Day 14 30

What a day! Our last early wake up call of the trip, 5:45 and were still not use to it. Same plan breakfast and squashed ride on the matatu’s. We met up with moses and gave him a painting, pictures and personal notes from everyone on the trip. He was completely surprised and had such a big grin on his face. It made us all warm and fuzzy inside. After, we went straight to the building sight which is now looking more like a building more than ever. We moved more bricks and made cement to help get the walls finished. After the hard work we went to visit Elisabeth’s school for a second time to say our farewells. The school children did some poems and songs and were thrilled with the animal masks we gave them. They are looking forward to receiving the uniforms we have paid for and were telling us about how they had all been visited to get measured and fitted. It felt really good to see them all so happy and exited about a simple thing we had done for them.

We then had a long walk to segail and were greeted with smiling and happy faces. Some of us were given letters and notes from some of the sigail children which was a really happy and emotional time. Both Brockington and segail pupils walked to Mtwapa Academy for a farewell presentation, which included performances from both schools and the Brockington pupils handed out special gifts to all of the children. Some of us even gave our shoes away so were left to walk around in only fil-flops. After the presentation each class gave us gifts in return and moses said a moving speech about our time together. We were all awarded certificates for our participation in the Kenya experience and cultural trip. There was a disco to say our goodbyes and we all had a dance which was such good fun but emotional at the same time because we knew it was our last afternoon with the children.

We made our way back to the hotel with some teary eyes among us and had a well earned dip in the pool and a late lunch of yummy chips. After a while Mustafa – our safari guide, visited us with gifts for us all. This was a big surprise. He brought wooden animals, hair accessories and some masi statues. We were so grateful and thanked him continuously. We chilled out for the rest of the afternoon and are really looking forward to our promised lie in tomorrow morning.

Tabi – hi everyone back home!! Had such a good two weeks but can’t wait to see you all on Saturday! Tan is coming along nicely and I have had my first bite a few days ago. Love to everyone, Tabi x

Lucy A – having a great time, I’m not coming home; you will have to come here. Missing everyone loads can’t wait to

see you on Saturday. I’m not looking forward to the flight but I will try to sleep. Hope everyone’s not missing me too much and can’t wait to see my Molly again, tell her I’m on my way!!! Tonnes of love Lucy xxxxx

30 thoughts on “Day 14

  • Dad/Mum/Noons Bryant

    Every-one – Well done, come back safely and treasure the memories forever.


    /Louie/Polly/Max/Jessie/Charlie/Lola/Diesel XxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxX

  • Ana Ward

    Hi everyone and especially Clarissa,

    How much did everyone cry today then? Such an emotional day on both sides, they no doubt have got used to seeing you around. And isn’t it lovely go give out gifts. So nice of Mustafa to give you gifts to remember your visit…I hope he’d been well tipped for his services!

    By now your suitcases should be packed so have a great night tonight ready for the long trip home tomorrow. We can’t wait to see you all, counting down the hours now. Must remember to turf out the lodger we got in, pity, we’ll miss the money! You think I’m joking! of course I am.

    Have a great trip home and we’ll see your smiling faces on Saturday.
    Lots of love, Mum XXXXxxxxx

  • Anna Quinn

    Hi Ellie,
    What an emotional last day. Did you cry? All good things come to an end as they say and you’ve certainly had two weeks of good things!
    We have a new house rule. alarms are all now set for 5.45am so you have a chance to get all your jobs done before your day begins, but that won’t be a problem for you will it?
    We are so so looking forward to seeing you and although the time has gone quite quickly, you seem to have been away for ever.
    Dad is so excited his princess is coming home and sends his love as do Karra and Josh.
    Have a safe journey home.
    Love you all the 2’s and 10’s gorgeous girl.
    Mum. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Charlotte O's Mum & Dad

    Last chance I guess for a message so congratulations to you all on your successful mission. We can tell from the blog that it’s been hard work but also rewarding and enjoyable and that you’ll remember the experience for the rest of your lives. A big thanks again to all who made it possible and we look forward to welcoming you home.
    Have a safe journey and layer up ready for the big temperature drop.
    Love from Mum, Dad & George.

