HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE – have we done it ????

3 Jan

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.

Hahaha! 🙂 🙂

Jo xx


26 Responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE – have we done it ????”

  1. Coz Al January 3, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    It’s amazing, humbling and inspiring. Brilliant news to hear on this day. Happy Birthday Ro and congratulations to all x x x x x

  2. Deborah Morgenstern January 3, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Happy Birthday Rosie and well done to all of Team Kilburn!

    I’ve been a rather inactive contributor this year, mainly due to the time spent creating and nurturing one of this year’s TKOE babies. Yona Elisheva Jackson (pronounced Yonnah Ellie-Shevvah) is 8 weeks old today, already sleeps through the night (11 hours!) and is of course absolutely gorgeous. She has a Rosie Robin hanging off her cot.

    It isn’t much, but there is a little more to add to your total. My rather meagre Xmas sales of jams, chutneys and gins this year has raised £13.50 for TKOE. Please let me know what charity you want it to go to on your behalf and I will Gift Aid it. And if anyone wants to buy some Raspberry Vodka, Beech Leaf Gin or whatever for the New Year, I’m sure it can be arranged.

    Lots of love to everyone in TKOE and all the best for the New Year,


  3. Sue, Evie and Gwen January 3, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Great day! Happy day!
    Overused word of 2012 = legacy. Not in the world of Rosie Ro! She’s with all of us, every day.
    Yay yay yay Ro and Team Kilburn!
    PS Gwen says ‘Awesome’.

  4. Andrea Clarke January 3, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    What a brilliant start to the day! What an amazing and inspiring team effort!! I was almost speechless with joy when I read the blog earlier – well almost… it appears I do know a lot of swear words…..

    Happy Birthday Rosie!

    Well done team Kilburn, bloody fantastic!! (Well one swear word was bound to slip out)

    🙂 xx

  5. trudy robertson January 3, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Thats is a great start to my day, when i read this blog.So proud of all Team Kilburn,Well done to you all.What a great 21st birthday pressie for Rosie,That would of been her favourite one.xxxx

  6. Dollydimple January 3, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Wow! Happy 21st Rosie. Proof, if proof were needed, as to what a very special person she was. Inspiring so many people to do such incredible things in her name. Congratulations Team Kilburn, be extra proud of yourselves. Much love x x

  7. Sue Trevethan January 3, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Well Done Fantastic , can’t wait to see what you will come up with in 2013 !!!!!

  8. Lucy n Russ January 3, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Happy 21st Birthday to your beautiful Rosie and wow wow wow congratulations to everyone involved in Team Kilburn, what an amazing achievement! This TKOE baby is still firmly insitu and thankfully gave me a good nights sleep last night after dancing the fandango the night before. Well done everyone! Love you Ro. Love lucy, Russ, Ben, Maddie and…….. Nope still not got a name!

  9. Julia January 3, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    A big loud Woohoooooooo! That’s all I can say at the moment.

  10. celia butler January 3, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    There isn’t a Yay! big enough or loud enough to say how fantastic this is. Rosie would be so proud about smashing both targets, so it is indeed a happy 21st birthday for her. She is well and truly remembered, every day and in so many different ways. And so we’ll go on.
    Love to you all on this special day. xx

  11. Lin January 3, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    That’s an amazing amount, Ro would be so pleased :))
    Happy 21st, hunny, and much love to you lot 🙂
    And of course incredibly well done to everyone for a brilliant achievement

  12. Jill January 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Happy 21st Rosie, have a great day watching over those you love xx

  13. Jonquil January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Amazing and brilliant and …and…well worth a Yay or two. A terrific achievement, and looking forward to our next challenge.

    Godt Nytt År (pronounced Gott Nit Ore), everybody (that should double your Norwegian vocabulary, Jo!).

    Today our Norwegian granddaughter, who is privileged to share Rosie’s birthday, is 7, and I only hope she grows up to make us and her parents as proud as you will always be of Rosie.

    Love from us all

  14. Sam Punn January 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    That is properly amazing! Well done to all of you who have done whichever bits of this. A fantastic legacy and tribute to Rosie.

  15. Audrey Davidson January 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    The aged GPs
    January 3,2013 at 4:25pm
    We have been remembering Rosie especially today her 21st Birthday although we think of our precious girl every day. We are so proud of Team Kilburn what a fantastic result!
    Rosie would totally approve and would no doubt be cheering you all on to even better things next year.

    Rosie would be truly impressed

  16. Georgina January 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Absolutely brilliant – well done all those amazing people who loved Rosie and continue to be inspired by her!
    Happy Birthday to darling Rosie today.
    And well done to her family – without you people these events would probably not have happened – you also inspire everyone.
    Big love and hugs – Georgina xxxxx

  17. Kath January 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Amazing achievement! – well done. x

  18. Jane January 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Happy 21st Rosie and what a legacy you have left… well done to everyone who helped raise this fantastic amount of money and to Team Kilburn for keeping the motivation and enthusiasm going through 2012, looking forward to 2013’s challenge x

  19. Michelle January 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Happy birthday Rosie, you’ve inspired generations 🙂
    And Team Kilburn, you’re an inspiration too.
    Hope your next mission is as exciting as this one. Will we take it on, oh yes, bring it on and we will try our hardest to keep the flame of Rosie forever burning.

  20. Caroline January 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Wonderful, wonderful news – big well done to everyone who contributed! And happy 21st to Rosie. xxx

  21. Pip Armstrong January 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Magnificent effort, Rosie would have been very proud x

  22. Deborah Crosby January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Simply amazing. And proof, if ever we needed it, that the spirit of Rosie is alive and well.

  23. andy1952 January 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm #


  24. dawn January 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    A somewhat belated but tremendously heartfelt YAY!!! An absolutely tremendous achievement for Team Kilburn and a wonderful way to celebrate Rosie’s 21st, hey. Proud times indeedy 🙂 x

  25. Tony Walsh March 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Only just spotted this post, Jo. Hoorah! Very well done everyone. Rosie remains an inspiration. Tx

  26. Chloe Taylor-Jones March 30, 2013 at 10:57 am #



    continuing the trend of totally exceeding expectations 🙂

    fantastic news

    Chloe xxx

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