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/

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!

 

Music room for the Children of St Catherine’s

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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.

Xavier Project – Library Up and Running

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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!

It is very exciting to have it up and running so thanks again for your contribution. We received some additional support from a school in England called Concord College which means the project is secure for a longer period of time and also that we are able to run more activities there. Later in the year we will run a monitoring exercise to see how many children have been using the library and how they are benefitting from it.”
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MyDonate

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We are very pleased to announce that we are now using MyDonate as our online fundraising platform.

MyDonate provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for the charity of their choice.

MyDonate is a not-for-profit service from BT. as they want to encourage as many people as possible to donate online and to help raise as much money as possible for charities like us.

Every penny of the money that donors contribute (excluding credit and debit card charges) is paid into our bank account.

Why not find out more and visit our Donations page?

Stamps – Update

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Thank you to all our supporters who have sent us stamps. We have been able to support a number of charities that use these stamps for raising much needed funds. So far, we have helped:

  • RSPB: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • OXFAM
  • MS Trust
  • Carmelites in Zimbabwe

We would like to thank the National Shrine of Saint Jude for adding their stamps to the pot too. They receive a number of letters each day, and all these stamps are added to our pot.

Can you help?

The Living by Giving Trust has decided to collect used stamps and then send them on to a worthy charity every six months. Each time we will ask our loyal supporters to choose a charity to support, which will mean we can help two different charities a year and reach out to more people in a very simple way.

If would like to be involved, please simply send your used stamps to: Stamps, 2 Skylark Place, St Ives, PE27 5DL. Please make sure that the paper around the stamp is cut as close as possible to it, so it’s not too heavy for you to send. Thank you.

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Thank you – Dail, Johan & Ali

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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

Happy Fifth Birthday to us

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Happy five years to us! We were founded five years ago with the remit to:

i) To provide respite, relief and assistance for the suffering and distress of children and vulnerable adults who have disabilities, or who are physically or emotionally deprived or neglected, and their families.
ii) The relief of the sick/poor living in the UK either generally or individually through the provision of grants, goods or services.
iii) To advance in life and (relieve needs of) (help) young people.

Thank you for your support over the last five years, we really appreciate it. Thanks to you, we have been able to support so many people and charities.

Millie’s hot tub is a resounding success

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IMG-20140530-WA0010_resizedWe 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.

Press Release:

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.

Supporting the Xavier Project Mobile Library

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The Xavier Project mobile library currently visits schools in Kampala, Uganda each weekday morning.  They stay at each school for 1-3 hours with a selection of children’s books and read with students in small groups of 5-8 per teacher/tutor for 15 minutes. The mobile library was founded to help young children who are struggling with reading to get individualised attention. In particular refugees who are not used to studying in English very quickly fall behind in their reading and this quickly affects all their other subjects.

With the help of the Living by Giving Trust, the Xavier Project hope to expand this project. Firstly, they intend to hire another library reader to help their team visit the schools and support young children in their reading. Eventually, XP hope to open a physical library which their students can visit after school. This will encourage them to enjoy reading while still receiving support from their tutors. It will also give refugees a safe learning environment where they are free to read in peace away from the chores of their crowded homes.

The Living by Giving Trust have donated a grant of £1000 to start this much needed work. This was raised through our sponsored no TV campaign and other fundraising.

Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for Living by Giving to support this project!

If you would like to support the work of the Xavier Project through the Living by Giving Trust, please send us a donation via our special page here, or contact Matt.

Join us on The Giving Machine

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If you purchase items from the internet, you could help the Living by Giving Trust! All you need to do is sign up to the Giving Machine via our special page, and add the us as one of your beneficiaries. Or, alternatively, please send us an email to matt@livingbygivingtrust.com, and we’ll do it for you.

Afterwards, you can shop via The Giving Machine at any of the 400+ top online shops who have teamed up with The Giving Machine.

Make James Smile

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We have recently announced this new appeal via our Social Media – and so far we have received lots of help. James has cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk and is visually impaired. Recently his mother’s car was stolen outside their house with James’ specialised wheelchair inside. Without it he is severely restricted…

It means the world to him and means he can access the outside world.’ Claire Hall (James’ mother)

By donating via our Bmycharity page, all funds raised will go directly to the Riverwalk School Emergency Fund in to order and pay for the chair. Any potential excess funds will remain with the School which caters for pupils aged 3 -19 who have severe, profound and complex learning needs.

The Living By Giving Trust has also pledged to match pound for pound the first £1,000 raised so your money will go even further!

Please help us today.

Giving up television

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From Matt Betts: “I’ve decided to do the unthinkable (for me anyway) and not watch any television for six and half weeks – which will mean missing my favourite ever programme, which starts on 30 March and so much more.

This is a great deal for me – I watch television most evenings when I finish work, so it’s going to be very tough to find other things to do. However it’ll probably do me some good too and I am looking forward to the challenge!

