It’s been a bit of a week. Two firsts for me, I had the paramedics out in the middle of Asda, and I left Father Christmas hanging. Not both at the same time I might add.
There are days that go by smoothly and you forget you have a disability. Well not really forget, but you get on with it, it’s your norm. Then there are days when you feel like you can’t breathe and the paramedics are called out to you in the middle of the supermarket. Those aren’t the fun days.
I have to say how amazing the emergency service were though. It’s all a bit of a blur but three lovely paramedic guys rescued and reassured me in a side room in Asda. I say a room, it was more like a cupboard. The cupboard also used to hold shoplifters and those causing trouble. I was causing quite a stir myself I guess.
I’m ok now, in case you’re wondering. I’m home, I don’t know what caused the chest pain, or the shortness of breath. I was taken to A&E, where I was poked, prodded and scanned. Asked a million questions, by multiple people, and sent home with antibiotics.
Every person treating me was lovely and kind.
Anyway so I have a lot of things and people to be grateful for, we all do really. Which brings me on to one of my aims I wrote about at the start of the year. Do a good deed.
I wanted to do something to help somebody, in a more meaningful way than just donating money. I wanted it to be closer to home than that, something that related to me. Sort of.
I’ve been Christmas shopping a fair bit lately. Actually I have to confess, I’m almost finished the Christmas shop and it’s not even December. Go me! But then if you know me, that’s no surprise. I like to be organised.
Some of my shopping was done online, as with many of you I guess. But for some of it I tackled the streets of Norwich.
Something I’ve noticed more and more recently is the amount of people sleeping rough. Particularly around Norwich, but anywhere I’ve visited really. For whatever reason there seem to be more people finding themselves with nowhere to live, and not enough services to support them.
I’ve been following a Page on Facebook for a while. The Peoples Picnic.
A 100% non-profit, grass-roots movement, The Peoples Picnic rely on donations and the kindness of community to support those less fortunate. Providing home cooked meals and essential everyday items to those in need, directly from the street in the city centre of Norwich.
I decided it was my time to help, and these are people I would like to help.
On The Peoples Picnic Facebook Page there is information about how you can get involved or offer help.
You can also get in touch via Twitter.
Twice weekly there is food served from Norwich Haymarket. As much as I’d love to help out I’m not much good at serving out food to other people, I struggle to physically feed myself!
There is also a link to PayPal where you can donate money. This is great, donations are always needed. I wanted to do something a little more personal though, I wanted to know where I was helping.
So I decided to purchase some items from their Amazon wish list. I think this is a fab idea to gain support and to also make the donator feel like they are doing something important. They can, in a way, see where their money is going.
It was super easy to do. I scrolled through the wish list of items The Peoples Picnic currently require and added the ones I wanted to my basket. There are a wide range of items for every budget. I chose to purchase a rucksack and sleeping bag. Going through the checkout process you can select for the item to be delivered directly to The Peoples Picnic. Easy as that.
Currently The Peoples Picnic are also asking for sock gifts filled with treats and essentials. Information can be found on the poster below, please get in touch with them for drop off points and delivery addresses.
If everyone of my readers gave just £1 that would be £417. If I combined those that follow the blog, and all social media (assuming some of you follow on multiple platforms) I reckon a £1 from each of you could total near on £1000! That could feed a lot of people. If some of you donated money, some made a sock gift, and some bought something from the Amazon wish list, then imagine how much that could help people, change their day. Especially this time of year. It’s cold out. Plus we are spending way more than that on glittery plastic. Fact.
Oh and when you can’t move your arm enough to high five Father Christmas and leave him hanging, he looks as awkward as you feel.