Jemima’s Birthday

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Thank you to all our family and friends for your lovely messages, cards and flowers today. We have celebrated our beautiful Jemima as a family on this, the fourteenth anniversary of her birthday.

We are so grateful to have had her in our lives and will continue to honour her memory by doing everything we can to support other children to live life as well as she did whilst she was here with us. Thank you for helping us to do that.

Millie and Lily

imageWe are thrilled to hear about the fantastic progress that these girls are making with their double reed playing.

Millie has recently passed her Grade 2 Oboe and has already started working towards Grade 3.

Lily continues to love playing Bassoon and is now working towards her Grade 5!

It is such a privilege for Jemima’s Gift to be supporting these enthusiastic children with their music lessons in conjunction with Wiltshire Young Musicians and we are very proud of their achievements. Well done girls!

Musical gifts

We are delighted to have been entrusted with two very special gifts recently. One is a Casio electronic keyboard complete with a set of “learn to play” books, the second is a rather splendid Yamaha clarinet.

The instruments were given to us by generous benefactors following talks given about Jemima’s Gift and we feel very honoured to be able to offer them to children or young people in need.

If you, or a young person that you know, would be interested in either of these musical instruments, perhaps you could get in touch and explain how you could put the gift to use. We would love to hear from you!image

Ellie’s first hack

pony pictures April 2016 174Thank you to Mary for this wonderful picture of Ellie’s first hack. Ellie is a young carer and gets so much out of the riding opportunities that Mary facilitates for her. Jemima’s Gift is proud to be a part of this, which makes such a difference in Ellie’s life.

Three years on……..

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Anniversaries can be difficult days and tomorrow, February 10th, will be three years since we lost our beautiful Jemima. Not a day goes by when we don’t remember her, sometimes with smiles, sometimes with tears, often with laughter. We miss her more than words could say.

But we are left with Jemima’s Gift, her wonderful legacy and an opportunity to bring some of her enthusiasm for life into the hearts and lives of children and young people who may not have the privilege and opportunity that she had.

Jemima’s Gift continues to support children to make the most of their talents, gifts and opportunities in sports, the arts and education. This last year we have been able to provide sporting equipment, music lessons, musical instruments, places on school trips, a disability trike, ABRSM exam fees and music, riding lessons, IT equipment, provision for children with additional needs during a stage production, staging and concert sponsorship for Bath Abbey Music Makers and travel expenses for an international ice-dancer!

Our next project is likely to be to fund art and creative craft sessions to run alongside a live storytelling show which will tour around hospitals and hospices, specifically ministering to bereaved and pre-bereaved children. This is an initiative which is particularly close to our hearts.

The opportunity to be involved in projects like these, both large and small, makes our grief seem more worthwhile and meaningful. It is wonderful to be the bearer of good news every time we are able to accept a request and make someone’s day!

We would not have been able to do this without your support, either financial, practical or in prayer.

We are so grateful to those of you who came to Annabel’s second Music Marathon either to sing, listen, play or offer front of house support and cakes!

We are grateful for the gifts we have received for Jemima at Christmas, birthdays and special occasions, or in memory of a loved one. This year we have also been given a fabulous keyboard and a super clarinet, both of which will be played eagerly by their thrilled recipients!

We are thankful for the donations made from fund-raising events that you have held, without us having asked – a first art exhibition, a concert, a stall at The May Fayre, marathons, triathaolons, donations in lieu of gifts at your own special occasions, clothes swaps and so much more. You are all so generous.

We know that you support us because you too are touched by the grief of losing Jemima, but we also hope that you support us because you believe, like Jemima did, that life is for living, and living to the full. It is a truly wonderful feeling to think of all the music, sport, arts and learning happening in Jemima’s name and we know that she would be incredibly proud of everything that we have done with her immeasurable gifts.

Thank you all, from everyone at Jemima’s Gift

 

Introducing Ellie

imageThank you so much to Ellie for this beautiful photo of her first riding lesson. Ellie is a young carer and we are delighted to be able to fund riding lessons for her at a local riding stables. We are really enjoying hearing all Ellie’s news and look forward to hearing more about her riding progress in the future, it certainly looks as though she is having a great time!

Many thanks to Strings Incognito

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We had a wonderful afternoon in Calne last Sunday, with beautiful music from Strings Incognito and lots of tea and cake! There was also a fabulous colouring competition for children to take part in during the music. Congratulations to Amelia and James who both won a family ticket to see The Snow Child at The Rondo Theatre, Bath, this Christmas.

We are very grateful to Nicola Ashton and Catherine Oliver for all their hard work in organising this wonderful event, which raised a fabulous £250! Thank you both so much.

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