An au pair for Mands, Mia and Finn

Update posted by One Team One Dream On Apr 29, 2017

As most are now aware; beautiful little Bea Madeline was born on Saturday the 22nd April. She arrived at 09:43 at 8.13lbs, and in good health. Amazing friends have rallied around to make Bea's arrival extra special. Selfless efforts of time, energy, food and loving support has made all the difference, ensuring it is such a happy world Bea is entering into! And Mands, Mia and Finn are besotted with their gorgeous new addition to the family. Mands is still so amazed and grateful for the funds raised, which has provided her with the added confidence to buy more baby essentials! Some new kids chairs for example have made a dramatic difference and making meal time that much easier!


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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Apr 16, 2017

All,

Mands, Mia and Finn are doing well and the baby is due to be induced on 20 April! Only a few days away! And I have received the following heart warming response from Mands that she would love shared with us all...

Bo, I am so incredibly moved by the crowdfunding initiative you set up. Please can you thank everyone involved for me? When you mentioned this idea I thought it was really kind and that a week or two's financial help towards the Au Pair would have been fab... but the amount you sent is so incredibly generous. I am so touched!

I've bought a co-sleeper baby cot to make feeding the baby through the night easier (especially since Mia and Finn are sleeping in the room too!), a baby bath, parts to fix and upgrade the Stokke pram, a highchair, and some baby clothes, muslins etc.

Mia and Finn came shopping the other day and chose an outfit for the baby and one for themselves to meet the baby. Mia chose a beautiful dress with ladybirds and bees on it and a tiny matching one for the baby (which her bunny is borrowing until baby is born). Finn chose an astronaut costume and made a rocket from big cardboard boxes. I'm sure the baby will get taken on a moon adventure. I'll send some pics xxx THANK YOU to all who helped xxx Love you xx

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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Apr 06, 2017

Hi all, I've now transferred the funds raised to Mands, Mia and Finn this morning and accompanied by the following email. Thank you for your tremendous support! Mands, Mia and Finn are still in a very uncertain situation at the moment and I know this will have a significant impact and be so very much appreciated. I will continue to post updates through to this page, so please continue to follow the progress...

Hi Mands,

This morning I have transferred a total of £2,575 to you, Mia and Finn; raised for you guys by 10 of your closest friends and family!

They have all contributed to this combined effort anonymously and in support of providing you with some form of added certainty during this tough time. We really hope it makes what is a challenging period that little bit easier. The funds were raised to offset the cost of childcare and lessen the load on you during late pregnancy. Noting you have covered these costs prior to now, we really hope this helps make the next stage a little easier and adds a fraction of further security to you, Mia and Finn now and especially for the pending arrival of their precious little sister.

This morning I have made the following transfers to you.

1. The first payment of £1,582.7 GBP transferred to your bank account from a crowd-funding website called GoGetFunding.

2. A second payment of £600 GBP transferred to you from my account via PayPal (you should have received an email regarding this).

3. A third direct payment of £393.17 GBP to your bank account direct from my account, using TransferWise.

These amounts total £2,575.87.

With much love, always.

Tom, Rich and an amazing network of loving friends.

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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Mar 27, 2017

In addition to the huge relief in the form of childcare, Mands has cherished the help of amazing friends visiting to help out and a coordinated effort of car-pooling with other mums recently. She is now only six weeks from her due date in early May. I've told Mands the very least about this initiative (ensuring she knew only enough to take the stress out of making arrangements for childcare) but she now needs the funds and budget clarity. We've raised a terrific sum that will hugely offset the cost of childcare in the form of Lydia and Lauren and we've come together in a meaningful way that shows Mands, Mia and Finn there is so much love out there for them. I will complete the transfer of funds raised next Monday 03/04. Most contributors have requested anonymity (which will of course be respected) however from next Monday please feel free to celebrate our combined successes and support for Mands, Mia and Finn in your discussions with her. Also, stay tuned as I will keep this page active for further updates... much love!

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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Mar 20, 2017

Thank you for you amazing support and your patience in regards to an update! I spent last weekend with Mands and the kids and it is beautiful to also see how friends continue to reach out and assist where possible and often simply in just knowing you're there for her. Please keep it up!

The first three weeks of Lydia, the au pair, being in the house has been a huge relief and taken so much pressure off; especially as Mands becomes increasingly pregnant with the due date now only weeks away. Whilst Lydia has a lovely nature, so helpful and genuine care for the kids, unfortunately her english was more limited than anticipated and this has proven a little too hard to overcome. Thankfully, there was another more suitable family for Lydia to transition over to and there was be a swift and mutually amicable parting of ways whilst we looked around. Luckily, we were able to meet a lovely Australian girl during my visit. Already living in Glasgow and with a passion for children and music, our new Aussie friend Lauren, has already started with a couple of days a week and teaching the kids some keyboard skills! Whilst she comes at a higher cost, which means a few less hours per week, her way with the kids is absolutely fantastic and now there's nothing lost in translation. Mands, Mia and Finn all seem more comfortable with these arrangements and the mum's at the school have also helped lighten the load with more shared pick-ups and drop-offs; another huge help.

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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Feb 26, 2017

Hi guys! Thank you to all those for the tremendous support! Lidia has just had her first week with Mands, Mia and Finn and proven to be an absolute wonder au pair! She's already formed a great relationship with the kids and proven to be so amazing in helping out. Mands was lucky to also have the support of a great friend at home for the transition and we're so grateful! The kids' Spanish will be improving and Finn has even had the a great haircut thanks to one of Lidia's many talents. I will be visiting the weekend after next and sure to provide another update soon!

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Update posted by One Team One Dream On Feb 13, 2017

We have identified a suitable candidate as an au pair for Mands, Mia and Finn!

Lidia, a 27 year old childcare professional from Spain, has a degree in early childcare (0-4yr olds) and is readily available to start this week!

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