Archive for December, 2008

Hi Sam from Bruce, Henny and Shwetank in Norway

Posted by stuff4sam on December 30, 2008

Hi Sam,

Well, almost three years to the day that I set off to the Arctic to raise money dog sledding I found myself back in Norway, this time holed up in a cabin in the snowy mountains north of Oslo in Ringbu.

On my right is Bruce Lawson who does a lot of good stuff with accessibility and web standards who I now work with at Opera. When we spotted the tractor it made me think of you and your cool set of wheels.

Happy 2009, hope it’s the best yet.

Henny, Bruce and Shwetank (our photographer extraordinaire)


Hello again, from Norway

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Happy Christmas

Posted by stuff4sam on December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas one and all from the stuff4sam team.

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Posted by stuff4sam on December 19, 2008


What a difference a day makes! Thanks to more generous donations and an unexpected raffle in Peterborough we have hit and exceeded our target of £30,000! Hence the new shiny gold totaliser (I couldn’t make it flash!)

When we started raising money for Sam in December 2005, we were stunned by people’s generosity and gave ourselves a wildly ambitious target of raising £20,000. When we reached this we extended our target and today got there.

I can’t express to you all enough, the difference this money makes to Sam and his family. So, thanks to all who visit this site, have donated time, money and hi Sams to make it all happen. Watch this space for a message from Sam and family soon as well as news of how the money has been spent and future plans.

Happy Christmas one and all.

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Sale update 2

Posted by stuff4sam on December 18, 2008

The final total for this year’s Judd Street sale was £700.33. Not bad for a smaller event on a Tuesday. Other money has also come in from Peterborough from their book box (£155 – thanks to all there!) taking our current total to £29,864.

There are some generous PayPal donations which are waiting to be processed so we’re getting very close to the big one! Watch this space!

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Hi Sam from Senegal

Posted by stuff4sam on December 18, 2008

Hi Sam,

Rose, Ginny and Claire say hi sam

Rose, Ginny and Vicky say hi sam

Last week I was in St Louis in Senegal. It’s an old town with old French buildings on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. It was gorgeous and hot with long sandy beaches and great jazz clubs for the warm evenings.

This is Rose, Ginny and Vicky sending you best wishes from outside our hotel on the beach!

Lots of love, Stella

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Hi Sam from Opera in Xi’an, China

Posted by stuff4sam on December 8, 2008

Hi Sam from Opera China

你好 Sam,

Been a while since I sent in a photo but here I am in Xi’an (西安), a Chinese city at the start of the Silk Route, in China. I changed jobs in September and almost immediately went to China to visit lots of universities to talk about web standards with my new company Opera.

Xian is an amazing place and one of the oldest cities in China (ancient in fact) with a large Chinese Muslim community called Uyghurs who make delicious spicy lamb stews and flat breads. Xi’an is probably most famous for the Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) which were created in the Qing Dynasty in 210 BC and buried with Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. They were forgotten about until they were discovered in 1974 by local farmers drilling for water – probably with tractors 🙂

In the photo we’re all taking it easy with a beer after talking to over 200 students and Xian University. From left to right there is Richard Gao, Henrick Lexow Thruth and Zi Bin.

Henny xx

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Hi Sam from Germany

Posted by stuff4sam on December 8, 2008

Dear Sam,

fiona, sonja, tonia say hi from germany

fiona, sonja, tonia say hi from germany

The picture I have sent you is from Germany, it shows my girlfriend Fiona on the left, my sister Tonia on the right, and me, Sonja, in the middle. My sister lives in the house in the back and we stayed with her and her family. She has 3 boys, they wanted to say hello to you, too, but they were too cold to come out. As you can see it was very windy that evening and it is always a little colder in Germany than it is here in England. 

It was a really special weekend the second November weekend 2008, my fathers 60th Birthday. I went to Germany to celebrate him. He lives with my family in a little town called Huellhorst. I grew up in Huellhorst, but that is not the only interesting fact to know about this little village. Huellhorst is almost 800 years old and has a big history of farming culture. In fact, when I was little we had pigs and ducks in the back garden, sometimes even goose. My grandfather was a real farmer, he had 12 brothers and sisters. They all have families who still live in Huellhorst, so that half of the village is related to us. That makes family parties always rather big. The same happened this time, but fortunately my mother runs a pub restaurant were we could host all guests easily.

Next time when I go to see my family I will make a picture of the wonderful view from my window. 

Best wishes


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Sale update

Posted by stuff4sam on December 4, 2008

The selling continues – Neil sold more cakes yesterday, Sharon is cracking on with the raffle and Debbie’s sales technique is working its magic. It’s looking like the grand total from the sale is likely to be closer to £700! When we’ve counted it all up, we’ll let you know the scores on the doors.

For all you stats fans out there, totals from our previous sales were:

  • 2007 – £729
  • 2006 – £840.

You can read all about the previous events by clicking on the sales4sam category in the right-hand column.

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Hi Sam from the Sleeper train

Posted by stuff4sam on December 4, 2008

Hi Sam,

Hugh asleep on the sleeper train

Hugh asleep on the sleeper train

we went to Cornwall on holiday but as it is such a long way from London, we went on the overnight train. We left Paddington at 11.45 on the Friday night and got to Cornwall at 8am the next day. It was brilliant to be travelling while we were in bed!

love m and h x

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Results of the sale

Posted by stuff4sam on December 2, 2008

A good time was had by all at the sale today. It was lovely to see so many stuff4sam supporters and friends.
The busy sale

The busy sale

We had full tables of tempting cakes, hand-made cushions, fetching jumpers, cards, books, jewellery and other stuff. Our fun stall featuring a lucky-dip, guess the number of pennies in a jar, guess the name of the doll and raffle was also a big hit partly due to great prizes but also down to Sharon’s excellent promotional skills!

Tempting cakes

Tempting cakes

The grand total on the day was £550! More is expected from further raffle ticket sales and other ongoing activities.  Watch this space for the grand total before Christmas.

As always big thanks to all who made or donated something – too many to mention here but to give some numbers we had nine cake bakers, eight prize donors, numerous crafty people and stuff donors. Thanks also to those who organised and staffed the sale (especially Debbie, Neil, Rachel, Clare and Sharon) and to those who came and spent. As a result of all your efforts we are that much closer to our big target!

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