"Of all the innocence that is to be found on this earth, none can surpass that of a growing child oblivious to most of the world's brutalities and a dumb creature who often displays an intelligence that is far more comprehensible than that of mankind.
If you want your child to truly grow up more sensitive, compassionate and loving; if you want them to have the strength to face life and death and to look for meaning where meaning is often hard to find, then forget the computors, lap tops, bedroom television sets and top-of-the-range mobile phones as presents when their birthday or Christmas next comes around. Instead get a family pet that will bond the humans within a family as a unit far more effectively than any inanimate object ever could. A loving pet brings so much more to a family than can ever be imagined. It brings more than life itself; it brings soul!
I had a lie in bed this morning as I was interested in listening to Nick Ross on Radio Five talk to people who had been diagnosed with different kinds of cancer. The remarkable thing to learn from the programme was that courage rests in the domain of the majority, not the few. While I felt for every person on the programme, I cried when it came to hearing about cancer developed by children; one who had not yet reached their teens.
As someone with cancer, I would willingly give some of my remaining time to any child with a terminal illness were that possible and if I was an influence in our Government, I would prioritise the cost of children's treatment in the NHS over and above that of adult treatment every day of the week. Children are our best future; always have been and always will be." William Forde: October 7th, 2014.