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PostSubject: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Thu May 13, 2010 3:41 am

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Hi Guys

Feb has been a very slow month, not much happened really, see below.

Storage
We have all our goods ready and waiting to be stored unfortunately the TA cannot help us with storage this year, which is a shame as they have been brilliant. I have rang everyone from council to military services to self storage companies but we cannot get help. So, if you know of anyone who can help with donated storage until Sept , please do get in touch. We really appreciate it very much indeed.

Book sale
We have had confirmation that my place of work will allow us to hold a book sale to raise the funds towards the transport and the various renovations needed at the Orphanage. We have agreed the book sale will be held on 1st April. It is only open to staff so we will see how it goes. We have been donated lots of books and CD from Freegle and friends, which hopefully will sell, but if not ,we will take them to Bulgaria and ask for donations from the expats at our Garden Party. So fingers crossed all goes well.

Easter Chicks
Margaret our very good friend and avid supporter, again comes from Freegle has been knitting little chicks and putting a little cream egg inside. She raise a total of £35.50 when she took them to friends - This is a fantastic amount, well done Margaret!! You are a star! Myself and my friend Maureen have been knitting them too and we will bring them to the book sale on 1st April hopefully people will make donations - Oh they are so cute.

The wool project
We have a large box of wool now, but for the project we really need lots more. We have written to all the wool companies but so far only one company has replied and that is Simplywool.com in Scotland. The have been fantastic and send us a bag of wool and Christine also said she would start collecting and send what she can before the load is transported to Bulgaria. Thank you Christine, you have been wonderful! We will keep trying various other companies and of course we have the Freegle members, who have already given us some wool and needles. So if you can help please do get in touch.

People can also knit square for us and the ladies in the home can sew them together and make blankets - We also need lots and lots of good quality clean single blankets, which I will put an appeal our for in due course. We have such a long way to go yet with the wool. Again if you can help or know of anyone who can please do contact us. Special thanks to Elly who is always there to help out and support us. You are a little treasure! thanks.

Donations
A company called Great Gizmos in Crawley kindly send us a box of items for our shoeboxes, this is just fantastic - various items like moulding/bead kits, small board games, novelty handbag notebooks little cup cakes trinket cups and such. They are just lovely and the children will adore them - So thanks a million to Emma and Great Gizmos for helping us out Your donation will make so many children happy.

Also Hush Puppies donated 3 boxes of shoes to us they are mostly for the younger children and another box for the teenage girls although there was also some for the boys too. They are just fantastic so thanks to Sarah and the MD at Leicester for you wonderful donations. And of course a very special thanks to Bruce Dunn our very good friend from Scotland who offered to pick the shoes up on his way down to P'Boro from Scotland - Bruce you are wonderful and truly our guardian angel. Thanks a million time over.

Take a Break Magazine
Well I am sure you have all seen the story in Take a Break magazine - If not it is on the website under the photo gallery. It appears to be based around us, so you have an insight as to how things started and of course our plans for this year. The fee they will give for the article will go directly to the Orphanage fund for the transport and we will have various other fund raising events throughout the coming months and hopefully we will try to raise the transport costs. Although not sure there will be much, if anything left over for the renovations needed - but we will see how it goes. God is good.

The Garden Party
We have finally been given a date for the Garden Party at the Orphanage which is on Saturday Sept 25th from 1pm we do hope we get a lot more British &
Scottish there this year. We had fantastic support from 18 couples last year. Also a friend William and his wife Jo from Shuman came and brought their local mayor and friends too. They were very impressed at what we were doing. A few weeks later William send me an email to say that, his visit had a spin off effect with the Mayor as he came to William house saying he had some good for the children in the Shuman Orphanage. He asked William &
Jo to visit the Orphanage with him. This again, was fantastic new - The children were delighted with the gifts, even though they were feeling poorly at the time. William and Jo said it was fantastic to be able to help a very worthy cause. Well done guys! You did great. Dougie and I hope to have a few boxes we can donate to them this year too.