  • dad/mum/noons bryant

    Hi baby, what a special,special day…..and how generous of all your new found friends there to give you all presents and cards! amazing. We hope you have enjoyed every minute Tab…and worked hard to give a little something to people who are so very deserving……we are so proud of you sweet heart, I’m blubbing as I type! xxxx A huge well done to everyone and another heartfelt thank you to all those fab teachers who have made this all possible….have a safe journey back home to us xxxx
    xxxx Assante Kenya xxxx

  • Andy Griffith

    Hi Melissa,

    It sounds like its been a very emotional day, I hope you have recovered OK and have been able to relax by the pool for a while. Enjoy your lie-in tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

    Love from us all


  • Karen Ray

    Hi All,
    Staggering achievement!, safe journey home x

    F, the weather in England is Cold :)
    (and yes, we have all missed you LOADS)

    m xxx

  • Michelle Jarrod & Tom ChristieSmith


    well done (to everyone)! You must be sad you’re leaving, but I suspect you’ll welcome a bit of a rest after all that … we’re all so proud of you. Can’t wait to see you this weekend. Safe journey home.
    Love Mum, Dad, Tom

  • Kay Evans

    Hi Luke
    Looks you had an excitiing, sad, happy and emotional day saying your farewells and giving and recieving of gifts.. Congratulations to all what a succesful mission this has been and hopefully life chnaging and something that will stay with you all forever. Pack all your suitcases carefully and make sure you bring everythibg back or we may just have to fly out and fetch them (only joking remember everything). Have a good night tonight and chill out before the long journey home. Have a good flight try and sleep and can’t wait to see you all but especially Luke on Saturday.

    Take care and oh yes thank you to all the staff who have made this possible and put so much effort in to making this special for all the children both here and in Kenya,

    Love to all especially Luke Mum xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Jack's family

    Hi Jack

    You all have acheived so much over the last two weeks – and will have memories that will last forever – have a good rest on the journey home you deserve it.

    Cant wait to see you – missed you so much

    mum, dad, tom,hollie,evie,granny,grandad,auntie,steve,dan,matt,oliver,lydia,daisy,sky and teddy x x x xx x x

  • Clare Darby

    Well done all of you!
    An amazing achievement. You have all woked so hard and given so much – you should all be so proud of what you have achieved – an absolute credit. I am so proud of you all -words cannot express it (lump in throat and tears in eyes!).
    Enjoy your final day and the heat (it will be a shock when you arrive back). Have safe journey home. Miss Dx

  • Bev Perridge

    Hi Miss P & all. Well, I hope you found plenty of tissues to share around? I needed some by the time I had read the blog. Truly amazing & so rewarding for you all. You’ve all worked so hard over the last 18 months & especially the last 2 weeks Well done to you all. All thats left to say is safe flight home. I expect there will be lots of sleeping & happy dreams!
    Love you loads. from Mum, Dad & James. XXX

  • Dad/Mum/Noons Bryant

    hi tab
    just settling in the tent AGAIN(thats right for the 3rd time)
    in YOUR room but………im not allown(dun…dun..ddduuunnnn)
    its GRACE.TAILBY[not grace tracy!!!]
    i hope you and the ‘team’ had the more than bestest day in the whole of world of last days
    i ABSOLLUTLY LOVE you in all the world
    and i CARNT WAIT until you return home because i totaly love you right up to plantet grace where she speaks crazy talk!!!hahaha!!!
    ME AAAAAAANNNNNDDDDDD grace send all our love and happiness to everyone
    i love you loads and am looking forard to seeing you on saturday looking tanned(yer sister, no tan for me but a massive tan!!)
    we love you up to were my birthday balloon has gone!!
    all our love and i mean all love love hugs noon+gracexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:)

  • neil (Lucys dad)

    Hi Lucy (Luce) One more day to go eh ? its been fun reading the blog every night and looking at the fab photos :) hopefully you have 1000s of pics from your camera to show us when you’re home…i suppose it will be nice to wash your grey socks too that you have been wearing everyday he he !! We are looking forward to seeing you as is Jaws…who by the way is still fine and been looking out for the front door to open to see your little smiley face :) Have a safe flight back Lucy and see you on Sunday, love you heaps Dad,Martha and Maisie and Jaws (PS Ben learnt to snowboard today at the dome…he was pretty good !! ) xxx

  • Dawn and Baz Dunmore

    Hi JD some great photos. Love looking at all the pictures and blogs. Not long now till you are home. What a fab experience for you all. Well done and safe journey home. See you saturday love mum and dad xxx

  • Gary,Deb,Will and Ruby Heath

    Well Done Everyone – such an amazing achievement! George, we are so proud of everything you have done over the past two weeks and you will have such special memories that will last a lifetime! Have a safe journey home and see you soon, missed you much, Love Mum,Dad,Will and Rubyxxx

    Many thanks again to all those adults who have looked after you and guided you through this great adventure – it would not have been possible without Miss. Heggs and the team!!!

