Feeling down in the dumps since the Charity Commissioners deemed us to be too small an operation to be registered as a charity. We haven't topped the required turnover of £5000 in the past twelve months, though we're only a few pounds short. We immediately emailed the given address but have not received a reply yet. The bright side is that we are able to register with the Inland Revenue, or whatever they're called now, for Gift Aid status. This will enable us to claim 28% on tax paid donations and will enable us to help many more people.
Much better news is that the Vale Royal Writers Group have selected GOES to be their charity of choice to receive any profit from the sale of their first publication - an excellent anthology of members writing, both poetry and prose. Knowing how much work has been put into this book with very little help from us we are very moved by such kindness.
Snips, the barber in Warrington Market, raised a wonderful £60 for us from a carboot sale. This could feed five families for a month, pay the school fees for five nursery school children for a year, buy forty mosquito nets - really practical help, generously given.
Just tried and failed to download pictures from the last trip using Picasa2. Fingers crossed, here goes again. Ah well ... please try later ...