Tag Archives: TKOE fundraising


3 Jan

So, Rosie would be 25 today. 25???? That’s a whole quarter of a century. I wonder what she’d be doing – having a grand old time, whatever it was.

We aren’t going away for her birthday until Feb, to accommodate A level revision and mocks. Good job really because Chris has been ill since the beginning of time, it feels like. So that would not have been fun. Cal is going to the pantomime, as he officially has the best social life of all of us at the moment. We’re off to Reykjavik in 6 weeks though.

Not being away has been pretty hard. Got into a fairly pointless anger about her not being here. When we’re away it’s much easier to stay focussed on other things.

Anyway, what we can do is announce the birthday TKOE donations this year, which is a much happier thought.

Drum roll please……….

This year, Hope Support Services and Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice will get Β£1250 each. Yay πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

This is all thanks to TKOE supporters who have continued to raise money, one way or another. Thank you – it means so much to us and to all the other people who are helped by the work the organisations do. Rosie would be very proud.

We’ve still to hit the Β£50k barrier, but we’re not far off. And from April I’m going to be giving some more time to TKOE as I’m leaving my job to have a bit of a different work/life balance. More of that in a future post πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜±

Here’s some pictures or our beautiful Rosie, 25 today.

Jo xx

Good start, good start

14 Jan

Hey! How’s your new year going? Ours is going pretty well. Cal’s back at Foxes and his project this term is to arrange, all by himself, his 21st birthday party. We pay. Of course. But he organises. He’s already decided venue, music, food – he’d forgotten about guests, but I guess that’s an autistic lad for you πŸ™‚

TKOE’s started well too – we’ve had an invite to a charity talk, in June. And already we’ve knockedΒ Β£182 off our Β£3k target. Thank you so much to mum and dad, Kath, Mike, Joe and Maddie, Richard, Alex and Michelle.


Jo xx


Reasons to be cheerful are

3 Jul

1. Paul, a good friend and TKOE supporter has just made his 40th blood donation. OMG!

2. Earl Mortimer School in Leominster is raising money and doing all sorts for TKOE. YAY!!!!

3.TKOE is five years old today. Yes, five years ago tonight many many people crowded into Newent School Hall and raised Β£12k through the famous art auction. So, as one part of celebrating, here’s what our Rosie had to say the day before:




Nah..Its okay – It’ll be fine yeah? Omg..


Coming to tonights preview night? 4-8pm in Newent Community Schools main hall πŸ™‚ Be there. And tomorrow 4pm start with the auction starting at 7:30pm.



and the day after


Well done and thank you to everyone who helped to make yesturday night so awesomeee πŸ™‚

We’re in the process of sorting out the silent auction bids etcetc but mum added up the monies earlier and (when all the money has been collected) the grand total so far is:














I’ll write a more detailed post tomorrow or summin πŸ™‚

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Lovely to read her words.

Thank you to everyone for those last five years. What a time we’ve all had πŸ™‚

Jo xx

Happy New Year

1 Jan

And a happy new year to all of you. Including all the new blog readers who have joined us over the past few days. We’re very pleased to welcome you into Team Kilburn and The Knock on Effect. Aren’t we, everyone else πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I’ve been totalling up this year’s fundraising, and will tell you what you’ve all raised on Friday. Because Friday is Rosie’s birthday. I hesitated then about whether the verb was ‘was’. But it’s always going to have been her birthday, so I think ‘is’ is ok. Anyway, she would have been (that is the correct tense) 22, and we are continuing the tradition we started last year of doing a bit of travelling for her birthday. We are going to Brussels on the train for the weekend. Brussels?? Yes. Because… beer, chips, mayonaisse, beer, chocolate, 2km Christmas market, ice sculptures, a comic museum (don’t tell Sylv, please – she has banned us from museums, churches and art galleries), and general being awayness. Oh, and it’s just under two hours from London on Eurostar and we’ve got a nice hotel and time together, all four of us. Last year though, we seemed to go away and then come back having agreed to get a dog.

Talking of new blog readers, we had a lovely email today from Granny Willis. Who is actually 18. Not 81. Despite her name. She heard about TKOE via Ravelry and contacted us because SHE DESIGNED THE BLOOD DROP PATTERNS. If you want to find out more about her work, she does a blog too http://www.grannywillis.wordpress.com and she’s on Facebook too http://www.facebook.com/grannywillis1. She sent us a lovely email – thank you Rebecca πŸ™‚

I didn’t knit last night. I got very tired and went to bed instead. So knitting tonight. I like the idea of many blood drops being created all over the country. It’s very comforting.

Jo xx