The Comments Page

This is the page where all comments with donations and/or childhood ambitions will be stored to make it easier for you to see what people wanted to be when they were 8. I will ensure that all donating comments are logged to this page so please feel free to comment on any post and I will copy it up here. I will leave all original posts in place so that you can see that I have not edited any comments, except perhaps those where the content is not suitable for everyone to view. There are other comments on various posts and the content therein; those will be left in situ as they need to be linked to the post for context.

The steps to follow:-

  1. Please pick a children’s charity that means something to you. It may be a small local one without a large profile or a well-known one where you admire the work they do.
  2. Donate one unit of your currency to that charity
  3. Write to me by leaving a comment anywhere on this blog and let me know what you donated, the currency and the charity
  4. Please tell me about your charity of choice and what you wanted to be when you were 8
  5. Please tell your friends about this blog and ask them to repeat the steps above.

My commitment to you:-

  1. I will keep a total of charities, donations and currencies and will publish updates
  2. I will ensure that the comments are moved to this page so that they are accessible to anyone reading this blog

My thanks to everyone for their consideration.

133 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vicki  |  September 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic total. It is truly inspiring to see how much can be achieved. Earlier this week I donated £50 to the Project Trust. A young woman at my son’s school is fundraising to spend a Gap year working in an orphanage in South Africa. Project Trust are a charity that support a number of these types of projects and initiatives abroad. I hope you can add this to your total too x

    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  September 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Oh Vicki,
      Of course I can! Thank you so much for your donation, *happy dancing*
      I will be updating the totals again at the weekend and will be delighted to add this in and update those numbers yet again. You have made me smile on a very grey old day….
      Take care,

  • 3. hsextant  |  September 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I donated $20 to Unicef Syrian Children’s Fund. With the on going war, and little hope in sight, one imagines a rather horrid situation for the little ones.

    When I was eight I wanted to be either a doctor or a forest ranger. Ended being neither.

    This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for your efforts.

    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  September 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

      You are so right, the fear and deprivation for the children is something most of us cannot comprehend.

      The blogging for me is always worth it when someone makes a donation and comes here to tell me, thank you. I will be updating the totals next week and will add in your donation.

      You are my first forest ranger, a fine ambition for an eight-year-old, I hope your current career provides as much satisfaction.

      Thank you again and take care,

      Lesley xx

      • 5. hsextant  |  September 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        Well my current career is retired and yes it is very satisfying, just a bit short in cash! BTW, I am Henry LeNav over at Goodreads, (the doing vs reading) which is where I found the link to here. Very wonderful blog you have here.

      • 6. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  September 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Well hello Henry!

        I do like to have a name to put to the donations so thank you for that:)

        I am only slightly jealous of your retirement but alas, I will need to save for another decade to get to that stage. I will be sure to check out what you have been reading next time I pop into Goodreads.

        I will be updating the blogtotals at the weekend and your donation will appear then.


  • 7. Karen  |  July 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Love this idea. I am a reporter in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. My children’s charity of choice is the Jimmy Fund. It raises money for care and treatment of children with cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I’m 59. The jimmy fund has been around longer than me. It’s named for a boy – now a man – who was treated for cancer in the late 1940s. 89 cents of every dollar raised goes to treatment and research. So far this year I’ve given $25. Hopefully I’ll be able to give more before the year is out.
    At age 8 I had multiple ambitions: to become a Plains Indian (they were good with horses), become a nun and start an order that raised horses, become a writer……

    • 8. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 31, 2012 at 11:41 am


      Thank you for taking the time to write to me, a wee *happy dance* from me for a new donation.

      Also, thank you so much for a new charity, the Jimmy Fund has not been mentioned here before. I will be delighted to add your donation to the blogtotals this weekend. They have a hard but so worthwhile aim, working to research and cure cancer in children.

      I have to admire your childhood ambitions too – a horse-training nunnery sounds like a cool place to hang out. I am glad that you achieved your writing aim; knowing quite a few journalists I know that writing is both a skill and a craft 🙂

      Take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 9. Gay Gasser  |  July 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I give the bulk of my donations to the Mill River Wetland Committee which provides environmental education to kids in grades 3-6!
    And I really did want to be a spy when I was 8. In fact here’s proof:

    • 10. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm


      Oh, the Mill River Wetland Committee sounds wonderful, education and good for that ground we walk on too:)

      I love the video and I hope loads of people take the time to click the link. I do have one request though, I need an amount for your donation so I can have a total, so please do write back to me.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me.

      Lesley xx

  • 11. Pete  |  June 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Lesley

    Great blog, well written and spot on the money. The recent news from Syria, and especially the massacre in Houla, is so, so upsetting that it’s hard to comprehend how people could possibly do those things. I’ve signed up to donate £12.50 a month to the Red Cross/Red Crescent to try to make a little difference. I hope it does, and it hope it goes to the right places. I want _MY_ few pounds to feed and protect children but I don’t have that option. It’s going to a good, neutral organisation that just aim to help people and to be honest, that’s good enough for me.



    • 12. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Pete,

      Thank you so much for writing to me. The atrocities in Houla are that upsetting. I didn’t write some of the details as I leave that to the reporters and reading them was so hard that I wanted to focus on where we go now.

      Thank you do much for telling me about your donation. I will be updating the blogtotals tomorrow and will be happy to add six months of your donations to the totals.

      Take care and thank you again.

      Lesley xx

  • 13. Adrian  |  June 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    As always a thoughtful, topical and insightful post that tackles a difficult subject head-on. Thank you for writing it.

    Can’t remember if I told you I subscribed £10 monthly to the Red Cross recently. Not specifically for children,l I know, but maybe relevant anyway.

    Best wishes


    • 14. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm


      What a wonderful donation to make. I am happy to add the Red Cross to the blogroll and will update in the next few days. The Red Cross help all ages and races and I am delighted that you wrote to me.

      Thank you and take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 15. Angela Bell  |  January 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Lesley
    As promised here is some information on a recent walk I took part in for NSPCC.

    I came across the e-mail inviting people to take part by accident and thought it looked like a real challenge. The invite was to join a 20 mile HACK (Hike Against Curelty to Children) across the Mourne Mountains. You could sign up as an individual or a team. I gathered a few friends and we did the walk as a team of 4.

    I trained for many weeks leading up to the walk as I knew that I would need a decent level of fitness for it. During this time we all e-mailed friends, family and work colleagues for sponsorship for our team. We got an amazing response which really spurred us on to do well on the day.

    The day itself was extremelly challenging, mostly because of the ground conditions from the bad weather the day before. I don’t think anything could have prepared us for how long it would take because we kept sliding in the mud and losing our boots in muddy puddles. But the scenery, the company, and the overall atmosphere was amazing and there was no way our team was not going to complete those 20 miles! We eventually hobbled through the finish line after about 9 hours of walking. The £1200+ that we raised made every step worthwhile.

    HACK events take place every year all around the UK. For more information on signing up for next year, see below link

    • 16. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  January 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Angela,

      After seeing the pictures of your very happy faces I know you were rightly proud of the achievement:)

      You have also made my day, another £1200 to add to the blogtotals when I update them this weekend. This will break the £16,000 barrier and that is very special to me.

      My thanks to you and the rest of your team, awesome work!!

      Lesley xx

  • 17. Susi  |  November 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Another fine post Lesley! I have donated £10 to my local Children’s Hospice (ages ago now, but finally getting around to posting!)

    When I was 8 I wanted to be a princess. Or a nurse.

    Well done again,
    Susi (@ritavonsleaze)

    • 18. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Susi!

      And another donation:) That makes me very happy on a Sunday morning. A princess or a nurse? I also wanted to be a nurse, I don’t find it that surprising that so many young girls have this as a choice, shows the nurturing nature of girls.. As for the princess ambition, of course you are one now! *Chortles*

      I know from a quick chat on Twitter than your donation was to the East Anglia’s Childrens’s Hospice and I will be delighted to write about them:)

      Thank you again

      Lesley xxx

  • 19. katetapping  |  August 30, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Hi Lesley,

    What a great idea.

    We are in Australia. For years (probably over ten by now) we’ve sponsored a boy in Mozambique via World Vision. This year we started sponsoring a child through the Smith Family – this time the child is in Australia and the money goes towards his education. Both are A$39 a month. We also look after foster children and this year we’ve decided to give the expenses money we are given by the government for doing this back to the foster agency we work through – we are going to do this at Christmas.

    When I was 8 I wanted to be… a ballerina, a chef, a writer.


    • 20. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Hi Kate,

      You have made me a very happy holidaymaker! I snuck on to the internet and found a new comment, thank you so much.

      World Vision is a charity that has been mentioned before but I am delighted that we also have a new charity, the Smith Family. I will be happy to add them to the blogroll when I return home next week. I will add 6 months of your donations to both charities to the blogtotals, there will be A$234 to each one. You are obviously a kind and giving person, I have known a few foster carers over the years and without fail they are warm and giving. I applaud you for your donations and the fact that you live your kindness by fostering.

      A ballerina, a chef and a writer? Fine ambitions all, I think every little girl dreamed of dancing Swan Lake, I know I did….

      You have made my day, thank you again.

