This is my wonderful 96 year old next door neighbour looking fabulous in pink on a day this group actually made possible. Weeks ago, during lockdown, I posted something about how kind and welcoming Thelma had been to me when I first moved to this little village in Cornwall last year. And how in turn I’d found out something about Thelma I wished I could change, even in some small way…
I asked this amazing group for advice. And, oh my, what a response.
I had just discovered Thelma hadn’t been able to get out of her house for a very long time because her steps to the outside world now made it impossible for her. Back then, Thelma told me she doesn’t like asking for help. She doesn’t like to make a fuss. And she’d already accepted her ‘going out’ days were more or less over. Somehow, I found that so sad – and difficult to accept.
But, following on from that fateful post there were so many wonderful messages of support and advice as a result about how to free Thelma. It then led to the suggestion of raising funds to buy her a special ramp. And, in less than a week, we had raised £400 to cover the necessary costs. When I told Thelma what had happened she said she was utterly gobsmacked that the world via Facebook had wanted her to be free. “Why would anybody want to care about me?” she asked.
So happy to report that after waiting many weeks for lockdown to ease here in the UK, one of the lovely local villagers, Allen, offered to volunteer his time to come and measure up and finally start the ball rolling. It won’t be long now before Thelma can at last get outside and see her beautiful view up close – and feel that much missed sense of freedom.
To me, this all feels like such a tiny but immensely beautiful and sustaining act of kindness during this terrible crisis. And it’s all thanks to the generosity and global neighbourly love of the people in this group. This extraordinary group that lives and breathes such acts of kindness on a daily basis. So very special.
Thank you to the founder of this group Arik Zara and his fantastic team for birthing a place where this kind of stuff regularly happens. For creating a vision of a world where we all genuinely wish to live. Thank you also to all those who donated and those who believe that loving our neighbours and creating community is what life should really be about…
As you can see, Thelma is, quite literally, tickled pink by all your gorgeous kindness. As am I ??