Archive for June, 2010

The Importance of Trust

This world does have its fair share of cynics and a few have asked me about the blog. They consider it at best naive, at worst dumb. It doesn’t bother me that people think this way but there is one thing that irritates me. I have been asked how I know people have done as they say on the blog. I can’t decide whether this leaves me angry or flummoxed.

Do people really have such a lack of trust? I suppose some do but I don’t. I heard recently  that trust is something that you have to give without being asked, don’t wait for someone to earn your trust, just give it freely. Stephen Covey is a smart man and I love this concept, it allows us all to be more open to those around us and gives those we trust the confidence to act.  I think we would be more open and honest if we let ourselves trust more easily. There is always the chance that this will ‘bite us’ but isn’t it worth the risk?

So, I will continue to be me and do this blog. I am fine for you to consider me naive or dumb if you wish but I would rather trust you to take the following small steps:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Only give if and what you can afford. There have been large donations talked about on this blog but any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions:-)

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, now over £1300:-)
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8 year old ambitions we have already. So far some of the choices have been a mum, a detective, a clown and my personal favourite, a trawler deckhand. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple and if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

In the meantime, take care of you and yours.

Lesley

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June 26, 2010 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

Budgets and Donating…

So, we have had a new UK budget and there will be cuts in services over the next 4 years. The measures being taken here will be reflected all over the world as governments work against the global recession. Lives will be made more difficult as a result, I think this is a fairly obvious fact. I don’t want this blog to become political so will stick to facts and not my opinions on the matter.

The lives that I now focus on are those of children. People may have less money for their own families so will find it harder to help other families. This means that those of us who can afford to give to children should consciously do so in these straightened times.

It is terribly easy to give to valid children’s charities and any amount is always welcome. Small amounts all add up to keep charities going. I was flying with Aer Lingus at the weekend and donated my spare change, euro and US,  to their Unicef partnered Change for GoodTM campaign. This is a simple but very effective campaign and allows  you to place your change in an envelope which is collected near the end of the flight. It has collected over €6.25 million (US$8 million) to date. I am not counting this donation on the blog as I have no real idea what change I had. It was a small amount but will help that total grow which is the important thing.

So, my request to you is simple. Please:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions:-)

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog. We are over £1000 already!
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8 year old ambitions we have already. So far some of the choices have been a mum, a detective, a clown and my personal favourite, a trawler deckhand. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple and if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

In the meantime, take care of you and yours.

Lesley

June 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm 4 comments

It’s a weird world, this blogging

As a recent convert to blogging, I am finding it a slightly surreal experience as I type words that end up out there for all to see. However, I do love to look at other blogs and occasionally comment when I find interesting, educational, challenging or funny posts. I do like to see what goes on in other people’s worlds as it makes me both laugh and think.

I am also aware that my blog may be considered very one-dimensional, that is very true. I blog with a purpose and that purpose is to get people to donate to children’s charities. I hope I am not considered too worthy or dull because of this but that is a risk I will take. My comeback to this would be to ask you to check out my Twitter link as you will see that I am more bonkers than worthy, or at least I hope so. In the meantime, I come back to my main purpose and my theme for today and every other day:-))

We are living in challenging times with recession, cutbacks and belt-tightening measures being introduced day on day. This is the reality of life at the minute but the impacts on individuals will be life-changing and not for the better. This means that fundraising for charities will become that much harder and many charities may struggle meaning that they will be able to help fewer people. Therefore, any small impact I have in promoting giving to children’s charities will be enough for me.

So, the normal message from me – please donate directly to a children’s charity of your choice. Then come back to this blog and tell me about the charity and the amount. I also want to know what you wanted to be when you were 8 . For those of you who had a fortunate childhood this was an age when you had all the innocence and happy ambition to believe that anything and everything was possible. Just comment anywhere on the blog.

I will continue to keep a record of all donations and charities and I promise to respond to all comments. The Totals Page will show all donations and links to the charities donated to. I will store all comments on The Comments Page so that everyone can see what contributors wanted to be when they were 8.

So, please, come write to me, so many people donate in passing or regularly. I know there are lots of people out there who want to support children and I hope that you will find the comments of others as interesting as I do.

Take care of you and yours,

Lesley

June 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

A Personal Post from Me….

My post today is personal. Those of you who read this blog will know that I am also a fan of Twitter, it is linked on the blogroll. I find Twitter funny, sharp, thought-provoking and annoying in equal measure. Twitter has also brought me into e-contact with people that I wouldn’t normally have met.

One of my new tweet-pals is a woman who lost her childhood through horrendous abuse, physical, sexual and mental. She lives with the scars of that throughout her life. They are mental and physical scars. However, this woman manages to enjoy her life and family in spite of everything and I can only admire her courage and strength in doing so. Her story has moved me to tears more than once but her absolute determination to focus on living a positive life leaves me quite dumbstruck. She is one awesome woman and my words do not do her justice!

Many of our conversations have been non-public but she has told me that she likes this blog and the aims I have for it. If I am ever in any doubt about carrying on with the blog then all I will have to do is go back and read her words, this will keep me both inspired and motivated to continue because if your donations and words mean that one child is helped out of a similar situation then my feeble efforts here are worth it.

So, please, take the following small steps:-

  • Read this blog
  • Donate direct to a children’s charity of your choice.
  • Write to me about the donation and charity by commenting on this blog
  • Please also let me know what you wanted to be when you were 8
  • Tell your friends and family and ask them to do the same

I will collect your stories and keep totals for the charities and donations so that you can come back and see the fantastic charities that have been supported so far.

I hope that you do this.

Take care,

Lesley

June 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

Twelve Children’s Charities and £1050

Hi all,

I am delighted to post today about breaking the magic ‘4 figures’ this week. I have only been doing this for a couple of months now and am both humbled and chuffed that we have reached this target already. The kindness of people doesn’t surprise me, I am lucky enough to know so many kind and warm people in my life and am always grateful for their support.

However, this blog relies on the wider world and it continues to fuel my optimistic nature that people are prepared to write to me about those causes for supporting and helping children. There are so many charities out there and they all have to hope that individuals will keep their work going. I just hope that those of you who are thinking of donating will see this blog and perhaps see a charity that they would like to donate to.

I will be posting again next week and would like to focus on the charities helped so far so if you have a favourite and it hasn’t been mentioned yet then please make a donation to them this week and then add a comment to this blog so that I can add them too.

Please check out the Comments Page as all donations comments and other comments are stored there. Lastly, remember the simple rules to follow:-

  1. Read this blog.
  2. Donate directly to a children’s charity, any amount will be significant as it will help that charity
  3. Comment anywhere on this blog about the charity, amount and then tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8!
  4. If you like this blog please pass it on.

I will then add the charity and amount to the blogtotals and write about the charity. I will also respond to all comments and am looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks all!

Lesley

June 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Eeeeek! Four Figures have been reached

All,

A very quick post to say, the running totals are now at £1000! I honestly didn’t think that this would happen so quickly, if at all. My thanks to Gail who enabled this target to be reached by donating to the Children 1st charity in Scotland – http://www.children1st.org.uk/.  Their mission states that they want to have a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland.

I will update the Totals Page this  week but in the meantime please check out the Comments page to see the wonderful efforts made by Gail and her friends.

Grinning all over my face today!

Lesley

Who We Are

At CHILDREN 1ST, our vision is a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland.

We have 125 years experience of working with children and families, previously as the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC).

June 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment


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