To help me through this torturous period, I would like to try and raise much needed money for the Living by Giving Trust. If you can help, I would be grateful for any sponsorship – whatever you can afford.

All money will go towards the many projects of the Living by Giving Trust. Take a look at all of these, here.

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit: http://www.bmycharity.com/givingupTV

Lourdes Floods

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From Sadie Vile, Trustee: “On 20 October 2012, following an extended period of heavy rain in the surrounding area, the River Gave in Lourdes, France overflowed, affecting some hotels and particularly the Domain, the area where the main activities of Lourdes take place.  In the Grotto, the water was about one metre deep, almost level with the top of the altar.  The good news was that no one was injured, thanks largely to good local organisation, and it being the end of the main pilgrimage season, so visitor numbers were fairly low.

After a rapid clean up throughout the Sanctuaries, using earth-movers and high pressure hoses to clear the debris and mud deposited by the water, it could be seen that the tarmac surfaces around the Grotto, and beyond towards the Baths were very badly damaged. The same was true on the Prairie opposite the Grotto, and the bridges within the Domain were also seriously affected.

The estimated cost of all repairs is currently 2.5 million Euros, and the Sanctuary is responsible for about 1.2 million Euros of this.

It was imperative that repairs were started as soon as possible – the surface damage was so bad that it has been very difficult to move people around in wheelchairs, especially towards the Baths, which normally stay open throughout the year.

An appeal was immediately launched, and by the end of November over 500,000 euros had been received by the Sanctuaries.  Initial work focussed on replacing the tarmac from the Esplanade to the Baths, and repairing the central bridge that leads to the Accueil Notre Dame.  The challenge will be to raise the remaining money needed, now that the floods are ‘old news’.

Having met through their volunteer work in Lourdes, the Trustees of the Living by Giving Trust decided to make a small contribution towards the ‘Flood Solidarity’ Appeal, and have donated £100 from our funds, as well as making personal donations.  We are lucky to be able to transfer the funds through a UK-based Lourdes charity who have been amalgamating UK donations in order to minimise the costs of converting the donation to euros.

If anyone reading this wants to contribute, we can advise how to contact the British Hospitalité Trust, who can transfer a UK-based donation and even arrange for the Gift Aid to be claimed if appropriate.”

Welcome to Chris!

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We would like to welcome Chris Talbot to our team, who has recently been appointed as secretary to the Trust.

Chris will work closely with the Board of Trustees and attend all meetings.

Chris has already supported the Living by Giving Trust in numerous ways: he was a member of our fundraising committee and attended various events.

We are looking forward to working with Chris in the upcoming months.

Contact Chris via Secretary@livingbygivingtrust.com

Matt Betts
Chair, Living by Giving Trust

Stamps

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The Living by Giving Trust was set up to assist as diverse a group of people as was possible, so the Trustees decided that one way to do this was by collecting used stamps. Let us explain more….

Everyone receives letters through the post – especially at Christmas and birthdays. Most will include a nice stamp on the envelope – whether it’s a normal second class stamp or an exciting celebratory stamp. We don’t mind, because various charities will want to collect all kinds of stamps to help support their initiatives.

The Living by Giving Trust has decided to collect used stamps and then send them on to a worthy charity every six months. Each time we will ask our loyal supporters to choose a charity to support, which will mean we can help two different charities a year and reach out to more people in a very simple way.

If would like to be involved, please simply send your used stamps to: Stamps, 2 Skylark Place, St Ives, PE27 5DL. Please make sure that the paper around the stamp is cut as close as possible to it, so it’s not too heavy for you to send. Next month, we’ll then ask our supporters to vote for their favourite charity for us to send them to (please also let us know if you have any suggestions too, below).

Thank you.

Bongo Ball 2013

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The Living by Giving Trust are pleased to announce that the Xavier Project are organising a “Bongo Ball” in London on 8 March 2013 – all to raise money for the project.

From Xavier Project:
“Be sure to save the date for this ‘bongo brilliant’ event, and we will post more information about when tickets will be available on here shortly. Any questions, or if you are keen to be involved, please contact BongoBallLondon@gmail.com. Look forward to seeing you there! The Bongo London Committee”. More information can be seen, here.

Please do come along if you can!

The Living by Giving Trust supports the Xavier Project amongst its projects, please see our special page for more information, here.

Supporting a volunteer

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In 2012, student nurse Emma Stenson, raised money through the Living by Giving Trust so that she could work in Lourdes with disabled and sick children. Emma achieved this by taking part (with a friend) in London field’s aquathlon on the 1st April. It involved a 400m open water swim followed by a 5km run. Emma was then able to work with children for a week in August. Here, Emma writes about this in a very unique way:

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.

(c) Emma Stenson

To find out more about our projects, visit our page here.

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.