This morning I had a meeting with the fund raising team from the local hospice . At our last committee meeting I suggested that any money raised on our open day at the end of National Allotment Week should be donated to this very worthy cause.

The building needs updating and some modern facilities added, the bill for this is 3 million pounds, so every little helps. They like what we had in mind for this year, some of my video clips illustrated what we have done in the past. Their team had some marvellous tried and tested ideas that would fit in  well with our plans.. A site visit is planned for after Easter. Some thing Anne would like , the hospice has loads on new teddies donated each year, all sizes, and they do a lucky dip for the children with a guaranteed teddy every time. Have been given a request for the Dudley mayor to attend , the hospice is one of his favourite charities.

Bit of a shock when I thought I knew the fund raisers mother, I was a generation out I went to school with her grandmother

It was such a nice morning when I left the hospice I decided to walk the couple of miles back to Stourbridge and catch my bus. Not far from the hospice I saw a sign public foot path, that looked as if it lead in the direction of Stourbridge train junction. What a lovely surprise, after a few yards not a house in sight just a small wood , birds , wild flowers and so quiet except for the birds. The path lead to the junction where I caught the” town dodger ” a small people carrier that runs to Stourbridge town station. Its always been called this from the days when a steam train did the journey, just one mile of track , I believe its the shortest public working line in the country.

8 Responses

  1. What a lovely read, Tony and good luck with the fund raising :good:

  2. cilla says:

    How lovely to come across a little woody haven. I hope you raise lots of money, these hospices are a sanctuary for patient and relatives. :rose:

  3. gertie says:

    What a lovely idea Tony :good: Are the donated teddies only new ones? … I am guessing that old ‘previously-owned’ ones would not be suitable … :rose:

  4. VegVamp says:

    What a lovely uplifting blog Tony, and best of luck with your fund raising. The discovery of the small wood was a real find; I’m guessing you’ll be going that way again at some stage. :good:

  5. dandlyon says:

    All the teds are new Anne they have to be

  6. roly says:

    Tony you went down in the woods today and you where sure of a good surprise and by the sounds of it you had a lovely surprise good luck with what your doing nice to know there’s still people out there ready to give both time and pleasure to others keep up the good work :good:

  7. Beanstew says:

    Hospices deserve every bit of help that they get – and it’s amazing that they don’t get public funding. They handle what can be painful situations sensitively, and much better than the NHS. You deserved to find the small wood on your way home – small recompense for thoughtfulness.

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