Thursday, 24 March 2016

Cash crop and Paws for thought

A harvest of talents brought in a cash crop adding up to £1000 for Happy House.
At the start of the year, Sandra Foulkes distributed £180 of her own money in lots of £5 to fellow members of Fleetwood Rotary Club and asked them to go out and grow it with their talents
And over three months that is what they have done, raising money in so many different ways.
For example Janet Simpson made and sold marmalade (the fiver bought the first batch of fruit and sugar) and raised more than £100; Derrik Foulkes brought in £200 by organising an Easter egg raffle  at Flakefleet School (after buying the first egg offer of others poured in) while Sandra  bought a batch of organza bags and spray paint and sold silver pebbles  to children at Larkholme and Charles Saer schools which they personalised to give to their mums for Mothering Sunday.
David Simpson used his £5 for a quiz prize charging £1 for quiz sheets, Margaret Lund took in ironing with her husband, Des, as doing collection and delivery,
Other members had great ideas too, and after receiving her initial investment back, Sandra and club president, Richard Newson, has the pleasure of presenting £1000 to Mama Sue and Papa Dave last night at Rotary's weekly meeting.
Fleetwood Rotary Club has long been a loyal supporter of Sue and Dave's work at Happy House and a number of members sponsor kids, so it it was lovely for  Sue, Dave and Elizabeth to be back with them at the North Euston Hotel.
Sue gave them an update of all the latest news and developments both in our family and at school, and thanked them for their continuing love and support.
Robert Stead presented Sue and Dave with a signed group photograph of the club members mounted alongside one of his stunning watercolours. They will be displayed at Happy House.
Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile with their fantastic fivers challenge, the money will go toward supporting Dr Danwata Scholarship students on free places in our school, keeping them on the road out of poverty.

Paws for thought

We have friends from many different walks of life, but this week we recruited two four-legged friends!
The pet pooches came along with their owners to swell the audience when Elizabeth Gomm went to speak to the ladies of Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, on Tuesday.
They were very well behaved, sitting quietly throughout a film of Happy House and Elizabeth talk.
The ladies group has been following Sue's work since the very beginning, donating money to buy three bricks for the school she developed long before Happy House.
They were delighted to see how her work since has touched so many more young lives and the local community as well.
It was a lovely evening and a donation was made for Happy House.
Thank you ladies.