Sunday, November 25, 2007

Waiting for ever and nothing; then 3 come along together

This blog title mirrors my experiences of years ago when commuting to
day job by 'bus from SE27.

However I hope that it will also mirror my experiences
of entering newspaper or share investing competitions for years without
success but then hitting a winning streak of two. Having in past weeks won a Sharecrazy rumour
mill virtual investing competition; followed by a £500 premium bond win
I entered today for the Royal Bank of Scotland/Daily Mail children's
charity comp, under which some 90 children's charities should win £10K
each with one extra lucky one winning £100K. I'm hoping this will
prove to be a third win in a row so that HCPT
will win something from my entry:

I nominate HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust which used to be called the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust for the RBS/Daily Mail charity fund, competition.
HCPT which is based in Rugby, exists largely to take disabled children of all faiths or none, on family style in holidays to Lourdes in the French Pyrenees. From its origins some 50 years ago, when a doctor and nurse took three disabed children on holiday, to today when about 2000 children travel each year with some 3000 voluntary helpers, the aims remain to give the children normal hotel breaks (full board) in a caring family atmosphere away from their hospitals and special schools.
The main trip for about 200 Groups is during Easter each year, when the children travel away from home for about a week.An HCPT Group usually comprises some 10 children in the care of some 15 helpers including a doctor/nurse, group leader, maybe a chaplain and a dozen or so musicians, students and others (all CRB checked etc). The experience not only benefits the children who enjoy much singing, football playing, painting, trips to the sea and games as well as quieter moments but also their parents back home, who themselves can take some well earned respite. Additionally the trip provides enormous benefit to the voluntary helpers, many of whom are themselves only in their late teens or early twenties, by giving them responsibility for caring for others and working, labouring is
often the more accurate description, to ensure that the children have
a really good time, whilst being look after.

A medical team and full dispensary travels with the HCPT HQ and is a freely available resource for Groups to call upon.
The trips are totally free for the children but the helpers pay their own fares though students and unwaged can be subsidised...

Results out before Christmas.

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