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A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:49 pm
by Dave Barter
I rode over to see my parents tonight as I do all the time. My Mum is now permanently disabled caused by cancer that found its way into her spine. The knock on effect was nerve damage that has now rendered her legs useless and she's chair bound and relies on carers. To compound things her latest scan shows lung tumours that are growing, not rapidly but they are not going away.

Now my Mum is a very hardy and generally positive woman who has fought cancer for nigh on twenty years but tonight understandably she was not as chirpy as usual. So I am on a mission to cheer her up and if you have ten minutes you can help. It would be great if she could get some random postcards or letters from complete strangers saying "Hi".

I have no idea what would come after "Hi" but I don't think an essay in sympathy is her kind of thing. Maybe something along the lines of .. "Dave told us you could do with cheering up so here's a picture of me with a ferret".

Even if only one person did it, I think it would give her a few minutes break from my slightly insane Dad who she has to share a room with all day long. Think me in 20 years time.

Anyway I'd thought I'd ask. If anyone's up for it. Drop me a PM and I'll give you her address.

Thanks
Dave

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:55 pm
by 99percentchimp
Happy to help.... :-bd PM the address Dave

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:00 pm
by pistonbroke
Do you think she'd like a card from Cataluña with a few anecdotes about her son? You've got my email, consider it done.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:25 pm
by pushbikemike
Pm sent.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:59 pm
by MuddyPete
Lovely idea. :-bd
PM sent.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:06 pm
by BigdummySteve
Pm sent

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:20 pm
by johnnystorm
and another.... :smile:

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:25 pm
by Dave Barter
I'm a little teary .. thank you all

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:42 pm
by slarge
PM sent Dave, might even work in a few song lyrics if I feel creative...

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:54 am
by adjustablewench
PM sent :)

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:08 pm
by burty
you can pm me the address dave and I will get becky on the case :-bd

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:26 pm
by In Reverse
That's such a lovely idea Dave. pm/email me some details mate.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:52 pm
by Landslide
Happy to help with this, drop me a line with her address.
I hope she likes bad puns...

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 pm
by Dave Barter
As always I am humbled yet massively proud to belong to this small yet special community. I'm really really grateful for the responses and help and also those who have mentioned they are going through something similar. I just want to hug you all (apart from Scott who's beard will definitely be itchy)

Thanks..massive thanks
Dave

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:09 am
by pistonbroke
Went down to our village tonight and got what is probably the worlds most boring postcard. They were the only ones in the shop and I swear they were originally sold in pesetas. It'll be on it's way to Wiltshire in the morning.

We were en route to the sports centre to the El Perello version of Spoty. We were treated to a display of non synchronised under 12 roller skating and a never ending procession of various handball, football and pelota players who received trophies for winning regional, national and european competitions. The evening culminated in the awarding of the Absolut trophy to the local sports person of the year which was awarded totally unexpectedly to MrsPB!! She finished 2nd overall female in the Cataluña Ironman Tri, and won her age group in regional series' of Trail running, 10km Road running and Mountain biking. We were absolutely stunned, I think we were the only non Catalans at the event but the reaction to her achievements couldn't have been warmer.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:21 am
by Karl
Fantastic idea!

Pm sent Dave

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:09 am
by GregMay
A picture of a ferret you say....only one way to step up my game.

*goes to local ferret shop*

Ahh Yorkshire, how I love thee.

PM'd you Dave.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:00 am
by pistonbroke
The Spanish for ironmongers is ferreteria, always makes me think of Yorkshire.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:03 pm
by Mart
My daughter likes baby otter pictures

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:20 pm
by Dave Barter
I've just been contacted by Mum who was over the moon with some mystery flowers that arrived today. Thank you so much to whoever did that it has made her day and the postman hasn't even arrived yet.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:19 pm
by Matt
PM me the address

At Tower Bridge tomorrow so bound to be some postcards

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:39 pm
by Sarah
Please send an eamail address and I will share some 'new puppy' loving.

Keep smiling

Sarah

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:13 pm
by Borderer
How is your mum doing Dave?

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:21 pm
by Dave Barter
She's been overwhelmed by the messages and gifts received so far, including, cards, letters, flowers, chocolates and a calendar of naked fireman.

The highlights of her week are now a day in the hospice and when the postman comes ;-)

She's composing a thank you which I will post soon.

Re: A very off topic plea for help

PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:02 pm
by Borderer
I think she should save her energy and just enjoy them. That's nice to hear though.