Here is a new video which includes some photos from the walk – you can still sponsor Matt, here. Thank you to everyone that sponsored Matt – it is very much appreciated. Find out who he is raising the money for, here.
After supporting many smaller projects during the pandemic of 2020/21, the Trustees met in April 2022 to discuss what we wanted to support this year. We will update our website as soon as possible with those projects, but they will include support for:
Ukraine; Glanfield Children’s Group and the Woodland Trust
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!
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.
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.