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Putting things in perspective

September 14, 2009
A mother comforts her sick child. Credit: JIM VARNEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

A mother comforts her sick child. Credit: JIM VARNEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

So, I’m at home, feeling a little weepy. My wonderful little girl has been dropped at school for the first time. She’s happy as a pig in poo, playing with dinosaurs as I kiss her goodbye and head for home with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.

I turn to the last page of the latest The Week to distract myself with its fine cryptic crossword and spy a short piece of text which puts everything into perspective.

The text is for The Week’s charity of the week: Starlight. If you haven’t already heard of it, Starlight grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children who are afraid and in pain. It brings smiles and laughter to more than 500,00 sick children in the UK. “Right now there are 342 children waiting for their wish: please help by making a donation today.”

Perhaps you’ll follow in my virtual footsteps and donate too.

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