Norwich Half Marathon

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On Sunday David Ball and Stephen Daly are running the Norwich half marathon to raise money for flights and accommodation for a young girl to fly over from Africa to have an operation that will change her (and given her profession,) many others lives.

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Here is the amazing story why..

A Norwich surgeon is appealing for support after agreeing to operate for free on a young Tanzanian health care worker to restore the use of her legs and give her a brighter future.

John Nolan, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, was introduced to 23-year-old Adelaida during a recent visit to Tanzania by her uncle Francis who has been a missionary there for 50 years.

John said: “Adelaida was training as a healthcare assistant but is now unable to work or even walk very far as her hips have been badly damaged by Sickle Cell Disease. There is no suitable option for surgery in Mwanza and I have offered to replace her hips for free, here in Norwich.

“The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has agreed to allow me to carry out her surgery as a privately-funded patient towards the end of May, and some of our wonderful Filipino theatre nurses, and two of my consultant colleagues, have offered to give up a Sunday morning in May, for no charge, to help me.”

John has found accommodation for Adelaida, for her four-month stay, from the end of April to August, in Norwich.

Although the surgical team are kindly donating their time and the hip replacements are also being donated, there is the cost of the use of the hospital facilities, including pre and post operation care, and flights from Tanzania – all totalling approximately £8500.

If you would like to donate and support this incredible story please do so via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/adelaida

Appeal for Kris Aves

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Kris AvesThe Living By Giving Trust are proud to announce our latest appeal – for Kris Aves. Kris is a police officer who suffered life changing injuries in the recent terror attack at Westminster.

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Kris was severely injured by the vehicle driven by the terrorist. He is now paralysed from the chest down and expected to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

We have put together a team including many of Kris’ friends and local community members to raise funds for Kris and his family. The aim of the group is to offer some form of financial assistance to enable Kris and his family to deal with this life changing transition in the best way possible.

Kris has a wife and two young children. Their home is in Barnet, although Kris himself has not been able to return home yet. BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ has taken up the task of renovating the house – this is happening in October 2017 and several fundraising events are scheduled including a golf day and white collar boxing night. They still need plenty of assistance – and we hope to go some way to offering this with your help.

More news to follow here shortly…

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/15182496.Barnet_PC_suffered__significant__injuries_in_Westminster_terror_attack/

Wembley Box Winner

Stephen Harris has won the Wembley box for the Tottenham vs Huddersfield game on Sat 3rd March. Hope you enjoy the day out – and thank you to everyone supporting the fundraiser.

 

Helping the Homeless

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Once again, various volunteers from the Living by Giving Trust were able to help the Frontline Homeless Soup Run Group earlier this year. The group has been running for over twenty years simply by the volunteering and goodwill of local people in Stamford Hill, North London who make sandwiches, tea, coffee, soup, etc, for homeless people in central London every Saturday evening. The Living by Giving Trust volunteers helped at the special Christmas event held every year in January when the UK experiences the coldest of temperatures. Volunteers and guests enjoyed a lovely day.

If you would like to help in the future, please email Stephen, or donate to the cause via our donation site here.

Team Bea

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The Living By Giving Trust were privileged to be part of ‘Team Bea’ – a project we took on to assist Baby Bea and her family through various forms of respite. Sadly, Beatrice passed away shortly after her first birthday – four years ago this month. more-emma

Those who knew Baby Bea and who saw the loving care she received from her family were inspired and enriched. As part of her legacy, Project ‘Team Bea’ now provides a platform to advise and enable any potential volunteers who want to undertake (Living by Giving Trust) charity approved work – to date, this has enabled numerous volunteers to provide respite for disabled children and adults around the UK and Europe.

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One volunteer utilised our Project ‘Team Bea,’ so she could join a group providing respite for disabled and sick children in Lourdes, France. Following her experience, she changed her whole life direction and is now a paediatric (children’s) nurse.

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As part of the project we asked our volunteer to write about her experience. We believe her words are a perfect tribute to the legacy of Beatrice…

When asked to put into words,
Why I wanted to become a children’s nurse,
I found it almost impossible,
It’s an answer you can’t rehearse.

To some it seems quite strange,
A concept they can’t understand,
Why you would want to get up at 5am,
And be someone’s constant helping hand.

But maybe this is because,
The magic just cant be seen,
The moments shared with the children,
To you, on which they lean.

By taking disabled children to Lourdes,
I found my reason to live,
I went from lost and unknowing,
To wanting to nurse so I could give.

Their eyes, they tell a story,
If you look deep enough you can see,
Their little hands that always fit yours,
Whatever their size may be.

The acceptance of their futures,
And bright outlook they always show,
However dark & short it may seem,
An on looker would never know.

For, however sick & poorly they feel,
They always put up a fight,
Showing you how precious life is,
They push with all their might.

They push to see another day,
To touch the lives of many,
As anyone lucky enough to meet them,
Would lovingly give their last penny.

So, to those who ask me to explain,
Why I want to become a nurse,
I’ve decided to ask them this question,
That, I can rehearse.

Why would you not jump at the honour,
Of being that helping hand,
To a child whose body is so sick,
But whose heart you can understand?

Their time on earth is precious,
So whatever you manage to give,
Is a purpose to your life,
That gives you the reason to live.

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If you are interested to find out more of what we do please check out our website www.livingbygivingtrust.com or if you have any ideas and would like an information pack please contact us at contact@livingbygivingtrust.com

Many people have great ideas for positive things they would like to offer to our society – the Living by Giving Trust provides the foundation for people to blossom and has endless potential.

To find out more about Beatrice’s Story, please check out our special page.

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2016 Christmas Party!

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Come and join us!

The Living By Giving Trust is arranging a Christmas themed fundraiser in Central London (Chancery Lane) on Saturday 3rd December, from 7pm until 1am (at least, we’re working on a further extension!)

The Knights Templar,
95 Chancery Lane,
London,
WC2A 1DT

Book your tickets, here.

Band, food and prizes!

 

Sponsored Walk

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For many centuries, pilgrims have walked from Canterbury to Rochester in Kent, and Matt Betts (one of our trustees) would like to challenge himself to do the same in October this year.

Here’s Matt: “I will be walking from Canterbury via Faversham to Rochester – it will take about two days. I am raising money for three important causes close to me: the Living by Giving Trust; the CA Hospitalite; and the Carmelite Charitable Trust.”

This is to celebrate 60 years of the Shrine of Saint Jude, five years of the Living by Giving Trust and my last year as Chief Brancardier for the CA.

You can sponsor me via our page.