All posts by Gwyneth Cooke

Great month for ducks

Our lovely Emma, CF Warrior Princess, is still fighting her corner and sends everyone her thanks for keeping the Little Yellow Duck Project going.

“I had my transplant at the end of April but have suffered a mixture of complications since so am still fighting to get on top of things. Thank you all so much for all you are doing and continue to do. I so want to be well enough to get back into the project”.

I am sure I speak for everyone when I say Emma has inspired all of us to become so excited by the Project which she began.  As she fights on bravely towards good health, she continues to be an inspiration.

Sending lots of love and hugs to you Emma, and to  wonderful Brad and the Amazing Teddy.

November has been a really good month with Remembrance Days not only saving lives but remembering those who gave their tomorrows for our todays.

We reached 10,000 ducks on the map in the last few weeks and also logged our 100th country.  Our ducks have been found in many exciting and interesting places.  I wish I could go to some of these wonderful places.

You won’t need reminding that Christmas, Fiesta, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Yule or whatever you celebrate in December, is coming upon us fast.  Some photographs have already been logged onto our Facebook page showing ducks on community Christmas trees.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to see some ducks celebrating all sorts of ceremonies.

December is all set to be an excellent duck-month.

 

Jet setting ducks.

This week’s logged ducks have travelled widely over the  Northern Hemisphere.  Lucky ducks, I would love to go to some of these places.

One jet setting duck, El Pablo was received by Kiandra in Florence, Italy and taken of Cinque Terre on the Amalfi Coast on the Italian Riviera.  How amazing does that sound? Kiandra and El Pablo then hiked from Portovenere to Levano.  A wonderful trip.

Kiandra plans of passing El Pablo on in Slovenia.  I hope he keeps in touch and sends us a postcard.

This is a pic of El Pablo checking the map of Italy for the next leg of his trip.

Sending love to our warrior princess

Emma messaged me this week and I am sorry to say she is still feeling quite poorly with fighting infections, battling breathlessness and feeling quite down about her situation.

Emma is, and will always be, an inspiration to all of us in the LYDP and others.  She has achieved so much by setting up the project and giving encouragement to other donor recipients and those in waiting.  Thank goodness for Brad and the amazing Teddy who continue to give her love and strength.

She is very happy to see the Project growing so successfully with our recent achievement of 10,000 ducks on the map and the addition of two new countries.  That is a lot of smiles and, I’m sure, many new potential donors being registered.

 

Busy Duck Central

Hi all, September has come around very fast.  It will be Hallowe’en before we know it and then Rememberence Day and Christmas.  Lots of opportunities for special ducks.

Monday was a busy day at duck central with 10 of the 16 ducks logged on that day.

I thought I would share will you all a couple of my favourite logged duck posts.

Callum found Peach at Millennium Square, Bristol on Monday. Callum commented “This duck is awesome” so congratulations to whoever made it, you are officially awesome.

Callum posted a pic of Peaches:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155350190712574&id=643232573&set=a.288500422573&source=48&ref=bookmarks

I was very pleased to have three of the six I left at University Hospital Wales on Monday logged.  I made some rainbow ducks for the Pride March in Cardiff last week but it was raining so I didn’t go.  I left them at the hospital instead.

Louise of Cardiff found one of the rainbow ducks in the lift when she was on her way to begin five days of treatment.  She says the lucky duck made her smile.  She will leave it somewhere else in the hospital to make someone else smile.

10,000 almost there

With 9874 ducks now on the world map, only another 126 to make the magical 10,000.  Although we all know we have spread the important message of organ, blood, tissue and bone marrow donation much, much further than that.

One of my favourite comments from today’s logged ducks was the lucky finder of Melissa Duck in Morrisons, Cortonwood, South Yorkshire.  “My husband has had non-hodgkins lymphoma twice”.  One of the treatments for this is a transplant of Stem Cells to encourage the bone marrow to produce white blood cells.  I guess this couple well know the importance of our message.

Brave Emma update

Our very brave Emma is still recovering from her double lung transplant but reports ‘Things are slow and it looks like probably being a year of recovery due to all the complications I’ve had and still getting though. Still I’m plodding along and will get there!’  Seems to be  a long slow journey but I know we are all constantly sending love and hugs to let her know we are thinking of her.  Well done Emma, you have come so far.  Love also to Brad and Teddy.

The map has just been updated and we are inching ever nearing the magical 10,000 duck mark.  One of my favourite comments from this week came from Julie Gregson of Manchester who was holidaying with her family in Perth, Scotland when she found one of the Ben’s PeeBat ducks in a geocache.

Julie commented “Found this lovely duck while on holiday in Scotland. It will be coming home to Manchester with us. When I read the background to this project it struck a chord with me. My friend’s son had a bone marrow
transplant after an auto immune disease attacking his liver. Over a
year on he is healthy and doing well thanks to the kindness of a
stranger.

The kindness of strangers, whether you are making ducks or gifting your organs, bone marrow, blood or tissues, is what the Little Yellow Duck Project is all about.

 

ducks – Sweeties in name

Some of us are always looking for new and clever names for our ducks.  Well some of our members, I seem to stick to the same names – must do something about that.

Lucky Duck maker Aunty Jacqui, has released several at the Weald and Downland Museum in Chichester this week named after her favourite treats.  Some logged on the World Map are called Popcorn, Jelly Baby, Dolly Mixture and Sherbert.

This young man was delighted to find Jacqui’s creation, Jelly Baby.

Bloodwise ducks

Here are my 3 red bloodwise ducks, Blobby, Betty and Bertie I’ve made to release for the little yellow duck project. For those that don’t know about it, it’s to bring awareness of blood and organ donation, you make a duck, place a tag on it then release it, whoever finds it takes it home and then registers it on the world map.
This has been great for my grandchildren to help with their grieving process after we lost my Husband Roger to leukaemia 4years ago. To find out more you can go onto their website.
#littleyellowduckproject

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Amazing number of ducks

In July, 2018 189 ducks were logged onto our World Map.  If we are still running at an average of one in four ducks are logged, that makes 726 smiles and an unknown number of lives saved.

My maths isn’t anything to write home about but I figure that the nearly 10,000 ducks now on the map multiplied by 4 (for the ones that aren’t logged), gives us 20,000 feet if they were laid end to end.  Doesn’t sound much if you say it like that but they would go up one side of the Eiffel Tower and back down the other side.  We could also cross the Thames, and back, 5 times via Tower Bridge in London.

I love being part of this wonderful LYDP family.

 

 

Raining lost ducks?

For those Lucky-Duckers who are concerned or disappointed that their protégé ducks have gone to the ‘lost duck planet’ (next to the planet where the lost socks live), some of the ducks my cousin Jen and I left in Abergavenny in Duck Week in April have found their way home to the map in the last couple of weeks.  The only date we have to update the map is one on top of the logging email so there is no way of knowing what they have been doing in the meantime.

A duck party somewhere perhaps?

Sally duck Abergavenny