Sunday, 28 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
We now have prints for sale of the wonderful picture which takes pride of place in Happy House.
Anyone who sees the painting of children silhoutted against an African sunset, and who knows our kids, can pick out individual children .. even though it wasn't painted of them intentionally, it is definitely them, so much so that this picture could only ever have been destined for a Happy House home.
It was my pleasure to buy it for the Happy House, writes Elizabeth Gomm, when I was there in October. I knew Sue had seen it outside the artist's studio and loved it. I loved it, too, the minute I saw it, going "Oh that's John, there's Mwende, look at Oscar "... just as Sue had done!
I had been given some money by kind friends when I left my job at the Blackpool Gazette and added to it to make up the total.
Now we have A4 size prints available at £5 (plus £1 p&p) available for sale with every penny going to the Happy House. To get your copy send a cheque made out to The Happy House Project, alongw ith your name and address, to Elizabeth Gomm, 6 Burwood Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8NS.
Treat yourself, or a friend, to a little piece of the Happy House for your home.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Entry level childcare students at Doncaster College in Yorkshire really did turn silence into gold for our Happy House kids.
Friends, family and colleagues happily parted with their hard-earned cash in exchange for a little peace and quiet!
The college's support for us, writes Elizabeth Gomm, has come following a visit from the course leader, Lesley Pidcock, who fell in love with our ever-growing family ( can't we all hear Sue getting back from the UK and asking: "How many is it now, Billy?") when she visited with her husband, Alan, and daughter, Kathryn, whilst on holiday last summer.
They spent as much time as they could with the kids and sponsor baby Natasha and one of our older girls Janet, who is now firm friends with Kathryn.
Lesley has since become a really active supporter, spreading the Happy House word and organising fundraising events.
She is hoping this week's sponsored silence will bring in £250 which she will be bringing, along with other money she has raised, to donate at the charity night on Friday.
Well done to everyone at Doncaster College and a big, big THANK YOU from everyone in the Happy House family!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
An Angelic card reading evening held by Lynn McCluskey and friends proved to be a wonderful night indeed, raising a divine £450 for the Happy House Kids. Lynn and 5 of her friends who also read angel cards offered taster 15 min readings. Over 50 people had their cards read through out the night. The evening proved so popular the owner of the venue where the event was held The Grape Vine in Poulton -Le - Fylde asked when the next one was going to be and could it be soon please ! Watch this space ….
Lynn set herself a challenge at the beginning of the year to raise £500 in her first fundraising event by swimming a mile. She was really happy to beat that target and raised £650 instead. Spurred on by the wonderful support she received by family and friends, plus seeing first hand how the money raised was being used to transform the children's lives, when she volunteered at the Happy House in Feb, she secretly challenged herself to raise £2,000 by the end of the year. With her latest Angel evening Lynn is absolutely thrilled to have finally achieved that goal she set herself in Feb, raising a total of £2,099.70
Lynn said " I could never have raised this wonderful amount of money, if it wasn't for the amazing support of my family and friends and everybody who has attended the events I've hosted. It's only their kindness and generosity that enabled me to achieve my goal. So to everyone of you a GREAT BIG thank you."
Thank you Lynn from the Happy House Family, it is because of people such as your self that makes our work for the children possible. XX
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Our Happy House kids will be bouncing with health thanks to a Blackpool shop, writes Elizabeth Gomm.
Kathy Goodlad, proprietor of health store Bowland and Harret, Topping Street, who is in the sponsor families of David and Rukia, took Sue's appeal for multi-vitamins to heart and phoned around her suppliers to see if they would help.
And their response has been magnificent. As you can see, Kathy now has hundreds of packs of children's vitamins ready and waiting to go out to our kids.
So we are asking anyone who is planning a visit to the Happy House in the next year to take as many as they can with them. We will have a collection point at the charity night on November 14, so you can pick some up then, otherwise you can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the children who come home to the Happy House have medical problems and have been exisiting on very little nourishing food. Sue is finding that vitamins really give them a boost and would like them all to have a daily dose.
Earlier this year when Sue was told my little sponsor child Pendo (pictured) had a mild case of rickets I got the right vitamins for her, and now she has been given a clean bill of health.
Being able to help her have a strong skeleton, thus preventing all the problems that go with weak bones, is one of the best things I have ever done.
So a huge thank you to Kathy, who is also collecting in prizes for the charity night, and her kindhearted suppliers for their very generous donations.