It is done! For the first time in four years I have actually managed to transfer the donation from Richard’s birthday auctions on the day of his birthday. Before I get to the sum, I would like to give you all another pat on the back. The raised funds turned out to be bigger than I had imagined. In fact, they are four times as much than I had modestly calculated when I set the starting prices for the auctions. Even the fact that I had to deduct the eBay fees did not throw us back beyond the last milepost. That is due to the generous donations that kept coming in after the auctions ended. Thank you very much to everyone who took part, donors, bidders, supporters. You rock!
And so let me show you the accounts for the 2019 RA Birthday Auctions.
However, the important bit is the following tally – the final donation sum after deducting the eBay fees. Drumroll, confetti, fanfare:
This is just massive. I can’t thank you all enough.
I am shaking as I am writing all this, and I was shaking an hour ago when I clicked on “transfer” on the JustiGiving page: As of now, the funds raised are with Shelter via JustGiving. I have added a little birthday message to Richard, signed off by all of us.
If you would like to see for yourself, you can hop to JustGiving via this link.
As is customary, I would like to add my own little birthday message to Richard via this blog now.
another year, another birthday message. From the final throes of your half-German spy, via quality earcandy in various genres, to catching glimpses of you filming a new drama in Manchester, it is always exciting to see
and hear what you are up to. I have particularly enjoyed seeing you putting your plans of meeting your fans in action. Red Dragon Con was a highlight, as were your recent encounters with fans in Korea. The prospect of seeing you on stage in London next year, is also exciting. You know, it never really gets old, following your career.
You, too, also never seem to get old! And not just in terms of looks. They are just superficial. But to have an open and young mind, that is a precious gift that I hope you will hold on to in the future. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious, your talent is prodigious, to say anything else would be sacrilegious 😉. Thank you for inspiring, entertaining – and sometimes challenging us.
Wishing you continued success in your career, new challenges in your professional life, much happiness and joy in your personal life.
Forever fondly yours,