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Dom’s Pyjamas

Dom is a youngster from London who wanted to make a difference. He felt that not everyone was lucky enough to have presents and a good time at Christmas. He had an idea whereby he wanted children to have a pair of pyjamas and a bed time story to open on Christmas Eve. He set up his own charity and called it Dom’s Pyjamas. Over the last few years he has collected books and pyjamas from people not just locally but from all around the world. He donates the items to his local Women’s aid charity  where all the items are individually wrapped and given to children. This year they have donated over 500 pairs of pyjamas and 1000 books.

Children come up with such amazing ways of helping people and to those children who receive the gifts it must make such a difference. It just goes to show that with a simple idea such a big difference can be made. The collection of pyjamas for this Christmas has closed but they are still raising funds and as he says on his just giving page “raising a smile”. That is something that we try and encourage at Banana Crumble so may those pyjamas find happy homes.

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All I can say is WOW!!!

Wow, wow, wow what an amazing story!!!

At Christmas so many people do so many amazing things and find countless ways of raising money for good causes.

The Queen Victoria Inn, in Priddy, Somerset has been turned into a gingerbread house for the whole of Christmas. This is complete with thousands of Christmas lights, candy canes and a giant Christmas tree made out of wine bottles. This display has become the centre piece for the local village and people come from far and wide to see this amazing display.

Each year the pub raises money for charity and this year the money will be going to “Children’s Hospice South West”. The pub is renamed the Gingerbread Inn for the festive period.

Looking at all of the photos this really must be a sight to behold and give so many people so much pleasure. Besides all the positivity around this they are raising lots of funds for their charity. We called and spoke to the pub and they said that in 2017 they raised £1600 and in 2018 £4500. They said this year they are so busy that they are hoping to raise even more money. We wish them all the very best and hope one day to be able to visit the remarkable Gingerbread Inn for ourselves.

If any of our members are down that way I think this definitely must be worth a visit.

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Wise words indeed

When the Christmas cards arrive each year it is always good to catch up on the news of those that we only hear from once a year. Most contain the words “where has this year gone?”. Often there are snippets of information about children, parents, family, pets, holidays and other interesting news.

I receive a card from a very dear friend and his wife every year and in that card he includes a letter. The letter is always newsy with lots of information about everything that has happened in that year and is probably very similar to other letters that we receive and love receiving. However this one always moves me every single year for something that I feel is quite unique.

At the end of the letter he always provides some words of wisdom, this year he says:

After relating our news for the year , here are a few things for you to ponder and think about:

Emily Pankhurst said: “It’s deeds not words that count”

A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant

The biggest tragedy in life is “we get old too soon and wise too late”

Francis Bacon said “Money is like muck, no good except it can be spread”

and then the one that really did bring tears to my eyes;

The most wonderful places to be in the world are:

In someone’s thoughts

In someone’s prayers

In someone’s heart

If we could all keep these in mind then definitely the world would be a better place!

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Such a simple act

Christmas is such a magical time of year and one that so many people look forward to. It isn’t the same for everyone as many people have no home, no family and no one to share Christmas with.

One such man was featured on the BBC news this week. He was 78 year old pensioner Terence who came from Oldham in Lancashire. Terence had taken part in an interview on the BBC previously saying that he had spent 20 Christmases on his own, since losing his mother. He said that when you are on your own you don’t get presents and it can be really lonely. He also said that he hadn’t got a Christmas tree. Dan Walker, who had conducted the interview, promised he would help and literally made Terence cry. Dan turned up at Terence’s house with a group from Oldham College. With them they bought a tree for Terence. He was clearly moved and so were the thousands of people watching at home . The College group also sang Terence’s favourite carol, Silent Night. To see the footage click here.

Terence won’t be spending Christmas on his own this year as in his work with charity Age UK he will be spending the day with a good friend. The feature is a real tear jerker but more than that it makes you realise that such a simple act of singing a carol, providing a small tree gave huge amounts of pleasure. Who will remember that most, Terence or the students that carried out the good deed? A small act of kindness at this time of year really can literally mean so much. I am sure that this will be something that Dan Walker will also remember for a long while.

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Christmas Smile Wall Competition…..

