Last year we set two resolutions. The first was to start donating blood. 30 units of blood to be precise, to pay back what Rosie used.
People who haven’t donated in years have started again, and regulars have kept on topping up. Brilliant effort all round. And the grand total is . . . . 44 units. Hah!!
So the next thing we put up was an incredibly daunting challenge. A TKOE £20k challenge. In honour of Rosie’s 20th birthday. And to be honest we thought, well, if we don’t reach it in the year, no matter.
So today, on her 21st birthday, I can confirm that over the past twelve months you have:
Held workplace collections; organised tea parties;
Climbed Snowdon, the Three Peaks and cycled to Paris;
Run (and hopped) for Rosie in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Southampton and Cardiff, to name just a few;
permanently remembered Rosie with tattoos and somehow got people to donate for doing it;
made and sold bags, and dolls, and random rhinos;
set up new jewellery businesses and achieved a dream you’d had;
Skated in pyjamas, held domino runs and sold skateboard jewellery;
broken their ankles and donated their birthday money aged 10 and 50;
played bingo; donated funeral collections and inheritances;
recorded songs and held gigs from Gloucester to Scotland;
raised money in Europe and America, up mountains and in cities;
shaken their booty at Zumbathons and waxed backs;
written stories and bought beautifully illustrated and crafted poems;
produced piglets and puppies and African land snail eggs;
had three TKOE babies (with another due any day);
sold books; passed over swear box contents; held quizzes;
and if, somehow, I’ve missed you out, it’s only because I’m overwhelmed with what you’ve all done. But it’s all recorded in the blog too.
A roll of honour with names is called for, which shall be done. Because I want you all to be named as well. Because you deserve it.
Sooooooooo, (throat clearing moment here)…….. all of this has raised, a grand total of:
I said, £23,500. YAY, YAY and YAY again. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone.
A most fitting birthday present for our lovely Rosie I think. Not just the amount, which is fab; but the unique, wild and brilliant ways you’ve all done it.
We’ll be passing the money (any which hasn’t yet gone via JustGiving) over to our four good charities forthwith.
So, is this the end of it? Well no. Rosie and people with cancer can’t just give up when they reach the end of a year, can they?
So, today we shall be remembering Rosie and celebrating smashing that target and then I’ll let you know what we’re thinking of for 2013 and see what thoughts you’ve got too.