Karen and Annabel really enjoyed visiting Jem at Widbrook Equestrian Centre this morning. Here is a lovely photo of a Poppy on Jem, it was great to see him jumping with Poppy and with Tilly. We couldn’t believe how much he has improved since he arrived almost a year ago and it was lovely to see him giving so much pleasure to the young riders.
If you would like to see Jem in action, visit Karen’s Facebook page. Karen is hoping to start having riding lessons with Jem very soon.
Today we celebrate Jemima’s birthday, we miss her so much every day but we are so very grateful for the precious time that we had with her. Annabel has made a beautiful cake and we are excited to be visiting Jem, our Riding for the Disabled horse, as he competes in a show-jumping event. The day will be one of happy memories, sadness, and much joy. Thank you for all of your love and care, and for the donations in honour of Jemima’s birthday.
Everyone loves to receive letters, and at Jemima’s Gift we are no exception. It is so heart-warming to open an envelope and find a cheque raised in memory of Jemima and know that we can use it to help another child to explore a talent or dream. Just as special are the lovely thank you letters from children and young people whom we have supported. This fabulous card, received on our first anniversary, is from Alex: an aspiring music student who needed help with a new saxophone mouthpiece and a supply of reeds. We hope he will be very successful in his career, he certainly deserves it with hard work he is putting in!
Particularly touching are the letters from three children who will be able to join their friends on the annual school ski trip next spring, something which would never have been possible without help from Jemima’s Gift. What a privilege it is to be able to make these things happen, and how thrilled Jemima would be.
This gorgeous quilt and matching scatter cushion was made by Colerne Crazy Quilters as their annual charity quilt and designed by them especially for Jemima’s Gift. The quilt measures approximately 5 feet by 4 foot 6 inches, so would be perfect for a little girl’s bed. If you would like to make a bid for this beautiful quilt, let us know by emailing Jemimasgift@gmail.com. We will let you have regular updates on how the bidding is going.
Be warned though, Annabel and I have rather fallen in love with it so there is a reserve price!
We are thrilled to be supporting Rosie and her pony, Frankie, who will be competing in junior show-jumping events this summer. Rosie is 15 and has trained Frankie herself, following nearly losing him to a vey nasty bout of colic. They have only just reached this level of competition and as Rosie will be 16 later this year, this is the last season that they will have the opportunity to participate in junior events. We are thrilled to be able to help with the cost of transport to and from events, and are very much looking forward to hearing all about their adventures!
Good luck Rosie!
How lovely to see the beaming faces of Naomi and Sylvan in these fabulous pictures. It was obviously a busy weekend!
Naomi looks delighted to have completed her first half-marathon, which she ran in aid of Jemima’s Gift. Very well done Naomi, we are sure it will be the first of many!
Meanwhile, Sylvan and his family were on their way to Mid-Wales to collect his new double bass. His Mum tells us that his grin had to be seen to be believed! We are hoping to hear Sylvan play at Annabel’s “Music Marathon” at the end of August where you will be able to enjoy 12 hours of continuous music, including many of the young artists and bands already supported by Jemima’s Gift.
Save the date, 30th August 2014, more details nearer the time!
We wish every success to our half-marathon runners this morning. Philip Styles, Bill Clark and Chris Bevan are all running the Bath Half Marathon for Jemima’s Gift and we are very grateful to them all for their very brave efforts. Be assured that we will be thinking of you, and wishing you Godspeed.