Joanna Newman informed us of the following:
I am very happy to announce that we have raised a total of 690 leva! This is including a 10 lev pitch donation we still have to collect & a xmas card sale of 23.50 leva, Also a 5 Euro note we have converted to 10 leva Thank you everyone for all your support, I am sure this will go a long way to help with the bunk beds! We also topped our summer fete figure ;) Thank you
This Event is organized by Joanna & Nigel Newman from ‘The Secret Garden Tea Rooms ‘ Facebook group. They live in Bulgaria and decided they would like to do a fundraiser and donate the funds towards the Bunk Bed Appeal at the Silistra Orphanage. They will do all the organizing themselves. They have decided to do a Christmas Fayre, details below:
The Secret Garden Tea Rooms Christmas Fayre is almost upon us.
Saturday 24th November at Lionsgate guest house Pomoshtitsa,
There will be lots of lovely Christmas cards, gifts & crafts are for sale. We even have a take away curry stall. If you are interested go to The secret garden tea room facebook page & take a look! Christmas themed high teas are 10 leva & need to be booked & the authentic curries must be pre booked for collection on the day to take home & heat or freeze. There will be Baileys style hot choc, roasted chestnuts, cakes & bakes as well as English books, knitted xmas tree decs, boxed xmas cards handmade cards etc, Jewellery, clothing & organic honey, crafted gifts, hand crafted jewellery, ear piercing, a chance to order Avon & Oriflame, Pandora style silver bracelets & beads for women & children, Scarves & much more Refreshments will be available if you are not treating yourself to a high tea (Really?) We have live entertainment too. All foods served & sold on the day are home baked We also have some fantastic raffle prizes so come with plenty of money, lots of small notes & change PLEASE, armed with carrier bags & knock yourself out!!!! All proceeds are going to the Silistra children's orphanage to buy bunk beds for the children. This is a UK registered charity & we are pleased to be organising our second fundraiser for them. Our Facebook page has the menu for the curry's Meanwhile look at this towel cake, just one of the brilliant crafts & gift ideas that will be for sale. There will be some gorgeous homemade Bulgarian bread rounds too
Now we have to fundraise for these beds we will be doing this at the ‘Silistra Orphanage Garden Party’ on Sat 6th October 2012. We have prepared a chart which contains squares, each square is numbered. The idea is, you can buy a whole square which represents one complete single bed at £135 or two squares will be one full set of bunk beds, or you can donate what you can to a square. When we have sufficient funds to fill a square we move to the next one and so on. Every person who donates will have their name printed beside the numbered square. This will then be typed up and added to the chart. When the chart is full all the beds have been bought and we will hang this chart on the wall of the Orphanage to show how generous our sponsor have been.
11th August 2012 The Secret Garden 'High Tea Event
PHEW!!! what can I say apart from THANK YOU Joanne, Irene Dave and Nigel and all the family for donating your first High Tea Party funds to the Silistra Orphanage Bunk Bed Appeal. Also to all you lovely people who traveled for miles and miles to support them. We are just amazed at your generosity thanks a million times over you ALL did a fantastic job and this amount will almost buy a set of bunk beds set. Fab!!
When we were told of their plans, needless to say we were delighted and very happy to help promote their events through our media contacts including our wonderful circle of friends at TrustGlobal Radio who have always been there to support us along with Cindy/Kate and the team at Anglo-Info, Darren & Denise at Quest. We are truly blessed to have found such wonderful supporters and to think that Dougie and I only met these people for a few hours amazing!
Thank you a million times Joanna & Irene & your families we are overwhelmed at your generosity.
Berni & Dougie xx
The 'Secret Garden' Tea Room Event
The Secret Garden High Tea & Craft Fayre
2:00pm until 6:00pm
- Karantsi, nr polski Trambesh, Veliko Tarnovo
here will be a donation request of 10 leva per adult 4 leva per child for the High Tea. This will consist of sandwiches, a cream tea & a selection of various cakes & dessert with a choice of tea or coffee. Children will be given squash, sandwich, jelly & cake. This donation will cover costs & a donation will be made to the Silistra Orphange to the bunk bed appeal.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE HAVING THE HIGH TEA & HOW MANY GUESTS & CHILDREN WILL BE WITH YOU AS WE NEED TO CATER FOR THE NUMBERS, THANK YOU X
If you don't want the High tea just come along for the day anyway.....
