The project has reached £2000 funded!
At the start of the project, as you might imagine, the majority of the funding came from people who knew me. People who've seen the work that I've done, met the children I've worked with, worked with those children themselves. People who've had years to understand what I am on about when I talk about these things.
Recently backers of the project have been people I don't know, who've seen a tweet, read an email, responded to something a friend has said. People who are trusting me without having met me. I am enourmously grateful to you. To you all.
Thank you for getting the project to this point.
Below is a photo of me at work at The Sensory Story Project HQ. (As an introduction of sorts).
You can see it's just me and a desk. That's where I sit from when I get up in the morning to when I go to bed at night. I do get dressed every day but sometimes the morning emails seem more important and brushing my teeth and eating breakfast wait until closer to lunchtime. The pink weights are to keep me warm when I get cold from sitting at the computer for so long.
£2000 is an amazing accomplishment, but what do I do next? I've told everyone I know, I'm finding more and more strangers to baffle every day, but currently it's not enough.
Please tell someone you know: please ask them to back the project.
Several of my backers have been sending me sagely advice - I'd welcome any suggestions for how to promote the project further.
Sometimes it feels too big a goal, there is only 25 days left, as I log off from my computer at 11pm sometimes I feel glum - perhaps commitment and passion will not be enough, perhaps I won't be able to get people to understand, and then I get a message from a Mum of a child with profound disabilities asking me where she can get a hold of a story. So I straighten my back, and make another list (look at the photo you'll see them pinned everywhere - they're my to-do lists, my idea's lists, I'm working my way through them, building new ones).
With your backing, and the backing of some people we've yet to discover, we will make this project a success.
Thank you for your support.
Please go and tell a friend.