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December 2004


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W I Report Ė November 2004 

This month was our Annual General Meeting and Membersí Night.  Our Retiring President, Philippa Robinson, handed over the badge of office to the new incoming President, Ann Beeny.  We all wish her well in her new appointment, as Philippa will be a hard act to follow.

After refreshments, one of our members, Miss Christine Chapman gave a most interesting talk about her favourite Charity, The Sick Children's Trust, which provides housing for parents of sick children.  It was started in 1982 between Barts in London and Great Ormond Street.  The first house provided by the Trust was at Barts in London and was attached to the side of the children's ward.  Miss Chapman was the first housekeeper here.  This was followed by Great Ormond Street.

Michael Crawford became President of the Charity, and used his influence and friends to sponsor and help raise funds.  The next house to be opened was out of London, in Kent and also St James in Leeds.

The houses are totally free of the hospital, and the ethos is to have a relaxing atmosphere for the parents of sick children to be able to go to, to escape the problems in the hospital.

The Royal Victoria in Newcastle followed, then Sheffield and Addenbrookes in Cambridge.  Over the years, two of the houses have had to close, one of which was the house at Barts when Barts and Great Ormond Street merged.  Only one house was needed.  The other was in Canterbury when the hospital was closed to children, so that also had to be closed down.

A house is now open close to the Royal London for up to 14 families, and no charge is made at any of the houses, which means that fund raising has a major input.  Only 4% of any monies raised is spent on administration, the rest going to upkeep the houses.

We all thought this was a most worthwhile Charity and Miss Chapman gave an eloquent talk in its favour.

Donít forget that Keep Fit has recommenced in the Village Hall on Thursdays at 10.30 a.m.  All welcome.

J Batchelor

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