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A little Treat for 47

Sometimes we need a little treat, 

For no reason, just ’cause it’s sweet. 

So here you go, enjoy from us, 

We hope it gives you a little buzz.

This was our message in a Treat Box ordered anonymously for someone. The box was ordered for no other reason than we thought it was a nice thing to do for that person. We hope it will give her a little moment of calm in her busy life. We left it anonymous as we’re not quite ready to reveal Love Join Me yet and she would definitely work out who we are! We know that she, the original LJM, always thought about our treatbox’s recipient. 


Inside we chose to put a bath bomb, a lip balm, a pencil, notebook and pocket mirror. We hope that she shares her surprise on social media (when the parcel arrives in a few days) so that we can update you as to its reception – hopefully with a photo! 

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Close To You


Yesterday was World Blood Donor day (I happened to stumble upon this on Twitter). It just so happens that today, I was booked into to give blood.

Giving blood is an Act of Kindness that hundreds of people do every day. I have done it twice myself before aged 17/18 but it has been a long time since then. During the 14ish years since my last donation, a lot has changed.

All that time ago, she regularly donated blood. It was one of the things that she was passionate about. I remember her telling us she was proud of us for doing it and proud when we signed up to be on the Bone Marrow register.  So, when she was no longer able to donate blood after her illness, she was incredibly upset that she could not continue to help others. It was her turn for the help. During her treatment she had a few blood transfusions. They were never going to save her life, not in her case. But the difference in her after a transfusion was incredible. She went from breathless and pale to relatively normal-looking (and breathing!) straight away. It improved her quality of life.
I have always intended to get back into giving blood. I lapsed due to moving to university and then abroad and I never started again despite meaning to. I wanted to do it for her, to repay the blood she used and more. Maybe I will help someone like her? Maybe if I’d still been donating all those years ago she could have had my blood, the blood she created, the very same type. Tonight I did it.

Walking into the donation room was familiar; I had been in the church hall many times before, a lot of them with her. When I walked in and sat down the song on the radio was one by The Carpenters: Close to You.

Just like me, they long to be, 

Close to you.

And I felt it. I was doing something she was proud of, listening to a song that reminded me intensely of her.

So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair and starlight in your eyes of blue. 

A memory came to me whilst in the toilet, of all places. I had been there before, with her. Only not just her, she was helping a small child. They girl was perhaps five. We had been watching a pantomime there and the girl was desperate for the toilet but the people she was with would not accompany her. She took her. I remember it clearly because the girl was covered in severe eczema and was uncomfortable. I remembered watching the kindness she showed, the poor sweet girl’s silent gratitude as she helped her and took her back to her seat. A small and almost forgotten memory but another showing her character.

Just like me, they long to be, 

Close to you. 

As I lay there, needle in arm watching interestedly as my blood was collected, my progress measured by the blood being weighed, I thought about all the others in the room. There were loads of people. What was their motivation? Where had mine been for all these missed years? I saw some familiar faces, a father I recognised whose daughter had had leukaemia. Was she his motivation? Everyone has some inspiration, some motivation, a reason for being there. I had mine. This project spurred me into action but I wish I had gone back sooner.

It was painless and easy and I’m already booked in again for next time. If you’re reading this and you’ve lapsed from giving blood or have never given it then please let this spur you on. You never know who you might help. You may save a live, prolong a life or improve a life. What a gift!

The RAK list

  1.  Cakes for the staff at the Trinity Holisitc Centre
  2.  Free balls for dogs on the beach
  3.  Donation to Save The Children
  4.  Morning coffee for a drive-thru customer
  5.  Cake Sale for Syria
  6.  Costa for a stranger
  7.  Free rice for someone hungry
  8.  Biscuits for the nursing home
  9.  Email for an old friend
  10.  Flowers for someone who has been having a hard time
  11.  Soup and bread for a homeless person
  12.  Money left for a train ticket
  13.  Money left in a vending machine
  14.  Helping a little boy get his bike
  15.  Donating and Remebering for World Cancer Day
  16.  Wearing Red and donating to the British Heart Foundation
  17.  An issue of the Big Issue
  18.  Work Pigeon Hole gifts
  19.  Surprise coffee for neighbours
  20.  Breast Feeding video for new mums
  21. Crochet squares for a blanket
  22.  Toys sent to the Children’s Day Unit at the hospital
  23.  The Bells leaving Easter Eggs for students in France
  24. From LJM2 to LJM1 – a not so random act
  25. Blurt BuddyBox
  26. IVF goody bag
  27. Signing up to be an organ donor
  28. Cream cake for Big Issue Seller
  29. Bringing the outside in
  30. Bouncy Balls in the park
  31. Post cards to random addresses
  32. Hand cream sent to a long-lost friend
  33. Bus fare for a stranger
  34. JungleJog donation for Huntington’s Disease
  35. Lucky Pennies in the park
  36. Forget-me-not seeds
  37. Supermarket gift
  38. Money raised for the British Heart Foundation’s My Marathon
  39.  Dear Richard, Liverpool
  40. Rosie the Dulux dog
  41. All the way to Oz
  42. Take what you need
  43. Close to you – donating blood
  44.  It could be you! Lotto tickets
  45.  Food for thought (Foodbank)
  46.  Race for Life Marshalling
  47. A little treat (box)
  48. An honourable person
  49. Book Rescue
  50. Kindness Rocks!
  51. Marie Curie baby clothes
  52. Seeking Refuge
  53. Flowers for old friends
  54. Flowers for Strangers
  55. Woolly Sheep
  56. Water painting for dementia sufferers
  57. Milk
  58. Coffee ripple
  59. Fabric for a refugee peace blanket
  60. Donation of 16 inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust