The last few weeks have flown by! I find that I am relying less on subtitles now when I watch the TV – I must try to listen to the radio soon.
There have been so many large events and some smaller ones, and it has been hectic, but I felt so good being able to take part in them. It is still difficult in very large groups and the concentration is immense, but it is difficult for everyone in large group situations. I am also very tired after them but it is worth it to be there!!
I met with my college friends in a pub last week and for the first time in many years I was able to hear and take part in the conversation! Stunning!
One of the most magical events was waving off the sick and disabled children who were being taken on a trip to Paris Disney. It is organised by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriages and sponsored by other Livery Companies and other people. I was there with my husband to represent the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. First everyone, including the children, had breakfast – over 400 people and all before 7am. Then the families got into their taxis -210 taxis- and we waved them off. We spoke to our two families and it was very emotional to see these children and their mums setting off on a magical adventure. Very soon they were on their way accompanied by police and paramedics and many more on their journey to Paris. I was so pleased to be able to talk to the children – what a lovely morning!
This is one of the many aspects of the contribution made by the Livery Companies of London. It was great to be a part of this event.
In the coming year I will be taking part in many different events as my husband will be Master of the Worshipful Company Spectacle Makers. Our year begins on Wednesday and with my newly acquired hearing I am looking forward to a challenging but exciting time!