This September would have been Claire’s 50th birthday, and I’d like you to celebrate with me…
So, I’d like to share with you an idea. But first, a little history…
Claire was all about giving and helping others, we met whilst volunteering for St John Ambulance when she was 15, by that time she was already a Queens guide.
Over the years she volunteered for the National Childbirth Trust and trained as a breastfeeding counsellor for them. She also volunteered befriending and contacting lonely elderly people on a regular basis, just so they had someone to talk to.
She had also decided in later life that she would train as a therapeutic councillor, she did an undergraduate degree in psychology and was enrolled to begin a Masters in Therapeutic Counselling, in fact one of the reasons she wanted to move to West Dorset was that Exeter University offered doctorates in Psychotherapy which she wanted to do after her Masters.
She was always busy helping other people and in many ways, I feel this still continues through this blog and the various support groups that have been set up since she died (our support forum on Facebook has 138 members at the moment). I continue to receive messages almost every week saying how helpful this website has been for people in similar situations, one of the primary reasons I keep it going is to enable Claire’s life to continue vicariously through all of this outreach.
And so, back to her birthday.
We’ve decided as a family that we will do at least 50 random acts of Claireness/Kindness to celebrate Claire’s 50th birthday.
We’re also asking anyone else that would like to dedicate a random act of kindness to Claire to also take part, thereby not only celebrating Claire’s life but also helping to share the love and kindness she had for the world around.