The hard work isn't over yet though. We won the money but we now have to claim it £10,000 at a time. We have had a meeting deciding what the first of our money is going to go on and after some deliberation we decided on sorting out the new kitchen things first. This will include new sinks as we only have one at present and we need three. We will be getting new equipment to cook with and a special freezer box for us to bring cold and frozen items from the wholesalers.
We will also be putting on the Free art course "Journey through the field of art" for parents and carers, this is a ten week course that will be starting on 13th January.
Another first will be a new all singing all dancing till that will record all our annual accounts as well as log people in and out of the Centre, this is something that will help with safeguarding. It will also be used as a reward system, we can
This is coming so much later than I would have liked, but we have been very busy! We have great pleasure in shouting from the rooftops that, WE WON.......yeay!!! That's £49,956. We are still in shock as we didn't think we had a chance. It just goes to prove that if you put your mind to something, believe in yourself and do everything that is asked of you, to best of your capabilities, you can achieve your dreams.
Tales of Unity Mouse
By Barbara Elliot
One day Darryl and I was cleaning out the mousery,
”We'll have to transfer them into the small cage” I said.
When it came to putting the last one into the cage, I found out, he was born without a tail, so I told Darryl about him when we cleaned out their home, we put everything back into the tank. I started to transfer the mice back into the tank, I picked up mousy no tail and put him back into the tank, followed by his mates.
One day he escaped from his cage, he was running around the house, so Fido managed to track him down and tried to kill him, so I managed to rescue him from Fido's mouth. I picked him up and put him back into the tank. He recovered from his ordeal and Fee the budgie started to tweet and play with her toys. She sat on her swing, she was twittering at the TV and radio.
So one day Darryl got up and came down the stairs to feed the mice, Mousy Notail came up to me because his mates wouldn't have anything to do with him because of his disabilities, Then I found out that he had severe learning disabilities, so I told him about The Unity Centre, so he can meet other people and make friends and join in with the activities. Then I picked him up and put him in the travel box and took him down to the Unity Centre and I introduced him to Jac the Chinchilla, she took us around the Centre and she took us to the coffee bar and introduced us to Becky the Beaver who was baking some sausage rolls for the 44 club Jac the chinchilla, took us into the social area and introduced us to Sammy mouse who was cleaning the tables and sweeping the floor and she was having another hot chocolate. Mark the canary had flown in and sat down next to her and he started to sing to her.
Jac the chinchilla took us out the back and introduced us to Jane the field mouse who was sorting out donations for Sammy mouse to put in the baskets outside near the entrance. Then Jac took us into the shop and introduced us to Tony the rat who was serving a customer, then we sat down in the social area next to Jane the frog. She was telling us about her new pond and Robert the door mouse came in and ordered his beans on toast and bought some sweets and some crisps and Ben the rabbit hopped in and sat down at the table behind us and started to play Mouse-gui-yo and Mousemon with Conner the dog and Dean the Dingo and Nathan the Snail and Charlotte the chipmunk. Then Mousey Notail told me that he was changing his name to Unity Mouse and Becky the Beaver has had her Hoola Hoops and cheese on toast. Jake the Hamster had put the baskets outside for Jac.
Denise the Iguana and Kevin the Lizard came in for bacon rolls and cheeseburger. Becky made them a coffee and a hot chocolate so Kevin could take his tablets, he started to wind up Sam and was drawing some pictures for her. Then Brian the skunk came in, he was talking to imaginary friends from the Falcon on his mobile phone. Then Jackie and Charlie chipmunk came in to the shop to see if everything was running smoothly. Mick the cat came in and drank all the milk, so Becky had to send Steve down to Mouseco to get some more and Sonia the spider came down from her web and started to make more webs in the cupboards behind the coffee bar. She cleaned the cupboards and the microwave and the fridge and the grilling machine. Georgia the gerbil came in to help Becky in the coffee bar.
Angelo the singing monk came in with has CD player and CD's and started to sing for us and Unity started to dance around his travel box. Unity likes crash and bash because Louie Lou comes in and she bought in her laptop with some songs she downloaded of YouTube and she connected it up to the speaker so she can play her tunes for us and Unity liked to dance to the songs and Barbara can play her bongo's. Unity came out of his shell and gained his confidence so I told Darryl what I did and Darryl said I did a good thing to help Mousey Notail out and Unity came up to me and said can we go down tomorrow, I'm such a lucky mouse to have nice friends and would recommend the Unity Centre to all my mousey friends.