Lauren Wood

Author

The Woods VS The Para’s 10

Challenge, Committee, Fundraising, Support

The woods are taking on the Paras’10!
Ian Wood will be running with 35 pounds on his back through the gruelling 10 mile Parachute regiment course, and I (lauren wood) will be pushing him from behind! As many of you know The LIFE Foundation is a charity our family works closely with, this year is no different.

We aim to raise as much as we can to be able to adapt the living spaces of many of the residents in the Romanian homes who are at most confined to their beds. With your help some of the these children will be able to have first time life experiences! We hope you can dig deep and help us out!
All our love,
The Woods

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2019 volunteering blog- Meeting the princess

Overcoming barriers, Romania, Trip Report, Volunteer experience, Volunteering

Having just completed my Psychology degree, I was feeling rather mentally drained and, if I’m honest, hadn’t had much time to think about coming out to Romania. It seemed like a lifetime ago I’d had my interview and travelled to Warrington for the training day. When I arrived in Romania this lost and disorganised feeling still lingered, however, within a couple of days I can honestly say I settled so well into our new routine, the apartment and Slatina. I knew very quickly that the next two weeks would involve me falling in love with Romania, the work The Life Foundation do and many of the wonderful personalities I encountered along this beautiful journey.

The first child I was introduced to was a beautiful princess with hydrocephalus. When she was first placed her in my arms, nerves began to bubble as I held such a fragile and precious child. We visited this home every morning and throughout the two weeks I grew confident with supporting her needs and realised there was no need to be nervous. Once I’d overcome this, I was able to learn what she liked and disliked. Although she is not very able, she is definitely very bossy and will soon tell you when she’s getting fed up. Equally, when she finds something she enjoys, such as the foil blanket or your ponytail, you just can’t help but giggle along with her!

The other days were spent at the adult institution. These days will stay etched on my heart forever. At the end of each day my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much. They all have massive personalities and are so full of love and enthusiasm. I loved being able to get them out of the institution for the day and into the forest for a BBQ. Being able to connect with nature, picking mushrooms and berries and making flower crowns was so refreshing for both the adults, carers and volunteers. We did lots of dancing and eating and it was lovely to see everyone so involved.

The two weeks went by so fast and I didn’t want to leave. I can’t believe how much I learnt and developed during this time. It’s an experience that has changed the way I think and act and I honestly cannot wait to return and continue being involved in the amazing work the life foundation do.

The LIFE Gala 2019

The LIFE Gala 2019

We’ve been making some great progress here at The LIFE Foundation and would like to invite you to join us as we take another step towards improving the lives of the adults in Cezieni. Please bring your friends, family and best attire to join us in Manchester for our 2019 Gala!
On arrival, enjoy a glass of bubbly on our red carpet before taking your seat in the grand hall for a delicious three course À la carte meal. The evening will be polished off with entertainment, dancing and prize draws.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
Pre sale tickets are priced at £45 until the 1st of February after this tickets will be £50
Student tickets £45

All dietary requirements will be catered for and children’s meals can be ordered too.

We have been offered a special price for hotel rooms, please contact us for further details.

Please use the link below to make your payment with your name clearly noted.

We hope you can join us to celebrate and dance the night away! If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TheLIFEGala 

Acknowledgements and special thanks

We would like to thank Experience days for supporting the life foundation this year. Thank you for kindly donating a voucher towards our raffle it is greatly appropriated. www.experiencedays.co.uk

We would also like to thank The Hallmark hotel in Manchester for offering their services to us for our annual charity gala. This is greatly appreciated and provided us with the opportunity to make life changing differences to those who need it.

Thank you to all those that attended the ball and made it a huge success!