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As regular readers will know, the fabulous Penny, Annie and Tanya have been to Ghana, visiting various projects that have been set up and run by donations to Comic Relief here in the UK.  As part of a plan to raise awareness of the work that Comic Relief has done in the last 25 years (yes, it really is 25 years old!) these bloggers have been sending digital postcards to around 150 of their fellow bloggers and here is mine!



Dear Rachel

This woman Vivienne is one of the members of the Mental Health support group set up by the Basic Needs Trust in Ghana and funded by Comic Relief. She is standing next to a member of staff from the Trust. Like many of the group members, after treatment for her illness Vivienne received a small loan to help her progress as a dressmaker, and joined the self help group of which she is secretary. We spoke very briefly, but her passion for helping others within the community with mental health issues came through loud and strong, she is a really inspiring woman. She also welcomed us so warmly to the monthly group meeting. Amazing project.

 Love Penny


Go girls!  You did a fabulous job!
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There are times in life when you can experience such a raft of emotions that you just don't know how to process them.

Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Sunday was one of those days.

The parent blogging community had an exciting morning, bidding farewell and good luck to Annie, Tanya and Penny of Team Honk as part of Comic Relief.  We waited with bated breath to find out who the famous TV presenters were that were joining them on their trip.  (Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall in case you are interested)

It was a morning spent being proud of the community of which I have become a part of, knowing that the challenge these fabulous ladies were about to undertake was not one that I would be able to take up.

Then in the afternoon some tragic news filtered through.

A fellow blogger went to bed on Saturday night and made a devastating discovery.  Her nine month old daughter had died in her sleep.

The community went from excited to devastated as news filtered through.

Fellow parents offered condolences.  My timeline was awash with a disbelief and sadness that was so real.  Complete strangers were genuinely upset for a family who, in many cases, they had never met.

As the night drew in few of us could bear to leave the bedrooms of our own children, too scared to leave them, feeling incredibly blessed that we still had the honour of putting our child to bed.

There was little of the usual ramblings on my timeline on Sunday but a lot of support for a stranger.

Elizabeth set up a "Small Change" fund on her blog and in a short time has managed to raise enough money to get a star named after the baby.  On a Facebook group Merry has also set up a fund for donations so the community can buy a gift for the family to remember Matilda Mae by.

Many people might not understand us.  Or our reasons for blogging.  Lots of people see blogs as narcissistic.  Many don't understand how we can possibly feel an affinity with strangers.  This weekend has proven otherwise.

After experiencing complete opposites of emotions in the space of a few short hours, I can safely say I do feel a part of the community. And it is one I am damn well proud to be a part of.

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There are times when the blogging community provides a huge support.  Certainly they have been a wonderful support to me over recent months in particular.

So, when Annie, Tanya and Penny started tweeting about #secretthing, declaring it to be epic our collective minds went into overdrive.  Conspiracy theories were abound.  When we were told they would need our help I stated I was happy to join in as long as there was NO NAKEDNESS!  I suspected it would be a charity initiative of some sort but was thrown by the fact they said we would need to fund raise.