At the end of January, two years ago one of my close friends rang me and said he’d started palliative care and had about 6 months left. He died 3 months later. On the one-year anniversary of his death we held a fundraising party for Macmillan. Held at Bar One in Derby, we programmed 2 stages with music, spoken word, poetry, film and dj sets. Plus an art raffle, cake stall, button badges, Bat the Rat and a Jerry’s jumble stall of books and cd’s. It was an amazing event and a joyful celebration of Jerry’s life and the legacy of his unbounded enthusiasm and creativity.
We raised £600 in an afternoon.
I’ve just pitched to my previous co-conspirators that I’d really like to do another Macmillan event. This time I’d also love to do a Raffle of Shame. A raffle with prizes nobody wants to win. Shameful prizes.
We’ve arranged a meeting next week to talk it over in more detail. It looks pretty hopeful.