      Take care of you and yours,

      Lesley xx

  • 21. Iain  |  August 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    When I was eight I wanted to be safe. I had already had the ideas about being a train driver or a lorry driver and I really fancied going away to sea like my dad. But, I didn’t really know what that entailed so I couldn’t really want it beyond just wanting to be like my dad. I also remember a pet show in school around that time when we were allowed to take our pets to school and it struck me that our dog had a pretty cool life and I would not have minded being him at all thank you very much. I also remember the nightmares starting around then of turning up in school wearing only the rags I went to bed in and everybody finding out that I was a pee the bed as well as a cock eyed skinnymalink and laughing really hard from every direction. I went to bed in the rags that used to be my older brothers’ pyjamas because my mother would not buy me any of my own to pee in during the night. As I went to a bed that was still wet from the night before every night, I could see her point but I still didn’t like it. I didn’t like being hit every day either or the way I always got the blame for everything bad that happened or how I could suddenly find myself getting shouted at when I wasn’t doing anything differently and life was really too much of a matter of survival to be thinking about what job I might be doing in what might as well be a thousand years from the now I found myself in.
    I had already had my first identity crisis by then. I know what it was for the same reason as I know that I was living with a mother who had mental health issues and I was a scapegoated child. I went to college years later as an adult and learned all that stuff but back then it really just threw confusion onto confusion in a really confusing kind of way. I was a screwed up kid but by no means the worst of them. I knew that then but I know it for sure today because I have earned my living for quite some time now by helping children in the same kind of situation and there are plenty of them. Childhood is said to be the best years of a person’s life but that is not always the case. For many kids, just like me, their happiest years are waiting in front of them.

    • 22. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Oh Iain,

      You are correct, I can only agree with you.

      I hope you understand that this is one of the reasons I blog to encourage people to donate to the children’s charity that they feel most empathy for. I am glad that the NSPCC and other similar organisations are on the blogroll and have had donations from people who visited this site.

      I am sad that you had so much pain as a child and I hope that your work and life now give you both life and fulfillment. Thank you so much for writing to me and I hope that others who come here and see your words will be as moved as I am and will make a donation to help a child.

      Take care and good luck.

      Lesley xx

      • 23. Iain  |  August 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Thanks Lesley,

        I have a very nice life today, thank you. I have raised two wonderful children on my own and that seemed to provide the bridge from one life into another, I am very touched that my experience moved you, it does seem to do that to people, but there are many people out there in much tougher situations. My parents loved me and did the very best that they could in the circumstances that they found themselves in and I would suggest that they must have got something right because the guy who is sitting here tapping at these keys seems pretty okay to me. Scotland was a more violent place then but it is still pretty violent now and the scourge of addiction and deep rooted poverty seems to me to mean much less love and much less hope than we had amongst us then. I love what you are doing here with this blog but I do despair that we should need to rely on charity for the raising of our children.

        All the very best to you and yours,
        Iain x

      • 24. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        Nicely put sir. x

  • 25. Susan  |  August 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    A 2-parter comment from Susan:)

    When I was eight, I really, really wanted to be Jane Goodall. Literally. It wasn’t just that I wanted to grow up, travel to Africa, live with the great apes and make award-winning nature documentaries, all while wearing wrinkleproof khaki. Oh, no. I wanted to do all of that, but I also wanted to be Jane. I wanted to have fine straight blonde hair instead of the impossibly thick, unruly red-brown mop I was born with. I wanted the sort of calm centered confidence that would inspire Louis Leakey to take one look at me and declare, “THIS is the chosen champion of the chimpanzee, load the jeep, and phone Oxford, she’ll be after wanting a Ph.D. ” I wanted to sleep in tents, know and name every primate in Gombe, and write down brilliant observations in leatherbound field journals with perfect penmanship, oblivious to the camera crews recording my every move.

    None of that happened. The little arms wrapped around my neck belonged to my children, not orphaned baby chimpanzees. I have never been to Africa. I have never owned a field journal. And even in the morning straight from the ironing board, my khakis are never quite as impeccably crisp as Jane’s were after a long, dry day in the bush.

    But that desire for Jane’s confidence, her determination to be useful, stayed with me. It’s been a long time coming. After working for years in journalism, publishing and public relations, and wonderful days and nights at home when my babies were babies, I left behind the world of desks, offices and computers to train as a massage therapist. That’s right, my field of study is human, the “naked ape”! But I go to work each day determined to learn, to listen, and do everything I humanly can to bring a bit less pain and a bit more peace to every single person I lay my hands on.

    And the book on my nightstand? Vanessa Woods’ “Bonobo Handshake: A memoir of love and adventure in the Congo.” I am still fascinated by fadventure, and courage and kindness in people and in animals. And I am still working on finding and making the most of my own.

    Part 2!

    Wow! I really did go on last night! It was so interesting to look back on how ambitious I was as an 8 year old, and I have to admit my various career paths involved a bit more foundering around then I implied last night. But eventually I had to admit I really did like taking care of people. Although obviously there are things I miss about my old job — like TALKING, lol! Thus the monologue.

    But thank you Lesley for your blog and making the world a bit of a warmer place during a week of such sad news from Norway, China and points closer to home. In honour of children and their dreams we’ve donated $50.00 American dollars to a Chicago based charity, Dreams for Kids, that helps handicapped and developmentally delayed children participate in sports — often for the first time — through its Extreme Recess programme, and brings Holiday for Hope to about 1,000 homeless and severely underprivileged children here in Chicago every year since 1989.

    It’s made my heart a bit lighter this week Lesley, to be able to do so — thank you and good luck with your projects!

    • 26. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Wow Susan,

      You were an eight year-old with ambition:) You sound a lot like me although in my head I wasa modern-day Florence Nightingale, I had great detail in my ambitions too. The one place we differ is that I have the straighest hair and am still longing for an unruly red mop. I have major red hair envy!

      You have done something great with your career too, it has taken a few turns but your vocation has kept with you and I applaud you for your choice.

      I am so glad I made you think as that is one of the things I aim for. We are all busy with lives and work and children and chores etc etc…. I only want everyone to take a minute, their spare change and do something good. Simple but I hope effective.

      From here I christen you Jane of the pressed chinos:)

      Then you take me to one of my greatest loves, books. My own childhood favourites ranged from Jules Verne to L M Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables, I so wanted to be Anne! As you can perhaps tell, words are one of the greatest gifts I think you can give to your children. My kids are all grown now but they still read, sometimes complete nonsense but they still read:)

      I have to thank you for a new charity on the blog, I am so excited by that. I am very familiar with Chicago as I work for a Chicago-based company in Belfast and have visited many times. It is a dlelight to me that you have donated to a local charity and it will be fun to write about them. I update the blogtotals weekly and you will see the updates then.

      Thank you and take care.

      Lesley x

  • 27. Jim Barker  |  July 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    For what it’s worth, I give £22 a month to Oxfam, and have given monthly to them for years. I don’t like to talk about my charity work, obviously. ;P

    Oh, and when I was 8 I wanted to be Dr Who’s assistant or someone who invented things.

    • 28. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Well Jim,

      What can I say. A fine and noble ambition to be Dr. Who’s assistant. You were obviously a much braver 8 year-old than I was, I spent my time behind the sofa hiding every time I saw a Dalek!

      On a more serious note, thank you so much for writing to me on the blog. Oxfam do make such a difference to the lives of so many children and their families.

      For monthly donations I add six month’s of donations to the blog and am delighted to say that you have added to the totals by £132. I will update the blogtotals at the weekend and will add your comment to the ‘Comments’ page.

      I am sorry I never saw you working with the Doctor but am chuffed to bits that you took the time to write to me, thank you again.

      Take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 29. Ron  |  March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    A very important topic Lesley, one that the western world seems to neglect badly. The statistics are frightening, e.g. 884 million people don’t have access to safe water, and yet it gets very little media coverage.
    If the human race, the UN or whoever, should do one thing it’s ensure all the world has an adequate water supply, but no ! Very depressing.
    Have given a one-off donation of £20 to WaterAid and may give more soon.
    On a lighter note : Aged 8 – an astronaut, a footballer and even an architect (ah wus a superstar wi’ the lego 😉 ) x

    • 30. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  March 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Submitted on 2011/03/29 at 6:57 pm | In reply to Scotsron.

      Hi Ron,

      Thank you, both for donating to such an important cause and for coming here to tell me about it. You know the topic and we all know what needs to be done. It is indeed very depressing that all those Governments can’t get their heads together to provide water for all the people of this planet, shame I say….

      And then there are your ambitions! Astronaut and footballer are admirable for an 8 year old but I am truly tickled by your childhood lego expertise making architecture one of your goals;) Love it, love it, love it, still smilling.

      Much love to you and lovely Linda,

      Lesley xxxx

  • 31. cwtchme  |  March 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Lesley, I said I’d do this ages ago and didn’t but today seems like as good as day as any.

    When I was 8 I wanted to be . . . . normal.

    I was born with a cleft lip and the scar on my face has been my companion for as long as I can remember. When I was a child it was more pronounced and reddened, and I dearly wanted to look like the other children.

    As I grew up I learnt that there were more important things than how you looked and that what is in your heart is far more important. But the face I see isn’t the same face others see, as I will always see myself as the scared little girl wanting to have a ‘cupids bow’, the shape on a normal lip.

    There are no baby pictures of me, which saddens me. When my daughter was a baby, there were baby picures everywhere, so I find it hard to accept that they didn’t take any. There is no one left to ask why as both my parents have passed away. The question will remain unanswered.

