Neil Gregory

My name is Neil Gregory I live in rural Scotland & the nature of my work being seasonal means that I have extended periods of free time during the winter months which I spend traveling & exploring in warmer climes. I had for many years been keen to “put something back” but I had become very disheartened by the mainstream charity providers as I had on too many occasions seen brand new air conditioned charity VIP carrying 4x4s heading too or from comfortable western hotels whilst the people who really needed help were totally ignored. Also it seemed that there were often many conditions attached to the giving of assistance on political or religious grounds so it was really a breath of fresh air for me to find out about B2S & how Sarah has created such a wonderful direct action organisation. I met with Sarah in the autumn of 2011 & subsequently worked for a month in feb 2012 on Alis house & allotment project near Hikkaduwa. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, at times it was hard work but it was extremely rewarding. In the process I met some of the kindest & most humbling people I have ever known. I did put something back & I’m grateful to Sarah & the charity for giving me the chance to do it. Would i do it again yes 100% You may as I was be asking yourself one or all of the 3 questions below. The three following quotes answered those questions for me.

(1) wether you should
(2) why you should
(3) when you should

“I shall pass through this life but once, any good therefore I can do let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it for I shall never pass this way again”
(Etienne De Grillet)

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit”
(Nelson Henderson)

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the next best time is now”
(Ancient Chinese proverb)