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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage   Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:33 pm

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INTRODUCTION TO Silistra Orphanages March 28, 2009,

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Well it's time for us to start planning our next trip to the Silistra Orphanage. You will probably remember that Dougie and myself Berni sent a lorry load of goods over to the Orphanage in October 2008 and paid for all the transport ourself. It was a wonderful success, that we said we would do it again this year. Most of you followed the blog and seen the pictures.

I have had a small amount of participation from various companies I wrote to. They have send a few boxes of stuff which is a great help, but Freecycle and Netmums still remain our main suppliers. We have filled 79 boxes already but this is now shared between, our own Orphanage and a baby Orphanage in Silistra, we have been told about and what they need etc. We will visit them in Sept with some goods and see what it is like etc. We have also been collecting stuff for our villagers and the home for the elderly and also the Hospital - which we have a few wheelchairs, crutches and walking aids and a mobility scooter - although I am not sure what to do with the mobility scooter yet - I would like to trade it in for some wheelchairs, as they would be much more useful. We will have to look at that in due course.

I have approached our local TA and the WI and they are all collecting for us now, how wonderful is that. thumbsup Got the Brownies and possibly one school doing shoe box appeal for Christmas too. We are over the moon as we were donated an ex hire 40ft by 40ft marquee. All we need to do is buy the metal stakes. They are expensive here in UK £3.50 each and we need about 60, so we will get them made up in BG, which will help the local ironmonger business too.

Now that we have asked people to help, we are just delighted with the response and they are more than happy to be able to help in some way. Mind you, it is still very hard to get a foot in the door - Most companies have their own charities etc they donate to and believe me, it can be very disponding work, but then you get one that say YES, wow! it like you hit the jackpot thumbsup

We have people dropping stuff off and having a coffee and a chat and they are happy to see for themselves what we are like and get more info on our cause, nine times out of ten they will come back with more stuff.

Dougie and I wash, sort, pack the clothes and label the toiletries in Bulgarian. Then we label the boxes and store. But our spare room is getting jammed packed now so we are looking for a kind soul to donate warehouse space. The TA has offered to keep their stuff there until we find suitable storage space. so no panic yet. I am sure something will turn up. The RAF may also be helping us the end of April.

We will be paying the transport again ourself, although, when we are back on our feet properly we will be doing carboot sales, raffles etc to raise the funds. As most of you already know Dougie has had heart surgery in Nov 08 it went well, but he has to undergo another op. He is gutted, as he wanted to be in BG for April, still it can't be helped, his health comes first. I too went down with an illness 3 days after Dougie came out of hospital from his surgery, I was rushed in for another 8 days - We have been lucky in the past with only had minor ailments, the normal cold etc but for both of us to be struck down with major illness at once. it's just unbelievable. I am doing well too, again just a small op and please God we will be back to normal.

Bulgariabill has been a tower of strength to us and has build us a website and it will be going live in April, so hopefully we may get donations from there to make the improvements necessary in the Orphanage, but who knows what will happen.

I have written to various transport companies as they might be in a position to offer us some free space, but with the credit crunch, it is very difficult on them too. But I will keep trying.

I have contacted Opticians and now have 3 of them collecting recycling specs for us, I just need to find an Optician in Silistra to test for free I am working on that too.

I also need to find a way of getting the marquee out as the centre pole is about 25ft long with no breaks, so an all in one unit, the rest folds down - Could be, if we can't get it transported as a whole, we might be able to get a new pole in BG, but I have no idea of the cost, would that be possible??

Well now, you are all up to date again. Unfortunately, it is unlikely we will be moving to BG for another few years until Dougie health is all clear. But we can go for the summer months. We will start off by going for a month in Sept, naturally we want to be there when the lorry load arrives. Oh! it's so exciting I can't wait. We would love to have a big party at the Orphanage in our new marquee so might plan something around that -so watch this space.