As December is now upon us and Christmas is fast approaching, Banana Crumble has launched its Christmas Smile Wall Competition. All you have to do is upload a photo to our Smile Wall with the theme of Christmas for your chance to win a £50 Amazon Voucher.

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Hurry competition ends at 10pm on the 1st January.

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It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas ……

Black Friday and the associated weekend has past and the first decorated houses start to appear. It must mean one thing that Christmas is fast approaching.

I love Christmas, I always have and I always will. However Christmas ten years ago changed the way I think and I thought I would tell my tale in the hope that maybe it can bring comfort to someone and help them in a positive way.

My mum passed away on Christmas morning back in 2008, we got the telephone call from the hospital at 4am that no one wants to get and I can remember driving there to be told my mum had passed a few minutes previously. That moment with my dad and my brother is one I will never forget. I was lucky I had family with me and lucky that we all had each other. That day passed in a blur, the children were younger and we wanted them to enjoy Christmas so we tried to make it as normal a day as we could. Christmas for us would never be the same.

The hype about Christmas adverts, shopping, presents is never ending but for me this isn’t what Christmas is about. Christmas doesn’t need to cost a fortune, a handmade card, a homemade jar of chutney, a daffodil bulb (they were my mum’s favourite!) in a pot, spending time together, a quiet moment reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas, a board game or just little family traditions. These are the things that make Christmas and create happy memories and for me are far more important than the materialistic ones. These are the things that make Christmas!! Count your blessings and look forward to the New Year with renewed vigour but never forget those memories!!

Ten years on, we still have daffodils in a pot each Christmas and that one pot sits near wherever we have our lunch. I know it isn’t mum but having that there brings some comfort to us. The robin in the garden, the feather drifting down from above, I am sure that these are signs being passed to us. So many people will be missing someone this year and nothing can change that but remember they wouldn’t want us to be miserable so if you can remember the happy times and the things that made your Christmas special and carry on making happy memories for the future generations.

What made me write this? I saw the advert that everyone is talking about. The advert that cost £50 to make and I think the words that made me think about our daffodils and things we do were “thank you for taking the time to remember me”. We all remember those, particularly at Christmas, that we have lost and we have our special way of remembering them. The advert made in 2014 by Phil Beastall has been viewed millions of times  and is called “Love is a Gift”.

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Merry Christmas from us all at Banana Crumble….

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Why not add a festive picture to our Smile Wall….

Good news ….. it’s Christmas and we are still celebrating!

Why not join in the fun and upload a festive picture of your own to our Smile Wall.  Why not show us how you celebrated with one of your seasonal photos. The deadline for our December photos is 31st December so still plenty of time to take your photos, upload them and get voting!!

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The Twelve Names of Christmas – WINNER

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Twelve Names of Christmas Giveaway.

And the winner is Justin Farrance!!

Congratulations Justin.

Please email us at admin@bananacrumble.co.uk so we can arrange payment of your prize.

Merry Christmas everyone from Banana Crumble!

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Grinch Burglar caught after stealing and opening child’s Christmas presents …

Essex Police Officers have gone above and beyond the call of duty and fully joined in with the real spirit of Christmas.

PC Campling and PC Martin charged and remanded the suspect in custody, before spending time out of their busy schedule to rewrap the presents. The were gifts were then returned to the children they were taken from.

Essex Police’s Grays Local Policing Team shared a photo on Twitter of the two men, standing by a table, personally wrapping all the presents, along with the words: “Grinch Burglar caught after stealing and opening child’s Christmas presents. PC Campling & PC Martin charged and remanded the burglar and then re wrapped and returned the presents in time for Christmas.”

Their kind-hearted actions have been praised by other colleagues at Essex Police on Twitter, with Inspector Rob Brettell saying: “Super proud of the people I serve with – some things in policing simply cannot be measured or shown on a spreadsheet”.

To be burgled is a horrible thing for anyone but for children to have their Christmas Presents taken it must be even worse. Here at Banana Crumble we are really glad that the culprit was caught and at this time of the year would like to thank the Police and all the other emergency services for everything they do for us not just at Christmas but throughout the year. We often hear tales about the police and this one certainly brings a smile to our faces !! Thank You!!