Instead of a round-up – normal service returning next weekend – I have a last good bye for you. I’ve heard some voices
– not in my head, although they are always there, too – who quite liked the vlogging format I drifted into the last few weeks. This is on you, then! But since you were there when I unwrapped the mystery parcel , I am now taking you with me on the last mile, too. Warning – this is not exactly a thriller. Just another 12 minutes and 22 seconds of your life which you won’t get back.
Guy is on his way, wrapped up and secure. And we have wrapped up our fundraiser, too. Having transferred the donation yesterday afternoon, I finally breathed deeply. I tweeted our birthday present for all to see at 4.02pm, and just a quarter of an hour later, Richard sent you his thanks:
I am particularly happy to see Richard acknowledging *all* contributions, including donations of enthusiasm! Valuable, indeed.
LOROS also reacted – here are their thanks to you:
And then there were countless likes, RTs and kind replies on my original tweet, too many to quote and embed them all. They were all congratulating you for your achievement! But just for you to gauge the reaction, I have made you a screenshot of the engagement stats (right).
I read quite a few replies (often to Richard and not to me), in which the tweeps commented that this was their “first fundraiser”. It’s interesting – although not a surprise – that many fans only heard about the fundraiser *this* year. After all they have been going for six years. But it proves Richard’s reach. His RTs and reactions on Twitter brought more people in, and I have very much enjoyed meeting new fans in front of and behind the scenes.
I finished last night with a luxurious dinner of lobster and turbot, followed by some delicious chocolates, kindly sent to me by Jen. The chocolates, not the lobster! That would have been one fishy parcel that my post man would not forgive me, ever… 😂. What a fitting end to a fabulous fifty fundraiser! – Today I am going to the beach and then a family barbeque, enjoying a sunny day in Ireland. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend, too, in the joyful knowledge that we rocked it this year.