All posts by Len Clarke

The Ladybird Pin & The Shilling

To someone who bought a ladybird pin over half a century ago.
(from someone who benefitted from that shilling)

The Pestalozzi ladybird pin

In the late 1950s or early 1960s, you donated a shilling in exchange for a little Pestalozzi ladybird pin. It wasn’t a large amount (equivalent to about £1 in today’s money) but, along with the many tens of thousands of other donors who were prepared to give, it made a difference to me and to all of us at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village.

So, after nearly 60 years, how much of a difference has your shilling made?

Well, I was sent to the Pestalozzi Children’s Village as a 10 year-old child in 1959.  From a personal perspective, Pestalozzi was a community that changed my life.  It exposed me to personal relationships that I would have probably missed out on had my childhood remained as it was before.   And, among other things, it assisted me to go out into the world and experience a fairly “normal” and healthy existence.

I married, had children and today I have a wonderful extended family. The affectionate and caring management of my life when I arrived at Pestalozzi contributed to my ability to care for and appreciate my own family.

So, more than half a century later, the effect of your shilling continues to impact on my life – and my children’s and my grandchildren’s lives – today.

It wasn’t just a shilling – it was a shilling.  It meant something then . . . and it is still working.

Thank you for helping to make a difference.

If you remember buying a ladybird pin decades ago, let us know.  Perhaps you were part of a ladybird club that raised funds for Pestalozzi – we’d love to hear from you!  Click on the ladybird, below!

Pestalozzi Ladybird Logo 

Pestalozzi Students Networking

During our visit to the Pestalozzi International Village Trust last week, we were privileged to be invited to attend a “Business Meets Students” session. Conducted by Pestalozzi Trustee, Graham Card, several successful business people meet with the students and offer their thoughts about ambition, possibilities, achievement – and more. After the formal meeting, the visitors got to mix with the students and start to familiarise them with the idea of networking – and then join them for dinner.

As ever, it was impressive to hear the students talk about their ambitions, both with some confidence and humility. There is little doubt that the Pestalozzi International Village Trust is continuing to select the highest calibre of deserving students.

Early Pestalozzi Presentation to new Pestalozzi Students

Last week saw the Early Pestalozzi Children Project visit the Pestalozzi International Village Trust in Sedlescombe, East Sussex to present their annual address to incoming students about the early history of their charity.

William explains the early story of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village to the newest Pestalozzi students.

It was a rewarding experience to be enthusiastically received by the new students and some new staff. Their reactions and interest were extremely positive – and they even had valuable suggestions as to what we might add to the presentation.

We were also delighted to be able to make good use of our display equipment, which was purchased earlier this year through our Heritage Lottery Fund “Sharing Heritage” grant.  Our new projector, screen, stands and display boards give us an excellent flexibility to make our presentations in almost any location.