Our Manchester weekly news column….
I have started to post this on a Saturday now, as the paper usually lands on a Wednesday / Thursday. I felt that posting it on a Monday was often too late and it looked like I was losing the plot a bit… so here it is … on a Saturday. Giving you more time to read it;-
Oh what a week.
Last week we celebrated Reuben’s 5th birthday, his fourth in heaven.
The run up to it was hectic as we have started on phase 2 the landscaping of the lodge gardens.
We are not posting photographs of our finished lodge or gardens, as we want to keep the big reveal for you, our support. So please come and see it all for yourselves we are open every Sunday in October from 11am-3pm.
I am pleased to share with you that we have started to use our new counselling suite at our offices in Ashton and after our planned open days at Glossop we will do the same there too.
I am also proud to share with you that after our latest pamper day on Sunday we have taken our beneficiaries to over 160 families supported to date via Reuben’s Retreat.
Thank you to all that made Sunday happen. Especially our therapists who volunteer their time, talent, skill and generous hearts to us. To carry out such work is vital for our families.
Reuben’s birthday was a very busy day and I spent the morning arranging flowers at his garden. This year I opted for yellow roses and thistles from myself and Daddy and miniature yellow roses from his Brother.
In the afternoon I went over to the retreat to thank a great bunch of young people that had raised over £8,000 for us. Via TTG media this group of “30 under 30” are pitched to be tomorrows travel leaders and part of their commitment is to choose and work with a charity. They gave us a day of their time, we hosted and barbecue and we drew the numbers for the incredible raffle. It had to be the best list of prizes I have ever seen. I was pleased to see that out of the extensive list of prizes, a few of our supporters won too.
In the morning whilst I tended to Reuben’s garden, our Operations Manager Lynne attended the christening of a lorry courtesy of our very supportive Chris from Anchor removals. A surprise in store, and a lovely gift to Reuben, what would it be? Touched by such kindness, we are thrilled to share with you that Reuben has a lorry named after him. What a lovely gift for our Angel.
After a busy day we all made our way homes to eat sausage and mash in his memory and I posted to our media pages a poem that I had written especially for his birthday which reads;-
“Parcels sent to heaven”
Happy Birthday darling Reuben
5 years old today
Not here at home
With Mummy & Daddy
But where the Angels play
I hope they give you our kisses
That we’ve blown across the winds
I hope they give you our presents
Boxed brightly holding special things
For we sent them last night Reuben
On “express” fairy wings
There are 3 of them to open
One from Isaac, Dad and Mum
Be careful darling Reuben,
Because they way a ton
The first one a box of laughter
Sent from your funny big Brother
The second is really heavy
The biggest hug from your Mother
The third is very special
It’s from your Daddy who’s very kind
Boxed especially for a boy of five
And with you in mind
Its manners please and thank you’s
To help you learn and know
It’s all the things a little boy needs
To help him shape and grow
For our job is to still look after you
Wherever you may be
We do this every day my Son
As we work your legacy.
Lots of thank you’s and gratitude again this week to a number of people, including all of you that sent beautiful cards, wishes, flowers, gifts and ate sausage and mash and posted your photos for our album.
Thank you Mottram church for flying the flag for our darling. Thank you Wendy Bonnick for your match funding, Abigail & Michaela from Lee sacred heart school, Andrew and Sarah from Capstone financial in conjunction with our wonderful support at Glossop golf club,Dawn Bennett Painter for your sponsorship and great support of our work, Anne & Mel Wood and young people and leaders at Fairfield Moravian church youth club, Thomas Ashton school and all those that have purchased a gift from our Debenhams gift list to furnish our lodge, Anneka Bones and friend for scaling the incredible O2, Angus Eddowes our Iron man, Mel Glover, Victoria Hague, Chris Etchells, Travelzoo and all our tough mudder pals, Bradleys bakery and Pearsons, Cathy Laycock for the pie sales, Cruise 1st (you are super special, you know why), the beaverbrooks charitable trust, the hyde and district Ladies darts, thank you and best wishes to Jill and Sean on their recent marriage, and we look forward to joining our travel industry friends and colleagues this week at the Northern ball.
A big thank you to the 60 donations of back packs in memory of Reuben starting school in heaven too, they will be sent to Mary’s meals this next week, and we will send more once they arrive. We are collecting them until the end of the month.
And please pop along and show your support at Tracey’s “Awesome in Autumn” event this Sunday at the village hotel in Hyde. Call for more details; 01457 680023
And finally and by no means least of all a thank you to my darlings Isaac, for keeping me smiling and to my gorgeous Reuben who remained close last week and sent me a beautiful white feather and a special tune on the radio.
Please stay close darling, as we take your journey through its next phase and beyond.