I’ve Been Over The Wall!

By  15th August 2014

Hello Friends,

The word ‘busy’ does not really describe the few weeks I have had lately. Here, there and everywhere, I have barely had a moment to myself. Everyday, since the beginning of August, I have told myself that I would write a blog post, but, until now, never actually sat down to do it.

At the beginning of July, Bo and I, (one of my best friends) boarded a coach set for Dorset. We were going to Over the Wall summer camp. I had been before the previous year, unlike my friend, and was super excited for the annual week of fun, run by the Serious Fun Camp charity which was originally founded by Paul Newman in America, long before I was born. We arrived at Bryanston school and were greeted by the wonderful volunteers that would look after us for the week. The camp is for children aged 8 to 17 who suffer or have suffered from serious and life limiting illness. Split into age and single gender groups, there were 4 girls in my group, the Green Girls including Bo and I. After getting to know my group, I knew the the week was going to be a good one. (Understatement.)

The fun filled week consisted of activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Wood Tech, Art, Music and Drama. Every morning we would arise and join the whole of camp on the green to start the day with singing. (In fact, we sung most of the day!). In the evenings we did special activities such as Magic Mystery, “Who turned Mark into a puppet?”, a Talent Show in which my new friends and I performed, and on the last night, a picture slide show and an award ceremony. After these activities, we would snuggle up with a hot chocolate with our group in something called cabin chat. We would speak of our day, how we felt, and what we were looking forward too.

I have honestly never had a better week in my life. I made so many new friends and I was so disappointed to come home. On the last night with the Green Girls, we had a special closing ceremony. We set up camp in the middle of the empty field, late at night. Sitting on duvets, surrounded by candles, we spoke of what an amazing week we had had. We made a web of friendship by choosing a friend and saying something nice about them and then throwing a ball of wool to that person. By keeping hold of the wool each time you received a compliment, a web of friendship, (wool) was created. After this we discussed our favourite moment of the week and spoke of our achievements and wishes.

A magical moment and memory was made when we wrote our dreams on a small square of paper and tied them to a paper lantern. We then lit the lateens and set them off, watching as they rose into the mysterious and black night sky.

I cannot stress to you how brilliant the week was. I arrived nervous, but left confident and elated. Every single person that attends the camps, campers or volunteers return home from camp, feeling disappointed that the week is over. It is no ordinary summer camp, there is something about the loving people who run it and the inspiring children who attend it that make Over the Wall the most special camp in all the world. In simple words, It changed my life.

The company who run the camps all over the world desperately need donations to continue to run and support these epic camps. Please find it in your heart to donate to such a brilliant and important cause. Click the link to donate and for more information.

Over the Wall Website

I haven’t posted any holiday pictures, so here are a couple:

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In other news, I was lucky enough to spend a wonderful day with my family on the Isle of Wight to celebrate my 15th Birthday. I can’t believe I’m actually 15! It feels like yesterday that I received a Barbie Laptop for my 8th Birthday. The years are whizzing past me. It’ll be Christmas tomorrow!

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My beautiful best friend Hannah surprised me at the hospital after an appointment and whisked me away to Oxford Street for lunch at the Rainforest Cafe and shopping at Topshop. Here is a picture of our wonderful Birthday lunch.

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Last but certainly not least, I went to Thorpe Park a couple weeks ago and won a monkey… yup, just a monkey… a normal sized monkey…..

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Anyway, have a fabulous week.

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Thank you.

Cecilia-Joy xxxxx

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