    My donation of £25 has gone to ‘The Smile Train’ so that even in poorer countries, little ones can have the cleft lip and palate surgery they need. And may they be told constantly that they are beautiful children simply because they are.

    Ceri x

    • 32. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  March 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Oh Ceri,

      Your comment is so touching and is all that I want this blog to be…..

      I know from our twitter conversations that what is in your heart is kind and good; I agree that is what truly matters. I love your donation and I will gladly add your donation to the blog-totals and hope that everyone follows your lead. Every child needs to be told they are beautiful and good, every child needs to be be loved.

      Thank you lovely, thank you.

      Lesley xxx

  • 33. @Briandlondon  |  February 13, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Great idea Lesley
    I give to several charities on an ongoing basis, just small amounts but I suppose every penny counts.
    The first one is the National Deaf Childrens Society simply because one of their fundraisers came to our door on a rainy windy night and we invited him in to have tea and warm up, and he in return stiffed us for a fiver a month!
    The second is to Korle Bu hospital in Accra Ghana. £10/ month. My reasons here are more personal. The hospital had no plastic surgery unit and one was built with the encouragement and fundraising efforts of an amazing man, and a hero of mine, Mr Jack Mustarde. Like me a proud Scotsman but with an amazing skill and a heart as big as a house. My hero because he was my surgeon, having been born with a cleft lip and palate. While this is not strictly a kids charity it is mostly kids who will benefit.

    Last year I raised along with friends around £10000 for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. Again it’s children who will benefit from these donations.

    Finally, please dig deep and donate to The Smile Train. This charity carries out ops and provides brand new smiles to children all over the world who were born with Cleft Lip and Palate. Just think, between them India and China alone have
    70,000 kids born every year with Cleft Lip and Palate. They need our help!

    When I was 8 I wanted to be a surgeon or dentist having spent so much time in their company. In the end I became a Civil Engineer!!!

    • 34. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  February 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Hi Brian,

      I can only say Wow and again WOW!!

      This comment blows me away and, very selfishly, makes me think I am doing a good thing with this blog. I will get over myself enough to say that you have not merely added to the totals; you have taken your experience and help others from it.

      Adding up all of your efforts gives a very large lift to the blog-totals and I hope that everyone comes back to see what you and your friends have done and continue to do. I will add to your appeal and hope that others will see this here and join in!

      So, the totals. Well, £10,000 is a big lift but I also add 6 months of regular donations so your £5 to the National Deaf Childrens Society and £10 to Korle Bu hospital in Accra Ghana will also add £90 to the blogtotals. One comment and £10,090 is amazing and moving, I can only say thank you…..

      By the way, the collector for the National Deaf Childrens Society is a bit of a genius don’t you think? Clever fundraiser:)

      I am not sure how the journey went from Surgeon/Dentist to Civil Engineer but this life is a funny road and we all take twists and turns!

      My thanks and good luck with your fundraising.

      Take Care.

      Lesley xxx

  • 35. Scottish Mum  |  December 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

    My son donates £4 of his pocket money every month to the SSPCA. He watched an advert for it last year, and at the end, the tears ran down his face. He decided there and then to help the animals.

    • 36. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Oh my Scottish Mum, what a lovely thing! Your son is a kind person and kind children become kind adults. You will see that this is a blog for children’s charities but your son’s donation will be added to the list. How can I not add a donation from a child?

      I am sure he knows he is doing a wonderful thing but please give him my thanks too:)

      Take care,

      Lesley xxx

  • 37. Nancy  |  December 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Hi Lesley

    A great post, as always! Every year since I’ve had children (12 years now!) I have arrived at Xmas eve, looked at the piles and piles of presents we give our kids, and been consumed with guilt (even though half the presents are officially from Santa of course!). But the next year, I seem to forget that guilt and do the same thing again! This all changed last year when we decided going to South Africa for Xmas would be a good idea, hmmm…. no comment there, but what I did realise last year was that I could no way take the amount of presents I normally buy, all the way to SA, so did a great job of cutting back! I’ve been extremely sensible this year, and although I worry about them being slightly disappointed, I’m sticking with what I’ve bought – not that they’ve been hard done by in any way, I just haven’t gone mad!

    This brings me to the actual point of this comment!!! I sat down last week and told the kids that one of their presents would be a donation to a children’s charity – my eldest didn’t even hesitate and instantly said “Great Ormond St”, I was very impressed! I looked on their website and found I was able to send an e-card with a donation, so I sent my son an e-card and added an £8 gift. My girls are 9 and 3, so certainly in the case of the youngest, a little more difficult to choose a charity so I chose for them both! The Railway Children work to help street children all around the world, as well as here in the UK – read more about their amazing work here:
    From their website I donated £3 for each of my daughters and received a lovely personalised letter from Santa in return – what a fabulous idea 🙂
    Lastly, I realised that I had thousands of Nectar points which I never know quite what to do with! So I tweeted Nectar and asked them how I could donate to charity using my points – as it so happens, you can donate to Action for Children who supportthe most vulnerable children and young people in the UK – – 500 nectar points equates to a £2 donation, and I donated the equivalent of £10.

    So, Lesley, my total for children’s charities this week is £24. Well done for your efforts so far, hope you and your family have a great Christmas xxx

    • 38. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Wow Nancy,

      How super is all that! I am so impressed with you and your children for truly living into the spirit of Christmas:-) If we can’t bring ourselves to help others at this time of year when can we?

      I applaud you for teaching your children about altruism. I think we develop better adults when they learn early that helping others is its own reward. I don’t mean to sound all preachy but I feel it is important that we demonstrate good by action and not just talk. I am looking forward to updating the blogtotals this week with the donations from your family.

      I hope that you and all your family have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year!

      Take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 39. GuzaGuzinski  |  December 10, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Hi Lesley,
    Here via your Twitter site…….
    As you know, when I was 8 I wanted to be in the Red Team, and I was, and we won the school sports.
    I don’t give direct to childrens charities, but I give monthly to Combat Stress and Mines Advisory Group (MAG). These both indirectly benefit the lives of children, by, respectively,helping adult combatants to cope with their inner demons, and by making safe minefields around the world which claim so many limbs and lives.
    Both come from a year working in Bosnia, where I learnt more than I had in the preceding 30 years….
    See you on Twitter…..

    • 40. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 13, 2010 at 11:24 am


      Thank you so much for writing to the blog! These are both wonderful charities that help people in the best possible way, one working to heal, one working to prevent harm. I agree that they will both benefit children but following my ‘rules’ I will add the Mines Advisory group to the blogroll as they do have a real and direct benefit to children. No-one who has seen the reports from across the world where mines have been used can only be horrified at the use of mines. Any organisation that works to remove them should be applauded. Any person who does that work? I am in awe of them……

      I will be updating the blogroll this week and will add 6 months of your donations to the totals as you let me know on Twitter that you give £10 per month; my thanks again.

      Take care of you and yours,


  • 41. silversandpit  |  December 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Lesley, good story coming along here.
    I already sponsor a child in Ethiopia through Compassion, currently £21 per month plus occasional extras (Christmas present, birthday present…). I also pay £7 per month to the NSPCC – have done for a long time (forget exactly how long).
    When I was 8 I wanted to be a vet. I liked animals, had a lot of pets and was generally better with animals than people – well, better than with my brothers or the children at school, anyway. Then I discovered singing, piano and music generally and my life changed forever. But I still like animals and still have a lot of pets.

    • 42. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Frances,

      Compassion is another new charity! Thank you so much for this:) I also love to see another donation for the NSPCC, we all know the great work they do. I see from you website that you did change your life when you discovered music. It is an amazing thing to be able to use your talent in your life and I am sure that you get huge satisfation from this…

      You still love animals and that is a good thing, we only have the one pet, Buster. He is more than enough for us at the moment. Perhaps we will get another schnauzer soon, at least that is what my daughter is hoping for!

      My thanks again.

      Take care of you and yours,


  • 43. Mark O'Neill  |  December 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Lesley – have had a chance to read your first 2 chapters – brilliant. can’t wat for the rest!! As for charities, my wife Seaneen has a monthly standing order for £19 to World Vision where she sponsors a child in an under developed country. I also do a yearly fast for Concern where the money goes to help children in mainly Africa. 2006, I raised £516, 2008 – £220, 2009 – £230 and am currently collecting for this year. Anyone wishing to sponsor me please feel free to get in contact via my e-mail or replying to this. Keep up the good work Lesley.

    Comment Part 2 from Mark!

    OK, as promised Lesley – what did I want to be aged 8…… Well, apart from the usual thing like being a football star, I wanted to be a solicitor. I was fully engaged in this venture, having a relative in the trade who was able to ‘advise’ me on everything. That was until I decided to break the news to my mum that when I grew up and got to university and got my degree, I wanted to solicit after that!!!!!!! 🙂

    • 44. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for such a lot of donations to the blog! This will add considerably to the totals:) I am also delighted that we are adding a new charity to the list. Concern is a fantastic organisation and I am really looking forward to writing about them.

      I am so glad you liked the first 2 chapters, I will keep you posted as I do more. It is obviously something I have to do in any spare time I have and it requires a fair amount of ‘mulling’ to get my brain in gear. But I know where I am going with the next few and hope to have a couple out there in the next couple of weeks.

