FiSH Sunday took place on February 8th at St Mary’s Parish Church Mortlake and was well attended by FiSH users, volunteers and supporters. The service included hymns and readings – but also fishy fun and games and some very moving tributes by FiSH users and volunteers before ending with lots of tea, cake and chat!
Tom Carson, Curate at St Mary’s, related the Starfish Story (see right).
At this time when the NHS appears to be crumbling around us, when Social Services struggle to cope with all the demands they face, and more and more people are becoming increasingly frail, isolated and vulnerable, we all need to be reminded that whilst the ‘big picture’ can seem overwhelming, we can all do something to help those around us: our neighbours, our friends, our families, our colleagues.
One of our clients, Brenda, commented “It’s the fact that FiSH always goes the extra mile that makes such a difference to our lives.”
FiSH began 52 years ago because a small group of people asked the question “Who is my neighbour?” and then had the desire to go and find out, to roll up their sleeves, and to make a difference in this small community of Mortlake, East Sheen and Barnes.
Thank you to all those who help us go that extra mile – and who help FiSH to make a difference to the lives of so many local starfish!
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.