The Bystanders on Eggheads has been recorded! Though sworn to secrecy about the result we can tell you that the team's performance is 'in the can.' It was quite a challenging and draining experience but at the same time a great opportunity. The team met at least one of their objectives - to use the show to publicise HHI and raise our profile. We will have to wait and see whether they met the second objective - to win some money! When we know the broadcast date we will post the details on the website. Well done to all the team for having a go - we wait with eager anticipation to see how it went.
Bystanders left to right: Harris Douglas, Iain Park, John Spurrier-Davies, Eddie Donald, Edmund Plummer and Mike Hopkin
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.
We have a special group of supporters in Strathaven in Scotland call Strathaven Friends of HHI - SFHHI. Iain Parks and the team regularly issue a newsletter to keep the supporters informed. Here is an extract from the recent newsletter - it gives us an insight into the excellent work iundertaken by SFHHI...
The 2014 Container – the latest news is that the Container has now reached East Africa and is about to make the final challenging part of its journey crossing the border between Mozambique and Zambia. Hopefully it will reach Monze intact within the next week or so and the HHZ team there will be faced with the huge but very satisfying task of unloading, sorting out and distributing the mountain of educational and medical items which the HHI supporters throughout the UK have contributed. Thanks again to all of you who contributed to our part in this and particularly to Ian Gow who accumulated over 22 boxes in his house and to Alistair and Ann Ogilvie who made a trip specially to Newport to deliver the goods.
The Ragbag Scheme – still going well – if you know of anyone moving house or emptying a house and has lots of items to dispose of please advise us or let the owners know about our Ragbag scheme. We’ll be happy to uplift bags or they can, as usual, be deposited in the boxes within the Rankin and East Church halls or in the Scout and Guide Centre.
Good news! A number of HHI's committee and a couple of supporters are about to hit the TV screens in aid of HHI - they maybe appearing on Eggheads. Iain Parks thought of this novel way to raise funds and awareness for HHI. The latter is the easy part - the team have called themselves The Bystanders - a reference to Shibu who is a bystander working in Trivandrum Hospital for HHI. A patient must have a bystander, basically a nursing assistant to tend to most of the patients needs, otherwise they will not be admitted to hospital. Normally a friend or relative but sadly some of the poorer people seeking treatment have neither - and that is were Shibu steps in. Jeremy Vine is bound to ask them why they are called the Bystanders - so it is their opportunity to talk about our work.
The hard bit - raising funds - needs the small issue of beating the Eggheads to win the money; but we wish them all the very best and our thanks goes to Iain for all his hard work getting it this far. The team will be travelling to Glasgow on 2nd December for screening and if they are successful they will appear on TV soon. Watch this space for more news.