The Good In This World And The Bad

The Good in this World

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity in sponsorship for Walk for George taking place at the end of this month (see earlier post). Many of you have already sent donations and I am truly grateful, as I know George and his parents will be. So on behalf of the family, a huge, big THANK YOU. There is still time to sponsor the walk if you wish. All money raised helps pay for George’s therapy and treatment. It is our hope that this time next year, this adorable 4-year-old will be able to take part in the walk too, even if it is just a few unaided steps.

And the Bad

I was horrified, as I am sure you were, to see and hear of the dreadful treatment metered out to residents at a care home near to where I live in South Gloucestershire, brought to the public’s attention by this week’s Panorama Report.  I am also appalled that despite complaints being made in the past about this home, nothing was ever done to stop their suffering at the hands of ill-trained, thoughtless bullies. What horrifies me even more is the thought that little George could have ended up in such an institution if were not for the love and devotion of his parents and the support of family and friends in providing the care he needs. Not all children are so fortunate.

Whilst I readily agree not all care homes and hospitals are the same, indeed many are run by dedicated trained staff who are committed to providing the best care and quality of life they can to their clients, it does beg the question: if it goes on here, where else is it happening? Because it does happen. It always has, from the days of Bedlam and beyond, but that doesn’t make it right.

So, please, dear friends, if you hear even a whisper of such goings on in a home or hospital near you, do report it. Blow the whistle as loud as you can. If we can prevent just one person being treated so appallingly, it will have been worth it.

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Tip of the Day: Always Leave on a Good Note – so here’s one!

I was delighted and thrilled at being asked to join the website community of  Loveahappyending.com, part of Writers Following Their DreamClub founded by the lovely Linn B Halton. This new website, launching on 29th June amidst strawberries and champagne, aims to interactively promote and support selected newly published authors in almost all genres, especially those published independently. We will also be following, helping, encouraging and sharing the journeys of “new faces”, unpublished authors on course to achieving their dream – that of being published. To learn more about the community of Loveahappyending.com do visit the website. And if you love reading, you may well be the kind of associate reader we are seeking to join our Associate Reader Club.

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Coming soon: my EasyPeasy Fruitcake recipe. No foodmixer or whisk required!

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  1. Hello, Kit. I’ve just joined loveahappyending.com and was intrigued by the extract of your book, Every Step of the Way.

    I didn’t watch the Panorama program. After seeing the news report and hearing about the dreadful treatment I knew it was something I could never bring myself to watch. I have an 11 year old daughter with autism, perhaps who won’t need to be in a home, but who needs constant care and takes up a lot of my time. I couldn’t love her more than I do and the parents of these young people who have been appallingly treated, must be beside themselves.

    Kathryn (aka Crystal Jigsaw)

    1. Hello Crystal. Pleased to welcome you to loveahappending.com. thank you for the comment re Every Step of the Way, hopefully released soon, still in its final proofing stages. Have you joined as a writer or Associate Reader?

      I didn’t watch the prog either, it was hearing the aftermath that fired me up. I would have been regardless of having a daughter with Aspergers and a child in the family with cerebral palsy. Was even more incensed to hear news yesterday the local authority knew what was going months before in an email telling staff to cut down on the bullying tactics. I’m sorry to learn of your daughter’s difficulties. It is good that these conditions are recognised nowadays and so we can learn how to cope with the situation. Years ago we didn’t know or understand these things.

      Do hope we will be able to chat more and thanks for stopping by.
      Kit

  2. Little George is as bright as a button and clearly his parents and close family are a wonderful support to him. He and they deserve all the help they can get, and lots of small donations soon begin to mount up!
    I too was distressed when it comes to ‘the bad’. Kit is so right about ‘whistle blowing’ and it must be hard if, having ignored a suspicion, you later find out it was correct. All that needless suffering!
    At the risk of turning this into a loveahappyending.com convention, thanks for the lovely comments Kit and hi to Tricia! And Kit, how do you fit it all in AND paint? Does the woman ever stop for breath?

  3. Well little George is as bright as a button and SO brave, his parents and wider family clearly devote all their time and energies into supporting him – and lots of small donations add up! So I hope lots of people lend THEIR support by making a donation, however small.
    On to the ‘bad’ – I too am horrified and it is distressing to believe that anyone could be so cruel. Kit is right about whistle blowing – some things should NEVER be swept under the carpet. It’s too easy to turn a blind eye if you ‘suspect’ something, but at the end of the day that’s cowardice and living with the thought that you could have done something must surely linger on the conscience forever.
    It would seem to be a loveahappyending.com Author convention here Kit and Tricia, and thanks for the lovely comments Kit. I can’t wait to read your interview articles Kit, how you fit everything in AND paint I just don’t know!

  4. So pleased to hear you’ve had a great response for the Walk for George. What a gorgeous photo of a courageous little boy.

    Yes, shocked, saddened and furious at the news this week. There’s nothing quite so evil as cruelty metered out to the sick and vulnerable. I’d never hesitate to blow the whistle. In my DJ, I work with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and, while they can be challenging, they are often so innocent and trusting. Have to say that the staff at the homes/care centres I come in contact with are lovely, caring people and it’s a real pleasure to watch how they care for the folks under their wing.

    As another Love a Happy Ending author, I reiterate your comments, Kit!

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