      I update the blogtotals at the weekend so you will see the updated total by next Monday.

      My thanks again to you and Seaneen.

      Take care,


  • 45. Deborah  |  November 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Lesley-I’m Sam’s wife-he told me about this. We give monthly to NSPCC, and sponsor a child in Malawi through Worldvision and and one in India through the Dalit Freedom Network.
    When I was 8 my life revolved around dogs- I didnt have one of my own at that stage but I stalked any dog in the neighbourhood. I wanted to have my own dog when I grew up-particularly a cocker spaniel. As Sam will tell you we have owned 1or 2 🙂
    Good luck with the fundraising.

    • 46. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

      Hi Deborah,

      Thank you so much for this:) I will enjoy adding the donations from you and Sam to the blogroll. I did check with Sam on the details re the donations and he was able to let me know that you donate £5 per month to the NSPCC, £18 to sponsor a child through World Vision and £10 to sponsor a child through Dalit Freedom. I am so impressed at your commitment to children via these wonderful donations. I always add 6 months worth of donations so you will be adding an amazing £198 to the blogtotals!

      I know why you love dogs, I do hope you check out my earlier blog on Buster, our indomitable minature schnauzer! We too love dogs and know the enjoyment you get from a dog with a bit of oomph… I have heard tales of your dogs and am particularly fond of the disappearing wheaten bread…….

      Take care to you both,


  • 47. Roisin  |  November 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Lesley,

    found your blog via twitter – if you are still collecting names and ideas – I do £12 per month to the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
    when I was eight I was torn between being an actress and being a mouse breeder….
    thanks for your rules, very uplifting reading


    • 48. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Roisin,

      Oh, I am always collecting names and ideas and am delighted with yours! This is my second donation to the NSPCC and I will count 6 months of your donations to the blogtotals. If my maths serve me correctly this will be another £72, *little whoop* 🙂 The totals are updated weekly so your £72 will be added within the week….

      I am also chuffed with your 8 year-old ambitions. I understand the actress aim but adore the mouse breeder; I would love you to give me a little background to that as you are the first aspiring mouse-breeder I have ever encountered…..

      Thank you for liking my rules; there are many more that I follow, some more worthy but some a lot more naughty:)

      Take Care,


      • 49. comedymum  |  November 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

        Hi Lesley,

        well I kept mice as pets – my sister bought me a hamster for christmas which was dead in it’s cage when I got it…I recovered from the trauma of this, was taken to the pet shop to choose a replacement…I choose two adorable little mice ‘tinker and Mischief’ (whom I tried to train to walk the tightrope) – knowing that there was such a job as dog breeder I decided that I might like to be a mouse breeder…providing loving homes for little mice – I remember speaking about it in my primary school assembly…by the time I got to actually choosing a career the performing side won, but you never day I might hear the patter of millions of tiny feet…though I don’t reckon there’s much money in it – our local pet shop sells them for £2.50 buy one get one free!!!!!!


      • 50. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

        Oh Roisin!

        The trauma, the hurt of small dead animals:) I am glad you were able to put it behind you with Tinker and Mischief, great names for small furries…..

        I think you probably picked the right career but am glad that you still have a back-up plan, even if it will take a lot of mouse-breeding to make a living.

        Lesley xxx

  • 51. Nancy  |  November 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Oops, I’m very late with this Lesley….last week I donated £20 to @adventurefarm (see My donation was split into 4x£5 donations to JG pages of people I follow taking part in the Sahara Stomp for the charity – they leave to take part in their challenge in just a couple of weeks time 🙂

    • 52. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      You are a love as always:) That is a brilliant donation to people who are braver than me for an excellent cause…….

      I will be updating the totals again at the weekend and will be delighted to add this to the ever-growing totals!

      Thank you and take care,

      Lesley xxxx

  • 53. Bob  |  November 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Lesley,

    Just sent £20 to Uganda Lodge Community Projects who are working on building schools in Uganda. Don’t know if this qualifies as one of your charities but the remarkable thing is that it’s being actively supported on Twitter by a young lady of 15 – @SophieBrown95. I think it’s great that she has been in-country to help with this work and is trying to raise funds to return and do more. Meantime she’s trying to get exposure for the charity here.
    Bob (Egret)

    • 54. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Bob,

      Thank you so much for the donation and for letting me know about the great work that Sophie is doing!

      I am contacting Sophie to ask her if she would like to do a guest post for this blog as I would love to promote the work she is doing….

      Take care,


  • 55. Adrian  |  October 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Hi again Lesley

    As requested I’m just leaving a note to tell you about a small donation I have made to Taunton Opportunity Group which is a pre-school group for children with additional needs. I was inspired to do this by your blog, and by the story on the TOG website of Andy Heather who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise over £7000 for the group.
    What did I want to be when I was 8? I’m far to old to remember I’m afraid 😉

    • 56. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      Oh Adrian,

      Thank you so much for the donation and another new charity for the blogroll:) Andy Heather is a brave man for tackling such a challenge for the charity.

      I will be updating the blogtotals tonight and will happily add your donation to the totals:) As for your childhood ambitions? I think you probably wanted to be as kind as you are now:)

      Take care,


  • 57. Andy  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Well my charity is not strictly limited to children but its work has a huge effect on their lives. I donate £10 a month to Water Aid who spend it on projects to deliver clean water to 3rd world countries where may people including predominately children die from having to use dirty water.

    And when I was eight, I wanted to be an RAF fighter pilot like my father .. sadly 5 years later I found I was red-green colour blind so that put paid to that!

    • 58. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Andy,

      Thank you so much for coming to the blog and telling me about your donation:) A wonderful charity, clean water is a precious commodity in developing countries…..

      I am sorry that your 8 year-old ambition was thwarted and I do hope your grown-up occupation is almost as exciting!

      Thank you again and take care,


  • 59. Lesley (yes really)  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I recently discovered a charity called Happy Child and decided to donate £10 per month. Their website is

    I cant remember being 8 – its one helluva long time ago. I do remember feeling alone even in a crowd though. Perhaps thats why i associate with this charity?

    • 60. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Hello Lesley (yes really)!

      Thank you so much for your comment and donation. I do know the feeling of being alone in a crowd, perhaps because I come from a large family I could enjoy that feeling occasionally. I hope you feel the same?

      What a brillian charity! I love to see a new charity on the blogroll. I add 6 months donations to the list so will update the totals tonight with £60……

      Take care,

      Lesley – the other one:)

  • 61. Nancy  |  October 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Great post Lesley, about a great charity! I emailed my daughter’s nursery about Humphrey’s PJ Week a few weeks back and I’m pleased to say they are taking part!

    I took part in the Sleepwalk for The Children’s Trust just last night, I raised an incredible £155 mostly through the generosity of my wonderful twitter friends 🙂

    Today I read about 11 year old Lauren Gander on the Children’s Trust’s FB feed – she walked the full 10 miles last night, and was the last to finish, ‘sobbing with exhaustion’. I was so moved when I read that I made a £10 donation to her page….

    Thanks for writing about this incredibly important charity Lesley xx

    • 62. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Oh Nancy,

      Thank you so much for the comment and the nice words about this post. I am delighted to say that your £155 raised will take us through the £3000 barrier for the blog!

      I cannot believe that we have come so far in only 6 months for this blog. I am very humbled by all the fundraising efforts that you and so many others undertake for all the charities trying to help children. I admit that I did add my sponsorship to The Children’s Trust as I feel that their work is wonderful…

      My thanks to you again and I do hope that everyone sees your comment and helps raise more money for Lauren’s great efforts….

      I will be updating the blog totals later this week and will be delighted to add The Children’s Trust to the blogroll:))

      Take care,


  • 63. Claudia  |  September 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    OK, the charity our family are donating for about 20 years is here:
    We are supporting a child with a monthly contribution. We started this because we had a hard time when we started a family and we are grateful for those who helped us and we want to pass on a bit of our luck and happiness.

    I wanted to be a doctor when I was eight.

    This blog is a wonderful idea.

    Take care


    • 64. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  September 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      Claudia (the right name this time!),

      Thank you so much. I know from Twittering with you that your monthly contribution is 30 euro. I always count 6 months of contributions for the blog so this is a total odf 180 euro (£150) for Childrens’ Villages. I will add this to the blogtotals tonight so that everyone can see this wonderful charity.

      I am most impressed that you wanted to be a doctor at 8, a very serious vocation for a youngster; you obviously always wanted to do good:)

      Take care of you and your children….


  • 65. trevor  |  September 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Poem for Eight
    When I was eight, my life was great! I would dance and sing and play.
    Sleep in peace all night to wake to another great day.

    I am older now and see the world from a different point of view,
    So much horror and pain, not (possibly) for me and you.

    I see kids of eight in a terrible state, both home and far away,
    And remember when I was like them, but I could just laugh and play!

    As we grow old we learn that life is for the living.
    It can be cruel and hateful and very unforgiving.

    If I were a child right now, a cruel place I would find,
    For mother nature, whilst pure, can sometimes be unkind.

    At home we sit and watch our screens, the pc or the tele
    And often there are glimpses of places dark and dank and smelly.

    In those sites young children sit with hope upon their faces
    By giving on this blog we can rid them of those places!