  • Sian Evans

    Hi Luke and All,

    Hope you’ve had a lovely day. Congratulations on a successful mission. You’ve all accomplished so much in your time over there and should all be very proud. Sounds like a lovely farewell and some wonderful friendships made. Have a great time tonight and a safe journey home. Put some extra layers on for when you get back.

    See you when you get back

    Love Sian, Dan and Mabs xx

  • Mel James & Jess

    Charlotte CS and all the 2012 crew,

    Two weeks you’ll never forget – and two weeks those children will never forget either, well done all – you’ve done yourselves proud!!

    Safe journey home.

    Mel J and Jess xx

  • a draycott

    so very proud today was really hard for you all . we will miss reading your bloggs and messages . rhiannon if you left your trainers your going to have a shock when you land it ,s really cold !!!!!!!!!!!!! safe trip home love to all mum and dad xxxxxxx ps hope you did leave your trainers……

  • samir mehta

    Hello Rumit & Gang

    You will be on the final leg of your adventure. I hope that you have all had an amazing time and lots of wonderful memories to bring back home, lots of photos and some gifts as well! I wish that you could bring some of the weather with you.

    To Miss Heggs and all the staff we would like to thank you for all your hard work and for giving this fantastic opportunity for all the boys and girls. You all deserve a round of applause.

    Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning. And Rumit it is not compulsory to stay up all night on the flight watching movies.

    Regards Mum Dad & Jinay

  • Christine Palmer-Smith (School Office)

    Well done to you for all that hard work and commitment to such a wonderful project. You look sound and look like you have all given it your all. Enjoy your remaining hours in Kenya and safe journey home.

  • Jo, Richard, Jonathon and Clare Ashmore

    Hi Lucy and every one,

    What a fantastic day you all had, so proud of what you’ve all done in the last 2weeks. I’ve really enjoyed reading the blog each day and looking at the photos . Big hugs to you all.

    Lucy :- went out with grandmar and grandad last night it was there 50 th wedding anniversary , we were talking about you for most of the night . About how you put your name down for the trip the poem you wrote , to all the fundraising you did and dads letter writing . It has been a fantastic experience for all of us. So glad you don’t want to come back.( But it will be nice to see you) hope you feel you’ve made a difference : ))

    Have a very good trip home all of you.

    To all the teachers, thank you so much for all your hard work , for giving all the kids the opportunity of such a life changing experience . (and keeping them all safe)

    Looking forward to seeing the bus pull up. Let’s hope it turns up!

    Love to you all xx xx xx

  • Michelle Jarrod and Tom ChristieSmith

    Hello all including charlotte and George

    Last leg of the journey to go. Try and get some rest. Fish and chip supper tonight for the Christie-smiths and the Heaths. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

    Safe trip

    Mum xxx

  • Jean & Vittorio De Giovanni

    Hi Franklin

    Can see what an emotional day it was for you all yesterday but one filled with happiness and pride. You have all given so much and have received so much gratitude and love in return. We shall miss reading the daily blogs together with the fantastic photographs, to think your help in building the school etc. will be there for generations and so many children will benefit from an education. Guess you are all packed ready for your departure and on the last stage of your adventure, have a good flight, catch up on your sleep and Bon Voyage. You will need your sweater when you arrive back in England – it`s freezing. Looking forward to seeing you so much in the first week of May and hearing about your wonderful trip.

    A very big thank you to all the teachers and contacts in Kenya who made everything possible and looked after you all so well.


    Nanny & Grandad

  • a draycott

    Rhiannon You have really made a difference over in kenya helping out other people who arnet as wealthy as us that is really kind i hope u have enjoyed your last day with the school! i am proud that u are my sister c u soon cant wait to see u now love maria xxxxx

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