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The mince pie problem

17 December 2012
Appeared in BioNews 686

Someone who came to our 'Giving: The Gamete Donor Perspective' event this week very kindly brought some mince pies for us. She brought 30 mince pies. I gave two boxes away to stalwart volunteers. But this generous gift posed a problem - there are only two of us in the office full time and I had three boxes left.

This thoughtful lady's gift highlights a common misconception about Progress Educational Trust, people think we are a much larger organisation than we are. This is because with the equivalent of just three full time employees we carry out a heck of a lot, punching well above our weight.

We couldn't achieve all this without our volunteers – the BioNews writers and those who help out in the office – a huge thank you to you all.

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And if you are wondering what happened to the other two boxes of mince pies, we phoned our friends at the Association of Medical Research Charities and they were more than happy to solve our problem!

Merry Christmas!

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