Faith, Love and Compassion
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A Special Fairtrade Visitor

Fairtrade Foundation website

Fairtrade producer tour blog

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Hello to you all. Yesterday was a great day focused around one of my passions –Fairtrade.

We had a special visit from a producer of Fairtrade dried fruits in Uganda. John inspired us with his story of life in Uganda and how Fairtrade is helping his people. You can listen to an interview on BBC Radio Suffolk with John, Celia from The Fairtrade Foundation in London and me. Just follow the link above.

To see more about the visit just click on the Fairtrade Producer tour blog above.



Celebrating the TreeHouse Appeal target achieved!

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It was fantastic to wake up this morning to hear that the TreeHouse Appeal target of £3Million has been reached so the building costs for the fantastic new children’s hospice can be met. WELL DONE TO THE PEOPLE OF SUFFOLK AND BEYOND FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT.

I was delighted to join Lesley Dolphin on her show to take part in some of the celebrations and you can hear this short interview by clicking on the link above.

When we visited the new hospice recently we noticed that every room had a ‘wish list’ of items of furniture and equipment needed to enhance the comfort and effectiveness of the new space so the fund raising carries on …..

It seems the right time to re-visit the poem I wrote last spring as the Appeal was launched:

We Have A Hope…

We have a hope

We have a dream

For you a bigger space

Somewhere hugged by trees

In a restful breeze

A woodland homely place.


We have a hope

We have a dream

As this land becomes a site

And hard-hatted men

Will drill again

To get foundations right.


We have a hope

We have a dream

The pounds will soon roll in

From climbs and runs

Coffee mornings and buns

’Til £3 million’s in the tin.


We have a hope

We have a dream

For you a bigger space

Hugged by the trees

In a restful breeze

Your Treehouse now in place.

God Bless – hope to update soon on further news.   Elaine x

A visit to the new Treehouse and a milestone reached.

It’s been a few weeks since I updated my blog. Everything has been so busy. I am happy to say Pete and I visited the new Treehouse hospice last week for a look around. It is absolutely fantastic!! Several of us were shown around this incredible building, so much thought and attention to detail has gone into planning the new children’s hospice. My donations from my book ALWAYS A HERO have been continuing and I have now given £1425 to this very worthy cause.

Haven’t done much writing recently and I know I must get back to it. I have been working away on campaign work for Fairtrade and also talking to our local MP with two friends about those suffering because of poverty across our world. We feel the pressure needs to be kept on our government to do all they can to help those struggling every day with such huge basic needs. My MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY band still remains on my wrist; it reminds me there is still much to do if we are to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

I reached a bit of a milestone today, my books have now raised over £4000 in total for the charities I have been supporting since my 1st book was published 10 years ago. This has made me smile!!

Happy New Year

More books sold and another £100 is sent to The Treehouse Appeal, am very happy with this – thanks to everyone who has supported my vision to help this worthy cause. I have also received an invitation to look around the new hospice building in February!

£1000 for Treehouse now reached – THANK YOU

Very excited to say my book ALWAYS A HERO has now raised £1000 for The Treehouse Appeal.

Another donation today…

More books have been sold and happily I have been able to send another donation off today, this time for £150.00 so a few more bricks etc. funded towards the Treehouse! This brings the total donated from my book ALWAYS A HERO so far to £900.00

‘Always a Hero’ now available at Cake & Catwalk

I’m happy to say my little book ALWAYS A HERO is now available for sale at Cake and Catwalk at The Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, The Waterfront in Ipswich.Thank you Lynn for your enthusiasm to help me to help the Treehouse Appeal. What a beautiful shop it’s like an Aladdin’s Cave! You can also visit the shop via

More for the Treehouse!

Sales of the book continue to go well and another cheque – this time for £250 – went off to the Treehouse Appeal office this week. This brings the total donated amount to £750 achieved in just over a fortnight – THANKS EVERYBODY FOR YOUR FANTASTIC SUPPORT.

First ‘Always A Hero’ cheque goes to EACH

Elaine presents cheque to Patsy Johnson in front of Tree House model at EACH offices in Ipswich

Patsy accepts first cheque from initial sales of Elaine's new book

I was really pleased to hand over a cheque for £500 to Patsy at the Treehouse Appeal office today and a big thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far – I hope you are enjoying reading it and knowing this little book is now helping to build the new children’s Hospice.

Patsy will be at the ‘County Living’ event at Wherstead Park on 19th, 20th and 21st November and will have a supply of books available to buy on the EACH stands.

Thank you also to the staff at Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St. Stephens Church, St. Stephens Lane for their great support in stocking the book at this town centre venue but if you are not able to get in to town please use the Contacts page on this website if you would like to order a copy.

Book signing this Saturday

Always A Hero will be on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich from Saturday 23rd October and Elaine will be there to sign copies between 11.00 and 12.30pm on Saturday. Elaine’s first book in 2000 helped EACH with their vital work for children with life threatening illnesses.