Saturday, 28 June 2014

Mud men triumph, Rotary talk and school events

Top picture (l-r): John, Simon, Onder and Paul
It's been a busy week at the Happy House, and busy times here too - today we  highlight some of the activities in the UK.
Blackpool man Simon Davies, who  now lives and works in Edinburgh, and three of his friends and colleagues,  John Murray, Onder Ozdemir and Paul Henderson,  put themselves through a gruelling and dirty physical endurance test when they took part in Tough Mudder Scotland.
The four friends work together at Port of Leith Housing Association, and Simon, who is going out to volunteer at the Happy House in August, says "The event itself was great and certainly lived up to its name! 
Simon Davies
We all thankfully got through it relatively unscathed though and would definitely do it all again next year. There were around 15,000 competitor's all raising money for different causes .
We chose Children of Watamu  because I, for a long time, had been amazed to see the incredible achievements made in the village over such a short space of time. 
When I discussed this with my colleagues and showed them the work that's being done and the work that you continue to do they didn't hesitate in agreeing to raise money for your charity.
 We understand the importance of projects like yours in trying to alleviate the poverty that children all over the world are suffering from and to provide them with a happier, healthier and more positive future. 
Reading about your achievements and ongoing work was a humbling experience for all of us and kept us going over the 12 gruelling miles of mud!
I myself am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in August and feel honoured to be given an opportunity to be part of such inspirational work.''

Thanks to all of you for raising £925 for the Happy House with your effort and to all those who supported you.
Rotary talk
On Monday, Elizabeth Gomm (Auntie Libby) spent a happy evening with the gentlemen of Amounderness Rotary Club when they met at the Marriott Hotel, Preston. The club wanted to know more about our wonderful family before deciding whether to give some support to our charity.
They were impressed by Mama's inspirational work and all she has achieved.
Thank you, gentlemen, for being a lovely audience.
Elizabeth is pictured with from left: vice-president, Shaun Ashworth; president Iain Robertson and treasurer, Sam Jones
School event
Our Happy House was invited to have an awareness stand at Breck Primary School's summer fair in Poulton le Fylde. Elizabeth and Happy House friend and sponsor Jackie Fineman gave out lots of information about our family, and held a fun game, for children only, to win Happy the Teddy .
Pictured are Michelle Varley, and her daughter Lucy, who were on the next stall loved hearing our stories about the children.