Thursday, 24 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
It has been due to the kindness and generosity of Grandpa Yaa that we have been able to build the Happy House. Grandpa and his family donated to the charity 4 acres of land and legally signed a 99 year lease. 90 year old Grandpa has been a constant visitor to the site over the past year, but yesterday Silas caught him napping. I have pictures of Grandpa painting, pushing a wheel barrow, gardening but this is the best one ever. A very well deserved rest Grandpa xx
Holly Fowlkes, School Business Manager, contacted me before she went to Kenya on holiday in August. She was very keen to find out how her special school could help the Happy House Project so I arranged for Silas Karisa to meet her and take her to see the Happy House. When she returned to the UK, Holly's family decided to sponsor a child and then she asked the School Council at St John's Wood to do the same.
Dave and I visited the school in November 2009. We were made to feel so welcome by Mike Burgess, the Headteacher and Sally Clayton, the Deputy Head. The pupils were touched when they heard what a difference their money could make and are looking forward to receiving regular updates about the progress of "their" Happy House Kid!
The School Council was delighted to present us with a cheque for £240.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
to raise money for the Children of Watamu. We decided to
support this charity following the visit of one of our
pupils to Kenya. Alicia produced a powerpoint to show the
rest of Year 7 in assembly which left a few of us feeling
very emotional and understanding why this was such a good
We designated two of our non school uniform days to this,
with pupils making a donation in order to wear their own
clothes. Each form then chose another way to raise some
money such as washing the cars of the staff ( which was very
popular), running a table top sale and performing a dance.
We managed to raise almost £450. As Head of Year 7 I was
extremely proud of every one of the girls and very thankful
for the support of their form tutors.It is always good to
remember that what we may take for granted is an unecessary
luxury for others.
Head of Learning and Transition Yr7
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
We also need children's clocks and wastebins for the bedrooms
Please ask your children to help our children.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
I can't quite fathom how Children of Watamu got such a hold on me so quickly. Historically I wouldn't describe myself as a particularly good neighbour, never mind 'charitable'. I don't watch the big charity day things on the telly, and in fact the 'big' charities just don't seem to do anything for me.
Children of Watamu have unique appeal through being a small charity and locally based, and in that 100% of the money raised goes straight to the kids. It feels more worthwhile because you feel part of it and you know your individual contribution represents a far greater proportion of the whole than if you were giving to one of the charity giants.
And then of course there's Sue and Dave. What they've achieved is both humbling and uplifting. You feel involved, and you want to be a part of it because of the vibrancy you can feel.
My nephew is 21 and at a bit of a loose end as, probably, most new graduates are. I suggested he considered doing a bit of charity work to use his time fruitfully and to improve his CV. He described the phone call to Sue as 'the biggest of his life', she gave him motivation and from then on we were all hooked!
That's why we at SwatchBox are calling in your old, unwanted mobile phones. They will be sent off to be recycled, and the money we get for them will be used to buy the material and make, at cost price, the 60 pairs of curtains Sue needs for the Happy House .
At the same time old mobiles won't be going into landfill, so it's doing a bit for the planet too.
Sue is inspirational, but as a newcomer to all this, I'm struck at how rewarding helping her charity makes me feel. In particular it's exciting how quickly things seem to happen.
'That's because it's right' said Sue.
Then a chance phone call, a shrewd piece of advice from Blackpool Gazette journalist Elizabeth Gomm and Melinda Messenger agreed to back what we are doing to help the Happy House... posing for pictures to show it!
Must be because it's right, hey Sue?
*Please search out your old, unwanted mobile phones, and chargers, and just drop them into your nearest SwatchBox. We'll do the rest!
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25/27 Mesnes Rd, Wigan, WN1 2DG. Tel 01942 824001
374 Talbot Rd, Blackpool, FY3 7AT Tel 01253 392665
32 Harrowside, Blackpool, FY4 1LY Tel 01253 404487
502/504 Blackburn Rd, Bolton, BL1 8NW Tel 01204 300178
4/6 Buxton Rd, Stockport, SK2 6NU Tel 0161 477 5603
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Ian has donated 100 brand new beds with matresses, 600 sheets, 300 pillow cases, 300 towels, 100 beach towels and 100 fleece blankets.
Thank you just doesn't sound enough to say to Ian for this fantastic gift towards equipping the Happy House for our children to come home in January 2010.
Monday, 10 August 2009
I approached Joyce, owner of Heaton House nursery, where all my three children have been, to see if she could help and she very generously donated £100 and is going to use Children of Watamu as their charity of the year next year. They are going to buy a mixture of cow, goats, ducks and chickens and do a display in nursery of the charity and all the animals they have bought- bringing in teaching of counting, letters, colours and of course introducing the idea of children less fortunate. It will be such a good topic of conversation for children and staff and of course parents..
Heaton House has provided my children with a fantastic start in life, making a significant contribution to the happy, caring children they are today. It mirrors what Sue and Dave are trying to give the children in Watamu- that safe and warm environment and good start in life.
My husband, Ed and I wish to raise many more funds before we go next year. I am hoping to get some more sponsorships from my employer, Salford Royal Hospitals and through the kids school, aswell as family and friends. We are also talking of doing a triathlon aswell, which will be a big challenge!
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Louise is pictured here with some of the children who have raised £54 by making a silver snake in 5p's.