I wrote a while back about my friend Pauline Wren who needed blood for her heart by-pass operation. She is doing really well and should be home again next week. Thanks to everyone who offered help with this. The surgeons in Santo Domingo were great, but she had quite a battle over the final cost etc.

Now she is trying to recoup funds after the operation and get on a sound footing to start fundraising for Project Isobel, the orphanage and horse sanctuary I wrote about previously.

We have a couple of timeshares at Coconut Palms, a lovely resort near Enquentro Beach, midway between Cabarete and Sosua, and would be willing to rent these out at little more than cost to help meet the operation expenses. Ideally, we would like to sell the Vacation Club Membership as we're here to stay and no longer use it ourselves. If anyone is interested in either option please send me a personal mail and I'll be happy to give you all the details.

Linda Stapleton