OUR loved ones never leave us, we just don’t get to see them the same. Once we know the language, they shower us with beautiful signs.
That’s what I firmly believe, and confirmations are sent every day, including Friday night’s five-a-side game arranged by our friends at Travel counsellors HQ.
Playing on November 23, the team that won were named Reuben23 and were a group of 23-year-olds - of course they were! Our plan is written in the stars. Caution: angels at work. What lovely signs for them to receive.
I love it when friends message to share their stories of 23 and more. Reuben’s way of saying thank you and bringing loved ones through too.
We are really excited to share on the theme of 23 that we are running a fabulous fundraising initiative in conjunction with the Manchester airport group.
Challenge 23 launched on November 23 and will run for 23 weeks. For a £5 per ticket entry into their draw you could be the lucky winner of one of 23 fabulous prizes made up of 22 bottles of champagne and the top prize of a holiday to the value of £2,300, wowee.
To enter please check out our website reubensretreat.org and get involved via challenge 23. You could even enter the challenge for your friends as gifts this Christmas, and talking of gifts, please remember to shop via Amazon Smile or easyfundraising.org.uk and choose your charity of choice to support at no extra cost to you.
We also have a beautiful wish list on Amazon too, should you wish to purchase a gift to support our gorgeous family work.
Our thank yous this week go to: the girls from St Agnes School in Lees, Judith H and Colin, Tom and Nicki for their penalty shoot-out sponsorship.
This Friday we rock for Reuben with Elvis and on Saturday our first of seven grottoes starts at Lymefield Garden Centre in Broadbottom. No need to book and it is a lovely experience and includes a gift.
All of the above are wholly supported by our fabulous volunteers gifting their time to support our cause, and we thank them greatly for sharing their precious time with us to gift back.
I will leave you with a lovely bit of something that I read recently:
Volunesia (noun): that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives because it’s changing yours. Thanks for reading our column! Please share.
Nicola Graham’s son Reuben died in 2012