    • 66. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  September 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm


      How wonderful is this! I will actually place this as a post on the blog as I want to make sure that everyone sees it….

      Thank you so much,


  • 67. Neil  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Haha fantastic post with amazing photos. I must admit they bought a huge smile.. I donate thru GAYE, It goes to 5 charities, but it does include NSPCC and British Red Cross, its only a pound a week, I should up it really, I’ve done it since GAYE came in so hopefully it’s mounting up. Your spurred me into upping it now.

    • 68. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm


      Thank you lovely:-) You see, all, my twitter pals are a wonderful bunch!

      £1 a week does mount up and I always count 6 months of donations so will add £26 to the blogtotals for the NSPCC and Red Cross when I do my weekly update. As I keep telling everyone, every pound mentioned on this blog makes me smile so I am delighted to be able to add this to the total.

      GAYE Is a great way to donate without pain, do it myself so chuffed that you have taken the time to write to me.

      Thank you for saying the post is fantastic, as for the photos? I think they demonstrate that I am not afraid to be an eejit so I am okay with that….

      Thank you again Neill, take care of you and your lovely family.



  • 69. Nancy  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Lesley

    What a great post – I follow you on twitter, though not sure we’ve ever actually tweeted each other, but this is so much better anyway – no 140 limits 😉

    I follow loads of charities on twitter – most of which I’d have never heard of otherwise! I have 3 different types of charities which are closest to my heart..Cancer charities because I lost a friend (and CRUK is the reason I’m on twitter!)…AIDS charities because I used to live in Africa and left my heart there….and children’s charities because I am a mum to 3 beatifully healthy children and am thankful for that every day. To cut that rather lengthy story short, I can’t support all the charities I follow financially, but I did send a parcel of art and craft materials to @savethefamilyuk last week. They work to keep families together when they have become homeless, so that children aren’t torn from their familes and put into care.

    So that was my children’s charity of choice, and I was very pleased to have supported them 🙂

    Nancy x

    PS When I was 8, I wanted to be a nurse – became a programmer and hate the sight of blood now 😉

    • 70. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      What a brilliant comment! I know what you mean about having the three types of charities close to your heart. It was hard for me to make my choice when starting the blog and that is why I decided to let everyone tell me about their favourite children’s charities. I love the fact that I get to look at so many organisations doing such great work – this has been an eye-opener for me in the best way:-)

      I also love your donation as it lets us all know yet another way we can help. Sometimes children need something to unwrap and get joy from and a parcel of art and craft goodies would have lifted those children in a special way. As per our little tweet-chat I will add £10 to the blogroll for this although I know it was worth more. The blog totals are updated every weekend so this will be added in.

      I am also delighted to add another great charity to the list, Save the Family. I have also started to follow them on Twitter and will be writing to them at the weekend to see if they are happy for me to write about them.

      Lastly, you and I must be quite alike as I too wanted to be a nurse and then moved into IT although it wasn’t so much blood as other functions that put me off! 😉

      My thanks to you again, take care of yourself and your lovely family,

      Lesley xx

  • 71. ShugNiggurath  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I raised £322 for Children with Leukaemia by walking the West Highland Way. (I also just sent £200 raised on a World Cup Game to Erskine Hospital / armed forces charity, but it’ll be kids next time).

    What I really, really wanted to be when I was a child was a tiger. They looked really cool and majestic. I was quite upset when I realised I couldn’t get to be one for real. So I went on a rampage instead and by the end of it wanted to be a solicitor or a journalist.

    I’m not that wee boy anymore, but I do work in the newspaper industry so I was sort of on the money.

    • 72. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      Oh Shug,

      I so love your tiger ambition, who doesn’t love a good rampage:-) I am disappointed for you that you couldn’t get to be a tiger when you grew up but many might think that journalists are carnivores? I apologise for that jest with the excuse that I know many lovely journalists……

      Walking and fundraising – you are an man full of action, I checked and that is 96 miles of walking, awesome you! And you gave it to Children with Leukaemia which is a new charity to add to my list. I always update the totals pages on Sunday evening so tonight will be fun for me:)

      I also want to congratulate you on your fundraising for the Erskine Hospital/Armed Forces Charity. I know this blog focuses on children’s charities but I still wish to applaud everyone who raises money for such a deserving cause…….

      My thanks to you again for such a brilliant comment:)

      Take care of you and yours,


  • 73. Neill  |  August 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Lesley I’ve donated £1 a week to Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust to through G.A.Y.E …

    • 74. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Oh Neill,

      How excellent is that:-) Another donation, another £26 to add to the blogtotals that I am working on as we speak. I am so glad that you have taken the time to do this an you will be adding quite a lot and three whole entries to the blogtotals!

      Those who have been here before will know that Neil is another kind Twitterer. I have already blogged about my love for Twitter and Neil is a perfect example of why I love it so. People are so kind to take the time to come here; I try not to overdo it with blognags on Twitter but many people take the time to check it out and then to write on my blog.

      Yet again my thanks to you Neil, there will be a large *mwah* for you next time I tweet:-)

      Take care of you and that gorgeous family!


  • 75. Jane Allen  |  August 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    When I was 8 I wanted to be a hairdresser. I had a Tressy doll whose hair grew through the top of her head and I used to spend hours trying to create a coiffeur to beat all others !!
    My Dad, however had other ideas for me and I ended up at secretarial college : (

    • 76. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      Oh Jane,

      I know that dream of hairdressing. Unfortunately, I was bad at hair then and am still not up to much:) I spent too much time being railroaded into playing football when my brothers were short of a player. I wasn’t any good at football but they used to place me in goals out of the way:-)

      Thank you for your comment, I just hope that you come back and comment again next time you donate to a children’s charity? I collect comments but I also collect comments on donations to charities, please have a look at the Totals and Charities Pages on the blog to see what I mean:-))

      Take care of you and yours,


  • 77. Sire  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    What an admirable post. I normally give something to charity when they call but there is one that I contribute to on a regular basis. I donate to World Vision where I sponsor two children and have been doing so for years.

    You get regular regular reports on how they are going and it’s good to watch them grow. Once it’s deemed that the community they’re in are able to look after themselves World Vision find me other children that need help. A good investment indeed.

    • 78. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Sire,

      Thank you, both for your reply to my comment on your blog and for this comment. I created a new page recently for those charities that are happy for me to blog about them. I ask permission first as I want them to be happy about this. A few have been added so far and I have a couple of new approvals so I will update the ‘Charities Page’ (I came up with that original page title myself!) later today.

      I do have to ask one favour of you. To add to my totals, I need to know your monthly donation? Many of the comments have been added from people like you who donate monthly to charities that benefit children. I always take 6 months contributions as the figure to add to my blog-total.

      I am also chuffed that we have a new charity to add to the blogroll and totals:-) I will be writing to World Vision this week to ask their permission to blog on them too!

      My thanks again, take care of you and yours.


      • 79. Sire  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

        No problem at all Lesley. I donate $87 per month to World Vision. I’ll be interested to see their response to your query.

      • 80. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm


        Thank you:) I did forget to mention that this is also another first, getting AUS$ on the blog…..

        I will count 6 months donations so your addition to the blogroll will be $522, brilliant!

        Take care,


  • 81. Bob  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Lesley, you’ve talked me into it – don’t remember what I wanted to be at 8 as I think my serious aspirations only developed later in life.
    I love your blog and the idea behind it and wish you every success with what you are doing here.

    Made a £25 donation to Little Haven Childrens Hospice.

    Hope your blog encourages lots of new donations to childrens’ causes.

    Bob x

    • 82. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

      Oh Bob,

      I should probably feel guilty about nagging you into this but am afraid I can’t be! Thank you so much for this:-) I know you are a talented artist as I have seen some of your work via Twitter. You maybe didn’t know what you wanted to be at 8 but your grown-up self seems to be doing well….

      I am so chuffed to have another donation mentioned on the blog, I do my totals on a Sunday evening so the Little Haven Children’s Hospice will now be added to the weekly update.

      My thanks again for your kindness, both donating and the comment here.

      Take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 83. Iain  |  July 31, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Lesley, followed you through from Twitter (@IainMonty).
    I don’t give to charities usually because there are so many good causes to chose from.
    I particularly don’t single out any one children’s charity, as I am involved in the children’s justice system in Scotland and I know so many good groups and charities I couldn’t favour an individual one.
    I still support what you’re doing though and wish you luck.
    At the age of 8, I so wanted to be in the RAF, but they are not big on disabled people apparently. lol

    • 84. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm


      I understand what you mean, this is why I created the blog for any children’s charity that a person would want to support or when a pound was dropped into a collection box. My aim is to promote any valid children’s charity.

      Your work in the children’s justice system will show you the best and worst, I assume? Children in hard circumstances but all those good people and organisations wanting to help so I know that you are giving of your time and effort for children, I can only applaud you for that….

      I love your 8 year-old ambition, it is just a pity that the RAF haven’t caught up with others yet:-)

      Thank you for your comment and take care,


  • 85. Carolyn  |  July 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    The Big Society is good when it is supported by government.
    I have 2 friends who have just opened up 2 separate enterprises. The 1st is a non profit making shop opened with the sole purpose of offering work experience to young adults with Aspergers Syndrome and High Functioning Autism to prepare them for work in regular, paid employment. This is a service that could not be provided by government.

