Friday, 20 November 2009

Children in Need.

Today in the United Kingdom is Children in Need. It is an 8 hour live telethon on the TV where we raise money and gifts for underprivileged children in the UK and third world areas. I LOVE this day, it is my favourite day in November without a doubt.

Everyone just has this real energy about them. I went out to the shops this morning and I saw school children dressing up in their favourite TV or Book characters to raise money. It was so adorable and brought back so many memories of me doing that :)

Unfortunately, tonight I am unable to watch the show due a leaving party I have to attend (Giles you don't have to leave us you know!). Also, I am so busy with university work I cannot go and help run the stalls at our local halls and shelters like I usually do. Safe to say I felt pretty bummed out.

Then yesterday I got an invitation to go to my local Children's Centre called Sure Start :) Before I went and did activities with the Children I was invited to a 'Help the Heroes' presentation. It was here I saw pictures, operations, videos of the war dead parades. I can honestly say it was harrowing. How an Earth do the soldiers do it? I just had so much admiration. Then the penny dropped...

I thought I was going down to the centre to help raise money for Children in Need. I was but today was also the day the children would be saying goodbye to their Daddies as they leave for Afghanistan. To be in a room of crying children being torn away from their fathers for a year was extremely hard. And the worst part? There was nothing I could do.

These were Children in Need of their Fathers. Safe to say after the soldiers left Pudsey Bear did cheer them up a little but I couldn't help but think how lucky I was to have my Dad around when I was little. They are the brave.

I have always thought of Children in Need as a brilliant day and it is. But it is also tinged with sadness for some.

Safe to say I am lucky to have Sky+ so you know what I will be doing for 8 hours on my Saturday off :)

Also, could you all send your thoughts and prayers to my blogging pal Patrice. Her sister has just been diagnosed with a mass in her hip and they are awaiting results to see if it is cancer. I know she would appreciate your hope.


Kristen said...

Children can be so easily amused after upsetting things like that. They are incredibly versatile. I can only imagine how hard it was to observe.

Have a great duvet day watching the telethon tomorrow. Praying for Patrice!

Candy Hart said...

My you are a busy girl! You always are doing something great for other people - we should all be so caring.

Enjoy your day off!! I will send my thoughts and prayers to Patrice!!

Callie Nicole said...

I have never heard of this - it sounds fun! It would be cute to see little kids all dressed up - but it made my heart ache for the children of those soldiers. They'll be in my prayers too.

Callie Nicole said...

Thanks for letting me know that my contact link didn't work - I fixed it! *smile*

Patrice said...

Thank you so much for your prayers, and for asking other people to pray! I really appreciate it. It's so great to have support :)

I do what I want! said...

You are so awesome :)

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