So you see, the word is spreading and people are beginning to help various other organizations, which is exactly what we set out to achieve. We will also check if we can organize with the various companies and Rotary club etc in Silsitra, if they can contact the local companies to see if they would fill a box of goods and send to the poor in the villagers and various other organizations. I hope to be visiting the local schools to speak with the directors about the children helping too..

Well that is if for now - We will just keep trying to find storage and hope someone will help us. I will keep you updated. Thanks again to all you lovely people who have helped and continue to help us, You are just fantastic and we could not do this without you.

Berni &
Dougie
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:00 am

Your right Ashley the young are always left out in the cold and never get any praise for the good they do especially Young Bernadette
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:01 pm

Way to go girl!!!!! your so fabulous and if only there were more people like you and Dougie in the world what a lovely place to live it would be
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:52 pm

All good stuff here once again its always so nice to read something so positive and to see that people still have a heart all I can say to you both is simple word but that wouldn't really mean to much on the scale of things but being a mortal I can only say

[size=150:12p4la8g][align=center:12p4la8g]WELL DONE!!!!!! s[/align:12p4la8g]
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:40 pm

Well oddy you have past all expectations again it seems I don't know what it is about this forum but there are so many people on here that are doing good and I have to say with no disrespect to the others that you and Dougie seem to be the light leading the way you are both just simply incredible and the energy you 2 must have ? well I won't say any more its obvious that your both so passionate about what you do that you don't think about yourselves but please remember you must always make time for each other :Hearts:I'm going to ramble on but to say thank god for people like you 2
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:27 pm

Well done Both Berni and Dougie and all your little helpers you are a real inspiration to all of us
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:51 am



Thanks a million Guys for your wonderful comments,really do appreciate that very much indeed. We also look forward to seeing those of you who are in BG in Sept at the Garden Party 25th Sept from 1pm ::

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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:04 pm


July 2010 Update re the Bulgarian Orphanage Silistra

We are now at the end of July and all is well so far. With just 5 weeks left to get the last of the boxes filled ready for the long journey to Bulgaria to the Orphanage. We have done very well and have filled 303 boxes so far with goods for the Baby Orphanages, the Dimcho Orphanage the Kaspichan Orphanage, The Woman’s Refuge Centre, The Home for the Elderly and the local Village.

This month we did one bag packing at Tesco Hampton. There were only 4 of us this time, the amount raised went towards buying items to fill the additional shoeboxes and buy toiletries for the other establishments along with a few large outdoor games for the Dimcho. I had agreed to do 55 shoeboxes for the Kaspichan Orphanage and we had a local group who volunteered to fill 20 shoeboxes for us – so Dougie and I set about filling the other 35. Unfortunately, due to time the group did not get around to filling the boxes so Dougie and I had to fill them with help from Emma who supplied us with the colouring books and crayons. Now each child at the Kaspichan Orphanage will also have a shoebox to open on Christmas day.

We still have lots to do and have been promised all sorts of goods which we are waiting for ie, computers, toothbrushes, paste, toys, jigsaws, toiletries and shoeboxes. We don’t have very long now to get the final items. We will be using the same transport company as last year Delamode PLC in Essex. They were just fantastic! And everything went like clockwork. Latchezar does his best to get us the best deal. They need a list of all items, the weight and volume capacity so they can work out how much it will cost us to transport the load to Bulgaria therefore, we need to have everything here, to be pack and finished by mid August.

Buying the huge trampoline is not as straight forward as I thought. Firstly it is out of stock and they assured me it would be in stock by end of July however, now that date has moved to 25th Aug and to be honest, we cannot take a chance as we need it on the lorry for Sept and would prefer it to be here in plenty of time. Secondly we have to consider the weight constriction as several children will be on it at once. Therefore, we have opted to go with another company who has the item in stock, weight constrictions is up to 22 stone and can deliver next week., which is fantastic!!.



