Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Container is on it's way

A container full to the brim with items for the Happy House left Blackpool yesterday on the start of it's  journey to Watamu. Kenya. East Africa.
Everything needed for the Happy House Kids from beds and bedding, to clothes, nappies, cots, prams, even plasters are in that container. Everything has either been bought or donated by so many generous people. I thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart, but most of all a big thank you from the Happy House Kids who will benefit from all this love and kindness.
A special thank you to Linda Stubbs of Stubbs Removals Blackpool, for the free storage space over the past year. Linda has been so kind and helpful, nothing has ever been too much trouble.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Clear Blue Skies Group S.L. Estate Agents Tenerife

Dave & I have had an apartment in Tenerife for quite a few years and as part of our plan to move to Watamu permanently decided to put it on the market. As we all know things are not selling, but due the professionalism of Paul Stokes and the team at Clear Blue Skies the sale went through without a hitch in two weeks.
Alan, Paul's father in law, who is also very involved in the business has been looking for a charity to support and I am delighted say after talking things through with myself and Dave, Alan has  decided on The Children of Watamu. Alan, kindly donated 3,450 Euros that has been raised by the staff. The money has been used to buy equipment for the medical room in the Happy House. Many of you will remember how sad we all were when Tenti  died last year aged 7, I have decided to call the medical room
 ' Tenti's Place '  in memory of him. We must prevent more children dying unnecessarily and with the help of the management and staff of Clear Blue Skies this is what we will achieve.
This is an extract from an email Alan sent to the staff.
  The Big Clear Blue Challenge                         children Of Watamu
As you are probably aware, we gave 3450 Euros recently to the charity Children of Watamu, collected by us through our contribution after each deal. We have decided to adopt this charity as our nominated charity for 2009 / 2010 and on your behalf, I have accepted a challenge on your behalf to raise 10,000 Euros to provide them with a minibus, by 4th July 2010.
Already through our 100 Euros per deal contribution, we have allocated nearly 2000 Euros, and I expect we will raise several thousand more by the time we get to next July, however if we are to meet the challenge, we will have to raise at least 5000 Euros through other methods. So thinking caps on, begging bowls out, and let's meet the challenge
Thank you to all of you at Clear Blue Skies for caring about the Happy House Kids

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Happy House Veggies.

At the Happy House we intend to be as self sufficient as possible.
Earlier in the year around an acre of the land was cleared and the planting started. As of this month we have harvested 130kgs of maize and lots of lovely cabbages, tomatoes, aubergines and other local vegetables that are being taken to school daily to be used for lunches.
The fruit trees are also growing well. We are looking forward to the fresh bananas, mangos and passion fruits.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

An Important Date for your Diaries

On Saturday the 14th of November we will be holding our main Charity Night of the year. If we can raise £3,500 on the one event the Abbey Bank will make a matched donation, and we desperately need the funds to complete that Happy House ready to open in January 2010, so we really need the support of everyone.
We are organizing a Horse Racing Night at the Sheraton Hotel Queens Promenade Blackpool. The hotel has been kind enough to offer a special rate for our supporters of £20 per person bed & breakfast. The telephone number is 0800 317 295 or 01253 352723. The tickets are £10 each and will include a Hot Pot supper, sandwiches and a vegetarian option.
We have great raffle prizes from weekends away to beauty treatments and photographic sessions worth over £300, plus much more. An auction will also take place.
Please come and join us, think of our kids and how desperate we are to get them safe.
Tickets can be ordered from Sue, 01253 352430.