The day will include
Home made cake/food stall
White Elephant stall
Have a go at.......
We hope to see you there
Here we have these wonderful hand knitted hats, scarves and mittens donated to us from June, Pat, Donna and Ruth the lovely ladies in Dobrich area. Friends joined us on our winter project requesting help to knit items for the 16 children in the Malek Preslavetz Orphanage. Ladies, thank you so much they are just wonderful, you all did fantastic, well done to you all and thanks to our organizer Sue. The children will love them.
Update: I have been contacted by June to say she/we has knitted 30 hats & mitts for the babies and 22 sets of hats, scarves and mittens up to 4 year old for the baby/medical orphanage. Thank you so much June, you are all fantastic. Awaiting photo.
This knitting project will continue throughout the winter months providing we obtain donated wool, therefore, if you wish to help please with knitting or donating wool, please can you contact one of our organizers who are Sue Parker, Christine Griffin, in Dobrich & Varna Lubka Velikova Ivanova, Joanne Eaton, Lorrell Foster and the Home for the Elderly Albana St in the Silistra. Sue Edwards in Bayla near Ruse, Tam Pearce in Sliven or contact me here or on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsoforphans Nevena Rahneva. my admin or myself will put you in touch with one of them. Thanks a million for all your support. We are truly grateful Berni & Dougie xx
WOW!!! Our knitting project in Bulgaria has already begun: Lubka, Mara and Stoiana from the village of Srebarna has joined us and have knitted these beautiful sets, plus 16 sets of slippers/socks, Ladies you did fantastic! Thank you so much. As you can see from the photo the children just love them.
Sue Parker in Dobrich area
Christine Griffin in Varna area
Tam Pearce in Sliven area
Sue Edwards in Byala Ruse area
There progress so far and still knitting
Jean from Newark knitted all these herself
These are the fabulous items that one lady alone knitted for us. Miss Jean Marriott contacted me and said she had read about us in the Weekly Post back in Oct 2011 and has been knitting for us every since. Well she did all this lot to include 60 hats. Everything is fantastic Jean, you did a wonderful job!. Thank you so much. The children will love them. Thanks to Charlie for collecting them for Newark for us.
Thanks a million for your support ladies you are all doing fantastic Berni & Dougie
Our new Orphanage Malek Preslavetz Project ‘Knitting for Winter’
I have a plan that would love to get operational for the winter months. As you all know the Dimcho is our main orphanage along with the Baby orphanage/medical centre in Silistra. We also have several other organisations we help in Silistra and round Bulgaria, 12 in total. This year our friends Mike & Jerry informed us of a new orphanage just outside Silistra called The Malek Preslavetz. Funds raised at their Danube trip was donated to Malek to provide clothing for the children. We also brought them box and boxes of goods for the children on our Sept trip..
Dougie and myself Berni visited them and distributed the goods along with 16 shoeboxes ready for Santa to deliver :0) This is a small group of 16 children aged between 3 and 10 years old although at the moment, the children are mostly aged between 5 and 8 and mostly boys.
Dougie and I have already agreed that we will take on this orphanage Malek as one of our project and help where we can. As you know our cause is NOT to provide money but to provide essentials such as clothing, shoes, toiletries, linen, toys filled shoe boxes treats such as sweets, biscuits cake etc. The director has given us a list of items they need which you can find on the Malek Preslavets page
So the plan is to ask your lovely ladies in Bulgaria to help us with knitting. Necessity things like scarves, hats, gloves for now then we can donate them to the Malek orphanage. I already have two ladies Christine Griffin from Kochmar village and Sue Parker from Dobrich who will be happy to co ordinate this project from their areas. So what we need from you guys as follows:
1) Volunteer knitters,
2) Donation of wool
3) Volunteers who will place a box in an areas where people can leave wool donations, ie a Community hall, a shop or a bar.
So now I just need the volunteers and the wool donations. If you can help, please contact myself, Sue or Christine if you are in their area. Thank you so much we really appreciate your support.
Berni & Dougie.xx