Wednesday, 26 October 2011

What's on You Workdesk Wednesday?

Actually, not much, as I had a big tidy up yesterday.

Instead I have a dining table full of unwanted presents (not all mine - how ungrateful would that make me look!) which I am hoping to sell over the course of today. I'm hosting a 'Gift Swap' - a little like a Blue Peter Bring and Buy Sale, for Brits old enough to remember them - in aid of White Lodge.

Most of you probably don't know that my son has hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. You won't know for the simple reason that I haven't mentioned it much on this blog. It's not like it's a secret but crafting and blogging are my escapes from real life and so I haven't really wanted to spill loads of personal stuff.
Suffice it to say; when R was 8 weeks old he suffered a brain injury severe enough to keep him in Great Ormond Street Hospital for a week and leave him with hemiplegia. If you want more details, look at this website - even after 9 years, I'm not good at answering questions about his condition without crying.
R was cared for from the ages of 2-5 at White Lodge Centre, a fantastic facility in Surrey whom we thank for allowing him to cope now in mainstream school.

Anyway, today's Gift Swap is to raise a bit of money for White Lodge, so wish me luck. I'll update tonight with how much we made.

The Stamping Ground is the place to go to see more productive desks.


Annie said...

Good luck with the sale ....hope you make a million :-)
Big hugs,
A x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

White Lodge sounds like an amazing place. I hope you raise loads of money for them, for the wonderful way they helped your son and you.
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Hope you raise lots of money today - its for such a worthwhile cause. Have a great day.

Scrapcollectr said...

I hope you do well in your swap. Glad that crafting gives you some joy in the day to day. Your son is lucky to have you. Thanks for visiting me yesterday... *smile*

Twiglet said...

Hope the swap went really well and that you have boosted the funds for White Lodge. x Jo

Carolyn Phillips said...

Glad the swap went well, and a great cause.

Crafting Time said...

Thats a great way to recycle unwanted items and raise some much needed funds too, well done.
Have a lovely crafty week ahead.
Nina x
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humel said...

A fantastic cause, Kirsty xx

Melissa said...

Wonderful idea to give back to a place that has made a difference in y'all's lives!

Made by Mandy said...

What a fabulous thing to do for a place that clearly is very important to you and your family.

Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, I felt truly honoured to see the ponies and if I never see them again I will always carry lovely memories of an honoured time with them.

Love Mandy xxx

Anonymous said...

That's an excellent idea for getting unwanted but very usable stuff out of your house whilst raising some funds for a great cause too. Hope it all goes well and you sell it all.

Brenda 84

Kelly Luckett said...

Good luck with the swap! Whitelodge sounds like a fab place. A job well done by you x

MaggieC said...

What a very good idea to recycle things that were unwanted. Hope you make loads of money for White Lodge.

Shoshi said...

Hi Kirsty, and very well done indeed with the fundraising efforts. I am so glad that you've had such excellent support with your little boy, and that he's able to cope with mainstream education. My grandmother suffered left hemiplegia after a stroke and it was very debilitating. She could not even propell her own wheelchair. Sometimes I think paraplegia is easier, or any problem confined to the legs, leaving one's arms unaffected, because you can at least use conventional mobility aids. I know this from my own experience. I am sure that with continuing support, and with all that you have already proved yourself to be, he will do really well in life. Who knows what he might not achieve?

Looking at your Monday post, you've got a beautiful little girl too!

Happy belated WOYWW - I'm trying to get through the list before the end of the week! Shoshi #84

Electra said...

I hope it went well-thank you for sharing about your son-blogland is really a very caring community once one opens up. Happy late WOYWWED!

furrypig said...

Thank you for sharing about White Lodge, it is just down the road but I didn't know it existed. Pleased let me know if you do another bring and buy sale as I would love to donate something and maybe buy something too!! Well done on your fundraising xxx