    The 2nd friend has opened a daycare service for severely Autistic Adults. The services provided by the state in the region are inadequate, hence the service she has set up. Now, that branch of funding for these vulnerable people has been cancelled. This is where the link with government needs to be addressed.

    As David Cameron said upon entering Number 10….

    …those that can should, and those who can’t we will always help.
    David Cameron 11th May 2010 ……

    The help is needed now, Dave.

    • 86. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm


      Thank you for your comment, I am interested to hear the viewpoints of all on the blog. I do try to be apolitical here but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see the comments of others. I have some indirect experience of Aspergers and anyone who works to support those with this condition are both kind and compassionate.

      I am not Big Society, I believe that we are all one society, including all governments. I feel that individuals have a duty to care for our fellow man and that our governments should help those who can’t. It will always be a mix of the two, one complementing the other, not replacing.

      Take care,


  • 87. Jane Staiano  |  July 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Hi lesley,
    I wanted to help kids that are so poor that they can’t even afford to go to school, and who live and often work on the streets. One charity who helps these street kids, not only get an education but also to try and fulfill their dreams, and give them hope, is the ABC Trust – Action for Brazil’s Children. They have an office here where I live in London.
    Last sunday I ran 10 k at the British London Run to raise money for the charity. So far I have managed to raise £645 – and I am promised more from people still which is great.
    As for when I was 8….well I really wanted to be a nurse! But unfortunately when I grew up I discovered that I couldn’t stand the sight of blood at all…..
    I have always been into theatre and so my career took me in that direction instead. The funny thing is that I’m often cast as a nurse, in the TV jobs that I go for!

    • 88. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Jane,

      Wow, £645 for such an amazing charity, I am so impressed with both the running and your fundraising! Thank you so much for writing to me about this. I will be happy to add to the blog-totals, now a tantalising £1999!

      I am also delighted about your charity helping to educate Brazil’s street children, education will give those poor kids the chance to take themselves out of poverty and hopefully give them choices in their lives.

      I also wanted to be a nurse at 8 but was put off by bedpans and ‘sick’ so perfectly understand your issues:-) Your choice now I admire, acting is a challenging profession. I am really looking forward to when you can let us know about the project you are working on at the moment, I will be first in line for it.

      My thanks to you for your fundraising and coming to the blog to comment about it.

      Take care,


  • 89. Tony  |  July 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

    A worthy request. The only charity who I donate to is the Salvation Army. I prefer to donate my time rather than money, so I spend many happy hours working at a children’s hospice and also crewing on boats which give free trips to the disabled.

    • 90. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 18, 2010 at 9:25 am


      A lovely comment, thank you. I have had other comments on the blog for time being donated and I don’t underestimate the importance of this. I admire all people who are happy to donate their time to worthy causes, especially where children are involved:-) Also, the fact that you choose to do this at a children’s hospice is awesome! Hospice’s are key in helping the terminally ill and their families with respite, support and comfort. I know that they can also be places of laughter and joy, so key to making a difference to everyone involved.

      I thank you for your comment and hope that you will check back in from time to time to see how the blog is doing.

      Take care,


  • 91. Joy  |  July 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hi Lesley – at last I am taking the time out to actually post my thoughts, despite numerous promises and pangs of guilt every time we have coffee (which is not often enough these days!). As you know I think this is a fantastic idea and credit to you for setting it up and keeping it running. I have donated £20 to CLAPA, on behalf of my niece Anna who as you know was born with a cleft palate.

    So when I was 8 – At a very practical level I wanted to work in a fruit shop. Why……..well in our local fruit shop the lady put the fruit in a paper bag and did this amazing action to twirl the bag and seal it at the top. Then she got to use a magic marker pen (wow!) to write the price in a specifically printed circle on the bag….It used to drive me nuts though cos they always missed the circle…..are you sensing the OCD tendencies at an early age?

    My other great ambition was to be a detective. Firstly I wanted to be George (Famous Five) with a constant companion like Timmy the Dog. Then I got a little more sophisticated and decided Nancy Drew was my role model……..oh yes and Jupiter Jones had that amazing hide away in his aunt and uncle’s scrap yard! My days of detection ended up with Starsky and Hutch as my friend and I whiled away many hours involved in stake outs, shoot outs and kipdappings, talking in an american accent and using the word ‘bucks’ a lot, as it seemed dead cool.

    Anyhow enough rambling………enjoy the rest of your hols, and yes your oven looks amazing!!

    • 92. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 16, 2010 at 10:05 am


      Thank you sweetheart! Another amazing charity to add to my list and £20 to add to the total. I will confess that reading this has brought tears to my eyes but don’t tell anyone, I don’t want to ruin my work reputation:-)

      I love the fruit shop ambition, did all of us use the paper bags to practise the twirly move? I so get that ambition, tins were too heavy for the paper bags but one orange was heave enough for an 8 year-old to do the twirling.

      The detective ambitions – wowser, you would have made a great detective. I remember the Nancy Drew and know that you love books and words as much as I. You are the poet who warmed my heart after all….

      Lastly, I think that you should definitely ensure that you get the word ‘bucks’ into your meetings next week, entirely apt in our workplace and will take you back, if only for a moment:-) Oh, and thank you for the oven admiration….

      Thank you again and *hugs* for this.


  • 93. Hattie  |  July 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I am a bit late doing this….i promised ages ago..I give £15 per month to actionaid, sponsor a child in Haiti have been doing this for about 5 years now. Is it only childrens charities you are looking for details for, as I do the help the aged lottery on direct debit too which is £10 per month (i never cash any of the prizes I win though).

    and when I was 8 I wanted to be either a butcher lady with a van like the one that visited my granny or else a bus conducturess, i used to wait at the bus terminus near my house and ask for rolls of tickets so that I could pretend to be one…lofty ambitions I had. (i became neither of these btw 😀 )

    • 94. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Oh hattie, thank you for writing to me and telling me about your monthly donation to Actionaid. A new children’s charity for the blog! I will do my usual and take 6 months donations to add to the blog-totals so will add £90, this takes us over £1300:-)

      I also think that it is wonderful that you contribute to Help the Aged via their lottery as well. Although I keep the blogtotals on donations to help children I am delighted that you help those who are elderly and frail as well….

      I have added your 2 comments together on the comments page so that everyone can see your 8 year-old ambitions. I like them both, travelling butcher or bus-conductress. You may say they weren’t too ambitious but I think they showed a childish fondness for travel and I’ll bet that you love to travel now?

      Thank you again and take care,


  • 95. Chris Malvern  |  July 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Lovely Lesley,

    My donation to a childrens charity is £14 per month – The charity is Plan Uk, a fantastic organisation that works with communities around the globe helping them to address issues around education and health.

    I sponsor a little girl called Patricia in Haiti and have done for the last 9 years.

    It has been a pleasure for me to write and receive letters from Patricia’s family, and now from Patricia. Her first message was a drawing of a leaf, her last (before the quake) was a message telling me she loved me, and that she wanted to train to be a nurse when she grew up. I’m always inspired by the knowledge that the small sum I don’t miss has ensured that this bright young girl has an education and a future very different from what might have been.

    Haiti has been in the news recently, so many people will be aware that it is the poorest nation in the Northern Hemisphere – I’ve had word that Patricia is alive, but no communication from her as yet.

    Now, though I grew up to be a Nurse (and other things), at 8 I wanted to be a Chef.

    Love your blog – it is a thing of beauty – pure in intent and message.

    Chris x

    • 96. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

      Hi Chris,

      What a super donation! The second to Plan UK, a fantastic organisation. The letters from Patricia are heart-warming and her messages reinforce the worth of your actions. I am glad that Patricia survived the Haiti earthquake and hope you hear from her soon and that she and her family are surviving this brutal experience. Nature is a very scary thing, the human race does so much damage and then nature comes in to reinforce that it will always be the stronger force….

      Thank you so much for you kind comments on my blog, makes me very pink-cheeked! I will add 6 months of your donation to the blog so, (counting on my fingers) this adds up to £84 added to the blog totals, bringing us up to £1244! I will update the totals page over the weekend but my huge thanks to you now…

      I am impressed that you managed to follow-through on one of my childhood ambitions and are a nurse, a tough but fulfilling vocation. And at 8 you wanted to be a chef, I do hope that you enjoy cooking now so that there is a little residual 8 year old fun:-)

      Thank you again and take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 97. Ellie  |  July 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    This blog is a very nice idea you must be a very caring person to have come up with this.
    When I started working for a branch of the UN I began sending £5 a month to UNICEF, I’m still doing it but now it’s £10 🙂
    When I hear children in UK complaining they dont have the latest fashions or game player or gadget I get very angry because I have been to places in the world where some children dont even have a childhood … little food, poor clothing, barely a roof over their heads, no sanitation, sent out to find work or food at age 4 or 5 ……. no child should live like that.
    Once you are an adult then fending for yrself is ok but a child should be protected and nurtured and treasured and given the chance to be happy and above all loved ….. sorry if that sounded like a bit of a rant!

    When I was 8 I wanted to be a Roman soldier ….. my sister and friends wanted to be fairies and airhostesses so I spose I was a little odd 🙂
    I was a very sickly child with congenital heart probs (you would never guess to see me now lol) so I spent a lot of time at home or in hospital this is where I developed a taste for history … hence the Roman Soldier thing
    best wishes

    • 98. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  July 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm


      This is the first donation to be logged for Unicef so thank you for adding both to the totals and to the blogroll. I will be updating the totals tomorrow and will count your donations for the first half of 2010 to count towards the blog. This £60 will make our running totals £1160!

