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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Allison our mummy died from brain tumours on the 17th May 2015. During a brave fight against cancer, Allison always loved to give her time to her young children, Ryan 7, Rose 6 and Isaac 3.
It is a tribute to Allison’s bravery and her passion to children’s education that she continued in her role as a governor at St Catherine’s, working with the school to help improve children’s lives. A caring and much loved mother, wife, sister and friend, she will be missed by so many.
We hope to help Allison’s children and all the current and future children of St Catherine’s to love music as Allison did.
You can donate via our new MyDonate page, here.
My name is Victoria Gale (Bagpuss to my friends), and I am trying to raise some funds to allow me to go to Lourdes one last time – my 21st year. I have decided to give up the web and internet for the next two months. This will be really hard for me as I am on the internet every night and a lot of the day.
Lourdes is very special to me and I really want to go and help one last time. Please help me to help others.
You can donate to help Vicki, here.
The library that we supported is now up and running. Here Ed Page, Director and Founder tells us a little more:
“We had the opening ceremony a couple of weeks ago and it is now being used round the clock. We have two members of staff running it and a couple of volunteers who have come over from England. The volunteers have broadened the aims of the project by setting up an art class which we hope will run for most of the year. You can see some of the art in one of the pictures!
We would like to thank our three retiring trustees: Dail, Johan and Ali who have decided to retire from the role due to other commitments. We have enjoyed working with each of them, and would like to particularly thank Dail and Johan who helped to found our charity five years ago.
We are planning to announce a few new changes to our structure in the next few months, so please watch this space.
Thank you to our donors for all your support, we really appreciate it.
Matthew Betts, Stephen Daly & Sadie Vile – Trustees
We are really pleased to announce that the Living by Giving Trust has been able to facilitate the donation of a hot tub for Millie, and are very grateful to HotSpring World for their donation. Thank you to Terri Betts for organising and coordinating this. The Trust have worked with Millie and her family for a number of years, and are so pleased that the hot tub is already giving Millie such relief from her constant pain. You can still help us support Millie, by reading more here or donating here.
For more on this story, please read the press release below.
HotSpring World delighted Millie’s hot tub is a resounding success
After receiving a letter from the Living by Giving Trust , a Trust designed to enhance the living qualities of the less fortunate, HotSpring World has donated one of their products to a little girl with a big heart.
Millie is nine years old and is from Milton Keynes. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). A genetic condition, MLD is extremely rare. It is thought only one in 40,000 people are afflicted with it. It affects nerves, muscles, organs and even behaviour. The life expectancy of MLD sufferers ranges between 10 and 15 years of age.
Living by Giving’s current project is ‘Young People New Experiences’. In Millie’s case, the charity’s aim was to give her an opportunity to live comfortably, without the constant pain that is a symptom of the condition.
In the months before the appeal to HotSpring World, Millie’s parents took her to a hydrotherapy centre near their home. The results were amazing. Having seemingly lost the ability to smile, once in the water her beautiful grin had returned to her face. The feeling of weightlessness that the hot tub provided gave Millie a welcome respite from the constant discomfort she felt being strapped into a wheelchair. In order to give Millie this enjoyment on a day to day basis, Living by Giving acted and HotSpring World responded.
The story doesn’t end there, either. The hot tub Millie received was initially put up as a prize in a competition they were running with a publication called What Pool & Hot Tub. The winner, a lady named Hayley Turner, was not able to claim her prize. Hayley has a daughter herself that suffers from cerebral palsy, and has seen the wonders hydrotherapy can do. After hearing of the appeal, Hayley was adamant she wanted the hot tub to be donated to Millie. She went on to say ‘I think it’s great that this charity are seeking help for someone that really needs and deserves it’
Millie’s story has touched so many people along the way. The chairman of the Living by Giving Trust, Matt Betts said: ‘We were really pleased to be able to facilitate the donation of a hot tub for Millie, and are very grateful to HotSpring World for their donation. The Trust have worked with Millie and her family for a number of years, and are so pleased that the hot tub is already giving Millie such relief from her constant pain.’
This is a sentiment that was echoed by HotSpring World. Lynda Smart stated ‘we are absolutely delighted to help Millie in her long battle against MLD. Knowing the benefits hydrotherapy has on conditions such as Millie’s, we are proud to have contributed such a worthwhile asset to her life.
‘Hearing the struggles she has to go through on a daily basis, and the efforts her parents and carers go to in order to ensure she is as comfortable as possible, we hope that this hot tub will make all of their lives a little easier.