Article last updated : 07/10/2009
It's Here - Katie's Dad's First Blog
Here it is, Katie's Dad's first blog. We hope you enjoy his first effort.
Now he knows what a blog is you can enjoy his thoughts and hopefully it wont be too long until the next one. Please read on......
I have thought about doing this for a long time now thought the idea of writing something called a “blog” did nothing to encourage me. A “blog” does sound like something unpleasantly medical that your doctor might be able to clear up with antibiotics.
As a family it's has been a particularly hard time recently (it is never easy) as first the GCSE results came out in late August and then of course it was back to school.
These are times more than most when our feelings are crystallised and the loss of Katie becomes ever harder to bear. As I write this I can hear teenagers over at Belchamps Scout Camp enjoying themselves and Katie’s infamous giggle fills my mind.
This week has seen Children’s Hospice Week and I am pleased to say the company where I work has organised some fund raising activities. However, this itself can prove awkward as in the present climate charities suffer and as the e-mail is sent out in my office I wait for the rumblings of discontent.
One of my colleagues, and I am not sure if this was meant for my benefit, said that surely “Charity begins at home” and of course he is not far wrong. What I would say to him though was to us Little Havens was our “home” for a long period of time.
We at Friends of Katie are patently aware of charity fatigue and always try and give people what they want, be it home made cakes, a quiz night or the cricket match before asking for any donations. Rattling a tin is an anathema to us and it should always be an individual’s conscience that decides how much or if anything at all is donated.
Moreover, we are desperate not to overdo “Friends of Katie”. The last thing we want is for people to be fed up with us and that is why we try and keep our fund raising to a minimum.
That is not to say of course that we are not delighted and proud with the £20,000+ we have raised for Little Havens and we have also helped raise funds for the Danbury Mission too. Our fund raising may not be as prominent in the future as our main focus will always be about maintaining Katie's extraordinary legacy.
Anyway until the next time, keep blogging!!