      Another wonderful 8 year old ambition has also been added to the list, Roman Soldier! A noble ambition, I really love this one, although it would have been tough going:-) I too loved history as a child although Egyptian history with mummies and pharohs was my favourite….

      Thank you again and take care of you and yours.


  • 99. Miss H Cushion  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I do not often give to charities (due to being a total skinto) but Freecycle regularly and support the RAOK movement by performing Random Acts Of Kindness whenever I can. In fact, I feel a new Twitter hashtag coming on.. #RAKOF ?

    When I was 8, I wanted to be Miss World.. I think that, through my Twitter Avatars, I have achieved just that ; )

    • 100. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Oh Humphrey, thank you:-)

      Obviously, you are not only Miss World but, having seen your avatars, you are Miss Eurovision, my particular favourite being Miss (?) Germany. You also know from our tweetlunacy that I was much impressed with your Heidi look.

      I will ask one favour – write back to me with details of your latest RAOK as I love this idea. My latest one was when picking up my daughter up from her part-time job (start ‘em young, I say). There was quite an elderly lady standing outside the shop where daughter works and looking for the new supermarket just opened as she wanted to see what it was like. It was too far for her to walk so we offered her a lift. It may only have been a small thing but it was the right thing to do and saved here over £3 for a taxi…

      So, please write back and let me know.

      Take care,


  • 101. Uncle Marvo  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Right, you. Like this post, will tweet it.

    I don’t (normally) donate online. Therefore I’m going to take £50 and give it to the first person I can find whose child deserves it. I’m not going to give it to a recognised charity because I don’t trust most of them as far as I could throw them.

    Got Lisa Ansell’s address?

    PS when I was eight I wanted to be a good writer. Now I are one.

    • 102. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

      Oh, Uncle Marvo, thank you:-)

      I will say that no-one has to donate online to comment on this wee blog, collection boxes are just as valid if not more so.

      I think that your idea of giving to someone you think deserves it is an excellent one. You know where it will go and how it will be spent so for me, that is the essence of what I am trying to do.

      Your writing skills, wow! I am so impressed with your highly-developed literacy skills that I feel humbled at this point. I can only say – if I could develop skills like wot u have I would be a spectacilar righting girlie, like!

      In the meantime, I will only aspire:-)

      Thanks again and take care,


  • 103. Tim  |  June 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Very touched by your ideas, perceptions and attitude.I am in the process of setting up a charity myself: Empowering children (and familes) who have been affected by mental illness and addiction issues of their parents/loved ones. There are nearly 3 million children in the UK who are of school going age whose childhood have been snatched away from them due to this.They often work as full time carers.Because of the stigma of the issues which are atill rife in our society, they have carry on in stoic silence, dignity and harbouring their deep dark secrets. I know, because my daughters suffered through my own affliction.My entire purpose though this project is to devote myself wholely to this cause.It will be great to stay in touch with people like you.

    • 104. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm


      A lovely comment, thank you! Please feel free to write to me any time and give me updates on your progress. This blog is to raise awareness and hopefully prompt donations to organisations that will help children, regardless of geography and situation. The situation is so important, there are so many circumstances that can affect children negatively including mental illness and addiction. I applaud you for your efforts and wish you luck.

      Take care of you and your daughters,


  • 105. liz  |  June 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    you are an absolute star. You leave me in awe with your work. I thank people like you from the bottom of my heart your making a great big difference for the children of our future. I thank you for that as your the begining of change. God bless you in all you endevour.

    love liz x

    • 106. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm


      Aaawww, thank you:-) That is a very sweet thing to say. I will ask you one favour if I may, next time you donate to a children’s charity please come back to the blog and tell me about it. I know that you will as you are obviously a kind soul and I know that I, and everyone else, would love to hear what charities touch your heart.

      Thanks again, I am really pleased that you like my small attempt to help.

      Take care,


  • 107. Peter pomerol777  |  June 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I recently donated £50 to Kidsout charity. This covers a day out.

    At 8 I wanted to be an engineer

    • 108. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 10, 2010 at 11:10 pm


      Thank you so much for taking the blog totals to £1050! I am going to have so much fun updating the totals page this weekend and am delighted that we are seeing yet another great children’s charity being added to the blogroll. focuses on fun for disadvantaged children and fun is what children should have.

      I am also impressed that you had such a serious ambition as an 8 year old and I do hope that your current profession fits in well with your grown-up ambitions.

      Thanks again and take care,


  • 109. Gail  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Lesley, let me start by saying what a fantastic idea and wish you every success with your book.
    I donate to several children charities including Scottish charity Children 1st. After the horrific abuse and murder of Baby Peter Connolly I got together with a group of mums and formed a group “Song for Baby P”. To cut a long story short, we gained over 25,000 members and encouraged all members to email Chris record label to agree to the rerelease of his single “Tell Me Theres a Heaven”. Chris manager made it clear, Chris would donate proceeds to NSPCC but WE had to convince record label. It was tough but with the commitment and loyality of our members we done it. My URL explains all. At present we are unsure of the total raised.
    Now… “When I was 8, I wanted to”…be a mum…lol. Believe it or not, that is all I ever wanted. I always have and always will love children. I have 4 of my own kids now, from 2yrs up to 15yrs. They drive me crazy at times, but give me so much pleasure. I hope I havent bored you too
    Again, I wish you every success with your blog and book and I for one, would buy it ;))

    • 110. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm


      Oh, that comment definitely brought tears to my eyes. The horrific life and death of Baby Peter Connolly was one that gave me, I am sure amongst so many others, bad dreams for a long time. It is for reasons like this that I do this blog. I would also like to say a huge Bravo to you and your fellow mums for the Chris Rea single – that is what action is all about and I hope that someone else reads your comment and is similarly inspired. I am certainly inspired to carry on blogging if the result is to publicize the single and your efforts for the NSPCC.

      I agree on the wanting to be a mum – in my group of friends at school they were all certain that I would become a mum and indeed I was the first one to do so and my eldest is now 27 and (this is the hard part, I warn you!), living happily in London. I am truly happy that you got your 8 year old wish.

      I will add a £10 donation to the blog for the Children 1st charity if that is okay with you. I am truly delighted to say that this brings us up to the £1000 donated by folks and commented upon on this blog. I don’t claim any credit for the fund-raising but I do hope that this blog allows everyone to see all the tremendous charities out there and hopefully will be prompted to donate in turn and then write to me again.

      Lastly, I would ask one favour. It would be great if you could come back to the blog when you find out how much you and your friends were able to raise for the NSPCC as a result of the single; I know it may take a while but I am sure everyone who reads your comment would love to know.

      Take care of you and your family,


      • 111. Gail  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

        Aww bless you Lesley and I will continue to come on and keep updated. It really is fantastic. As soon as we hear of the total I will let you know. The single was released in March last year and done not too bad. It was on download only unfortunately and didnt get the airplay we wanted, but…. as long as we raised enough money to save even ONE child at risk then we achieved our goal. xx

  • 112. TanktheTories  |  June 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hello! I donate £15 a month to Plan, an international charity to give girls choices in life other than marriage and child-rearing at a young age. It provides education for girls (where this is otherwise unobtainable) as well as health care such as vaccinations. I sponsor a Paraguayan girl called Griselda. The charity website is at

    I wanted to be a deckhand on a trawler. Like my mum. Seriously. Quite an unusual family. She did it for 8 years.

    • 113. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Tank (to use the shortform:-)),

      thank you so much for your comment on the blog and I will take this year’s donations to date as your total to show £90 on the blogtotal if that is okay with you. I will be doing a new post tomorrow and will update the totals and talk about the Plan charity then.

      Brilliant, what an ambition. Your mum sounds class, kudos to your mum:-))

      Take care,


  • 114. Sam  |  June 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    So what did I want to be when I was 8? Well, to be honest I must have been a very boring child at this age as all I really wanted to do was play football and pretend to be the Lone Ranger. My friend (Tonto) and I righted many wrongs in the fight for good over evil. So most of my day-dreaming went into having fun in the present rather than looking forward too much. Now that I’ve reached the fine old age of 58 (plus a little bit more) I’m still living and enjoying the present and allowing the future to be a surprise.

    • 115. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  June 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Sam,

      Unfortunately, you didn’t mention the charity donation. Fortunately, I know from a separate communication that you donated £10 to the Children’s Hospice, an organisation that helps terminally ill children and their families during what must be very dark times for all.

      I don’t think it was boring to be the Lone Ranger; I remember Saturday morning black and white television and the Lone Ranger! Many boys of the time acted the Lone Ranger and Tonto, I just wonder did your mum allow you the coveted prize of the time, a cap gun?

      My personal favourite was, for good or ill, Champion the Wonder Horse but I know I didn’t want to be a horse when I grew up….

      Thank you and I will update the totals over the weekend.

      Take care,


  • 116. Karen and William McAusland  |  May 31, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Hi Lesley,
    I’m glad to see the blog is going well, it is such a good idea.

