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Dec qtly update 2012
Welcome to the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage Silistra Bulgaria. We are Berni & Dougie Leggett UK Organizers
Well here we are again, another year ends, 2012 has gone by. This year has been wonderful. We have achieved all our goals even though they were meant to carry us over to August 2013. With help from supporters and new sponsors, we were very fortunate to have LWM Consultants Ltd come on board and sponsor our transport. As you can imagine this was our biggest expense. It would normally take us all year to raise the funds to transport the load to Bulgaria but now, LWM Consultants Ltd will sponsor the transport until further notice. Thank you so much. You are just fantastic!
Our achievements so far this year 2012:
1) Thanks to a local company in Silistra who donated the much needed settees to the Dimcho
2) We were in a position to buy all the children new trainers with sponsor’s donations from Michela & Corrod in Italy, and Nominal Accountants in Burgas Bulgaria. Thank you.
3) We sent 40 children and 12 adults on an all inclusive 2 week holiday thanks to the wonderful donation from the Hotel Delta Beach in Sunny Beach Bulgaria. That was just out of this world and totally an amazing achievement. Thank you so much.
4) Finally we have managed to secure 40 new bunk beds and mattresses for the Dimcho and they will be delivered to the Dimcho before Christmas, what a wonderful Christmas present! Thanks to everyone who sponsored this project.
5) We had knitting projects here in the UK and in Bulgaria – knitters from Dobrich and Silistra area did a fantastic job in knitting various hats, scarves, gloves, baby sets, mittens, booties, snowmen, mini stocking etc and UK knitters did likewise but included 90+ beautiful blankets. What a year! We can hardly believe it ourselves! Special thanks to all our donors/sponsors because without your help we could not have done this.
Purchase of new shoes and the bunk beds project.
We are delighted to tell you that the Bunk Bed Appeal project has now completed!!!!!!
We now have all the bunk beds sponsored and all the beds will be delivered before Christmas. What a fantastic Christmas Present for the children. Thank you all so much you are all just totally amazing.
Holiday donated from the Hotel Delta Beach Sunny Beach
Here are a few photos of the children on their holidays at Hotel Delta Beach Sunny Beach Bulgaria. I wrote to 100’s of hotels in Bulgaria asking if they would help with a holiday for our children. The Hotel Delta Beach did not hesitate, they replied offering to take all the children and staff for 2 weeks all inclusive – As you can imagine this was just fantastic. We were all over the moon. This has never happened in Bulgaria before. The manager said I inspired them and they decided to invite 3 more orphanages along, so all in all there were over 200 children staying at the hotel. Thank you so much, you did fantastic and brought sheer joy and happiness to all the children with a holiday they will remember for a lifetime.
Our load for 2012
Part of the load 22 pallets of goods we sent to Bulgaria for 4 orphanages, the Home for the Elderly and other organisations for 2012. This is our fifth year of sending goods to the orphanages during that time we have send goods for 9 different orphanages, The disability Centre, the Home for the Elderly, the Hospital, the doctors surgery and 3 villages. We also provided 100’s of filled shoeboxes for 5 orphanages ensuring every child has a box all to themselves to open on Christmas morning.
The Home for the Elderly:
This is our 4th year running whereby we have brought donated goods and distributed them to the residents of the Home for the Elderly. They were overwhelmed with the items. They are in need of knitting wool and good clean winter coats for next year. We will start all the collecting again in Feb 2013
Donation by British Bulgaria Society
This fantastic camera and accessories were donated to the Dimcho Orphanage thanks to The British Bulgaria Society. This is indeed a wonderful donation and is greatly appreciated, as they can now capture all the brilliant photographs of all the forthcoming events. Thank you so much to Dr Annie Kay and her team.
We were invited to the British Bulgarian Society 60 Diamond Jubilee at the Bulgarian Embassy in London in Nov. We had a wonderful time. There was singing and dancing and all sorts of events. The London Irish Choir attended along with a host of others. Thanks to the president Dr Annie Kay for inviting us and thanks to Frank O’Reilly for finding us, introducing and for supporting us.
