3 Jan

So, Rosie would be 22 today. We’ve got some flowers to take down to her and then we’re going out for a nice meal tonight somewhere in Brussels. If we get there in all this water. It is easier to be away somehow. We’re missing her a lot at the moment, but I guess that’s to be expected at this time of year.

She’d have been very very proud of all of you. Although there’s still a little bit more money to come in, TKOE has raised a further £7,500 this year. That’s seven thousand, five hundred pounds. YAY!! and YAY again!!!

And that’s without what people have raised for Race for Life this year, because I didn’t write all those down this time. I think I was going through a very sad spell in the middle of the year.

You’ve done it through all sorts of things again – African land snail breeding; jewellery, wedding favours, designing several new TKOE shop lines, running, walking, knitting, sewing, donations instead of birthday presents, donations instead of Christmas cards, regular giving, surprise, out of the blue donations, card selling, all sorts really. I still haven’t finished the roll of honour from last year, so I must get that up so everyone can see their name in lights.

When I was at QE yesterday, it was brilliant to be able to tell Vicky about TKOE and what all of you do. Because TKOE only exists because of the things that you say and the things that you do. And we cannot thank you enough.

We have been supporting three charities this year – Beth’s Wish, Hope Support and The Young Person’s Unit at QE Hospital. So they will each get £2,500. It’s really good that Beth’s Wish have made their target of £100k for teenage facilities at St Michael’s Hospice, so we are really proud that we’ve helped them achieve such a brilliant target.

So, you’ve done it again. I wonder what 2014 will hold? Well, we’ll be back with some thoughts next week. Meanwhile, here’s some more pictures of our beautiful girl, on today, her birthday:

Jo xx


10 Responses to “22”

  1. Kath January 3, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    We have that second picture on our wall still! Happy and sad birthday wishes – have a lovely time in Brussels. x

  2. Sue, Evie and Gwen January 3, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Happy Birthday, Rosie, Ro. Beautiful photos of a beautiful human being.
    We miss her too.

  3. mags January 3, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Happy birthday Rosie.

  4. Sue H January 3, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Remembering x

  5. kaate3 January 3, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Aha the clock pictures! I loved that present! Happy birthday Ro, lots of love to you all xoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxox

  6. Lin January 3, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Some lovely pictures 🙂 Happy birthday, Ro, missing you xxxx
    Love to you all and hope you have a great time in Brussels – will raise a glass with you tonight 🙂 x

    • Andrea Clarke January 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      Happy birthday Rosie! Such a sad/happy day for you all. Sad Rosie’s no longer here (in person) to celebrate this day, but happy memories of when she was.
      No doubt that Rosie is still here in words, thoughts, deeds and spirit – and of course lets not forget rainbows, and on this day of all days I have just been admiring a wonderful rainbow – made me smile.

      Have a lovely time in Belgium .


  7. micthemini January 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy birthday to a very special Rosie, always in people’s hearts and minds. Gone, but so, so, so never forgotten.
    Well done for the money raising, you do such a fabulous job.
    Enjoy Brussels

  8. celia butler January 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Beautiful indeed. Lovely to see these photos on Rosie’s special day.Great news on the fundraising too.
    Thinking of you all. x

  9. Lucy n Russ January 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Wish you were here Rosie 😞simple as.

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