Thursday, 9 March 2017

Walk Across Borders 2

In 2015 I set off on a mammoth journey to walk to Royal Court of Justice, London from the courts of Orihuela in Spain covering 1750km walking over 44 days. Both of these locations significant in my own personal situation.



The objective of the walk was to raise awareness of Parental Child Abduction and Parental Alienation as well as to try to raise a little money for the Reunite International Child Abduction Centre charity.

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/reunite-spain

I believe that we achieved as much as we could have done given the restraints placed on me in a "Publicity Order" that was put in place in family court proceedings. Sadly, this is one of the reasons that some parents feel that they have their hands tied by the system. There is very little visibility to the general public of what is happening so, unless people are actually affected, they cannot even imagine that the family/international court systems can allow this to occur or it is assumed that "there is no smoke without fire"



Since this time, I have communicated with many parents whose children have been parentally abducted, retained or alienated from them. Something needs to be done to change this.. It is abuse of the family, abuse of the courts and abuse of the children that the other parent claims to love. Children are being separated for years at a time from their parents and the family courts are being used by alienating parents to assist this behaviour.


 For this reason and others, it is my intention to organise a "Walk Across Borders 2" to once again do as much as I can to raise awareness of these issues.

Unfortunately, I could not possibly afford to take all of the time off again to complete the journey. My employer was very kind on my previous quest to sanction my time off, but it is not fair to ask for extended time again. However, this could be positive as I can attempt to involve parents from throughout Europe to join in our efforts, possibly as a relay to pass the baton between us to our destination.

Therefore, my idea is to complete the journey in stages throughout the year of 2018 and I invite affected parents, families as well as supporters to take part.

If you would would like to be involved, please contact me by sending an email to onedaycloser.reunite@gmail.com . Once I can give a better estimate of the support in this quest, I can plan the journey in detail. Below is a possible route I could take.

Stage 1 - Spain
Stage 2 - France
Stage 3 - Italy
Stage 4 - Switzerland
Stage 5 - Germany
Stage 6 - Luxembourg
Stage 7 - Belgium
Stage 8 - Holland
Stage 9 - England


 



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

One Year Since Walk Across Borders

A year ago, we set off on a 44 day walk (approx 1750km) between Orihuela, Spain and London, UK..
http://walkacrossborders.blogspot.com.es/…/day-1-orihuela-t…

Our objectives were to:
  1. raise awareness of the issues surrounding parental child abduction and the impact on families and children
  2. raise awareness of parental alienation abuse and the impact on families and children
  3. raise awareness of the failures in family court and with authorities that sometimes appear to facilitate abduction, alienation and false allegations which can be used as a heinous alienation tactic.
  4.  help the Reunite International UK charity who NEED the additional resources to effectively support families who are involved in international children's cases.. Over 17,000 calls were managed by their advice line in 2014.
We had such wonderful support from so many people on this journey from which we were so grateful.




We also met some amazing people en route that provided an experience that we will never forget...




























There were also some very testing moments too but we took those in our stride (excuse the pun) and completed the journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 5th October, 2015.


You can read about out journey by clicking on the link below and navigating the blog entries...
I hope we achieved some of what we set out to achieve. I was pleased that my mother was able to see us complete this before she sadly passed away in November...


She was so proud and fully supported the reasons why we decided to do this.. Tragically, she never had the opportunity to reunite with her granddaughter who she loved wholeheartedly until her last breath... It still does not seem real that she is no longer with us.. She was my rock... For such a small lady, she had so much courage and strength.. She is missed so much :(..xxx

 
Hopefully, we can continue to do as much as we can to try to make a difference... a positive difference... and just maybe enough awareness will be raised to prompt some change...
Doing nothing achieves nothing...
Nobody can do everything; but everybody can do something...
One more day closer xxxx

Friday, 8 January 2016

STAR THE NEW VIDEOCLIP OF SHANI!!!!

STAR THE NEW VIDEOCLIP OF SHANI!!!!
 
 

Shani Ormiston has launched her new single " I Am to Fighter ". She is preparing her own videoclip and is having a casting open to all those people who would like to tell their own story. She is looking for authentic fighters who have overcome, or are fighting for something, an infirmity or a problem or obstacle in their life – of whatever age, nationality, race or religion, those who are survivors and wish to tell their story to the world.

So if you have a story to tell, or know of someone who is a fighter of an illness or other problem: if you are a survivor, then send an email to contacto@shaniormiston.com recounting your history briefly and attaching a recent photography.

This offer is open until January 22nd when the production team will choose those who will participate in Shani Ormiston's new pop video.


Music can be a really powerful media. Shani is a good friend of mine and she supports the reunite international charity as well as helping to raise awareness of parental child abduction and alienation

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing everybody a happy & wonderful Christmas.

For those who are parents affected by parental child abduction or alienation and are not able to see their children, my heart goes out to you and empathise with the hurt that you will undoubtedly be feeling.
 
Please stay strong and try to enjoy the season as much as possible with the people around you who, in many cases, share your frustration with the system and really do care about you and your child(ren)!!

If you have your children with you this year, treasure every single moment with them. They will never be this age again.. You are very blessed..xx

Thank you to everybody that have stayed the distance, inspired me and helped me to stay focused and positive when inside I my heart has been shredded. Even more so with the sudden passing of my mother recently.. . For such a small lady, she had a huge heart and such great courage.. A true inspiration. She is missed so much.

I really can't put into words how much I appreciate all that have given so much love and support.
Love and best wishes!!! One Day Closer!! xx

Thursday, 17 December 2015

One Day Closer office

One Day Closer is an office in Villamartin Plaza, Spain who try to support families who are affected by parental child abduction and parental alienation by providing information and contact details necessary to ensure a quick resolution in the best interest of the children and of the family.







We give our wholehearted support for the UK charity Reunite International Child Abduction Centre and one of our objectives is to raise funds for their advice line (0044 (0)116 2556 234)  through various events and activities.


Please help us to achieve this through our JustGiving pages or join our fundraising team (https://www.justgiving.com/teams/reunite-spain)