Settle down on March 24th and watch Eggheads - we wouldn't normally plug a TV programme but on this occasion we will make an exception. As we reported a few months ago a team representing HHI - calling themselves the Bystanders - went to Glasgow for their recording of the show. This edition will be broadcast on March 24th. Will the collective brain cells of HHI's best conquer the team reported as 'the best quiz team in the land'; will they succeed and win some money for HHI?
Nobody knows except those who took part and they have remained tight lipped since the programme was recorded. The team consists of: Mike Hopkin, our logistics expert, who is responsible for collecting supplies for our annual container to Zambia. He can fit more into a forty foot container than any other man on earth; Edmund Plummer, chairman of the trustees with particular responsibility for the work in India; Eddie Donald, a long-term supporter;
John Spurrier-Davies, our computer expert and member of the Management Committee; Iain Park, our Scottish representative and Harris Douglas, the team reserve and supporter from Strathaven.
If you can't watch it set your recording up and watch it some other time but beware - we will put another article on the website to let people know how they got on!
People in Strathaven enjoyed a Burns Night Supper including traditional fayre, poetry and music; in aid of HHI. Ian Wright put the evening together - creating a varied programme including a grand assortment of musicians from Pipers to Guitar soloists. Of course there was some of Robert Burns poetry to celebrate his works on this special evening. As seen before - this group of great supporters put on a good spread, catered for by Ian and Renie Gow with the support of the church. Food was supplied by Prestons (local butchers) and McGuires (fruit and veg) at cost price, and Ian and Renie kindly donated the actual cost. We thank them all for the effort and the success brought about by their energy and enthusiasm and of course to those who attended. In addition to tickets for the night raising £860 a huge amount of raffle prizes were donated to the cause, managed by Helen Baird and Cath Russell, raising a further £443. With other craft sales and selling of left over haggis the total raised for the event comes to £1,518. This amount of money will make a very big impact on people we work for - they will be richly blessed by your kindness. Thank you Rabbie Burns and thank you to our supporters in Strathaven. “Hope Springs Exulting on Triumphant Wing.” R. Burns. See more photos in the gallery.
Throughout the year many supporters and organisations such as hospitals and churches donate items for HHI to load onto a container bound for Zambia; and for the first time we received many continental quilts from a well known hotel chain. In addition to such 'one offs' we collect and store a wide variety of items – ranging from hospital beds and wheelchairs to pencils and knitted dolls. In fact in recent months we have received a large amount of knitted items – dolls, clothes and blankets from a number of individuals and knitting groups.
Good news. We have just heard that the container has arrived in Monze - in tact and without incident or any additional charges; which can happen with such an operation. As you can see from this picture it has arrived full to the brim with lots of items you have donated and we have stored over the past year. This year we also 'sold' some space to Hands Across the World for them to ship items for their work in Zambia.
Take a look at more photographs in the gallery.