Now we continue with some lovely family friends who were very close to Austin when he was very young...
Heather B. - The Royal Navy Lifeboat Institution - $1000
Charity Statement - “The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, we are committed to saving lives. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats, and since 2001, its lifeguards, have saved more than 140,000 lives.“
Emily S. - Winston’s Wish - $333.33
Statement - There is a charity called Winston's Wish,(www.winstonswish.org.uk) based in Sussex, but active nationally, which supports bereaved children and their families. I have a friend with two your children who lost her husband in traumatic and sudden circumstances last
Statement - “I would like to have 500 dollars of my allocation donated to a small charity called The Book Bus. Their website is thebookbus.org
I cannot imagine my childhood without books. i cannot imagine my life today without them either. I read constantly in your home in Chicago, book in one arm, babe in another. Reading books to Austin when he was so small, coming back a year later and seeing him engage in them. I can picture him now, sprawled in an armchair, legs dangling over the edge, reading. Us in the car on a road trip during one of my NM visits, me envious at how Austin and Aidan could read and not get carsick, calculating just how many more books I could have read, if I'd only possessed this talent.
One of my last memories of Austin, in my house in Carmona, snuggled under blankets, reading, me squished in beside him, him probably preferring more space but letting me stay there anyway.
They provide a mobile library service for children in remote communities in Africa, Asia and South America. As well as making books accessible they encourage literacy and reading workshops to help the children appreciate and get the most out of these books.
I'm pretty sure Austin would approve of this choice as a charity worthy of his donation.”