Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Educational DVD's

We have had the promise of a plasma screen television with combined DVD player for the Happy House Kids. So now we need educational DVD's that can stimulate and interest our children. I am sure children learn easier by a lovely bright yellow talking teddy telling that this is a triangle and the colour is red.  It will also help our House Mothers to work with the children, as they have never experienced such learning techniques.

We also need children's clocks and wastebins for the bedrooms

 Please ask your children to help our children.

Thank you all for caring.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Water Tower

This is the water tower that is being erected  to get the water to the toilets, showers and gardens. The water is from a well we sunk at the begining of the work in August 2008. The water is free, unfortunately, we need a pump to get it from A to B. There's always a catch isn't there?

Monday, 16 November 2009

Fantastic Night

The charity Race Night was a resounding success. Over 100 people came to support us. Elizabeth Gomm the Womens editor from the Blackpool Gazette Newspaper spoke of how being a sponsor had changed her life and encouraged others to do the same. Brian Abrahams , Stephanie Hill and Louise Webster also explained what and enriching experience it is to be a sponsor. Lynn McCluskey worked tirelessly organizing the tombola, Lynn's Lucky Dip, the raffle and auction.

7 children now have sponsors. Brian Abrahams plus Jill and Mick Armstrong already sponsor but decided to add another child to their 'family' People also bought from our Wish List and received a certificate to give as a present to a loved one. A total of 85 chickens were purchased, plus ducks, goats, cows, fruit trees and bags of seed. Jayne & Steve Dent, Geoffrey Readshaw, Chris & Ken Goddard, Doug & Laura Hare, Simon Emmett and Karen Brown all made very generous donations.

If we could raise £3,500 on the one event the Abbey Bank would make a matched donation. I am thrilled and delighted to tell you all that a terrific £7,900 was raised!!! With the matched donation it makes a total £11,400 for the Happy House. What a difference this amount of money will make to our work for the  future Happy House Kids.

I sincerely thank one and all for your fantastic support and generosity.

Love Sue & The Kids xx

Saturday, 7 November 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. 
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.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

So Close to Completion

The building work on the Happy House is very nearly complete. The seating is being built in the reception ready for us to to put cushions on, covered with the material bought from Swatchbox at a very reasonable price to match the curtains that they are donating for all the Happy House windows.

The garden in the courtyard is looking lovely. The electrician has nearly finished, the doors and windows are almost complete and the painters are on the last lap. It has cost more than we anticipated to finish but it is gorgeous, as my Dad used to say 'We can't spoil the ship for a hapeth of tar! ' When the container arrives and we can put the beds into the rooms, and all the other items that have been donated into their place, I feel that we will be breathing life into this beautiful building ready for the children to come 'home'