This blog is a bit of a sunshine space for me at the mo, unlike mydaftlife which I could rename isn’tlifeshite? at the moment. This is a space where people’s enthusiasm, delight and interest in LB shines through, as well as collective outrage about what’s happened. Who’d have thought a dude that so few of you actually met could have made such an impact?
Dudelicious. Dudetastic. And how it should be.
This week I can report on a map tracking the distribution of LB’s pictures across the world set up by George Julian. What an incredible idea. Inspired by a tweet by Tanya Moore. And how amazing to see how far LB’s pictures are spreading. The green stars are the depots. These are based on the first three characters of the post codes that the cards have been sent to. The red stars are the destinations that people have sent cards to, or where they have received them. If you want to add a destination, you can email George at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet the destination including the hashtag #LBBus. There is a slight backlog on the map as I just emailed around 50 more depots to George tonight.
In the spirit of the adoration of all things buses. Here’s a bit of Cliff*…
* …run with Cliff, eh? I wanted to do the opening credits for The Double Deckers but there’s some sort of embargo on this on youtube.
Update: Nope, not a good enough caveat for Rich, so for those of you who ain’t Cliff fans, here’s an alternative…
Been a bit hands off the fund for the last few weeks. Sorry… Luckily the likes of George Julian (@GeorgeJulian) and Nick Hodge (@Goodchap62) are doing a stonking job of keeping momentum going. And I have to say an enormous thanks to my mum, Val, who has sent out countless postcards/prints, battling the Christmas queues in the post office, to keep things pretty much up to date. She is only waiting for one address now, so if you ordered cards a couple of months ago and haven’t got them yet, could you email email@example.com to let her know? Thank you.
Anyway, the total raised so far is an unbelievable £5608.20. This is a remarkable amount and all the more remarkable as it’s based on LB’s artwork. The thought of his pictures bouncing around the country is beyond heartwarming. Enormous thanks to everyone for their support.
In fund-related news, Oxfordshire Family Support Network (one of the two charities any remaining monies will be donated to) have been doing some scoping work to explore the potential of creating a local and national peer support network for families who have relatives admitted to assessment and treatment units. It sounds like this early work is going very well and there is a lot of positive interest from both families and various organisations. This, again, feels absolutely right as families are more likely to be able to provide detailed knowledge about the needs, interests and aspirations of the person in question, and are therefore central players in the achievement of a good life with and for them.
So, onwards and upwards. A new year and all that may bring. I posted this short film of LB’s recent school times on mydaftlife the other day but I bloody love it so here it is again…