Some Photos of the day at the Aylesbury Depot are here MPS day at Arriva Aylesbury
MPS Awareness on the buses!
Our son Harry has (MPS I) Hurler. He has had a BMT and his brother Oliver was his donor. We are Lucy and Ian Evans his parents. We are very lucky to have a close family who always listen and help especially Pat, Don, Sylvia, Barry and of course Marg, Lucy’s sister. In my work as a bus driver for Arriva the Shires and Essex I am extremely lucky to have a boss who is always willing to help with any problems or time off that is needed for the care of Harry or hospital attendance. This is our story of MPS Awareness Day 2012
We were sat at home just talking one evening and the subject of the MPS Society came up. We both said it was coming round to MPS Awareness Day. I said wouldn’t it be fantastic if we did something to raise money and at the same time raise awareness. But what do we do? For a few days we went round with ideas in our minds but nothing concrete. Then I went in to work to see what my boss says about doing things in my workplace. That was the push that started the ball rolling, within minutes he was sending emails to people and suggesting things that we could do. He agreed to a non uniform day with everyone donating and quizzes to try to raise more money. There was even an agreement to having donation boxes on the buses for the public to donate.
I found a suitable quiz for the bus drivers (I decided chocolate bars as all bus drivers eat chocolate), then decided I would give prizes as a thank you to all who were to take part. The main prize being a meal for two at the Hampden Arms in Great Hampden donated by landlords Constantine and Louise Lucas who are regular supporters of the MPS Society. I then wrote to all members of staff saying what was planned. I had one gentleman ask to see me, and he asked would it be ok if he spent the day dressed as Elvis Presley. Of course was my reply. Then I set about the task of printing all the
papers I thought I would need. A few days before the 15th we were due to attend Great Ormond Street for an outpatient appointment so I arranged with Antonia to collect a fundraising pack, balloons, leaflets and the donation boxes, from the offices on the way to London. But because of all the rules and regulations that there are with the collecting of monies from the public I had to get emails sent to say we were not asking the public for money. So I just had to go back to Amersham on the Monday and pick them up. Which was not a problem as I had a late start to my day’s work (15.45).
The only problem with the late start was the late finish (23.48) which meant very little sleep if I was to be at work for the first person to start at 4.45am. I did make it. I set up a table with leaflets and my quiz sheets on, I also had a glass jar filled with pasta shapes for everyone to guess how many were inside (counted by Lucy) and a chocolate cake where everyone was invited to guess the weight. Then I just had to wait and see how many people would take part. I was astounded by the support and willingness to hear me speak about our experiences with Harry and the MPS Society. Just after seven o clock Elvis entered the building to do his school run. I think it was the longest school run ever with all the children wanting their picture taken with him when they got to school.
After that Elvis spent the day riding round on the buses handing out leaflets and posing for pictures with the public, everytime he left the Bus Station there was a shout of Elvis has left the building. I must admit to having a short break to see Oliver and Harry during the day but stayed at work until half past eight when the last donation box came back. From the events at work I did
go straight to the Hampden Arms in Great Hampden where there was a quiz in aid
of the MPS Society, and I must say the pub was once again full to the brim with people supporting the Society.
The next day came the moment of truth. We had raised more than the £200 that we had hoped for. I went to see Dennis Mauger who had spent the previous day dressed as Elvis and unbelievably he had raised a massive £403. With the other donations from all the members of staff at Arriva Aylesbury we managed to raise a wonderful £1110. I would just like to thank Steve MacDonald, Steve Ellam, Dennis Mauger and all members of staff at Arriva Aylesbury.
Also a big thank you to everyone at the MPS Society without people like you, people like us would be going through the unknown with no help or advice. Ian Evans
Through their knowledge of Harry Evans and his family, the Hampden Arms have been wonderful supporters of the MPS Society. They held an MPS Awareness Day quiz and raised £205.00. Louise Lucas from the Hampden Arms writes: “Once again great support from our lovely village with the pub full of friends and family. Boys from a local cricket club won and kindly put their prize money into the pot.”
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