    My wee hubby and I have just donated £500 to the Mondo Foundation, a charity that supports families in the third world through a combination of direct donations and volunteer activity, which is separately funded.

    This is the group I am joining in Tanzania from September to December, working in their HIV/AIDS scheme which helps mothers to start small businesses so that they can provide for their families,feed their children properly and send them to school. Other parts of the organisation help local schools and orphanages directly.

    Next year when I come home, I’m hoping to do some fund-raising for the charity, when I know more about their needs.

    When I was eight I was convinced I would be the next Enid Blyton (sophisticated reading!) and I filled school notebooks with tales of Mysterious Disappearing Teachers and of Midnight Feasts and Jolly Hockey Sticks. I desperately wanted to go to a fun Boarding School instead of eating my greens with my family.

    When he was eight, William was AT one of those boarding schools and dreaming of delicious family meals at home! I think all he wanted was to be just the wee rascal that he was at eight. Hmm, did his ambitions change, I wonder?

    Good luck and keep blogging,

    xo Karen

    • 117. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Karen and William,

      I am so delighted to see this donation. You have made Lesley a happy wee bunny. I know of Karen’s plan to walk the walk (as I only talk the blog-talk) in going to Tanzania. I admire both William and Karen in this; Karen of course for taking on this task to help the mothers start small businesses and William for providing his support in this work.

      I am not surprised that Karen wanted to be Enid Blyton; much the same type of ambition as myself although I really wanted to be either Jules Verne or live the life of Anne of Green Gables! William at boarding school makes me imagine midnight feasts and catapults!

      Love to you both for such a wonderful donation and I will be sure to assist when you get back.

      Take care,


  • 118. Drmstream  |  May 20, 2010 at 3:26 am

    What a clever and generous idea. We recently gave a substantial donation to a charity based in Greenwich, CT that provides temporary housing for children whose families have ruptured. The hospice offers a way to keep children out of the standard child welfare system until their situation can be sorted it. It’s a very good cause called Kid in Crisis.

    When I was 8 I wanted to be an Indian, a detective, a newspaperman, a teacher and a writer.

    Hope this blog catches on.

    • 119. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Dear Drmstream,

      Firstly, wonderful name! Thank you so much for your comment and I like the fact that your ambitions as an 8 year old were wide and varied. This is exactly how it should be when you are 8 – one day an Indian, the next a dectective, the next day, who knows. You were I think a child of imagination and action…..

      I have had a look at the Kids in Crisis website and they are a pretty amazing bunch. I also think the triathalon event they are planning looks brilliant. I would say that it is a pity that I am in Northern Ireland and not able to participate but that would be a fib as I am way too unfit for that! However, I am doing a 6km (almost 4 miles) ‘Walk for Life’ event on Sunday May 30th; that is more than enough for me…

      Lastly, a favor. I am trying to keep a running total of monies donated so I would really appreciate it if you could let me know how much your donation was so that I can publish updates at the weekend. I think this is an important part of the blog as I go so that everyone can see the variety of charities and amounts we are trying to help. I understand that you may be reticent to do this but it would mean a lot to me.

      Thanks and take care,


      • 120. Drmstream  |  May 21, 2010 at 1:58 am


        It was in excess of $500 US. Hope that helps.

        I wish you the best fortune with this project.

      • 121. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

        Dear Drmstream,

        Only one word for you – brilliant!

        Thank you for your best wishes and I will add this amount to the running totals page tonight when I get home from work.


  • 122. Alyson  |  May 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I found you thru your visit to my blog ( and I have to say — what a fantastic idea this is. I hope you get lots and lots and lots of hits, and can count lots of donations, as a result.

    I chose to donate $50 USD to, which is the organization set up in the aftermath of 9/11 to help the children who were left fatherless, or motherless. My youngest child is in class with a “Tuesday’s Child” — he was an infant when his father was killed in downtown NYC.

    9/11 changed me as a person — my husband very easily could have been downtown that day — and changed our world. I don’t think I can remember what I wanted to be when I was 8, but I am keenly aware that the world is a much different place now. Our children, who in many ways “have it easier” than we did, are growing up with the blessings AND burdens of a smaller, interconnected world, where hate can be transmitted via YouTube or the click of a button and where love can get overwhelmed by the crap that’s often drowning out the good.

    Wow. That was a bit of a ramble for not-even-8am!

    Thanks for doing this. I’ll keep an eye on this site and hope for tons of traffic!!

    • 123. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm


      WOW, thank you for both your donation and your response. Please believe I really understand the impacts of random and sudden acts of violence as I am from Northern Ireland. I would also emphasise to you and everyone else that 9/11 changed our world too; I remember watching in my workplace unable to comprehend what would make people do this. I still don’t understand the thoughts behind such awful events. I also work for a American Company and know that the world is now a different place for many from the US.

      I would add that I am still glad to be from Northern Ireland and it is my hope that other parts of the world will decide that talking is the way forward as it can have very positive results; we are by no means the finished article but we have come a long way in the last 10 years.

      Take care,


      • 124. Alyson  |  May 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

        Lesley — Figured you were in Ireland or UK somewhere (lots of “u”‘s in words that we spell without!).

        Was in Dublin in late March….haven’t yet been to Northern Ireland but if it’s even 1/4 as great as the other places I’ve been…I wish I could go over every couple of weeks!

        (I’m an Irish-American redhead….family from Donegal and somewhere up north too…can’t recall right now!)

        I’ve linked to your site on my home page. Don’t know if it will make a different, but I love what you are doing and wish you a million hits a day!


      • 125. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 11, 2010 at 7:03 am


        The ‘u’s are very telling, what can I say! I am glad that you have been to Ireland, it is as beautiful and friendly as all the media suggests. Next time perhaps you will get to Belfast and the Antrim coastline…

        I have to thank you for the link, this is the kind of help that will help this wee blog make some difference which is all I hope for in doing this.

        PS – I love the hair and am only slightly jealous being a brunette…

  • 126. jacqueline says:  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Hi Lesley,

    What a great idea! I’m off to tweet about you now….

    Oh – and forgot to say, I donated £3 to Action for Children!

    And when I was eight I wanted to be a clown. The urge to run away with the circus still surfaces occasionally when work is particularly busy. That, or an astronaut. xx

    • 127. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

      Hi again Jacq,

      I want everyone who reads my blog to know that Jacq is my handsome son’s beautiful partner. Jacq is kind and supportive to me and I truly appreciate the fact that she has donated and commented.

      I am so glad to know that Jacq is not scared of clowns like so many people. To have the urge to wear large shoes, a red nose and a squirting flower in your buttonhole is admirable at the age of 8. It is obviously balanced by the urge to go into space – I can certainly see Jacq as an astronaut…..

      I will blog at the weekend with the comments but for now will confirm that we are at £38 total for CLIC Sargent, PEAT (Autism Charity in NI), The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and now Action for Children – excellent or what!

  • 128. Roy says:  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Just agreeing with my lovely Les’s comments that she is ‘as daft as a wee mare’ – her words not mine!. Commenting on blogs is something I normally do not do on a Saturday morning or at any other time. Tweeting is entirely alien to me as well. But living under the Sword of Damocles if I don’t contribute either a comment or a donation I figured anything for an easier life. So I’m slipping this in quickly as she talks to her mum on the phone.
    What I wanted to be when I was eight was to be somewhere else from where I was at the time. I was a terrible daydreamer while at school.
    Am happy to donate £20 to an autistic charity and send this blog address to friends and colleagues.
    Les’s project is very worthwhile and I hope you all see the simplicity of it and donate to a children’s charity of your choice and send your comments too.
    I hear the vacuum calling my name and the Icelandic volcanic fallout is not to blame.

    • 129. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

      Obviously, I have been able to gently persuade my husband to donate to a children’s charity and he has donated £20 to PEAT (Parents’ Education as Autism Therapists), based in Northern Ireland.

      I can also confirm that I think that he would still sometimes prefer to be somewhere else and he is a wee bit older than 8! However, most of the time he wants to be with me and I am happy with that…….

      So, the running total is now £25; £5 to CLIC Sargent and £20 to PEAT.

  • 130. Lynn says:  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Hi Lesley, I was sent a link to your blog by Stephen Arthur, I think this is a Fantastic idea, I have donated £5.00 to CLIC Sargent. I enjoyed reading your blog. When I was 8 I just wanted to be 8 and get a pair of roller skates for my Birthday… : )

    Take Care and keep “bloging”


    • 131. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:18 am


      Thank you so much for your donation and your comment. Stephen is my brother and I will send him a message as well to encourage him to write back after his donation. I will most certainly keep blogging! Lastly, I will be extremely cheeky and ask you to pass this on to your friends.

      Take care,


  • 132. Jennie @ Got My Reservations says:  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I think this is a great idea, but many people also donate their time to children and this should be valued as well. For example, I work in my church’s nursery one Sunday a month. Without volunteers, many organizations could not provide the quality care, teaching, and support for the children entrusted to them.

    I’ll be back when I’ve figured out to whom I want to donate my money.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope it will generate some responses for you.

    • 133. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

      when i was 8 i wanted to be…. says:


      Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more with you about all of those people who volunteer their time and I know that this is as important to many charities as without manpower. I am just looking to use my bits of time to try and generate revenue.

      Thank you for checking out my blog, your time is appreciated and I am glad that I have prompted you to donate. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Take care,



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