But I don't mind taking second place when it means our children are going to receive letters and gifts from their sponsors or gifts from others who have opened their hearts to our family.
Like those from visitors to the Aunty Social workshop at the Super Duper Christmas Craft Fair at Blackpool Winter Gardens at the weekend.Aunty Social, a community group which takes craft workshops out to the most unlikely places in the resort, had a table where visitors could make finger puppets for our children.
All sorts of people, of all ages, enjoyed the chance to make a puppet for a Happy House kid - and many have written messages which they've popped inside.
The puppets are so colourful and there is such a variety that I am sure they will find a place in our school where they can be used to play out stories and to improve language skills.
Caz - Caroline Fisher- organised the workshop and did an amazing job in encouraging people to have-a-go and in raising awareness of our Happy House too.Even the deputy mayor, Allan Matthews, got the needle and made a puppet - haven't spotted one wearing a civic chain though!
Thank you, again, to Caz and to everyone who took part... you will certainly making smiles across the miles.