Update on my 5 things challenge

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Ned Kilner raising money for GEAR with his jumble sale

Ned Kilner raising money for GEAR with his jumble sale

You remember I mentioned Ned Kilner? He was the seven year old who motivated me to get decluttering.

He raised over £4000 for GEAR which is Gloucestershire’s only Direct Access homeless charity.

You may remember Little Miss Green and I worked hard to support Ned’s venture by doing some serious house clearing for Ned’s jumble sale. Mr green didn’t join in – he’s Mr Hoarder Extrodinaire and doesn’t let things go easily; but he did dutifully fetch, carry and lift so we’ll let him off …

However, the two ladies of the household excelled themselves and we worked like troopers for 3 weeks turning over cupboards, shelves and drawers to see what treasures we could find. In the end we had to make two trips because we couldn’t fit it all in the car! Little Miss Green released 4 large boxes plus her old dolls pram. I too released several large boxes and some bags of clothes and textiles.

Little Miss Green releases toys, books and clothes

Little Miss Green releases toys, books and clothes

I want to tell you a little more about Ned and his story because it’s really amazing. According to his mum, at the beginning of the year she took Ned to Gloucester. He had been earning pocket money and was ready to buy a toy he desperately wanted. Before they got to the shop to buy the toy, Ned saw a homeless man lying on the pavement outside the shop. Ned was very upset and decided that instead of buying his toy he would use the money to buy the man lunch.

Not content with this, Ned decided on two fund raising ideas for the homeless – an 18 mile sponsored walk and a jumble sale.

Delicious cakes ready to be eaten

Delicious cakes ready to be eaten

The jumble sale was an amazing success. I was speechless when I walked in to see how many people had supported Ned and his work – it was utterly amazing and just goes to show how much difference one person can make. There were cakes galore; so many that they weren’t all sold, but as you might guess, the leftovers were taken to the shelter.

Little Miss Green was overjoyed to find a couple of books she wanted about drawing and a Unicorn to go with her collection of horses. So 8 boxes and a pram lighter and for the princely sum of 50p, LMG came home with her prizes. Just look at that beaming face – how could I have refused!?

Little Miss Green finds gold!

Little Miss Green finds gold!

Since then I’ve got a bit slack on the ‘5 things a day‘ challenge, but I’m now back on track and raring to go. Next stop – charity shop or another local jumble sale.

What about you – did you keep up with the challenge? How did you get on?

Sunrise the bunny meets Ellie the Unicorn

Sunrise the bunny meets Ellie the Unicorn

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Ned and Ms Green have become fine examples of self discipline…it is rare to witness such reserve and exercise of choice, and i don’t mean children, as much consumerism is committed by adults–who once were children on the loose– loose purse strings and loose self restraint.

    when school begins t end of august, i will pass these articles on to some teachers—children may then pass on the principles in reverse—re-educate the parents who lost their way through relative affluence and cheap Chinese goods at the dollar store.

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