The talk this month was from Milli Lindfield about the short but remarkable life of her daughter.
Our daughter Hannah-Kate was born in 1991 with a rare syndrome called Pfeiffer Syndrome with Cloverleaf. This meant that Hannah was born with a cloverleaf shaped skull which affected her breathing, sight, hearing and pressure on the brain.
At five days old my husband and I took Hannah to Great Ormond St Hospital totally unaware that this was to become our second home for the next 19 years! At 6 weeks Hannah underwent the first of many, many major surgeries to help her live life to the full.
Hannah from day one proved she was not going to be beaten and amongst all the surgeries, having a tracheotomy (four times) being registered deaf and blind ,she attended main stream primary school and then the West of England School in Exeter.
Here she gained her love for swimming and art, and was introduced to her ever faithful Guide Dog Bella. Art became her life, it gave her an avenue to express her many emotions and to cope with the acute pain that she dealt with on a daily basis. She took her A level Art exam in Gt Ormond St Hospital on huge amounts of pain relief and blind folded as day light affected her eye pain. Continue reading
Speaker Graham Morris Education Officer for the R.N.L.I. explained his work is entirely voluntary. He visits schools and venues to raise awareness of the dangers of the sea and inland waterways. Volunteers comprise 95% of the workforce of the R.N.L.I.
An elderly lady, with new hearing aids, was sitting in her garden overlooking Looe Bay. She could hear a distant voice calling for help. On summoning the lifeboat the crew found a man clinging to an upturned dinghy, another trying to swim to shore. Continue reading
February Meeting – My Quest for Journalistic Fame
The speaker this month was our own U3A member Michael Farr who stepped in at the last moment to give us one of the most entertaining and interesting talks we have had. His quest for journalistic fame was always tied up with his life long passion with the railways. He wrote numerous articles included in ‘Buses Illustrated’, ‘The Railway Modeller’ and the ‘Railway World Manual’.