Exchange at the Foundling Museum

Exchange by Clare Twomey is at the Foundling Museum 14 June 2013 - 15 September 2013. Browse or search the stories of how people carried out their good deeds.

The Foundling Museum

Hello

I picked up a cup back in August, #595 it stated ‘Help someone move’.  I have fulfilled this twice!  I helped a partially-sighted lady move her belongings on to a bus.  The most appropriate one was helping my son and his wife to move house last week.  I shall go to see them tomorrow and take them  the cup.

June

Hi there, Just to let you know that tea cup exchanged for litter picking in park has been completed. Two grandsons helped with removal of plastic bottles etc and park looks much better! Loved your Museum and Exchange by Clare Twomey. Will visit again. Regards, Louise
My task was to make a trophy for someone.  My 3 yr old grandson and I made this (hence the Furby stickers - his favourite) as I thought it would be a good idea for him to get involved.  We made this for his Mum who works for a charity for the homeless which hopefully leads to a drug/alcohol free life and independent living.  Of course it doen’t always work but they are given the opportunity to turn their life around.
 
Pat

My task was to make a trophy for someone.  My 3 yr old grandson and I made this (hence the Furby stickers - his favourite) as I thought it would be a good idea for him to get involved.  We made this for his Mum who works for a charity for the homeless which hopefully leads to a drug/alcohol free life and independent living.  Of course it doen’t always work but they are given the opportunity to turn their life around.

 

Pat

I picked cup 788 with the “challenge” of “Listen to your mum’s advice”. This is rather poignant because my Mum is 92 and for the past two years has developed dementia, so she no longer offers me advice. In fact, there is now role reversal, with me advising her on all aspects of her once-independent life. However, I try to think back to all the good advice she has given me over the years. It is when I’m gardening I hear her loudest, as I prune roses to an outward-facing bud or mulch the raspberries at the right time!

The exhibition was certainly thought-provoking. To receive a token and pick a cup at random echoed the history of the Foundling Hospital - I can’t imagine how those mothers felt. I came across all sorts of small charities I had not heard of, so it was great to see their profiles being raised. Congratulations to Clare Twomey and I hope Exchange reaches the 10,000 target.

Jo 

Herewith photo of Norman enjoying his trip to Leeds. The base of the cup reads ‘Send someone on holiday’ Sincerely, Bridget. PS Shame that we didn’t get the saucer

Herewith photo of Norman enjoying his trip to Leeds. The base of the cup reads ‘Send someone on holiday’ Sincerely, Bridget. PS Shame that we didn’t get the saucer

I wanted to let you know that I have carried out the ‘good deed’ of donating 2 CD’s to a charity shop. I would also like to thank the foundation and the ‘Exchange’ for inspiring me to clear out those things I no longer need which are also going to the charity shop. The cup will be a reminder that small deeds can help. 

Diane

My good deed was: ‘Go visit a relative you haven’t seen in a while’.
I went to see my cousin David in Sussex, my sister Linda came down from York and we all spent a very happy day in a sunny Brighton. First a tour of the Pavilion and then of course, the sea! 

Hilary

Dear All
I was lucky enough to take a lovely cup from the exhibition. Mine was to recycle plastic bags for 1 year. Since this is something I already do I decided to add another challenge which is to not put on the kettle and go off to do something else, come back to it and need to re boil it-wasting electric. So far reasonably good!!
regards Jacky
Hello,
I wanted to let you know that I have completed the deed marked on the base of the cup I selected on my recent visit to The Foundling Museum.
I have attached a copy of the letter from the BAAF.
Kind Regards,
Judith 

Hello,

I wanted to let you know that I have completed the deed marked on the base of the cup I selected on my recent visit to The Foundling Museum.

I have attached a copy of the letter from the BAAF.

Kind Regards,

Judith 

I am writing to report on the deed requested by Cup 832 - “Make dinner for friends or neighbours with a newborn baby.”
Our immediate neighbours have a new baby and on our return to the US from the UK we had them for lunch - which was their preference instead of  dinner.  As it is now autumn I made Pumpkin Soup, Quiche served with various salads courtesy of my wife.  Cooking Quiche is a first for me, but  once I navigated the meaning of “blind” baking, to keep the pastry shell in place, the second attempt worked perfectly 
It was an enjoyable afternoon, an opportunity to get to know our neighbours better, at the same time as honouring the request.
The exhibition was thought provoking and engaging.  Thank you for the chance to participate.
The photo shows the table set for lunch.
John

I am writing to report on the deed requested by Cup 832 - “Make dinner for friends or neighbours with a newborn baby.”

Our immediate neighbours have a new baby and on our return to the US from the UK we had them for lunch - which was their preference instead of  dinner.  As it is now autumn I made Pumpkin Soup, Quiche served with various salads courtesy of my wife.  Cooking Quiche is a first for me, but  once I navigated the meaning of “blind” baking, to keep the pastry shell in place, the second attempt worked perfectly 

It was an enjoyable afternoon, an opportunity to get to know our neighbours better, at the same time as honouring the request.

The exhibition was thought provoking and engaging.  Thank you for the chance to participate.

The photo shows the table set for lunch.

John

My cup was number 1048 and I was asked to learn something about a religion other than my own.

Thanks to Simon Schama’s recent programmes on The Story of the Jews, I have now watched four one hour programmes and feel I know a lot about their history and a little about their beliefs.

I’m still displaying my cup in the hope a guest will enquire but it hasn’t happened yet.

Pamela 

My other good deed was to visit a relative I haven’t seen for a while, so I am going to Sussex on 18th to visit my cousin - Hilary
My good deed was to ‘Give £5 to fund a creative project of your choice on crowdfunder.co.uk’.
I chose Suitcase: Kindertransport 75th Anniversary. From Hilary
I had cup number 119 and took a baked chocolate cake to my local police station

I had cup number 119 and took a baked chocolate cake to my local police station

Teacup 1064 committed me to Buy a “suspended” coffee in a coffee shop. A quick internet search brought me to www.coffeesharing.com and Facebook’s Suspended Coffee page: a suspended coffee allows you to buy a coffee for someone who cannot afford one for themselves.

Unfortunately, there are no participating independent coffee shops in my area but my search also brought up other pages that suggested Starbucks was participating in the scheme, had partnered itself with a charity called Oasis (for details see www.oasisuk.org) and for each suspended coffee sold, it  would donate £2.15 worth of coffee and also make a matched cash donation of £2.15 for each suspended purchase. Starbucks partnership with Oasis was widely covered in the national press. 

I then went to Starbucks website to find that it appeared  to be no longer partnered with Oasis and other websites suggested that its participation in the suspended coffee scheme was quite brief.

I really want to keep my teacup as I like it so much and I also want to do a good deed, so I have just donated £10 directly to Oasis as Starbucks don’t sell suspended coffees anymore. 

Sue