Berni & Dougie & Dr Annie Kay The London Irish Choir
The Silistra Garden Party:
The 4th year Garden Party and again it was a great success thanks to all those wonderful helpers and supports alike. You all did a fantastic Job. Special thanks to our photographer Bryan who flew from the UK to be with us and took some wonderful photos, you will find a few here and the rest on the website gallery link.
We had a good turnout considering we were much later in the month and the holiday season was almost to an end however, we still raised a fantastic amount of funds from all the items for sale. Plus earlier in the year Joanne, Nigel, Irene & Dave did a fundraiser via the ‘Secret Garden Tea Room’. They did high teas and raised 641lev a fantastic amount. Thank you all, you did great!. They also did a Xmas Fayre fundraiser on Nov 24th in Pomoshtitsa nr Popovo, again they raised 690lev which they will forward this week. Thanks to Graham Moffet who donated the Lionsgate Guest House premises in Pomoshtitsa for their venue. Well done Graham! They are now on their 3rd event which will be on Dec 16th at Tserova Koriya, Tirnovo. Again they will make another donation to the Silistra Orphanage, which we will use to purchase all the under storage plastic boxes with wheels. Thanks a million times over for your ongoing support guys. You did fantastic!
Christine & Lester Griffin in Bulgaria have been doing bootsales and knitting throughout the year. They raised over 1000lev, which is just an amazing amount. Lester and our friend Hugh here in the UK made 2 set of stocks for us and Lester manned them throughout the day at the Garden Party – The children had not seen anything like this before and loved them. Thank you so much, you are all wonderful. Special thanks to all our helpers Sue and Dave, Sue & Arthur, Ade, Margaret, Christine & Lester, Nellie and the girls from the 365 Volunteer Club, Joanne and Nigel, Bill & Sue and especially the director Stilian, all the children and the staff at the Dimcho, who once again, did a fantastic job. They all pulled together and filled in where we needed them. Thanks to the City Mayor of Silistra who sent the group of children and the musician to entertain us. They were amazing. Thank you also to GURB for their DJ, Mendes Radio for the interviews and the Bulgarian National Television for great filming once again, the City Mayor and our local Mayor and members of Parliament for attending. We could not have done this without all our volunteers, thank you all very much, you are an amazing group of people.
We had some wonderful stalls at the Garden Party and some fantastic raffle and auction prizes – everyone had a great time. We had Ivelina and Christian from BNTV who filmed The Dimcho Garden Party and interview many of our guests. They also filmed us and our 3rd Orphanage in Silistra Malek Preslavetz. There are 16 children there and this is our 2nd year of bringing them goods. We brought 40 large boxes containing clothes, shoes, toys, trampoline, swimming pool, 2 bikes, 20 hand knitted blankets and most important the Christmas Shoeboxes. We are hoping that the TV publicity will bring more help and awareness to the orphanages in Bulgaria so fingers crossed.
Thank to ‘Pescott’s Foods’ for donating the massive amount of burgers and sausages for the BBQ, they were great. Kevin and Bev also drove the 5 hours to be with us. Thanks a million to Bev for spending her afternoon helping our staff to cook them. Here is a report from one of our guests Mick ‘At lunchtime, we were supplied with a bbq style meal and once again, hats off to everybody involved in the food. The burgers and sausages (some said were deer, some said ostrich) - whichever, they were bloomin tasty!!!! Big round of applause as I say, the food was excellent and the staff the same’ Thanks Kevin for you support again this year. It was a pleasure to meet you both.
As you know one of our projects was to raise funds for bunk beds for the Dimcho – This was a project we hoped to complete by August 2013 however, due to the support we have had from the Garden Party, the fantastic people on the Facebook Sunny Beach Group, The Secret Tea Room, LaPa Bar and various supporters like Steve W. Sara Cowin, Christine and Lester and Ellen and Martha Ladd 2 wonderful girls age 9 and 12, who donated their own funds to buy a bed. Our friends in Belgium their 11 year old daughter Tyra Derdin also bought a bed and early in the year Tyra and her mum flew from Belgium with two large bags of goodies for the children in Silisitra. This is amazing and if we carry on like this we will be able to have the beds by Christmas. We have a few more bag packing sessions and a booksale at my place of work who have been very supportive to us.
