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So many ways to say thank you

Over the last few months we have all been involved in various ways of thanking everyone in the NHS for all of their hard work and efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have had the weekly clapping, seen flags and posters in peoples’ windows and homes. The rainbow of the NHS has been seen widely in cities, towns and villages all over the country and is now an emblem that will always remind us of those to which we owe a huge debt of gratitude.

Whilst these are the usual things we have become accustomed to we have seen some novel ways which certainly made us smile and must have certainly cheered up some of those working in the NHS. Recently we have seen the following photos and we thought the NHS cannot ever have too many thank yous so thought we would show you these novel ways that people have shown their gratitude.

We think that the hours it must have taken to create some of these pieces really goes to show the level of gratitude we all have for the NHS.

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A genuine thank you

How many times during a day do we say thank you and actually just say it out of politeness without really thinking about it. Last week, and again this evening, with the applause for the NHS it gave everyone a chance to say thank you to all of the staff on the front line.

There are literally so many people that are helping us with our current situation be it people working in supermarkets, refuse collectors, delivery people, military, utility workers, train, bus drivers, postmen and women to name but a few. These people need to know that they are appreciated too. It is really easy to grab a parcel and say a quick thank you to the person handing it over. Why not make sure you actually say it like you mean it.

A smile and a really big thank you and just a few words can go a long way in helping people to feel appreciated and to know that we the public are grateful for everything that they are doing. The rubbish was collected from my house a few days ago and I happened to be on the driveway. Normally I would just yell a quick thanks but this time I added a few extra words and was rewarded with a huge smile. Hopefully this can make a difference and reinforce the debt of gratitude we owe everyone who is keeping life as normal as it can possibly be in these completely unprecedented times.

Don’t forget, 8pm this evening is the time to be at the front of your property, on your balconies or at your windows to give another well deserved round of applause to say thanks to everyone that has helped us during these unprecedented times.

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Thank you NHS

Whilst we are trying our absolute hardest to find good news and positive stories that aren’t about Coronavirus we did think we had to publicise this event. Without our NHS workers and everyone on the front line we would be in an even worse position than we are now. These people go to work, knowing the risks and still are there to help everyone. I don’t think that there are any words that will thank our NHS for everything they have done and will do over the coming weeks and months.

We saw a post on social media saying that on Thursday 26th March at 8pm everyone should go to their front doors, garden, balcony, windows or living room to give all our amazing NHS workers a huge round of applause to say we do value them and this is a way we can all unite in showing our gratitude to them. We will be there and even this is just a token but hopefully the NHS realise how much they are appreciated and that we are all behind them.

Why not join in everyone , spread the news and clap to show your appreciation.

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Coronavirus – the recoveries and our fantastic medical workers

Coronavirus is the big headline in the news these days and rightly so. The speed at which people are getting infected around the world is growing rapidly and sadly the fatality rate is at around 3% which is the biggest medical emergency the world has seen in the last 50 years.

One story that isn’t getting reported much, is that in fact over 40,000 people have recovered from the virus and more are recovering every day! The human body is magnificent at protecting itself and you can clearly see this in action here. Every day our health care workers are working tirelessly to fight the battle against  COVID-19 and are doing an amazing job despite all of the problems associated with this kind of virus.

People are panicking buying toilet roll, hand sanitisers, soap and other non perishable goods, but if people are sensible, and with our supply chains there should be enough of the items that we all need. Make sure you keep your hygiene levels up and make sure the other people you are around are following the same stringent guidelines. Hand washing has never been so important!!

Banana Crumble obviously hopes that things change soon for the positive but in the meantime we want to thank everyone in the health service for all their endeavours in keeping us all safe and well.

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Thank you Banana Crumble ….

Last week we posted saying that we had handed over a cheque to the value of £4808.35 to the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association (SCFA). This was the total of the monies that we raised with our first Banana Crumb-Ball. We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning spending time with Lisa Hyde, who is treasurer of the SCFA, her husband Chris, their amazing daughter, who has Cystic Fibrosis, Sophia and Peter and Barbara Holmes also from the SCFA. After the cheque was presented they told us about how the money would be spent and how much it would help the charity going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I received a lovely thank you letter from the SCFA. Here are some extracts from that letter:

On behalf of the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association, we would like to thank you for everything you have done for our charity and for raising such a monumental amount of money £4808.35. Words cannot describe how grateful we are for all that you have done for our charity in the past year. 

The Money that you have raised will make a significant difference to the people and their families living with Cystic Fibrosis in the Southend area. 

Examples of the sort of help we give are medical equipment such as nebulisers and portable oxygen: an exercise allowance/ help with purchase of equipment to encourage general fitness, help with travel costs, counselling and other ad hoc requests.

Our charity is run entirely by volunteers, most of us parents of a child with CF. There are NO administrative costs. All money donated is, and will continue to be used to improve the quality of life of those living with Cystic Fibrosis in the Southend area.

We are really glad that the money we have raised will go to help so many people and hope that our legacy of spreading good news, positive and inspirational stories will serve to inspire others.

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We all love to feel appreciated

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and when someone goes out of their way to say a big thank you it can make a huge difference to everyone concerned.

