Can you name the words of author J M Barrie ?
Peter Pan, I can hear you saying but can you name anything else ?
J M Barrie I am not.
I will never produce a work of the quality of Peter Pan.
As a child I saw the Walt Disney film and had a book taking images from the film to tell the story.
Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, The Lost Boys - what wonderful characters in a beautiful story line. A work of genius.
As a child I was not aware that all royalties from the story were given to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. It was not until my early adult life that I understood what an amazing gesture this author had made.
James Matthew Barrie was born in 1860 and died in 1937. If I ask you to name stories he wrote during his lifetime beyond Peter Pan I doubt you will be able to. I have tried to find out how much money the author's work has given to the hospital but no figures are available. It must be many millions.
Nobody is screaming about the generosity of James Barrie, all those millions are wrapped in a thick blanket of modesty.
Here is something else that is wrapped in a blanket of modesty.
Do you recognise the logo ?
It is Ronald McDonald Childrens Charity, the operator of Ronald McDonald Houses all over the world.
We all know the fast food giant, of course we do, but Just Like J M Barrie it does not shout its mouth off about its generosity.
Ronald McDonald provides free accommodation in a loving environment for families of children in hospital.
When my beautiful daughter Rebekah was treated for chronic renal failure in Guyz Hospital, London, my family would never have been able to cope with life had it not been for Ronald McDonald.
As readers of my diary know, my darling Beck passed away suddenly on Friday. I am meeting with her friend Jo this morning and will be talking about something her friends have set up. Let me share what they have put on-line.