Sunday, 7 December 2014

Wish updates10-20

Wish 11- Know The Glow and save a childs life

My aim is to have wish 11 read by 3000 people, its currently at 1418 so half way there. Please do share it on Facebook, Twitter or any parenting groups. You never know whose child you might save

Wish 12- Donate items to a food bank or pay for a childs lunch

Thank you to everyone who has donated to a food bank, several of you already do which is lovely but have offered to add some extra bits.
I don’t know if I have any American readers who would be willing to pay the American school child’s bill, could anyone? Details are on the original post.

I brought an advent calendar for it after being inspired by Jason Manford which went into the food bank near where Dad works and if I have the chance I will try and buy some chocolate coins to donate too.

This wish has hit my target though thanks to a very generous someone (who didn’t tell me or give me their name) who donated so much food to a bank in my name that its able to provide 64 MEALS! WOW WOW WOW

Wish 13- Copy of Severe M.E Guide to Living

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to purchase these amazing books to people in desperate need of help and advice. When your body is failing and doctors aren’t helping the advice within is invaluable to get you through the physical and emotional challenges and help you find some quality of life however small. The advice I received from the author Emily (who was a wonderful friend but passed away from complications from her very severe ME) has kept out of hospital on many occasions

I’m hoping to get up to 30 donated copies (they cost £5.99 with free postage), currently at 11/30

If you could donate a copy then the link to do so is

Emily would be so pleased

Wish 14- Donate blood/blood products

I’ve had a lot of people email me to say they have donated blood in the past or are regular donors which is wonderful, although it doesn’t count for my list its great people are doing it.

I received this lovely email from someone who went and donated (I’ve left her name off)

Hi Vikki, I was added to your 30 Wishes Facebook grou. I think it's such a lovely idea, I'm always making bucket lists and love to see what other people have on theirs. I'm really excited to help you with yours. I'm already a blood donor (I've attached proof above!) but to be honest I can get a bit forgetful with it and my appointments aren't as regular as they could be. I'm able to donate again in January (as I donated last month so have to wait a few months till I'm allowed again) and I promise that no matter how busy I am I will attend the appointment and will be thinking of you, and I'll add it to my list to make donating blood a priority so I don't miss any more.

I've also watched the video from Wish 2 and I'll share that as widely as I can to help with that wish.

Wish 12 - Last year I donated to my local food bank , I know it's a problem people face all year round but it's at this time of year that the homeless and hungry are really on my mind. I'll be sure to pop back to the foodbank with a bag full of donations by the end of this month and I'll buy some extra tins on your behalf!

Thank you for sharing your list and also for reminding me to make time for things which I already knew were important but that got pushed to the back of my mind while I dealt with more time consuming but less important things.

Good luck with your list and I'll be sure to have another look through it to see what else I can help you with.

Love and hugs”

Wish 15- Make/sew an I Spy Bag or Twiddle Muff

8 people have offered to make a Twiddle Muff which is brilliant and 8/30
I Spy bags 0/30

So far there haven’t been any I Spy Bags made but that is probably as I hadn’t put the address on the page until now. If you can make one please could you send it to Post Pals, Post Pals, PO Box 278, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4WN

Wish 16- Read this guide to supporting parents who have lost a child

Thank you to everyone who has read this guide, it’s been read by 536 people, I would love for 1000 people to read it before my birthday

Wish 17- The gift of music

I’m not aware of any donations of instruments from my blog readers but I’m hoping we can find someone who has a cello, violin, flute etc in the loft not being used. My godmother made a very generous donation. I got a little misty eyed reading this email;

“Dear Vikki, We were delighted to see that someone has donated £100 to our charity via JustGiving, with the following message: “This is on behalf of Vikki George's wish list 'my 30 wishes before I'm 30' Sue Morgan.” 

The money will be used to purchase a musical instrument for a child. My colleague Nina Kaye, who I am copying in this message, will contact Lucy Maguire, who leads The Nucleo Project, to see which instrument would be most appropriate. And we will then be in touch to give you more details.

The Nucleo Project, one of the initiatives that the Sistema England charity supports, is a social action programme in London that uses the pursuit of musical excellence as a way to enrich the lives of children, young people and their families. It currently engages over 140 children, aged 2 to 15, from North Kensington. According to the preliminary results of an on-going survey, 46% of these children are elegible for free school meals. 

You can read more about The Nucleo Project here, you will find some photos here and you can watch a video of a recent rehearsal here. Most of the kids in this video have been playing music for less than a year, and some of them barely received their first instruments weeks before the rehearsal.

The initiatives supported by Sistema England are inspired by El Sistema, a programme of social action through music that was founded in Venezuela four decades ago, and that since then has helped save millions of children from poverty. Its founder, Jose Antonio Abreu, has said: "From the minute a child is taught how to play an instrument, he's no longer poor."

We would like to thank you for making this donation possible. You have not only given the gift of music, but you are also helping to forever change the life of a child.

Children involved in these programmes acquire values and develop skills that will forever enrich their lives, even if they do not become professional musicians. While making music in an ensemble, they learn the importance of hard work, discipline, collaboration and striving towards excellence.
Again many thanks. With my best wishes, Reynaldo, Director of Communications
Sistema England”

Wish 18- Helping Dottie

A few people have ordered Christmas cards from Dottie- a big thank you to them. One lady ordered some cards and loved Dottie so much she purchased on from our Dottie volunteer as a ‘buy one, give one’ so her Granddaughter can have an adventure and so can a seriously ill Post Pals child.

Dottie has also been invited to the Cabinet Office!

Wish 19- Run the London Marathon

This wish has been my biggest disappointment, a couple of people have very kindly offered to run but Virgin Marathon are refusing to let someone run on my behalf. So many people are going out of their way to help and they refuse point blank. They have a ballot selection I know but its hardly like my situation is normal, I do have a place in the marathon (and paid the fee), it would make no difference to them if someone was being ‘my legs’ for me.

A couple of people have asked if I could do the marathon being pushed in my reclining wheelchair. Unfortunately this is impossible as I’m far too ill to even get to the start line.

Any ideas readers? I’m thinking if we found the person in charge or very high up then we might stand more of a chance and if enough people ask..

Wish 20-Make/sew/knit/crochet a blanket for someone who is bedbound

Lots of people have offered to help, probably been offered around 20 out of the 30 I was hoping for. I’m sorry I’ve not been well enough to reply and put you in touch with the bedbound person but I will try to do so as soon as possible, although it might be in the New Year (which is tough when your ill so a nice time to receive such a lovely thing). Also if you can knit or crochet then please look at wish 15- Twiddle Muffs

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