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Posted Monday, 28 May 2007 at 22:22

For those of you who haven’t seen the BoS this week or read my homepage, I need your help.


A few weeks ago I took part in a tour and debate to promote tourism in Mid Bedfordshire.


During the tour I got to meet the Duke. I had met him once for about three minutes during the general election campaign, and spoken to him once on the telephone, but hadn’t actually met him to exchange anything other than a “hello, so how long have you lived in this huge house then?” small talk kind of chat during my three minute courtesy visit.


Before we met on the tourism day, I had an idea to ask him to donate the park for a day or an evening to needy children, who will never be able to visit if it weren’t given to them.


Unfortunately, I became a bit tongue tied, yes me!! Can you believe it? Each time I went to ask him, the words stuck. I suppose I was worried that I would embarrass him. That for some reason it would be impossible, or difficult and he would have to say no, and I would feel stupid for having put him in that position.


Just before I said goodbye, in the last moments, I thought “to hell with it, it’s now or never” and blurted it out.


He thought, for a whole three or so seconds, and then said, “Yes, why not, that’s a good idea”




So, here’s where I need your help. I am about to secure the date, which hopefully will be towards the end off July.


The evening will be for all disabled children, those with acute special needs, and vulnerable children in Mid Beds. If we have room for more I will open it out to Bedfordshire.


Do you know of any children who will qualify? If so, would you contact my office


Do you think you would be able to help on the day? Same email address.


Thanks to this Labour government we will have to jump through hoops in terms of risk assessments etc, thanks Tone, however, I am determined to make it one exciting magical event for the children who attend.


I don’t think for one moment that there is anyone out there unpleasant or cynical enough to think this has anything to do with Center Parcs. I can assure you that is a discussion I have NEVER had with the Duke.


But if Centre Parcs should come off, they won’t be getting off lightly, they will be next on my list to ask!


In the meantime, I am both grateful and proud, that our Duke is both kind and generous. I also live in fear that one day, someone may tell him about this blog!


I am off to Newcastle in the morning, which is why there are two blogs in one day, because I wont be blogging now until Wednesday. I am being taken out on the town by a group of beautiful 22 year olds and shown why Newcastle is the party city. I have just been told to take my 'gladdest rags'. Oh lord, why is my heart sinking?

It's going to be a super safari!

Annie, from Ampthill said:
Responded: Monday, 28 May 2007
Thats cool. I will email your office. that is a very cool thing for an Mp to do. My mates will want to help as well as it could count towards our DofE.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 28 May 2007
Mother Theresa eat your heart out.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 28 May 2007
email on it's way Nadine. What a fantastic idea, well done.
Sal said:
Responded: Monday, 28 May 2007
You will have hundreds of kids. Hope you are going to get plenty of help.
Peddlar said:
Responded: Monday, 28 May 2007
Lucky kids having you as their MP.
George said:
Responded: Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Newcastle!You will love it. Do CF know you are going?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Thanks anon for now.
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