Prince’s Trust: Day 21 (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another short blog post from me today.

We managed to apply two coats of magnolia on the kitchen walls. Honestly, walking into the kitchen was like walking into a freezer and that was down to the really British weather we keep having. British summer is here because it keeps snowing! It’s been so cold that my nose could have run the London marathon all by itself, or at least the distance from where I live to where the project is.

This afternoon, some of us managed to start on the artwork side of things. I need more practice and that means less opportunities to nanna-nap when I get home. When it’s finished I’ll post pictures of what we created and you can make the judgement for yourselves.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 20 (Tuesday 25th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short-ish blog post from me again.

This morning when I walked into the building where we are doing the renovations, I found out that some members of the team had already baggsied me yesterday.

I know, it came as a shock to me too (not so much of a shock to Mum though, I expect).

My job is in the kitchen with a few of the lads. Some of you might be thinking, well a kitchen is a woman’s domain. It’s not always the case, I know plenty of chaps who are quite decent in knocking up a solid meal.  According to the lads I’m helping out, they said they only chose me to help them because I’m the hardest worker in the team.

Now before you start getting your knickers in a twist, I’m not full of myself. Far from it.

Although I’m very flattered that they think of me like this, I don’t subscribe to their opinion. Everyone in Team 125 is as hard-working as each other. Admittedly, we do lose focus sometimes and the maturity levels slide with it, but as a collective, we have great potential and its important that we find a way to extract it. I’m going to try and help with this.

I spent the morning sandpapering the kitchen walls and painting the corridor walls.

This afternoon, because of something I can’t tell you about, we were unable to finish what we started this morning. Instead, we did folder work.

Now, I need to come up with a word to describe the accumulation and mixture of different charities.

Tomorrow, I start on my artwork.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 19 (Monday 24th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Another short blog post from me today.

All members of the group were at the project today bar two of us. Unfortunately, I was one of those who wasn’t there. There must be one of those 24h sickness bugs going around.

I heard back from Kelly who said that both herself and Mel were impressed with the press release. It was within word length too! I’m so glad it went down a storm.

I have it on good authority that the group started painting the walls of the corridors and they also started work on demolishing the kitchen area. They smashed it apparently (not literally, Kelly would be up to her eyeballs in paperwork – don’t ask, it makes for a very unhappy Kelly so we’ve been told).

Honestly, I can’t wait to re-join them tomorrow.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 18 (Friday 21st April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Just a short blog post today.

Today was a half day but this morning I got an inkling into the many hats I’ll be wearing for the next two weeks. We did a final total count of our funds raised from the cake sale. As Team 125 Accountant, it’s my job to make sure we have the right figures.

As Team 125 Press Officer, it’s my job to write an engaging press release to intrigue and pique the interest of both the press and the general public. It’s all fair new to me and to be honest, I’m doing my best. Most of us are pros at winging our way through life, some of us are so good at it that the rest of us don’t notice. However, there are times when we have to ask for help and as I no longer suffer from this teenage insecurity, I had to pick Kelly and Mel’s brains (or what was left of them, so sorry ladies).

I have a serious confession to make: I’m a chronic worrier. Unfortunately, it’s hereditary and it is at its worse when I am not sure what I’m doing. This is the first time that I’ve had a spot of the old chronic worry-itus syndrome during this course and I genuinely thought those days were behind me. I guess it came back to tap me on the shoulder with the reminder. Not even the entire group’s enthusiasm and optimism could keep it at bay.

The worry-itus comes when I am being hard on myself and all I want is to get the best out of myself. I always see that there is room for improvement, but perhaps it may be high time to change my strategy.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 17 (Thursday 20th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Kelly and Mel always say you can never fully predict what will happen that day when you turn up at the base (no, I’m still not naming it) at 9am every morning. It could not be more true than what happened today – I’ll get onto that in a bit. Most likely, you probably won’t even believe me.

We turned up at our fundraising event at Tally Ho (don’t ask- it’s too posh a phrase even for me) unfortunately with less cakes than we thought we’d have and raised less money than we had set as a target. Our target for the fundraiser was £200-£400 but ended up around the £140 mark. Coupled together with the lack of interest as we moved around from place to place across the city made for a disappointing start to the day. To have ensured its complete success, as a Team we should have sat down and discussed what we wanted to do. In saying this, I take full responsibility for my share of the disappointment due to the lack of success with our fundraising event.

The afternoon came as a welcome and refreshing end to the day. The project leader for the next two weeks, suggested that we give the rest of the cakes (in exchange for a donation, of course!) to someone worthwhile. We hopped on a bus and headed out of the city and ended up meeting this person (out of respect I won’t name said individual publicly nor the place we went to) who asked us if we would walk their lambs home. I can just hear the punny jokes. Sorry but Mum already beat you to it with her ‘sheep walking’ joke (thanks for that Mum). We walked their lambs home, gave them a bottle, cuddled a hedgehog, a chinchilla, two lizards and met a couple of cockroaches. I know right, you and me both! If you feel the need to read this paragraph again, go ahead, I won’t blame you.

