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 email@example.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.
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,
Book your tickets, here.
Band, food and prizes!
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.
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.