Friday, 2 March 2012

Buy a brick, build an extension, support life!

Pro-Life work is often greatly misconstrued as being a 'one trick pony' so-to-speak, with a large number of people thinking that all we do is campaign against abortion. Whilst that is, of course, a fundamentally important part of our work there is so much more to it than that. As the name "pro-life" itself indicates we are dedicated to supporting, respecting and cherishing life in all its forms. Any one of us can become vulnerable and in need of support at any point in our lives and it is part of our work to help anyone and everyone through thick and thin. Our aim is to promote the wonderful beauty and dignity of each person no matter who they are and one way in which we are doing that is promoting Aila's Fund.

As I have previously posted Aila has Friedreich's Ataxia, a neurological disorder which affects her balance, mobility and speech, and is in desperate need of a downstairs bedroom and bathroom since climbing the stairs several times a day is not only difficult but also very dangerous. I'm extremely pleased to report that support so far has been overwhelmingly generous. Thank you all so very, very much, you are all quite marvellous and I know that Aila and her family are immensely grateful to each and every one of you. The opening event, the cake stall, was a great success and we hope that this will continue with our other events throughout the year.

Some of you will have noticed the recent addition of a PayPal Donate button on the sidebar. This is a direct link to Aila's Fund and allows you to donate to the build without having to write a cheque or send money in the post. It's very easy, 100% secure and your personal bank/card details are never disclosed (PayPal pride themselves on their customer security.) If you would like to make a personal donation then please use the button.

The next step in raising the £16,000 needed to build this extension is our newly launched "Buy a Brick" campaign. This is a wonderful way of giving directly to the Fund (especially if you aren't able to make it to the events) and makes you a part of Aila's future and well being. With each brick you "buy" through making a donation, you will receive a personalised certificate thanking you for your contribution (so please do leave us your name and address so we can send it to you) and for those who buy either the small or big blocks of bricks you will also receive one of our wristbands saying; "I'm supporting Aila's Fund." The suggested donations for the bricks are as follows;

1 brick: £5.00
3 bricks: £12.00
5 bricks: £20.00
Small block of bricks (10 bricks): £40.00
Big block of bricks (25 bricks): £100.00
(Donate using the PayPal button.)

Very soon (within the next fortnight) we will be making our new "I'm supporting Aila's Fund" silicone wristbands available for a suggested donation of £1.00 each (plus £0.50 for 1st Class postage).  They come in a variety of colours. Please do order one (via the PayPal button) and show the world that you are making a difference in the life of this young woman.

When making donations with the Button for bricks or wristbands, please state what you are donating towards (a brick, wristband etc) and your postal details - you should be able to use PayPal's message facility to do this.

And last but by no means least we have our parish photo shoot coming up in only a couple of weeks. Robert Bousfield (who took the lovely photos of Aila and recently did a shoot for families at St. John's primary school) will be hosting fifteen minute photo sessions for individuals and families in rooms 2/3 of the parish hall on Saturday 24th March. He is a professional photographer who produces excellent quality shots for very reasonable prices. You will love the results! Call 01403 257059 to book your slot.


  1. Gwendoline???? If only I'd known when I was your PP! I'd have had hours of fun with that ... :)

    1. Hmmm. Some people post thoughtful, philosophical, intelligent comments on this blog.

      Some people just post - well, comments.

      Enough said.

      *departs with dignity*

  2. Thanks Katherine for this post and yes, thank you SO much to all the wonderful, generous people who have supported (and are supporting) us in so many ways - that very much includes you BTW!! Even without the question of money, everyone's kindness has made all the difference. Aila herself is quite overwhelmed by it all.

  3. Chris Huckstepp5 March 2012 at 20:07

    That's a great idea :) I shall buy some bricks now xx

  4. Thanks so much Chris xx Your certificate will be on its way shortly! :)