Here is the real star :S:Dougie with the last 3 pallets ready for PC Howard Ltd to collect

Special thanks to Emma, Rick, Dee and David who have been travelling all over collecting goods for us. Thank you so much guys, you are all just fantastic!!! Dougie and I really appreciate all your help and support. We could not do this without you all.

Thanks also to Andy at Tee Kay Packaging Fengate for supplying us with all the boxes this year. You have been just brilliant and we certainly could not have done it with out your help. Thanks a million.

Our very special massive thanks go to Jon and his team at PC Howard Ltd Kings Cliff. They do all our storage for us. They are truly amazing. As you know PC Howard Ltd drop off and pick up pallets the same day for us. We really are so very lucky to have PC Howard and Tee Kay Packaging supporting us. Thanks a million guys you are doing a fantastic job! Hopefully they will continue to help us next year g

The Garden Party held in Bulgaria

The plans for the Garden Party on Sat 25th of Sept at the Silistra Orphanage are coming along. There is not much we can do from here, we have to be in Bulgaria to finalise arrangements. We have musicians hopefully including Pelican, Bulgariabill's disco, the children performing their folklore dance, BBQ food, Alex channel 1 TV and media coverage, Willowsend as our photographer, various stalls including English books tomobola etc. and we will be presenting the goods to various organisations. Therefore, if you can please come and support us, or help us in any way, as we will need help with all sorts on the day. We would be very grateful indeed. Just email us at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].uk or in Sept call Bulgaria mobile
tel no will be 0888 474138

Thank you all for your ongoing support and goods wishes, we really do appreciate it very much and of course we cannot do this without your help.

Berni &
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:22 am

Well done again you 2 I think you are both incredible and the amount of work you do leave me feeling guilty :Very sad:looking at your post should there be a picture? if I can't see it, anyway all the best for you garden party and I only wish I could be there but I wont be able to make it this time
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:12 am

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Mrs Oddball, what a terrific pair you are , here's hoping that you get the practical and financial support you deserve, I may be over in September so if all goes well it would be nice to meet up with you all at the garden party but I just can't commit to it just at the moment, but all the best and I hope it all goes well for all of you
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:08 pm

Well done again I can't say much here as I think most know what a wonderful couple you both really are and I'm sure the children must think the same you must be like a fairy god mother and father to them all s s
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:19 pm



Thank Guys

We really appreciate all your comments - We only have about 3 weeks to go now before the finals boxes are filled and loaded onto the pallets. The trampoline will be here tomorrow or Tuesday so looking forward to that. The computers hopefully will be here next week. Once they are all packed up then we and the volunteers have to go and unload all the pallets and handball onto the truck for transporting to Bulgaria. Then we fly out and meet the lorry at the Orphanage and unload it all again and store ready for the Garden Party. Which also has to be organised - guess we won't get much of a holiday eh!!!!!!!!!

Would really love to see as many of you at the Garden Party on Sat 25th Sept as possible to support us. We will have various activities, music BBQ etc on the day and we are donating a bottle of Southern Comfort a bottle of brandy and a few bottles of wine - will see if we can get tin of Rose for the raffle too. But of course the highlight of the day is seeing the smiles on the childrens faces when the receive the goods an our very own Willowsend will be taking all the photos on the day.

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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:49 pm

Daisy wrote:
Well done again I can't say much here as I think most know what a wonderful couple you both really are and I'm sure the children must think the same you must be like a fairy god mother and father to them all s s

Does a fairy god-father have wings
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:56 pm

I think in the Case of Dougie the answer is yes g well done both
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:03 am

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Does a fairy god-father have wings

Hi willowsend in the case of Dougie yes he has the wings of an angel and so does oddy, they are both tops for me and we could all learn a lot about what's important in our short lives we are here to make a difference if we can and thats what oddy and Dougie are doing and in an amazing way s
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PostSubject: Re: Monthly Update re: the Silistra Orphanage   Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:40 am

Well what can be said here? [size=200:2t4qiygo]FANTASTIC and thats putting it mildly you really are both incredible looking at all you have there is an amazing task!!!! and to have got it all together and packed g here's a XX for both of you

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