Sunday 19th February 2012, Watford, Hertfordshire
Peter and Jean are athletes and if Peter had lived at any other time in history he would have been England's number one middle distance runner. Unfortunately, he happened to compete at the same time as the all-time greats, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. Despite this (or possibly because he was spurred on by such illustrious competition) Peter enjoyed a long and successful career and went on to manage the Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996. Jean's accomplishment are not too shabby either. She was British champion in the 200m veterans (women 35- 39) event and European Indoor silver medalist over the same distance. Not bad for a full-time mum of three.
Peter and Jean are very active grandparents and devote much of their free time to their children and grandchildren. As a result, their family feels very close. I asked Peter for some thoughts on Wearelucky. He observed that there was not enough feedback and was curious to know what happened next. Did the Lucky People actually follow through with their promises and how did the recipients benefit? I agreed that the website felt unfinished in this respect and so I've set about contacting the Lucky People and asking for just a few lines on how they spent the money. It's the first time that I'd really considered how I'd feel if the Lucky People didn't do as they initially pledged, but I suppose that's all part of passing on this responsibility.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
We were familiar with Wearelucky before we were asked to take part and we understood the concept but our first thoughts were to ensure that the money was spent on something that would make a real difference.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
We spent a long time researching local charities and national children's charities before deciding to give the money to Watford General Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit, which has an outstanding reputation for quality of care. The money will be spent on new equipment.
3. Is it better to make a small impact on a big problem or a big impact on a small problem?
I think it's better to rely on your instincts and to concentrate on making a difference rather than try to solve all the problems of the world.
4. Do you feel that being involved is important to the giving process?
Very much. There is a lot of truth in the proverb, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".
5. Why do you think we feel good about doing something for others?
We know deep down that there is more to life than superficial hedonism. Doing something for others satisfies us in a deep and meaningful way.
6. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
7. What, if anything, have you learned from this experience and has it changed how you feel about giving?
It has certainly opened our eyes to the number of areas where cash is needed and we will give serious thought to how we might be able to raise money for some of the worthy causes we have identified.