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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:59 pm

[size=150:16u5j3ct] Hi Guys

The website is live now please can I ask you all to log on and leave a comment on any one of the pages we would appreciate that very much indeed. T T

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:15 pm

Just posted on your new site its looks a little better than the last one but maybe lose the cherubs/angels.
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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:24 pm

Hi folks

My Wife and I drove up to Silistra last Saturday to deliver the promised photo album of the garden party. It was a great experience and a very worthwhile trip
The album had spaces for 140 photo's and I put 110 in it, the last photo being the one of the sun setting over the Danube
The remaining 30 spaces will be filled with photo's taken of me handing over the album with most of the children around me, they were all so happy and excited to see themselves in the album, they were lovely and were not shy in having a little cuddle H
We were then given a conducted tour of the Orphanage, including all the bedrooms, and the children were not made aware of our visit so no special preparations were made, we actually saw them as in every day life in their very clean and tidy rooms
My wife and I were pleased to see what an inpact Berni and Dougie have had on these children's lives, you could almost say they have spoilt them all
Well done Berni and Dougie, you are both very highly respected at the Orphanage



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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:32 pm

Well done Bryan I'm sure it was well received and I know Bernie will just love you for this

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:28 pm

Yes indeed Bryan I DO H H H it. It is just fantastic T You did a great job. My album is already now for your other set of photos. I copied all the photos on the disc you send me and put them onto a flash drive so when we have the booksale at my place of work on Friday we can run them via the laptop so everyone can see what fun we had on the day. Again thanks a million you did great H

The director has email me to say greetings to Bryan and thank to you for the photo album. They children and everyone love it very much very good job! g

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:36 am

Lovely albums Brian a real credit to you well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Here are a few of our children dress in the Gap donation


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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:06 pm

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[size=150:2ob7u58f] Hi Guys

The website is live now please can I ask you all to log on and leave a comment on any one of the pages we would appreciate that very much indeed. T T

Berni T

Thanks Sal have sorted the backround now. We need to keep visiting the website so please can I ask you visit and leave a comment and spread the word thanks a million. T

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:20 pm

Just been and posted g The site is looking a little better well done g

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:57 pm

I'm sure the last time I was on your site Berni all I had to do was to log in? but now its all a little complicated I must say I preferred the old way but if this is what they call progress ? then so be it.
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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:09 pm

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I'm sure the last time I was on your site Berni all I had to do was to log in? but now its all a little complicated I must say I preferred the old way but if this is what they call progress ? then so be it.

Thanks for the feedback therowfamily I will pass it onto Bill and will let you know the outcome soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:10 pm

Hi folks, the book of short stories and poems with all monies going to the orphanage is now on sale at £10 and that includes postage. If you want a copy send me a PM for more information.

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John A Silkstone

A book title is as important as the contents of the book, so why ‘Pillars of Strength’?

I decided on this title because the young children of all orphanages, gain their strength and guidance from the people who nurture them. This nurturing will lay the foundation that will assist them in their adult life and the outside world.

May their pillars of strength also be pillars of wisdom?

I would like to thank the following poets and authors for giving freely their time and work to help the cause.
Darryl Ashton
Jan Hedger
Joanna Newman
Sally Patricia Gardner
Roland Gardner
Mike Black
Tina Sanderson
Peter Southern
David McDonald
Serena Micallef
Wendy Niles
Jenny Vernon
Margaret Connor
Janet Conroy

I am now collecting for the 2012 anthology. Pleased send submissions of no more than three poems and three short stories up to 3000 words to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].uk or email for more information.
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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:16 pm

Hi Silky

That is great news!!! really glad you got lots of authors to submit. Well done you! looking forward to reading that

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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:13 pm

Am I right in thinking that all the profits will go to the silistra orphanage ?
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PostSubject: Re: Silistra Orphanage   Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:39 pm

Carmen wrote:
Am I right in thinking that all the profits will go to the silistra orphanage ?

Just so we are all crystal clear:

Hi Carmen Thank you for your question, as far as I understand that will be the case. John has done all this himself and he has decided that if there are any profits than he will donate them to the Silistra Orphanage - Please note we have nothing to do with the set up or how the book was published as it is purely his own project It is John who specified where he wants any profit to go. It is also he who will manage the sales and it is he who will make a donation. If there are any donations made, he will let us know and I will update the forum accordingly.

For now we wish to thank John for thinking of our orphanage and our cause and we all wish him all the luck in the world T

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