I like to think that if I was rich and/or I was a celebrity I would use my power for good and I admire those who do. One of my favourites is the Charity Ninjas.
Every Friday evening a well-known comedian posts on his Facebook page about a family or individual who urgently need financial help. It could be for a new wheelchair, a trip of a lifetime for a dying child, repairs to a house – the possibilities are endless.
He publishes the web address of the funding page and asks the CharityNinjas to do what they can. There is no expectation, no pressure, just putting the info out there. The ‘standard’ amount is £2 per contributor and that’s what I usually give.
Because of the power of celebrity in our culture, hundreds if not thousands of people see the message and many contribute. By the time that family wakes on Saturday morning the target has usually been reached and the Facebook post has been deleted.
I am a woman of a certain age (not 60 yet!) who lives in Bristol. I’ve lived almost my whole life in Bristol, with a short sojourn in Cornwall in my teens. I am trying to lead my life in an ethical way in all areas and hope to explore what this means.
I have four passions and several interests so I hope I will have plenty to write about. My passions are my family, knitting, cricket and St Peter’s Hospice. My other interests are volunteering, the environment, reading, TV, films & theatre, fundraising, chronic fatigue, mental health and eating. My non-interests are animals, housework, football, rugby and cooking.
I come from a family of four – two sisters and a brother. Our parents dies a few years ago. I am married to my soulmate Colin, an amazing man who tolerates my funny ways and supports me in everything I do. We have three children and two wonderful granddaughters. I am so proud of my family – we must have done something right as they are all good people. I have two sons-in-law who I love like my own and together we all make up a family unit where everyone loves and respects everyone else.
I am a total hypochondriac but do have some genuine problems, some of which I may talk about at a later date. At the moment I am overweight and have just started to eat more healthily, which I think is the answer to weight loss. We were on holiday last week and enjoyed puddings and cakes every day.
I work part-time and Colin is recently retired. This means that we have been able to spend much more time together doing some of the things we’ve been meaning to do – some planned and some spontaneous. I love this period of my life – I just wish I had the energy to match the time and the opportunities available!
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