All for Hope

Hope crochet

On 11th February our teenage daughter sets off for Kolkata (Calcutta) with The Hope Foundation, an Irish charity working with street children in India. There is no doubt that it will be a life changing experience for her. I only wish that I could be there with her. She will travel with nine other girls from her school, all of whom are giving up a skiing trip to spend a week with the charity. No doubt her heart will be in my mouth while she is away and, all going well, she will return a little more enlightened into other people’s lives, challenges and culture. The past six months have been a whirlwind of fundraising events in our house as she had been given a hefty target to reach. Several coffee mornings later, a festive coffee & crafts afternoon and a wine tasting & tapas night (must do that again!), we have surpassed our target – thanks to the support of friends and family who must be as relieved as we are at this stage. It was lovely to have a reason to bake, knit, crochet…and paint though. Another amazing thing to happen was that I was given some wall space in a corporate environment to hang some of my pastel paintings in aid of The Hope Foundation. One sold so it was great to add some additional euro to the fund. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good images of the paintings, cakes, tapas, wine guzzling tasting, the many crocheted wrist warmers, tea cosies and Christmas cards we made (apart from the above) but hopefully, I will have something far better to show once our darling girl returns from Indian.