By the end of the night Bridget, Ron, Emma and Paul
were able to announce that they had achieved
something they could never have predicted. Lauren's
Fund had once again been doubled from the activities
on the night, the sale of admission tickets and by
ongoing sale of raffle tickets The screen above and
behind the family told the story but we have copied
it on the right so that you can see for yourselves
the amount raised - seeing is believing!;
With such an incredible result the family were also able to announce that the Lauren Eley Centre for Music and Art was now well and
truly under way which the following slide show, presented on the evening, confirmed;
And so, finally, but after just a few months
since acquiring the house in Baan Nam Khem
in Phang Nga province in southern Thailand
THE LAUREN ELEY CENTRE FOR MUSIC
was open for business.
Chatchada is the manager of the centre and
you will be able to see and hear her
message to the family above
LET THE MUSIC
AS WELL AS THE ART
WITH OVER £6,000 COLLECTED
"THE LAUREN ELEY CENTRE FOR MUSIC AND ART"
WILL BE ABLE TO DO EVEN MORE THAN THE FAMILY HAD EVER DREAMED OF. CHILDREN FROM BAAN NAM
KHEM AND ALL THE SURROUNDING AREAS WILL BENEFIT THROUGH BOTH THE CENTRE AND THE MOBILE
UNIT WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE FACILITIES DIRECT TO THEM IN SCHOOLS AND OUTLINING
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE HELPED FINANCIALLY, MORALLY AND THROUGH YOUR ACTIVE
SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SITE FOR FURTHER NEWS ON LAUREN'S CENTRE AND FUTURE PROJECTS IN HER
|Bridget & Ron
Full report soon,
meanwhile see their
early cell phone pics
|Hello my name is Jill Lee and I just want to tell you about my experience on
my visit to Lauren’s place.
My family and I went on holiday to Thailand and I told Bridget that I wanted to visit
Lauren’s place there. Peter and Waree were really helpful in giving us directions there,
which made things much easier and I thank them both for their help.
On the way there our driver showed us where the Tsunami had hit, it seemed so very
unreal even seeing the boats that had been brought inland and are left there as
On our arrival I rang Chatchada (the manager of Lauren's Centre) to say we would
meet by the orange boat, another boat that had been brought inland. On opening the
car door she just grabbed hold of me and hugged me saying that she loved to meet
people who have helped. I felt this tremendous warmth and kindness come over me.
Chatchada then took us to the brightly painted school where three little girls were
colouring on the front. She said something to them in Thai on which they puts there
pencils down and greeted us in the traditional Thai way and said “hello” with beautiful
smiley faces. We went into the school taking our shoes off where more children were
sitting on the floor and painting, again we were greeted in the Thai way and with a
“hello”. The children were of varying ages from about 3 to about 9, I think. They were
painting on canvases and plain paper. Chatchada asked us to present the children with
little bags, each child came to us and put their hands together and said thank you.
Their little faces were beautiful and again lots of smiles. I then wanted a photograph of
the children holding up the morning’s paintings. I also brought some home with me. As
it was lunchtime some of the children left saying goodbye and some stayed.
Chatchada then drove us to the Memorial Park, which is situated on the seafront and
where the tsunami wave hit Baan Nam Kem, I stood not able to contemplate what
these lovely people had seen and how devastating the effects had been. Inside the
memorial building there are pictures of the Tsunami, which still didn’t seem real and that
it actually happened with the before and after pictures. We also visited the Cemetery.
When I arrived in Baan Nam Kem you could see that the village had been able to re-
build itself. When I got to Lauren’s place I was overwhelmed and had a huge lump in
my throat because the children were just so beautiful and happy. Chatchada is truly a
special person and she explained to me that with the painting it helped the children get
the pictures of the Tsunami out of their minds. Her dedication is amazing.
On leaving the school I looked back out of the window and could see how much had
been done to help the children. When you drive around the town you can see that the
people have hardly anything but that they are so warm and welcoming. The children
were exceptional and have obviously been helped enormously.
Unfortunately I was never blessed to meet Lauren however through Bridget I have
heard everything about her and seen the family album on the website, and feel that I
do know her in a way. In the family album pictures my favourite is Red Nose Day with
Lauren in her red nose pyjamas and whilst I was in the school I had a wonderful sense
of feeling that she was there and could envisage her sitting there helping the children. I
know it sounds strange but that was all I could think of on leaving.
I had a tremendous feeling of humbleness on that day and I will always do my best to
continue helping Bridget, Ron, Emma and Paul in this wonderful special project. I shall
definitely go again and would encourage everyone to go if they can.
Love Jill. xxx
DURING AUGUST 2007 JILL LEE AND HER FAMILY PLANNED TO VISIT
THAILAND FOR A HOLIDAY. AS A FAMILY FRIEND AND KEEN SUPPORTER
TO LAUREN'S FUND SHE DECIDED TO MAKE THE TRIP UP TO THE AREA
OF BAAN NAM KHEM TO SEE FOR HERSELF THE WORK BEING CARRIED
OUT IN LAUREN'S NAME.
THE FOLLOWING REPORT AND PICTURES DIARY JILL'S VISIT TO
LAUREN'S CENTRE FOR MUSIC AND ART ALONG WITH THE
|A number of visits have taken place over the last few months to Lauren's
centre in Baan Nam Khem but the most significant is taking place now
(February 08) by Lauren's parents, Bridget and Ron.
Bridget and Ron will report fully upon their return on the various activities
within which they hope to include;
|With £3,000 already raised and in the bank thoughts turned to the sale of more Raffle tickets and organising the function on 25th November called 'Sing for
Help from friends and family was wonderful. We had lots of people wanting to sell books of raffle tickets and those that could offer help on the night. We
already had 23 nice prizes donated to the prize draw and so ticket sales remained buoyant.
For the 'Sing for your Supper' function we had help from people wanting to prepare food, organise events, provide the karaoke and even a chef offering his
services to dress and serve the food.
So everything was ready, and what a fabulous night it was, over 125 people joined us ........
AS BRIDGET AND RON PREPARE TO JET OFF TO THAILAND TO MAKE THEIR FIRST VISIT AND HELP AT
LAUREN'S CENTRE NEWS COMES THROUGH THAT "LAUREN'S GIFT"
HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY REGISTERED IN THE UK WITH FULL CHARITY STATUS
|Children at Lauren's
Centre show Bridget and
Ron and let them listen to
what they can do
|23 February 2008
|23 February 2008
Lauren's Plaque was hung in Lauren's Centre by Bridget and Ron Eley during their
first visit to the Centre in February 2008.
Placed in a Bamboo frame the inscription was written both in Thai and English
------- * -------
Lauren Eley lived in Northampton England and died around the time of the Thai
Tsunami. Lauren was a happy and fun loving girl who was looking forward to
working with children when she finished her studies.
Lauren died before she could live her dream but through the help of her family and
friends back in England she would have been delighted to have been able to help
the children of Baan Nam Khem by financing this Music and Art Centre
As well as loving children and wanting to help and work with them, Lauren also
loved to sing and create music and art. How proud she would have been that
children may come here to enjoy all the things she would her self have been thrilled
to teach. Have a great time
|Scroll to the bottom of this page to
see the inscription details