Thursday, 27 October 2011

give a disabled child a gift for Xmas

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Stuck for a present idea?


An alternative to giving a traditional present to someone you know. The recipient will know that their gift has helped a disabled child in Uganda.

All gift cards have a photograph of the item you have purchased as a gift on the front.

Gift cards can be either sent to you for giving personally or sent to the person for whom the gift is being given on your behalf.

Set of Crutches £5
1 Mosquito net £5
A chicken £5
A Duck £7
Month’s food (Nutrition programme) £10
Childs wooden support chair £15
Standing Frame £20
A goat £25
Term’s school fees £50

Example of text in the card:

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For further information, please contact

When ordering, remember to send details of who it needs to be sent to, either to you or direct to the recipient.

Jean Clark

From the Spring of Hope Casebook

click to go to Spring of Hope websiteBrenda is one of our 100 children who need to be on a nutrition program. She is a 10-year-old girl who weighs 10kg where a child of 10 should weigh approx 30kg. Brenda has severe cerebral palsy, which is leading her to have severe feeding difficulties as well. She is regularly sick due to her fragile start; this sickness has often led her close to death.

go to Project Brenda on givengain.comHer mother is separated from her husband and is now alone without any support. Her only income is from her garden and what she grows. Often she is unable to go into the garden due to Brenda being so sick, which leads Brenda becoming weaker as she has nothing to eat. More of Brenda under Nutrition project on and We are currently supporting 31 children out of 100 who need nutritional support, through porridge flour, eggs, milk and in some cases potatoes. These children need more support than just this. In the last three years, we have seen 50 of our children die due to eating difficulties.

Please pray for Brenda and support her.

go to the Spring of Hope websiteMpanga Waswa is five years old and has hydrocephalus. His mother had a normal pregnancy and gave birth to twins who were born without complications. Within hours Mpanga’s birth he became sick; on medical examination, the doctor told Mama Mpanga that her child was in danger.

His head was swelling and he was developing hydrocephalus. Mpanga needed surgery; Mama Mpanga refused due to the cost, and the mother just did not have money to support him. Mpanga was sent home, as the hospital could not do anything more for him. When Mpanga was 15 months old, Mama Mpanga heard about Spring of Hope and came for help as she had lost all hope. Mpanga was able to have the surgery he needed.

Since this surgery, Mpanga has learnt to sit without support, learnt to talk and tell hilarious and interesting jokes. He is a very confident little boy who loves people and loves having fun. Mpanga would love to go to school.

If you feel touched by this testimony, you can sponsor him now by inquiry through our email contact at


Pray for increased funding. SoHUG is short of funds we would request you to pray for funding.

Pray for a good season of service. This is our first season as a registered organization in our own right. Pray for our united team and our children for healing of the families.

Christmas Ideas – Gift certificate

Are you currently looking for a Christmas present, which is unforgettable, what about giving a family a duck or a child a standing frame? you can give a gift from as little as £5/$5. The recipient of the gift will receive a card and photo - go to the top of the post for further details.

You can also Donate through anywhere in the world.

If you are a taxpayer in the UK, please donate using stewardship quoting Spring of Hope, service user number 20041306.

Teresha Karahukayo Clark
Spring of Hope Executive Director
Spring of Hope Uganda blog

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Narnia Xpression! All-age activities and Worship

click to go to Narnia at Activity Village!

Venue: Great Wilbraham School, 4:30-6:00pm, Sunday, 23rd October.

Theme: Narnia.

Activities:Something for everyone! ....

Chilling out with a cuppa.

Making Crowns and Horns

Constructing the stone table

Designing Narnia lanterns

Having Supper in Mr and Mrs Beaver's Lodge (for 7's and unders; pizza slices/rolls/fruit/juice)

Do come and join us! Narnia costumes encouraged, but not obligatory!

Parish Assistant
Fulbourn & The Wilbrahams

Click here for directions to Great Wilbraham School

Friday, 14 October 2011

coffee morning: Zimbabwe Christmas appeal

Please do come this morning to our coffee morning with cake and other stalls in the Function Room of the Six Bells, Fulbourn from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

This is in aid of the Christmas Appeal for the Mabvuku families in Zimbabwe. The church has for a number of years supported around 50 families in the high density township of Mabvuku near Hararesusan. The families are mainly headed by a grandmother looking after orphans as the parents have died. It is hoped to raise between £300 to £400 to enable the families to have a Christmas meal of a chicken and vegetables and other things which they normally never get.

Your support for the coffee morning will be warmly welcomed.

Thank you
Zena and Michael

Click here for directions to the Six Bells

Read more:
click to read the editorial that started it all

A trip to Zimbabwe

STOP PRESS: click to read about a coffee morning in aid of the Mabvuku Christmas appeal

My wife and I have recently returned from a three week visit to our daughter Jayne, Jonathan and family in Zimbabwe, our first visit in five years and we found much has changed.

Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), is a country of contrasts. Much to our surprise when compared with five years ago when there was very little in the shops and inflation was rampant, shopping malls in Harare are flourishing. Supermarkets are overflowing with goods and there are a great variety of specialist shops and pleasant cafes as well as evidence of more development from new shopping parades to new housing in pleasant suburbs where ranch style bungalows stand in one acre plots. The economy clearly appeared on the upgrade with the American dollar now the official currency and investment increasing. People were out in the pleasant winter sunshine shopping or enjoying sitting with friends over a coffee.

But the other side of Zimbabwe was also all too evident. Car parks were characterised by poor Zimbabweans trying to get a living by hawking newspapers and basic goods such as mops, kitchen ware items whilst at most road junctions were others sat on the roadside by a small pile of vegetables, or firewood or again newspaper selling. Many were simply sitting in groups idling the day away as in reality Zimbabwe has 85% unemployment. Away from the prosperous shopping centres and pleasant suburbs are the much wider spreads of poor housing and further out still the high density townships lacking in basic amenities such as good sanitation and clean water and families existing in one or two rooms.

On the first Saturday we were there we went with Jayne our daughter, Jonathan who is a doctor and a team from Avondale church on the monthly visit out to Mabvuku high density township about six miles out of Harare to meet forty three of the poorest families. The group from Avondale (now barred like other groups from their churches, but worshipping regularly in school chapels or halls), have over the last twenty years run a programme to aid the poorest families, supported from the UK by other church groups including St. Vigors.

When we arrived we were greeted by smiling faces from about eighty youngsters and thirty adults, mainly grannies looking after the children because parents had died from Aids or ill health. For instance Grandmother Sadik has eight orphaned children living in two rooms and Grandmother Valley all of whose own seven children had died, looks after ten grandchildren.

The families were gathered at the local school where the team have been given two rooms for the morning along with Gibson who lives in Mabvuku and takes care of any problems the families have between visits. After impromptu worship and songs families sat round a team member to whom they had been allocated to chat over family news and needs. These not only focussed on basic food needs but family problems over school fees , health or other matters, not always anxieties but good news too. For instance after eighteen months battling with authorities Venetia who leads the team had finally got a birth certificate for an orphaned child of 10 ; without it the children cannot attend school. Whilst this went on in the school room the month’s supply of food was laid out for each family – a bag of maize meal, protein soya mince, dried fish and beans, cooking oil, together with two bars of soap and a packet of candles; the food bill each month is £600 for the Mabvuku families as prices in Zimbabwe are higher than in the UK. Donated clothes and shoes are also given out as needed.

Jonathan and another doctor held a clinic in the same school room as otherwise the families would have no access to a clinic. If a hospital visit is needed the team arrange for this and meet the cost, for instance an elderly man had successfully had treatment for prostrate cancer and a granny a hip operation.

Each month Meredith in the team sends out monthly news of each family to the three churches in the U.K and other individuals giving prayer and tangible support for the Mabvuku families. This monthly newsletter is regularly displayed at the back of St Vigors church and gives a much fuller picture possible in this article.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

news from Fulbourn Health Centre

I write this following a very successful Open meeting of the Patient Participation Group at the Health Centre on Wednesday 7th September. It was a pleasure to see new faces and I trust everyone found the meeting interesting. The group’s Chair, Alison Farmer, outlined the achievements of the PPG to date and suggested some possible activities for the future along the lines of the successful Basic Life Support training evening.

Suggestions from the meeting included exploring possible links with other groups in the village such as the WI for future events. Alison reminded everyone that the Group is looking to extend its membership and also take the details of patients who would like to go on their mailing list. You are welcome to leave your details at Reception and we will pass them on.

Russell Sims, the Practice Manager, updated the meeting on the plans for GP consortia and Dr Cathy Bennett provided a valuable insight into how your GPs are working to improve the care of patients both directly and indirectly. This includes the options for referrals to hospital other than Addenbrookes for operations and ensuring patients needs are taken into consideration when services are being reviewed.

Russell also explained the aims of setting up a patient forum online and the recent activation of the Summary Care Records. Russell concluded by outlining the plans for a new computer system for the Practice as a whole which will be installed in November (see below). This raised the issue of communication between the Practice and our patients. The Mill is not delivered to everyone in the village and we have been asked to explore other avenues to ensure that we include all the households in the area.

Help at Home is a scheme available to people who have been discharged from hospital or have been ill at home. Trained and CRB checked volunteers can offer practical help with collecting prescriptions and shopping , for example. The service is free for 3 weeks. Anyone can ask for the service and will need to contact the South Cambs office on 01354 694413.

We are updating our computer system towards the end of November and it will be difficult to deal with large volumes of prescription requests during this time.
To make sure you get your medication on time, could we please ask that if you normally order your prescription between Wednesday 16th November and Friday 25th November to ensure that your request has been handed to us by

Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre