90. The second ball.

On Saturday 28th September 8 or the original 9 Dare to Bare ladies hosted a ball.  On Saturday morning I went up to Derriford to do the morning shift with dad and once breakfast and the morning routines were done I said “see you later” and headed home.  Once there it was all go to get the house ready and then I joined the girls at the Duke of Cornwall for the rehearsals.

The D2 ladies had dressed the room in an amazing manner. We did a talk through/walk through with the lighting company and then I came home to get changed and do the final prep for the ball.  In all honesty I was not in a great mindset for the Ball as worried about my folks, I wasn’t able to dance this year due to the earlier reconstruction so I was going to compere – I thought rounding up 180 guests couldn’t be worse than an assembly for 240 year 11s.



The ball was a success, I went into school marm mode, the consultant from the Primrose Foundation did a fantastic job of running the auction.  The just giving page is still open and we think we have raised in the region of £10,000.  The crowd went wild for the dancing.   I did a 30 second reprise with the feathers to allow one of the girls to get changed for the can can. The photo below shows some of our friends who supported the ball.

Dare 2 auction

Job done.


Author: fionaosmaston

I live in Plymouth, Devon with my husband Nick and near my parents Sandy and Sheena. Our three children, Marcus, Phoebe and Miles are grown up. I am a geographer and love teaching Geography. My current role is as an Assistant Vice Principal in an inner city comprehensive school where I lead on coaching and initial teacher training. In August 2017 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma and following a skin sparing mastectomy and endrocrine/hormone treatment I am now awaiting a final reconstruction. These views are my own and writing this story has helped me come to terms with where I am in this interlude of life which has been dominated by breast cancer.

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