24 January, 2012

Write Dreams

I hope you'll excuse me for skipping Teaser Tuesday this week, everyone. Instead, I have an interview with Marieke from the Write Dreams auction here to talk about Write Dreams and its mission.


How would you describe Write Dreams and its goal in one sentence?
Write Dreams is a kidlit auction to raise funds for Donna's Dream House, a charity that helps terminally ill children, to recover from an arson attack shortly before Christmas.

What inspired you to start the auction? 
Last year we organized Write Hope, to raise money for Save The Children, after the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. While this is a much smaller scale disaster, it happened a lot closer to home for one of us. Luna lives only a busride away from Blackpool and was horrified to hear about the arson attack, that destroyed a good part of the Dream House. She asked us to help set up Write Dreams and we were more than happy to oblige. Luna and I both know how important it is to make happy memories when there's time. She lost both parents by the time she was 13, and at the same age I had spent a lot of time in hospitals already. Amanda, on the other hand, knows how deep seeded the fear of one of her children contracting a terminal illness can be for a mother.

What is Donna's Dream House? 
Donna’s Dream House is a holiday home for children and teenagers with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, situated in the heart of Blackpool, UK. The Dream House is run completely by volunteers and encourages and sparks the imagination. It’s how any child would imagine the perfect holiday to be. It’s full of light and laughter, fun and - most importantly - life. Since it's start, Donna's Dream House has hosted and helped almost 380 families. 300 of those children have now sadly passed away, but the families who are left behind will always cherish the memories from Donna’s Dream House.

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The auction is currently ongoing and ends later this week, so don't forget to check it out!


-----The Golden Eagle

33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a worthy reason to skip Teaser Tuesday!

Rachel Morgan said...

Definitely a worthy reason to skip Teaser Tuesday ;-) I read Luna's story on Rach Harrie's blog and it was heartbreaking...

Pat Hatt said...

Great reason to skip, sounds like a wonderful cause too.

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! I'm taken in by Donna's Dream House. I couldn't imagine having a child there. God Bless everyone involved and for all their efforts!

M Pax said...

How terrible they had an arson attack. A great cause to bring to our attention.

Old Kitty said...

I am definitely definitely checking this one out!!

Thanks Golden Eagle for the interview, links and info!! Yay!!

Take care
x

Emily Rose said...
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Emily Rose said...

How horrifying that there was an arson attack. This auction is amazing though! Wonderful interview:)

Adam said...

such a wonderful cause

anthony stemke said...

Thank You for a wonderful interview. That Dream house is such a blessing, so awful to be subjected to arson.
Good of you to be referring to it.

Nick Wilford said...

I'll never comprehend the actions of some people. This sounds like an amazing place.

Belle said...

Dream House is a wonderful charity. I will go check out the auction. Thanks.

Kimberly said...

This sounds like a very worthy auction. Thanks for sharing information about it.

Samantha Sotto said...

Inspiring cause! Thanks for sharing. Will check it out :)

Trisha said...

I was just reading that story on another blog - unbelievable what some jerky people in the world will stoop to!! Can't believe they did that to this place.

Paul Tobin said...

Thanks for highlighting this, I shall look at the site.

cestlavie22 said...

This is such an awesome organization! Thanks for sharng something like this! It really is uplifting!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I will have a look.

Jen Chandler said...

What a wonderful place! Thank you for making us aware of the Dream House!

Jen

catherinemjohnson said...

Sounds like a great cause. Thanks for sharing!

Lynda R Young said...

This is a great cause and certainly a good reason to skip teaser Tuesday.

tfwalsh said...

Donna's Dream House is such a worthy cause... Going to read more on it

Natasha said...

What a wonderful charity and an amazing thing to be raising money for. I'll make sure I check them out. Good luck with raising the money, I'm sure you will. Thanks for the kind words too :) xxx

Michelle Merrill said...

Great interview! I loved write hope and am glad there is another auction going on. Marieke and the other writer's are so inspiring to organize something like this. Thanks for passing it on, I'll hop on over :)

Brian said...

That is such a wonderful idea!

Alleged Author said...

Checking it out now!

alexia said...

What a great cause! Poor kids...

Nancy Thompson said...

Thanks for the heads up!

Carol Kilgore said...

What a worthy cause. Thanks for the interview.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its a really worthy cause. Thanks for the interview.

Medeia Sharif said...

What a great cause. I'm going to check out the link.

Sarah Pearson said...

Just when I think people can't get any lower. Thank goodness for the good ones to balance it out.

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Glad you think so.

Rachel: I read it, too; definitely a sad story.

Pat: I hope you'll check it out!

Stephen: Indeed.

M: I can't believe someone would do that. Well, I guess I can believe it--but it's just so malicious.

Old Kitty: You're very welcome!

Emily: Thanks. :)

Adam: It is.

Anthony: You're welcome!

I can't imagine what it would be like.

Nick: Me, neither.

Belle: Anytime!

Kimberly: You're very welcome. :)

Samantha: Awesome!

Trisha: It's awful.

Paul: You're welcome!

Cestlavie22: Definitely--kudos to the creators to Write Dreams!

Charles: Great. :)

Jen: You're very welcome!

Catherine: But of course. :)

Lynda: The auction ends later this week . . . there wasn't anything to gain to postpone the interview.

Tfwalsh: Awesome! Hope one of the items interests you.

Natasha: It is; highly admirable of Marieke and the other creators of the site!

:)

Michelle: Thanks!

Cool--I hope you found something of interest at the auction!

Brian: Definitely. :)

Alleged: YES!

Alexia: It's so sad; they must be going through terrible times right now.

Nancy: You're welcome!

Carol: Hope you'll check it out. :)

Rachna: You're quite welcome.

Medeia: Awesome!

Sarah: It's so sad what people will do sometimes . . .