I seem to be playing a lot of bridge lately. Today was a charity event at a friend's house (guess who won . . .).
Our friend has decided to run a fund-raising event a week for a year to mark a 50th anniversary. All proceeds to be donated to their favourite charities. I just thought I would mention it as a remarkable example of what people do, or what people can do.
One week is a 24-hour tennis marathon. Then a bake and sell fair. A non-stop long-distance walk. The family gave up Christmas dinner to serve soup at the local homeless charity. Her daughter wore a giraffe onesie for a week (I'm sorry I missed that one actually - worth sponsoring I should think). And of course they were sponsored by friends and local traders throughout.
They issue a newsletter ever month to keep us all abreast of their goings-on. So, today was the bridge tea. We had a break at 4pm for sandwiches, scones, tea bread, eclairs, meringues, and five different sorts of sponge cake. Phew! I didn't get round to the sandwiches before I was full up and feeling a bit queasy. But today's newsletter announced that they had so far (half way through their year) raised £12,000! Whatever would they have got if it wasn't a recession!!
Here's her house by the way.
The roof is just being redone. The house next door is also thatched.
It's actually a very tiny village with only a couple of other houses. This is the modern one, built in the late 18th century.