Dear dear friends and donors,
Firstly an enormous thank you for your extraordinarily generous donations to Help Refugees. I have been so touched by your donations, your kindness and especially your lovely messages.
Unfortunately I have to tell you that I did NOT finish the challenge of cycling /walking 600 miles in 40 days. I am sorry, but I promise to make it up as soon as I am allowed.
You will see my Strava track wanders gently along the Grand Union canal, as I photographed swans and herons, but then stops abruptly in the middle of the Uxbridge road. That was when on June 24th I sailed unceremoniously over the handle bars just outside Ealing Hospital, and fractured 3 ribs!
I was a day ahead of my target and had cycled 517 glorious miles, meeting extraordinary people along the way, and experiencing such kindness and fun before and after the accident.
I hope I have personally thanked you all for your donations, but I have been told by some friends that they have had difficulty with the website, and making the donations, especially if they were using Paypal. If by any chance you have
not received a personal thank you from me,
do tell me and I will check if there has been a problem with the
web- site as your donation may have not gone through.
Here's the link for the sponsor form
I was discharged from Ealing Hospital, and seemed to be doing well, but 3 days later I experienced intense pain, and I was unable to move; fortunately I had a friend with me in the flat for the first time for 3 months.
To the consternation of my neighbours I was ambulanced into St Mary’s hospital where about 6 amazing doctors, (so good looking as well!) partied around me for the rest of Saturday night, draining 2 litres of blood and plasma from my lung cavity, putting it back in the top, or something red and similar, putting in a glorious epidural, bliss, no pain, controlling my blood pressure which was going into the depths and then sky high, and my oxygenation which had sunk to 52%.
The best thing was that I met David Nott, my all time hero, who has worked in war zones as a surgeon, and has trained countless local surgeons to deal with the horrendous aftermath of the wars. As one dear friend said, that was worth breaking 3 ribs for!
I stayed in hospital for 6 days, and now am at home recovering. The pain is, as my friends warned me very intense, but I am beginning to walk again and I will finish the challenge on foot, hopefully by the end of this month.
So I am reminded again intensely of my extreme luck with where I happen to have been born, a wonderful well equipped hospital within 2 miles of my home, the best treatment possible, as well as talented doctors and nurses, while the refugees struggle with illness, lack of sanitation, making do with makeshift camps if they are lucky, without medical care, and denied their precious community, and I again am thankful for the blessings that I have been given.
Thank you all again for your kindness
PS if you are not familiar with David Nott, his incredible work in war zones, his brave but unassuming character, I urge you to listen to this, and I challenge you to not be in tears.
Many of you know that I spent some time in Nepal volunteering with a wonderful charity ROKPA. ROKPA is a Tibetan word, and it means "to help", or "to serve" where help is needed, and that is exactly what it has done under the guidance of Akong Rinpoche and Lea Wyler, taking homeless children in from the streets of Kathmandu, into a loving children's home, and providing food, education, healthcare and inspiration.
Now 35 years on from the foundation of ROKPA those children are nurses, doctors, airline pilots, actors, running their own small businesses and helping other homeless children. Their lives, and lives of other people have been transformed by the work that ROKPA does.
Nepal is one the poorest countries in the world. Now after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the enormous loss of life and the destruction of houses and temples, and the infrastructure,
Nepal needs our help more than ever.
The ROKPA children's home is still standing but it is unsafe, and the children are sleeping and eating outdoors.
In an effort to help for the next 30 days
store will donate 40% of EVERY sale
to Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
relief funds for Nepal. We pledge to give 20% of sales to ROKPA charity disaster fund to use as they see fit for reconstruction and vital help, and 20% to RED CROSS Nepal Disaster fund.
For instance if you buy this heart pendant for £29.50 we will donate for you a total of £11.80 to ROKPA and BRITISH RED CROSS to help the people of Nepal in their urgent need. We will this 50:50 between these two charities unless you tell us differently.
ROKPA Charity No: England & Wales (1059293)
Below is the story of just one boy who ROKPA has helped transform his life
Here is Bharat, 4 years old, when he living on the freezing streets in Kathmandu almost 20 years ago
and here Bharat, a confident barrista in Kuala Lumpur, learning how to run a coffee shop and bring that business knowledge back into his proposed own shop in Kathmandu, providing tourist facilities and employment for local people.
Welcome to the Angie Gooderham Store. Personal welcome to go here!