Letter from the Trust

Trip Start Aug 08, 2009
Trip End Aug 30, 2009

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

I just got home from work to find a handwritten envelope from the trust addressed 'private and confidential'. This is the news I have been waiting for to let me know if I have been awarded a fellowship.
It's a really small envelope and only seems to contain one single piece of paper. Is this bad news? I would of expected had I been successful, that I would have received a large envelope with details about what to do next.

I opened it trying to convince myself that as I wasn't successful, I should be proud of the fact that the WCT believed that my project was viable enough to warrant an interview with them earlier this year.

Here's what the letter said...

Dear Ms Biggs,

I am very pleased
(this is where I am screaming as I read) to inform you that you have been selected for the award of a 2009 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship: I offer my warm congratulations.

The letter continued to inform me of what I needed to do next and that further details would be posted out to me upon receipt of my confirmation of acceptance. Do you think the trust would accept a letter that just says 'yes, yes, yes!! and my signature at the bottom.

I cant believe it. I have spoken to previous WTC Fellows during the earlier stages of the application and they all told me that this was a chance in a lifetime and how wonderful it felt to be awarded. Now I know exactly what they mean.

My head is spinning now, so much to do, so much to organise. Tomorrow I must start sending out emails to contacts and set the ball rolling.

I get a huge hug from my partner Bob who is grinnig from ear to ear, both my children think I am going to be famous and meet the Queen as the WCT is based in London (ahh..).

Time to get on the phone, Mum first, then my Sisters, then everyone else who has been so supportive.

I also must get a muffin and a sachet of coffee and send it down to Andrew Hart, a previous WTC Fellow who gave me loads of support. I promised him a coffee and a cake if I am successful. Can't wait to tell him.

Thought of the day: And all of this came from reading an article about a previous Fellow, going to the website and taking a short while to fill out a very user friendly application form.
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