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Chapter 15  Donations

Joan Barrett, Dublin: 15 May 2012

Dear Toby,
I would like to introduce myself. I am your dad’s aunt Joan, your late grandmother’s sister. I am delighted to have the chance to welcome you into this world of ours.

I first heard your mum was pregnant when I was at a wedding in Dublin with my husband Christy. I did notice that your parents were looking very happy and content, and I suspected there was some good news; I soon found out I was right. It was a lovely start to the day.

I have made a difference with two good deeds so far. A lady I know whose three-year-old grandchild was having a heart transplant in Great Ormond St. Hospital was raising money for parents in the same position to help with their expenses, so I donated to that cause in your name. The second donation was to a nun I know who does missionary work in Guatemala teaching children. I will be giving a little more to the charity Concern.

I have seen a lovely photo of you. I could see a resemblance to both of your parents. Your dad had a lovely big smile for everyone when he was a baby, and has always been a very generous person to those in need. He is a great example to those who want to make a difference. I hope you have a very happy and healthy life.

Aunt Joan

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