After the horrific events of last week in London when yet again the action of just one made headlines for all the wrong reasons one little girl was touched by the actions of the Emergency Services. She wanted to say thank you to them. Nine year old Eva from Chorley in Lancashire took matters into her own hands. She wrote letters and addressed them to “Emergency Service Worker” and left them on police cars, vans and ambulances. With these letters she left chocolate and told the workers to enjoy the treats. The Lancashire police force used twitter to try and find out who the mystery letter writer was as they in return wanted to thank her for making their day.

The police managed to track Eva down and as a way of a thank you to her they have invited her to spend a day with the force.

Thank you letters were an important part of life and many of us grew up knowing the importance of saying thank you. The effort of writing a letter and the time it takes even for a few lines makes the thank you just a bit more special so I can imagine for the workers finding the letters combined with the chocolate it must have indeed made their day.

Such a simple act that has made such a difference. Well done Eva for saying what we all truly believe. Thank you to all our Emergency Service Workers.

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Its getting closer ……. Just two weeks to go

It is now only two weeks to go before the Banana Crumb-Ball.  We are all really looking forward to what will hopefully be a great evening and raising some funds for the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association

We do have some really great raffle prizes including a BMW golf bag, tickets for Adventure Island, Pantomime tickets, Afternoon tea vouchers, C2C Family rail ticket, Cycle Coaching at the Olympic mountain bike track, food vouchers and hampers to name but a few.

The auction prizes are really amazing and include an Audi car for the weekend (kindly donated by Southend Audi), a signed cricket bat, signed photos, microlight flying experience, a driving lesson package and a chance to be the Southend Mascot at a league game, again to name but a few.

We would like to say a really big thank you to Altons Garden Centre, Asda, Audi (Southend), BMW, C2C, Christine and Alan Hyde, Cut, Craft and Sew, Fortnum and Mason, Karl Miller, K. Mosby Financial Associates Limited, Liam Gillan Photography, Maria Nayler, Myatts Field Cocktail, Nekta Florists (Thorpe Bay), Old Southendian and Southchurch Cricket Club, Sam, Brady, Sands by the Sea, Scott Hardisty and Pirtek Racing Team, Summerhill Garden Centre, Surf Restaurant (Chalkwell), Taylormade Chauffeurs, Validity, The Vanilla Room Hair and Beauty Salon (Hornchurch) who have all played a major part in either donating gifts for the raffle of for the fantastic auction prizes we have been able to offer.

If you can’t come along and would like to buy some raffle tickets to help with the fundraising then contact us and we will be sure to sort you some tickets. All monies raised from this event will go to the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association.If you would like to purchase some raffle tickets then please contact amandaaustin@bananacrumble.co.uk

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Just a simple act but so appreciated

If I am  working in my front garden I  always smile and say good morning or good afternoon to anyone passing. Some people nod, others smile and some pass the time of day but all are just acts of common courtesy. Today made me realise just how important these little acts are.

A lady pushing a trolley walked past, I smiled and said good morning to her. She replied good morning and how are you? I said that I was enjoying the lovely weather and how was she. She told me that she had hurt her back and that she been unable to get out of her house for quite a few weeks and today was the first time she had managed to brave the shops on her own. I chatted to her probably for no more than five minutes, I have no idea where she lives, never seen her before and probably will never see her again. At the end of the conversation when I wished her a speedy recovery she gave me a huge smile and thanked me for making her day and giving her someone to talk to who had taken an interest in what she was saying.

As far as I was concerned I was just doing what I thought everyone would do but this very simple act of communicating makes you realise how just a few words literally can make such a difference to people. We have featured the Chatter and Natter tables several times in our articles and this is why these tables are helping to combat loneliness but surely we can all spare just a few minutes. We all lead such busy lives but just a few seconds really can make a difference. If we all did just one good or kind deed a day what a different world we would live in.

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Thank you to Banana Crumble from The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

A few weeks ago we told you that we had hosted an afternoon tea and handed over a cheque for £5000 to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. An amount that we are extremely proud of and one that we really feel will have made a difference.

We received a letter from The CF Trust thanking us and everyone that has helped us raise those funds. As members of Banana Crumble each and everyone of you has helped towards this total either by reading our articles, telling friends about us, joining in with our fundraising events, donating prizes or just looking at our site. Without you this wouldn’t have been possible and we would like to share with you the letter of thanks that we have received.

So many people still believe that Banana Crumble is good good to be true and that there must be a catch. In The Cystic Fibrosis Trusts post on their own website about the monies raised they said in their own words:

“That the proof of the pudding was in the cheque…….”

Hopefully with this letter people can see how Banana Crumble really has made a difference. If you can help us spread the word we would be grateful. We are looking for companies that would like to sponsor us so that we can continue with our mission of proving things are not necessarily too good to be true.

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Thank you Eagles Badminton Club!!

Friday June 22nd was The Cystic Fibrosis Trust “Wear Yellow Day”. This was the same day as The Eagles Badminton Club based in Hornchurch, Essex had their annual prize presentation. A donation box was put by the refreshments and £55 was raised by those attending. They have given us this money to add to our total for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

A huge thank you on behalf of Banana Crumble and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust to all the Eagles members for raising this money. This means that we have met our next big milestone. £4000!! for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust