Leo and Riley’s Sunday Night Takeover

Well, I told you Leo had some exciting news to share with you and here it is!

Last year Leo and Riley completed a 10K walk in London for CCUK. I was so proud of them and the attitude they took to fundraising for a charity.

Leo really wanted to do something this year and picked out the two charities he wanted to help himself – the Sick But Invisible campaign and the Purple Wings Charity. He is an avid reader so when I suggested a reading challenge he jumped at the chance!

We decided on a target of reading 30 books (of at least 100 pages each) before he finishes school for Summer on July 26th 2017. We are using crowd funding on Just Giving to raise the money so we can split it equally between his two chosen charities. He has a target of £200 but would love to smash this and would appreciate all sponsors, big and small.

We also require your help in another way! We will be making use of the local library but if anyone has any books they would like to donate or lend him for him to complete his challenge we would love to hear from you! Any donated books we will pass onto the Children’s Hospital after Leo has completed his challenge in the spirit of ‘paying it forward’. Please message me if you are able to help with this!

The link to sponsor him is below. As I said, he will appreciate every single one as a form of encouragement to complete his challenge. I will keep you regularly updated on his progress and his fundraising efforts. Thankyou all in advance!

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https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leogardner

Stoma Mail

When I had first had my operation one of the most amazing things was the support I received from people in the IBD and Ostomy communities.

From the visit from wonderful Lauren from Purple Wings, to mailed gifts from far and wide to so many messages from people checking up on me – it all meant so much!

I was lucky enough to have some friends send me some parcels with different bags and stoma supplies for me to try out once I was out of hospital and feeling up to it. This was such a fabulous help and I am really pleased to now be doing the same for others.

A couple of lovely ladies I know who have just had their stoma surgery and a man who wants to try the bags I use and have been chatting to about medication recently will all shortly be receiving their parcels. I have put them together today so I can take them to the post office tomorrow.

I think this is a great way of showing how the community pulls together and helps one another. I feel like I’m paying forward the kindness and support I was shown after my surgery, and if it helps people get a good routine for themselves with their stoma all the better!!

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