#altnational – a thank you

Last week I floated an idea about making charitable donations instead of Grand National bets, and then I set up a thing to do just that.

I was hoping to raise £50, and I ended up raising the limit throughout the day. We ended up with just short of £230 plus Gift Aid donations of £50.

I was hoping for a dozen folk to give £2, instead 3o people contributed, and the donations were much higher. In retrospect the first few donations may have set the tone a little – perhaps if the first bids were lower we’d have had many more donations that were lower, but I can’t know for sure. Either way I’m really pleased and a little surprised by the support the idea got and by the generosity of you all.

The charity that we chose works with retired horses and with children and was suggested by a work colleague. The Just Giving page tells you more about them if you want to learn more about their work.

Although the £250 target was totally arbitrary, it would be ace to get some more donations to take us over that line. If you know anyone riding high with their takings off the 66/1 winner ask them to consider making a donation.

Thanks again for your support. And no, I don’t think I’ll do this again next year, I don’t want to get caught up in doing a “thing” so if anyone wants to take up the idea please be my guest and I’ll have a flutter with you next year. x

By Jon Hickman

Hi, I'm Jon. I teach and research digital culture, social media and new media practice at Birmingham City University. Find out more about me with this lovely CV: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonhickman Find out about my work at the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research: http://interactivecultures.org