Thanks to everyone who posted happy birthday wishes on my 60th birthday blog yesterday. Just to give you an update I had the most wonderful day being thoroughly spoilt by family, friends, neighbours and the builders who arrived with a card and a bottle of wine wrapped up in tissue paper.
My daughter, Hannah, works for a charity. I mentioned to her that I've always wanted to raise funds for Ovacome but was really a bit embarrassed at asking anyone for money. On Saturday evening I'm having a party bash for about 80 friends, family and neighbours. We're going to put an Ovacome Collection Box out along with an arrangement of photos to trace my 6 decades. Gwyn wrote a lovely birthday poem for my birthday so I've printed that out and it will be centre stage in my display. When I told Gwyn about the fundraising idea and how I would use her poem she wrote another to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer and I'll put that on the table by the collection box.
Hannah suggested I create a JustGiving page. It wasn't difficult but I did need a bit of help to load some photos and post some text. Within a few hours some very generous donations had been made. I really only meant to create the page so people could donate the cost of a birthday card and postage and then the £1s would add up to a good sum. By this morning £130 has been donated to Ovacome via JustGiving and an Ovacome friend sent a cheque which will be added to that total. Some of my friends have even passed on to their Facebook friends the URL to my JustGiving page along with a link to the Ovacome site asking them to 'send a card' even though they don't know me! One FB friend posted a very generous donation. I haven't seen him since I was 15 years old but we linked up via Friends Reunited some years go. He said the donation was to make up for all the cards he hadn't sent me over the last 45 years!
I'm hoping the donations to Ovacome will continue through the weekend and particularly on Saturday night. I've been amazed how supportive people are and how they are happy to donate to a cause rather than buying a card, etc. Apparently with JustGiving pages it's good to post updates as this sends a new message to all your FB friends and new reminders to donate.
I've posted this blog because I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences. It does seem more worthy to suffer a bit to raise funds - like running a marathon or something. As you know I'm a couch potato but now I realise you don't have to do anything fantastic for people to take an interest in charitable giving and I thought it might inspire some other simple ideas to support Ovacome.
The photo, by the way, is a birthday breakfast with Hannah and Becky - crêpes with fresh fruit and naughty orange juice - it had some champagne in it! No wonder I was in a spin all day and posted that thread about horse dung - apologies PR Sue!
My JustGiving Page for Ovacome is justgiving.com/Annie-Mulhol...
I've made this blog 'Visible to Everyone'. I wouldn't usually do this because now my blog can be read by anyone in the world. So if anyone in the world is taking a first peek at the Ovacome site and you're reading this blog please 'send me a card' at Just Giving because it's a great cause.
Thanks for listening and love to you all. xxxx Annie