"As the year slowly draws to a close, we all have our memories of our different goals and personal battles, and victories won. What we have in common is that we are survivors or friends and or family members of a survivor. It is hard to forgive…"
I did have access to my files some years ago. There are several mentions of being given a vaccine on at least one instance which leads me to think that I was included. The marks have faded a bit recently, but yes they are crater like."
"Interesting article. Can somebody tell me how I can find out if I were subjected to Vaccine Trials. My records of my time in Smyly DO make clear references to having Vaccines at about the same time as the third set of Vaccine Trials?"
"William, it was not just the Catholic Church who abused their charges, I was abused in Mrs Smyly Homes and Schools before they had me committed to hospital because I was 'being wicked' in trying to tell them what had happened. They…"
"Nothing surprises me nowadays. I think that with whatever help we can get, the matter must be pursued to the end, not just for the few on here, but for all survivors. I can't help with money, BUT I can help in other ways. This…"
"Your run through of the Vaccine Trials is very clear and useful. I am now 61. I was admitted into the care of the Irish Church Missions at the 'Fold' in Boley on 28th October 1955. I remained there until I was 4 years old.…"
"Thanks Shep. It is silly, I have struggled to keep my head above water all my life and as my condition continues to get worse, I should not have to be trying to fund my own funeral out of what is left of my benefits. Here in the UK, the…"
"Very interesting but I can't help but feel, reading as I do, all the negative comments about Caranua, that it is more likely than not that Caranua will NOT meet my needs before I die. A prepaid Funeral here in the UK is about £5,000…"
Thanks for the telephone contact details.
I did make contact with Mum sometime in the early eighties while she Rob and Tony were living in a small flat on Barking Road. She wanted me to have more contact and we did. In order to be…"
"It was Miss Bird who handled my admission to Smyly homes and indeed it was this same lady who made a note on my file saying hat I was not to be advised that (1) I had a younger brother and (2) made it clear in a short note that I was not to be told…"
Yes my mothers maiden name was Howes.
Thanks for the information. I am still looking for Calum Devlin born sometime around 1956/7. Can you help. He died as a child sometime around the time of the Vaccine Trials and my…"
Thanks for the welcome. I am a survivor of Mrs Smyly's Homes and Schools. I was in their 'care' from the age of six weeks in 1955 until I was fifteen. I was abused and was committed to Dundrum because I would not stop telling people that I was sexually assaulted and abused under the guise of 'Sex education'. Did it destroy my life? You bet it did, but time does heal to a degree. I am disabled now and I live in Cambridgeshire in England. I am currently going through the pip process and I am being forced to root through parts of my life going back to my time at the home.
Hello Kevin. I Am Also A Survivor Of Mrs Smyly's Homes and Schools. I Recall The Time You Went To Dundrum. There Was So Much Abuse Of Children In Smyly Homes Throughout The Decades And No Doubt It Still Goes On.
Hi, please forgive me, I don't think I remember you. I would love to find somebody who had been in Smyly Homes. I don't want to run down everything they did, but I still cannot find it in my heart to forgive some of the things I went through. I have no doubt that others had similar experiences.. I know that to talk about the experiences is the best way to comes to terms with the abuse even at the age of 61. I live in Cambridgeshire, in the UK. IF you are ever in these parts, please get in touch.
Hello Kevin. That Is Ok. No Worries. There Was An Age Difference. You Would Have Been In A Senior Dorm When I Was In A Junior Dorm. We Were All Aware Of Everybody Else Even If We Only Knew Them By Face And Not Name. I Recall You Disappearing Overnight. What Happened Made A Big Impact On Everybody Else. It Looked Like You Were Made An Example Of. We Were Left In No Doubt About The "Powers" A Certain Somebody Had Over Us! The Next Time I Saw You Again Was When You Turned Up Some Time Later At The Knox Hall For The "Sale Of Work".