The day ended with a 3km walk to get home. Every day this week I have walked between 6km and 9km. I’m not complaining as I both enjoy and need the exercise.

Speak soon,

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 15 (Tuesday 18th April 2017)

Hey everybody!

Hope you all had a great long weekend.

It’s back to the grindstone for Team 125 for the next three weeks.

It started today with our group pitch in a Dragon’s Den environment in a bid to secure funding and resources from one of our sponsors. Thank you very much to Wilmott Dixon for helping us out, it’s much appreciated.

I think the most important thing that the group took away from this morning’s experience was that it is imperative that we work together as a team, dedicating 100% of our time, effort and focus, and setting ourselves realistic targets rather than potentially over ambitious ones. Whilst there is nothing wrong with being ambitious and I’m all for proving the doubters wrong, it is more important to be realistic in terms of what we can achieve within our time frame. We have eight days, three rooms and twelve people with which to complete the project. One room is more manky than the other two and so we have decided to do all we can with the other two and then bring in someone else to de-mould and plaster before handing it over to the charities so they can move in.

So what jobs do I have to do from now until next Monday?

I have to find cake donations from companies to help with the fundraising event and furniture donations to be used by those who visit the charities. I’ve also put myself down for artwork duties.

No rest for the wicked, eh?

 

LexC

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Prince’s Trust: Day 13 (Wednesday 12th April 2017); Day 14 (Thursday 13th April 2017) 

Hey everybody! 

Short blog posts concerning Wednesday and Thursday’s events. 

Wednesday 12th April 2017: 

Today we started planning for our pitch on Tuesday after our long Easter weekend. We spoke about the potential hazards of the project, the tasks we’ll need to do and the benefits of doing such a project to the community. I intend to write a future blog post with links to newspaper articles and news items on here where you can find out more about what we did. Out of respect for my Team Leaders and our team, I’ll ask them for their blessing/permission. 

Are we going to complete it? Of course we will. Everyone will have to be 100% committed to it 100% of the time to finish it on schedule. Providing everything goes well with the donations and the progress of the project, I can’t see any reason why we can’t. 

In the afternoon, Rob and Karen came from Counter Terrorism. In light of recent attacks, we discussed the reasons why someone might be drawn into dodgy groups. I voiced my concern about how close I lived in relation to the individual involved. These days, most of us don’t know who lives in our communities either because we’re too busy or for some other reason. We watched a twenty-minute film concerning this topic and dealing with extremists on both sides. I don’t subscribe to this way of thinking at all and neither do those that I know and love. The film was good but the people portrayed (apart from one) really irked me. 

Whilst it’s difficult to determine who looks like a terrorist or who looks like they’re about to cross the line, we have to look at their behaviour and the things that we could overhear. It’s good to be cautious and careful rather than fearful and panicking. Should my family, friends or local community ever be in danger, I would be the first to help. That’s a promise you can hold me to (yes, I am being serious Mum).

Thursday 13th April 2017: 

Today we spent the entire morning learning about First Aid in order to become fully qualified First Aiders.

As First-Aiders, there’s only one thing we are qualified to do and it’s to prevent the airway from getting blocked. We can administer CPR (30 chest compressions with flat palm of hand to centre of the chest, locked elbows and other hand for support – it’s a cardiovascular workout for us – followed by two rescue breaths; repeat until help arrives to takeover). The rescue breaths gives the individual who needs it up to 75% chance of surival. We cannot adminster drugs but we can apply dressings to wounds. If person has broken bones but are unconscious, the main focus is getting them breathing, then deal with the injury afterwards. Pregnant unconscious women must always be laid on their left in the recovery position because there is an artery which if applied pressure kills both mother and unborn child. We can prevent serious injury due to choking by administering back blows (not punches) and abdominal thrusts (flat part of a clenched fist placed just above belly button, other hand flat on clenched fist, get subject to bend over and then with hands around abdominals push hands into stomach and upwards) up to five times. As precaution with abdominal thrusts get them to hospital immediately afterwards to prevent infection or further internal damage. To give any injured party the best chance of survival, a First Aider’s main priority is to keep the airway clear. 

Now you know who to ask for help, if you see anybody in danger. 

I do hope I never have to administer First Aid, but in this day and age, you never know when you might need it. 

Right now, my priority is to see how far we can get with donations from companies to help with our Community Project. I’m not entirely sure how much I can tell you about the project for obvious reasons, but I’ve done my research and now I’m in for a hectic weekend. 

No chocolate overdoses for me then. 

Happy Easter everybody (to those of you who celebrate it)! Happy long weekend to everybody else and whatever it is you might be celebrating.

Speak to you on Tuesday after a long weekend of frying my own brain (hard work, in other words), 
LexC

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