Update on calendar sales……

I realised the other day, as I was transferring £1000 into the Minds and Voices account, that I hadn’t updated you on my calendar sales…🙄 so here goes….

Thanks to a generous donation from my village printer, Chris, I smashed last years profit and made a staggering £2450!! 🙌

A HUGE thank you to everyone who bought one, or sometimes multiple copies. Thanks also to Margaret in America for being my agent there 🤣 making sure those in America who wanted one also were able. I hope everyone is enjoying their January Photo….

It was however my last year. I found it very difficult to coordinate everything and did get some things completely wrong…..some people getting two, others not receiving theirs 🙄….but hopefully I put all those mistakes right.

So where’s all the money going? Well, at the beginning, I did say I’d split it between Minds and Voices and various village groups. Minds and Voices was easy and they received £1000 to help keep us going in the New Year. 

But the choice of where and what to give to individual groups in the village is always a difficult one…I looked back at last years blog to see where it went back then and that helped me to choose new and old…

Once again my beloved duck pond will receive £250. I hope we can purchase some new ducks with it, especially a female tufted as we sadly lost the female in the extreme cold we had recently. We also lost 3 of the 4 Pochards at the same time, so we have two lonely ducks left, both male. Maybe a male and female mandarin, but that might be too much to hope for! I’ll leave the final decision up to Steve, and his wonderful duck pond committee.

I enjoyed doing the Christmas pebbles for the pre school children this year, so to them I gave £500 to spend as they think fit

The playing fields also bring me much pleasure – it’s a great viewing point for the sunrise in the morning and my friends from the village cricket team have become a summer staple for me and my camera. 

The village children’s play ground is also there and all of these things need upkeep, so £500 to the playing fields committee as I know they have big plans for that area. It’s not much in the grand scheme of things but every penny helps.

So that leaves me with £200…..🤔 I could have split it into small amounts and give to a few, but this year I decided on giving it to the Foodbank.

A couple nearby always have a collection box for donations outside their house and deliver it to the food bank whenever its full of donated food and toiletries. Sadly in this current climate you don’t have to necessarily be out of work to be in need of help from a food bank so that felt like a worthy cause this year….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

23 thoughts on “Update on calendar sales……

  1. Well done, Wendy! Your calendar took pride of place in my kitchen last year and it does the same in 2023.
    My favourite is the March hare, a wonderful animal.

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  2. What good you do and what hard work and dedication it takes. Thank you on behalf of all the groups who profited from your hard work. I look forward to your photos every day. Anne

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  3. Oh Wendy how wonderful to be able to give to so many very worthwhile causes…VERY WELL DONE. CONGRATULATIONS. I agree that it’s very difficult to get everything together and arranged for printing and although many friends will miss next years calendar you’ve made a good decision. I hope that the new ducks will look just as lovely as the ones that are now missing, can hardly wait to see them, although I expect I will have to till springtime before they arrive…It is still freezing cold down here, I wonder if the slightly warmer weather has arrived with you yet ?
    Wish you were down here as there have been lovely frost/icy pictures just waiting to be taken. However going out in the wheelchair is a definite no no !! Take Care

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  4. Congratulations on raising so much with the sale of your lovely calendar, and for being so wonderfully generous with the proceeds. I think you really deserve to spend some of it on yourself, as your ‘wage’ for all the work you put in to organising it all.

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  5. Congratulations, Wendy! What a wonderful contribution to your village, and to those who have one of your calendars. I can understand why this was your last year for the calendar. I will continue to enjoy the photographs from your trundles. Jennifer in Australia

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  6. What a wonderful amount of money to have made and for such good causes from your fantastic array of photographs. I love reading your blog, you are so inspirational.

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