Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Make a difference today

When I read about Adam's illness in the Rasen Mail (see below) I contacted another ex-Tealby resident (now a very wealthy man) through a close business colleague. Last Thursday I picked up a lovely phone message committing their support and received an email yesterday appealing to their influential business colleagues and clients to do the same. Doesn't that just restore your view in human nature? Although these guys are hugely busy and have incredibly stressful positions, they've taken time out to help. There are plenty of truly good people around, you just have to raise awareness. So with that in mind please take a look at Adam's site and donate if you can.

We never know what's around the corner, do we? I for one, would like to give before I have to ask. What about you?

Appealing for Adam

Many years ago when I lived in Tealby, we had a wonderful postman called Ken Griffin. Being a rural community, his role was far more than just delivering the post. He genuinely cared about everyone and looked out for the vulnerable and elderly. Being an ex-business man, he always made sure we got our post early and once caught me as I collapsed on the doorstep signing for Special Ds! He and his wife Sue called my neighbours to check I was OK as they were worried about me! I'd been drinking champagne but that's another story!

Every day when Ken called into the studio he used to update us on his son Adam's latest adventures as he treked around the globe. All this time he was working hard to convert his home into a B&B where my parents spent many an enjoyable stay when we didn't have a spare bedroom.

The Griffins are wonderful people who make a difference to a lot of people's lives. That's why I was so sad to hear that Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in October 2006 at the age of just 29. As the efficacy of his chemotherapy diminishes, the drug ‘Erbitux’ is his only hope. It's not available on the NHS, only privately at £55,000 for a 3 month course of treatment. His family and friends have started a fundraising campaign and website. If funds are not used or part used then the remaining funds will go to Bowel Cancer UK.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Botanical Beauty

If you're ever in Horncastle as well as doing the rounds of antiques and junks shops, you must visit this wonderful place, the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Horncastle. If you love old properties, it's a stunning renovation in its own right, but it also sells lovely eclectic pottery, much of which is planted up with cacti and indoor plants, plus botanical arwork created by local learning disabled adults as part of Linkage Community Trust. This photo shows me in the tranquil walled garden at the back, where larger plants are available for sale, grown and potted to bring in an income for the trust. It is all so tastefully and beautifully done you've got to support it. I found a fabulous, reglazed green teapot brimming with 'Mind Your Own Business' for just £6. It looks perfect on a polished elm wooden windowsill in my new loo. I can't wait to go again.

Monday, 20 August 2007

The Best Things in Life...

Are definitely FREE. After a particularly stressful day, I came home to a surprise from my wonderful daughter and partner. They had found this very old stoneware bottle in the river (no doubt washed free of its hiding place by the heavy rains) and filled it with some handpicked flowers and foliage from the garden, disguising a broken top. One of the nicest presents I've ever had.


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