Less than 4 weeks ago we met with two lovely ladies from the Kingsnorth Medical Practice, Patient Participation Group. After spending a lovely morning with Lesley and Penny, who were busy planning a fundraising coffee morning for the Teddington Trust, we felt very lucky to have two new friends who we felt sure we would see again. Little could we have known what impact this meeting would have and less than a week later the most incredible chain of events was set in motion.
Lesley did indeed come back to see us again, and this time she brought her wonderful husband Trevor with her. Armed with a note pad and pen he set about explaining to us a proposition he wanted us to consider. Having discussed our meeting with Lesley and Penny, Trevor along with them felt that they would very much like to be involved in our story. They had felt our disappointment following the cancellation of our black tie event which had meant that work on Eddison`s Garden had to be postponed till next year and they vowed to help us get things back on track.
But no, not an offer of a fundraiser or sponsored event. Trevor, who is himself retired, offered, without any obligation or expectation his services to take on the Project Management of the build and to undertake the mission of pulling together a crack team of tradesmen, suppliers and volunteers from the local community to come together and help us realise the dream of Eddison`s Indoor Garden!
Of course our initial thoughts were of shock and the question: why? To which this incredible couple gave us a simple answer; that they themselves had both experienced serious life changing episodes of ill health, through which they had been very lucky to receive lots of support, and they were pleased to have a way in which they could give something back. A true and pure act of generosity of spirit from someone who understands how life can at times throw the most curious curve-balls.
And so, from these initial discussions only a few weeks ago the most audacious community project was born!
So while Trevor and Lesley work tirelessly in the background to assemble the ever growing team of contributors, supporters, tradesmen and volunteers we await the….4th July – unbelievably, the planned start on site date!!!
While we know there will be hiccups along the way what this team of committed individuals are trying to achieve for us is so special and demonstrates all that is good about living in a community like ours. This group of people are going to work with us to realise the dream that us and all of you, our trusty Team Ted fundraisers have worked so hard over the last 18 months to make possible.
So whatever the outcome, one thing is for sure, this summer is going to be one to remember for us all!
Stay tuned for more updates as the story unfolds and Operation Ready for Teddy gets underway…