Sunday 2nd October 2011, St Fort, Bordeaux.
I had the first part of the trip planned but didn’t have anywhere to stay for the rest of the week. I remembered my friend's mum had a beautiful house in Bordeaux and two phone calls later we were on our way from Paris. We had the place to ourselves for a couple of days before Sue joined us and we cooked her dinner as a mark of our appreciation. We sat up talking for hours, fuled by some truly delicious red wine, and I told her all about Wearelucky. Sue is one of the most proactive people I know, constantly busy and always ready to give up her time for other people. I knew the Wearelucky money would be safe in her hands.
We tried some photographs late at night in the house, but the light was poor and I wanted to have another go. The next morning we ventured onto the incredibly photogenic streets of St Fort and improved on the dismal efforts of the previous evening. As ever, Sue was generous with her time and seemed to enjoy having her photo taken.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
I have two areas that I'm passionate about. Firstly, child and adolescent mental health and secondly, hospices. So I haven't completely made up my mind yet as I need more time to research.
2. Has it changed the way you think about giving?
I don't think the project has changed the way I think about giving. I've always been of the mind that every little bit counts in terms of the wider problems or needs we have in society, even if it is helping out with reading in your local infant school. However I also feel glad that I've helped out and perhaps had a big impact on smaller problems that my family or friends have experienced.
3. Did you think about spending the money on yourself and what difference the money might make to your life?
I didn't think about spending the money on myself. I think the project is too special. I feel privileged to be part of it and eager to share.
4. What, if anything, have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
I've learnt that whilst giving in isolation is rewarding in itself, being part of a wider project like Wearelucky adds a special sort of excitement.