Ben needs funding for special care at Papillion Psychiatric Home

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Mar 10, 2017

I have just done the adding up of donations that have come in from various off-line sources. The total amazed me - and that's excluding my own and my partner's inputs since those count as family. A huge tribute to, mainly, old school friends and members of the BP Kids and Teens Parents support group. Thank you, thank you, and once again THANK YOU!

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Feb 28, 2017

For those who are believers, today is Shove Tuesday - to those of you who are non-believers, please enjoy the pancakes anyway. Shrove Tuesday is the day Catholics go to the priest to be 'shriven' or absolved of their sins before the Fast of Lent. Then it is off home to eat all the yummies which should not be in the house during Lent. These days, the yummies are represented by pancakes, and yummy they are indeed. I have a challenge for you. For each pancake you eat tonight, donate the minimum USD 1 (or more if you feel the urge). I look forward to peek in tomorrow morning to see how many pancakes were eaten (or confessed to).

Bon appetit and enjoy Pancake Day.

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No pancakes?? Surely not. Who can resist just one pancake? Please feel free to add a pancake or two worth of donation, should that prickle of conscience hint at what actually when down the hatch on Pancake Day.

Nicola Rodda

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Feb 28, 2017

THANK YOU to every who helped up attain the increased February fees. A bit of nerves and supplementing from personal piggy bank, but we made it. Please help me to rely on you all, bless you, to reach the ZAR30 000 for March - kind gift of the tax office who now charge VAT on this facility.

Some of you leave a name and some donate anonymously. To be fair, I don't identify any donors by name. But please know that each of you lies close to my heart in a very special way.

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Update posted by amanda ggf On Feb 07, 2017

HURRAY, Between this site and the Bipolar Kids and Teens Parents group, we have raised R10 000 so far. A huge big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed in any way. Not there yet, but more than I could imagine achieving when we started. Ergo...all I have to do is keep believing and we’ll get there!

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Feb 01, 2017

URGENT URGENT URGENT

We have received the following notification that there is an IMMINENT increase in Ben's fees:

"Dear Nicola,Sadly the R2 600 applies from February. Then in March it is the 14 percent VAT bringing the total to R30 210."

I urgently need your support. Ben urgently needs your support. Please carry this in your heart and think about it. We don't need enormous sums (nice as that would be). We need a minimum donation of USD 1 (ZAR 15), and enough good people out there who are willing to forgo a cup of coffee for Ben's sake to male that small donation. I ask you please to make that small donation...and next month perhaps another. I ask you, please, to recognise that mental illness is no different from a dozen other dreadful physical illness and to show the small empathy that you would show to those..

Thank you, Nicola

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Jan 27, 2017

Ben has received his summer clothes so should be much more comfortable. The first fees have been paid, thanks in large part to a person who is very special to me. So our next aim is February's fees, due at the beginning of the month. So please help me streeeeetch for that goal.

His first week or so has been up-and-down, which I think is true for any major life change. Let's all support him in this time. Speaking of which, i don't have all the numbers and e mail addresses of his friends. Please send to [email protected] so arrangements for contact can be negotiated. We wouldn't want him to be lonely. The changes he is facing are difficult enough without that.

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Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Jan 18, 2017

We have just received notice that Ben is leaving London Thursday evening (accompanied by two nurses) and will arrive in Johannesburg early morning. He will be received by a trained team of the Papillion Psychiatric Home. I am not sure what happens next, but I appeal urgently for your donations and your prayers that this will work.

Thank you

Nicola


Ben arrives in South Africa and at Papillon

20 January 2017

The morning of 20 January, 2017, at 6.30am I stood waiting eagerly at OR Tambo Airport, with two Papillon personnel, to fetch my son. After a seemingly interminable wait, Ben came out. I have to confess to acting in a less than dignified manner on seeing my boy after two years, during much of which I didn’t know whether he was alive or dead. I felt so sorry for the two nurses from the hospital in London, who accompanied Ben. He didn’t sleep all night, so nor could they. Thank you from my heart to the nurses and to the hospital social workers, Hayley and Peter, without whom none of this could have happened.

Ben wanted desperately to take me out for a meal and it was lovely to spend some time just with him. He also bought me a purse because he wanted me to have something from him to carry. Ooh - I got all choked up all over again.

Then we did the formalities at Papillon. It is a lovely serene place, just like the pictures on the website (www.papillon.co.za ). Ben made a beeline for the pool. He loves swimming and hasn’t had much chance in the past 2 years. There a few dogs around - chihuahuas and a lovely cuddly boy of indeterminate lineage. Also a beautiful cat of very regal stance. Ben loves cats and dogs so I can imagine who will be his chief therapists! While he was swimming, I had a glance at lunch -yummmm, attractive healthy. Ben certainly isn’t going to starve. By this time, I was getting hints that it was time to cut the apron strings and let Ben get accustomed to his new environment.

So with heavy heart I headed back to the airport, and home. I know Ben must do this alone. There’ll be lots of support by facewook and cell phone, but he alone can make the changes in this life that will give him a good shot at a long, health and content life. It makes my heart ache – if only I could carry some of the burden with him. But I know that the best I can do for him is to raise the funds that will enable to stay in this healing environment.


Withdrawal of funds

For those of you who notice with concern that the bulk of funds collected so far disappears in the next 24 hours, do not fear. I have not abducted them for a tropical holiday. It is time to pay Ben’s first fees and the money has been withdrawn for this purpose. We didn’t reach the goal of USD 1880 for the month, but considering we had been collecting for just a week, I think we did very well. I a looking forward to coming closer to our monthly total in the next month due to your kind and generous hearts and hands.

You will also be glad to know that you helped fund a week's clothing for Ben. He arrived in one change of winter clothes so a week's t-shirts, shorts, baggies and summer underwear will be couriered to him tomorrow. I am sure that will make him more comfortable. Thank you for contributing to this,

Nicola Rodda

Posted On Jan 25


Ben's first week or so

Update posted by Nicola Rodda On Jan 27, 2017

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Ben has received his summer clothes so should be much more comfortable. The first fees have been paid, thanks in large part to a person who is very special to me. So our next aim is February's fees, due at the beginning of the month. So please help me streeeeetch for that goal.

His first week or so has been up-and-down, which I think is true for any major life change. Let's all support him in this time. Speaking of which, i don't have all the numbers and e mail addresses of his friends. Please send to [email protected] so arrangements for contact can be negotiated. We wouldn't want him to be lonely. The changes he is facing are difficult enough without that.

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Anonymous

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Love to you both xxx

Dorota Starzak

Backed with $30.00 On Feb 02, 2017

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Good luck, Ben! Good health awaits you!

Dave Muir

Backed with $50.00 On Feb 01, 2017

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A contribution to Ben's need, with a virtual hug.

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Mary Martins

Backed with $150.00 On Jan 29, 2017

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Anonymous

Backed with $50.00 On Jan 22, 2017

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Praying for a miracle for Ben - this gift is sent with love to Nicola, Ben and family

Dennis Theron Theron

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Anonymous

Backed with $20.00 On Jan 19, 2017

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Anonymous

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Since we are located in South Africa, many of you must be wondering why the goal is shown in USD. Unfortunately most sites do not support South Africa rand. The best alternate is to handle payments through Paypal: USD in, ZAR out. Thank for for you extra step in in your gift.

Nicola Rodda

Posted On Jan 18, 2017

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