The day after…Posted: July 11, 2011
Wow. What a day.
As a result of the blog, I’ve had offers from all sorts of people to do all sorts of things. Form a charity, put on galas, give me the proceeds of their lottery wins – if they happen – quite incredible. I gained over 1,000 followers in 24 hours, the blog was viewed by over 15,000 people yesterday! Twitter, you are amazing. My eyes are stuck on wide-open, I still haven’t blinked.
The thing is, it was never an appeal for money. I was just explaining to the concerned 10-15 or so tweeters why I was selling my house to pay for Ted’s school. I had no idea it would take off like this. Even @Glinner RTd it! And while I’m absolutely bowled over by all your kind offers of money, I just can’t accept any of them. It just wouldn’t be right, I’m sure you understand.
If, however, you really want to help other parents with special needs children, there is a brilliant organisation in Brighton called Amaze who have supported many of us in so many different ways. They ran the course I went on, at no cost to me, to meet other parents in a similar position. We carers can accompany our kids to the local cinema for free on their Compass card scheme. (Ted’s very proud of this, he likes to ‘treat’ me.) They helped me fill in Ted’s Disability Living Allowance forms, I cried at least three times during this, they’re so complicated. Here’s the link: http://www.amazebrighton.org.uk/ There’s a ‘Donate Now’ button on their home page.
I think it’s worth saying that I deliberately didn’t write the blog as an article for a newspaper, because I honestly thought I was only sharing it with a few twitters, I didn’t see it as a matter for the tabloids. Unfortunately, some of them have picked it up and are apparently running their own version of my life tomorrow. This may well be a mish-mash of inaccurate facts and irrelevant past activities; or it might be a well-researched piece which will be both informative and interesting… let’s wait and see. I just hope it doesn’t annoy the school and put them off Ted before he’s even arrived.
Finally, dear twitter, if I could come round to each of your houses and personally thank you, I would. I have never, ever, experienced such warmth and kindness and understanding, and – well, love. As my friend @Geofortean would say, you’re the nicest friends I’ve never met.
And this isn’t the last you’ll hear from me either. I’ll keep you posted and would love to hear from you too. Really.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lots of love,
PS Ted says “Hi”. Cool customer.