Getting closer

20 Sep

Guess what. We only need to raise £6412 between us.  That means we’ve raised £14508 so far this year. That’s more than £1k per month. That is amazing, astounding, and really very fabulous. The latest donations are from the domino runs at Ruth’s house by lots of children; and from an immensely kind donation from people who went to Ramsay’s funeral in Scotland. YAY!!

And our bloodometer is at 36. Thanks Megan.

And feedback on the Poem for Rosie – “It is a work of genius”. So glad you all like it as much as we do. We’ve had such lovely emails, cards and letters from people over these past few days.  Sylvie thinks next week will be the worst as it is a year from her funeral and therefore a year since Sylvie saw her. She was determined to be the last person who saw Rosie, and she closed up her coffin. I’d not really thought about that being a significant anniversary, but I guess it is. Strangely good day to remember though.

Talking of which, I knew there was something I meant to tell you about.  As you regular readers know, the subject of the headstone has been a nagging worry. Up until very recently, we just couldn’t really put our minds to it, other than be sure about what we don’t want. Anyway, last weekend H.Art was on, which is where lots of artists and crafts people open up their doors. So we decided to go and look at some stone carvers. We ended up in deepest Herefordshire, at the most amazing place where you can design the headstone, choose the stone and then, if you want, help to carve it. How brilliant is that? So that’s what we’re going to do, as a bit of therapy as well. We got all sorts of ideas, saw stones we’d never really thought of. And discovered that grave stones are really deep if you plant them properly. And find the whole idea exciting rather than a burden now. It’ll take about a year, all told, so will work out really well for the second anniversary.

We’re getting there.

Jo xx


8 Responses to “Getting closer”

  1. celia butler September 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    So much good news. Sounds like a tiny corner has been turned. And the headstone will be a work of art, all the better for having taken time to consider. Brilliant indeed. x

  2. zumbanatalie September 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    You’re almost there! Fingers crossed the Zumbathon will help!!! I need to make some posters up.. Are you raising money for a specific charity or is the cash being shared out between several? Thank you xx

  3. margaret crisp September 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    This sounds excellent. Like the way you can actually help with carving the headstone. Am delighted that things are going in the right direction.

  4. Pip Armstrong September 22, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Excellent idea but could prove very expensive if you don’t practise first ;o)

  5. dawn September 22, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    How wonderful that the nagging worry of the headstone has now evolved into the opportunity for you all to create a very special headstone, unique to Rosie. Being so ‘hands on’ does seem indeed like it’l be very good therapy for you all. No doubt it’l be a beautiful work of (Kilburn influenced) art! Good work with the money raising everyone 🙂

  6. Chloe Taylor-Jones September 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    That sounds perfect Jo. I was thinking of you all when I visited the cemetery last week. I usually go past on if I am driving back to Herefordshire, it has become a bit of a ritual. I think the hand carved stone is a brilliant idea. Love from Chloe xx

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