“This is my 30 before 30 list, but here comes the twist,Because of my illness and disability you will have to do it for me,See I have these plans in my head, but I'm stuck 24/7 in a hospital bed!”
Vicky George is no ordinary twenty nine year old. Vicky suffers from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) which means she is always tired and spends most of her time in bed, often in hospital. But just like other ‘soon to be’ thirty year olds, Vicky has a bucket list of things she would like to do before her birthday on December 21.
However, Vicky’s illness prevents her from living a ‘normal’ life, so unlike other people her age, she is unable to complete this bucket list herself and is calling on the goodwill of the general public to help her.
But unlike other bucket lists, Vicky’s is designed to bring a smile to the faces of other people not her own. The list includes joining the bone marrow register, donating items to a food bank, running the London marathon and inviting someone with special needs to a party.
Vicky’s local radio station, BBC Surrey, recently helped her carry out number five on her wish list; to give a balloon or flower to someone. The radio station bought 12 flowers and asked people in Woking to give them to somebody else to cheer them up. Vicky says: “in the words of Winnie the Pooh 'No one can be uncheered by a balloon'.”
Vicky is no stranger to helping others after setting up Post Pals in 2002. Borne from her own experience, the small charity is run solely by volunteers dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by sending those cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Post Pals is managed online from the beds, both home and in hospital, of the volunteers. The charity is supported by Children in Need, The Princes Trust and Fearne Cotton, Radio 1 DJ is its patron.
Here at ubu we know how difficult it can be for vulnerable and disabled people to live and impact their own lives. So we have the utmost respect and admiration for individuals like Vicky, who regardless of their illness, selflessly put others before themselves.
Through simple acts of kindness and by reaching out to the general public, Vicky is able to touch and make better the lives of those less fortunate than herself – she truly is a remarkable young lady and thoroughly deserves ours and your support.
To find out more about Vicky, read her blog and access her ‘thirty before thirty’ wish list visit http://my30wishes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-wishes.html
For further details about Post Pals and how you can get involved visit http://www.postpals.co.uk/
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