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:

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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

Layla becomes mascot for bikers charity group

A few weeks ago, Layla Duck was found in Lealholm in North Yorkshire by members of the Crown Biker MCC.  The group, which has 31 members  was formed 3 1/2 years ago in Redcar, Cleveland with the intention of riding from their base to pubs with Crown in their names whilst raising money for Maxis Mates, a charity that rehomes dogs.  Layla looks like she is having fun, on a double mission to help people and their best friends. 

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Planet Earth turns yellow

Well, not the actual planet but our own map of it is very yellow.  Now covering 95 countries, that’s half of the countries in the world.  I thought we had a new country this week when a duck in South Korea was logged, but it is actually the second duck to be logged there.

I find shopping malls are a good place, especially cafes with outside tables where a duck can be sneakily left as I quickly make my escape.  It doesn’t always work and I have been chased down the street by wait staff on occasion.

This week amongst the ducks logged was Granville.  Found and adopted by Eve, Granville was found hiding inside a vending machine in Billingham Forum near Stockton-On-Tees.  That’s inventive.

 

 

Yellow Duck Day 2017: Part 1

It’s finally here! Yellow Duck Day 2017!

Yellow Duck Day is marked annually on April 15th, the date that the Little Yellow Duck Project was launched back in 2014. This date was chosen as it marked a year to the day that I lost my best friend (and my son’s godmother), Clare Cruickshank.

Clare with her godson, Teddy

As many of you will already know, Clare was in desperate need of a double lung transplant due to end-stage cystic fibrosis. At just 26 years of age, Clare ran out of time due to the chronic shortage of donor organs in the UK.  Clare had decided beforehand, that she would want to be a donor if she didn’t make it.  As a result her corneas were donated to restore sight to two young adults in their twenties.

Clare was crazy about little yellow ducks and collected them in all shapes and sizes. It was an example of the sweet, amusing and fun-loving person that she was.  No one could feel sad or downhearted when Clare was around! So they seemed perfect to be used as an emblem for spreading happiness around the world, as well as awareness of how we can all save lives through the gifts of blood, bone marrow/stem cell, organ and tissue donation.

Clare had an incredibly pragmatic attitude to organ donation. She once summed the situation up so simply to me when we were discussing people choosing to be organ donors…

“If you’ve got a pair of shoes that you don’t need anymore, you take them to a charity shop don’t you? Then someone else can use them. What’s the difference with passing on your organs?”

If we all thought more like this, people like Clare would still be with us today.  Thanks to this attitude, Clare’s corneas went on to give sight to two other people when she no longer needed them. What an amazing legacy for such a beautiful person to leave behind.  And now, through the Little Yellow Duck Project, more people will hopefully do the same.

Today has been a huge success in spreading awareness of the project and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make it happen. I’ll be updating on everything achieved in my next post. But don’t forget, the Little Yellow Duck Project runs 365 days a year, so please keep making those ducks and passing on their life-saving messages!

 

 

The Little Yellow Duck Project creates and distributes handcrafted gifts to raise global awareness of blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donation.