still approximately £100 to come in). This would not have been possible without all of you.

If, you are reading this and have no idea what I am talking about then you can read more over at The Big Chop post.

This huge total would not have been possible without the support of YOU! Whether you donated or bought raffle tickets your donations will all be used to help make boys and girls with cancer in the North of England smile and that is exactly what Libby wants. Continue reading

Portable North Pole

Christmas is such a magical time. You know it is upon you when the slightest mention of Father Christmas send the children in to hyper mode.

I think we all do it, but it is an amazing time of the year when you can use Santa as not only a treat but a threat for any naughty behaviour. (That sounds awful but how many of us are lost come January when you can’t use Santa as a behaviour bribe).

Over the last few years, since I discovered PNP (Portable North Pole) I have taken advantage of their make a video of Santa free download. Every year it has worked a treat, not only in completely captivating the kids but also in getting me in the Christmas Spirit.

So What is PNP? I hear you ask….

“Portable North Pole (PNP) is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world. In just a few simple steps, you can help Santa gather all the information he needs about your loved one and create a tailor-made video message or phone call that is positively magical. But that isn’t all Santa and his magical elves have in store! To create truly unforgettable memories, you can even download a HD version of your video to keep for years to come”

This year I have full access to the PNP.

I was blown away by the videos/calls that are available for you tailor to your own needs.

On entering the site you are offered the choice of Videos, Phone Calls and also stories that are read out to your children.

I opted to have a different video for each of my three making each one different in behaviour too. Just to try it out and see what happens if you are on the naughty list.

For Penny I did the Visit Elves House video. I was prompted in some very easy steps to add the details I would like to the video. This includes her age, a picture of Penny and one of our house, what she had been asked to do this year and also which list I felt she should be on. (As she had been particularly trying that day, I chose naughty list). The video lasts for just under six minutes and Penny was drawn in from the very start.

She wasn’t that overjoyed when Santa told her she needed to try harder to make the good list however and despite feeling really bad, I hoped that hearing she had been naughty from the man himself might do the trick.

By the end of the day she had been a little angel and it would seem a chat with the big man did the trick. So, I decided to give the phone call option a try.

This is simple, you have to enter your contact number a few simple details of the child and they get a very authentic sounding call in return.

Santa told her she was on the good list and to make sure she kept her behaviour good. (I would like to say it was still having an effect and if I threaten the phone call she soon snaps out of her little tempers).

Libby had The Big Book message. The details that you enter are fairly similar only in “The Big Book” you are asked to enter something that your child has asked for or is working towards with their behaviour. The video concentrates on the book hat Santa holds for each of us and like with the first on you can enter four names from your family that appear along side the child in questions name on the book shelf.

Libby was on the good list because of her recent achievements and she was overjoyed that Santa told her she was doing well and he would try his best to make sure her doll was under the tree on Christmas morning.

Regan had a video too for him I did the Secret Places Video. He was unphased by the whole thing but then I wouldn’t expect any the less from a grunting teenager.

PNP for me is now something that I love to see the kids watching in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On top of the Christmas Videos, Stories and Calls there is is also the opportunity to get Birthday greetings for your children and a special Christmas Eve video, there is also an Online Shop with official merchandise.

The phone calls can be tailored to the situation with call categories including, Congratulations, Behaviour to improve, Encouragement and Christmas Eve, there is something for us all to get excited over.

The kids are taken in by Santa, the Elves and the landscapes and settings they use for the videos. It is a truly magical thing to be able to do for the kids and seeing their faces is priceless.

Full Membership is reasonably priced and for what you get in return it is well worth the investment.

For more information or to visit PNP, you can find them Online, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.