Thanks to everyone Chris and Bill for all their hard work on the website and helping with all sorts of tech stuff throughout the year they have both been just amazing. I do keep them busy!
Also special thanks to all our knitted in BG ladies in and in the UK for the 100’s of items you knitted. You all did a brilliant job!! Jean Marriott, June Pat from Newark, Dorothy, Kate and all the ladies in Stamford have already knitted over 200 blankets for our three existing orphanages in Silistra, Jean Marriott from Newark have already started for the next organisation The Disability Day Centre. They did 20 for the Malek Preslavetz and 80+ for the Baby/Medical centre Orphanage. They are just beautiful well done! Ladies you did great.
How you can help:
Our cause is not about money, although we do have to fundraise if we need something in particular such as the 40 new bunk beds etc. Our main concerns are to ensure the children have the necessities such as new or good clean clothing, jackets, coats shoes, socks, trainers, underwear, towels, toiletries, toys, and stationery. We also need items to fill 100’s of shoeboxes. We are only two people and we do all the collecting, sorting, washing, packing labelling etc ourselves. We have help from our sponsors PC Howard Ltd staff with palleting and loading. Then in Bulgaria the Director, staff and older children unload and store until we get there and then we distribute the 400 + large boxes of goods. If you can help, please let us know. Thank you so much, we really appreciate your support.
Projects for 2013
Project 1 new cycles (bike's) for the Dimcho
Project no 2 possible Fashion Show
I have been hankering for a few years now, to do a fashion show at the Dimcho. I know there is a college in Silistra, I just need to find it and ask if they would design a range of clothing for us. We also need local business’s to participate with either donated clothing for the show or display their own goods and donate a commission to us on the day for goods sold. We ourselves, need new clothing to sell at the show too, so if you can help, again please do let us know.
Project no 3
We are in need of outside seating benches at the Dimcho as the few they have are falling apart. We will look to obtain 6, possibly 8 for around the grounds. They will be beneficial to the Garden Party event also. Other ideal item would be long fold up tables.
Thanks to you all:
Recap: for 2012
We were donated all new settees from a local businessman in Silistra
We bought new trainers for all the children in May 2012
We sent the children on an all inclusive holiday to Sunny Beach
We fundraised for 40 new bunk beds
Plus we had all new clothing from Gap and Next and lots of item from our supporters
We did 100’s of shoeboxes for 3 orphanages plus large toy boxes for the baby orphanage
We have new sponsors LWM Consultants who donated the transport costs
All in all we have had a fantastic year thanks to The Hotel Delta Beach who has given the children a holiday of a lifetime and our supporters have given them yet another dream, new bunk beds. Thanks to PC Howard Ltd our storage company, Tee Kay Packaging Ltd who supply our boxes and LWM Consultants who sponsor our transport and to Delamode Ltd who do the transport at cost price and to Ourbulgariaforum.com for their support. All our sponsors are amazing and have all agreed to sponsors us again next year, this is just brilliant! Thanks to Toshivo Book Club run by our friends Bill & Sue. Also thanks to all our sponsors listed on our sponsor page on the website. Thanks to our wonderful sponsor’s ‘GAP’ who has been brilliant and always exceed our expectations. They have continued to support us for the past 3 years now. Thanks to ‘NEXT’ who has also been fantastic and very supportive to us. They are both always ready to help. Tesco has also donated some clothing for next year and will continue to support us. Thanks to my work for allowing us to do booksales. Rainbow Store for allowing us to bag pack. Our volunteers, knitters helpers, fundraisers, Guides, Rainbow, brownie groups everyone, there are so many people to say thanks to that it would take me a week to sort them out, but you know who you all are and we would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all you wonderful people who have helped us again this year, you have all been just brilliant in supporting our cause any way you can. You are ALL just amazing people and we are very proud to know you and have you on our side. Also a great big thanks to Bill and Chris for all the work they do on the website
Berni & Dougie xx