In many ways, Captain Tom showed us all that charity begins at home, and by doing that, he became a hero to many of us.
Captain Sir Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 82ft (25m) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. But he eventually raised £32,794,701 from more than one and a half million supporters.
May he Rest in Peace – thank you Colonel Sir Tom!
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been a terrible time for so many people, so the trustees of the Living by Giving Trust decided to help in a small way: by donating a grant of £100 to charities or causes local to them. Though these are only small grants, they can mean a huge amount to local charities.
One of our founding trustees, Matt Betts lives in Bournemouth, Dorset and with the blessing of other trustees was able to donate £100 to three charities in the area: Macmillan Caring Locally, Questa Voce and the local foodbank. In these difficult times, all three local charities very much appreciated these donations.
Another trustee, Sarah Keaney was able to donate £100 to a local initiative in Enfield called ‘Love Your Doorstep’, which supports many people in the area in these difficult times of job losses and financial struggles. At the last count, the initiative had raised over £4,000!
Finally trustee, Sadie Vile was able to donate £200 to a local community charity in Hertfordshire. More details soon!
It’s thanks to you, our supporters, that we are able to do this – so thank you very much and please stay safe!
Hi I am Naomi and I am a 2nd year children’s nursing student at Edge Hill Uni. While at uni I work as a healthcare assistant and when home in my local parish cafe.
I am one of 4 girls and have been brought up in a family where we have been taught the importance of caring for others. From a young age as a family we have annually gone to Lourdes on pilgrimage, through seeing my parents work as helpers and then having the opportunity to be a helper myself I gained an insight into healthcare and realised this was my vocation.
Coming from a large family and babysitting family friend’s children regularly I decided that children’s nursing was the career path I wished to follow. My time on the course so far has just increased my drive to become a children’s nurse and has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people along the way.
Outside of my course I am a coffee addict as well as having a love for Disney, books and cooking.
I am extremely grateful for any donation.
You can sponsor Naomi, here.
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
- 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, Carmelite Friars, PO Box 289, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 3BZ. 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.
Thank you to all our supporters for your donations over the last few years! We are looking forward to an even more exciting year ahead. Happy New Year everyone!
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.
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
The 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.
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…
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.