Today’s kind act is definitely going to become a Woolford family Christmas tradition! We got a Macdonalds drive-thru breakfast on our way to choose a Christmas tree and paid for the person’s food behind us.
Sam and I felt like naughty schoolchildren when Sam asked the server if it was possible. Sam saw the woman behind us ask “Why?!” before it being explained. Haha! We then got a smile and a thumbs up though 🥰.
I would totally recommend this kind act- it was lots of fun!!
EDIT: We’ve heard from the lady’s friend and apparently she was over the moon! 🌙⭐️
Today’s kind act is to raise awareness for an amazing small charity called Little Hearts Matter. They are the UK charity who support anyone affect by the diagnosis of a single ventricle condition- this effectively means that a baby has half a working heart.
Etta’s case was a little more complicated than most but usually there is no cure for these babies with single ventricle conditions but rather there is a series of 3 palliative surgeries- the Norwood (newborn), the Glenn (a few months old) and the Fontan (put off for as long as possible but usually around 4/5 years old).
Etta’s third major surgery was actually the Norwood procedure so her heart was already very tired by this point. It was very much a last chance at survival for Etta. She died before the other surgeries could be carried out.
However, it is an amazing celebration and achievement to complete your third surgery (the Fontan operation) so Little Hearts Matter send a balloon for each child after they come out of surgery to make them smile 😄.
Etta never made it to her Fontan operation but today we want to celebrate a little girl or boy who did!
So we are paying for a balloon to be delivered as our kind act today. 🎈
If you would like to find out more about this amazing charity then go to http://www.LHM.org.uk or visit their social media.
So for today’s kind act Sam was supposed to be giving blood but he’s had to start a course of antibiotics so it fell to me to offer up my veins. I wish I had a picture of me donating but alas I wasn’t in the chair for long enough so here is a picture of me looking sad with some leaflets…
After a bit of a palaver about whether I could take Sam’s appointment if he had an infection and a long wait in the waiting room, I finally got into the health triage bit. I had to answer the ‘Could you be pregnant?’ and ‘Have you been pregnant in the last 6 months?’ type questions. Apparently miscarriages have to be checked by a nurse and then a doctor. Luckily, I think I’m getting very used to talking about dead babies with strangers. The bit which really made me smile was that all the questions were being asked to a backdrop of ‘Bye bye baby’ by the Bay City Rollers. Oh the irony!
After finally being approved- I was all set to go. The needle needed to be rearranged a bit (hence my lovely arm care leaflet) but all seemed well. And then the pack malfunctioned meaning they couldn’t take the tests they needed!! So I very much tried to give blood- and it counts as a donation so I can’t give blood for another 4 months despite them only taking a little bit!! 🤦🏼♀️
Oh well- I tried to make the world better for Etta. I think it was because it was donation number 13!! 🙅🏼♀️
If you are thinking about becoming a donor- it’s USUALLY very easy and you get lots of lovely biscuits! You could be saving somebody like Etta’s life who needed countless blood products after her several heart surgeries.
They are particularly seeking black donors, O – blood type donors and donors for the city donor centres over the Winter months.
Today, we got a little Christmassy in the kitchen making reindeer food! I offered to make a big batch for Ezzie’s pre-school. They are selling them at £1 a bag and funds are going towards buying them some outdoor equipment.
I’m really looking forward to sprinkling this on the lawn with Ezzie on Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping Rudolph likes porridge oats!! 🤣🦌🥣
(If you are local to Salisbury and would like a bag, I’m sure I can whip one up for you for a £1 donation) ☺️
Today’s kind act is buying an ethical advent calendar. I know what you’re thinking… it’s not December!! But I wanted to share now in case this was one people wanted to join in with and they hadn’t sorted out an advent calendar yet.
I chose to gift Sam an ‘Advent of Change’ Advent Calendar which supports 24 different charities and each window is a different charity donation. (I’ll show you when we open it next week). They also do a premium, Braille and a kids version. Such a wonderful idea 🥰
There are lots of other ‘ethical’ advent calendars out there- that range from the cheap to the expensive! There are many picture advent calendars that donate a portion of their funds to charity, or chocolate ones that support fair trade (Divine and the Real advent calendar are my favourites). And if you are after some luxury- these brands are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free (love cocoa and PlayIn Choc)
Whatever you choose for your countdown to Christmas- enjoy!! 🍫🎄
Today I chose a present for Etta’s birthday from the Bristol Children’s Hospital wish list. The play department (which was a real source of joy for us and Ezzie while at BCH) have chosen the toys they think will be most popular .
I was delighted to see some of the presents that I had in my Amazon shopping basket last year for Etta’s Christmas present but never got the chance to buy her before she died.
So after much deliberation I went for a cool ocean tummy time mat that I was looking forward to using with Etta in her first few months and some sort of activity triangle I thought she would like now at 1 years old.
I wish we could have spoilt you on your birthday baby girl but I hope some other babies at the hospital enjoy the toys as much as you would have ❤️.
Let me know if you would rather buy a toy for another age group and I will send you the link. And if you want to support your own local hospital- it’s worth enquiring whether the play/ paediatric department have their own Amazon wish list 👍.
Today we were kind to ourselves. After all- you can’t pour from an empty cup. I’ve spent all day crying but so overwhelmed by other people’s love and kindness for us. And not just today- but every day since Etta’s diagnosis.
So today’s act of kindness is from you. Thank you.
Thank you to those who have donated money in Etta’s name.
Thank you for those who have done random acts of kindness.
Thank you for those who have sent messages to check in.
Thank you for those who bought thoughtful gifts for Etta.
Thank you for those who brought round meals and care packages for us.
Thanks to those who wrote and sent beautiful cards.
Thank you to those who toasted Etta or ate some birthday cake in her honour.
Thank you for showing us how loved Etta is.
Today has only confirmed what we already knew. Etta- ‘If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.’ 💖🌻🥰