Day 39: Still time to get involved #107days

A fortnight ago Sara blogged on all the amazing things that had happened in #107days so far. Since then we’ve been blown away with yet more amazing actions, I’m not going to recap them all here because we’ve a ‘half way’ blog post in the offing that will do that. If you’ve not managed to follow daily I’d highly recommend looking back over the daily entries to this blog that highlight the remarkable range of thoughts and actions of so many brilliant people supporting #JusticeforLB.

This is a very short post, but one that is designed to draw your attention to the many ways in which you can still get involved and support #107days. We are very, very nearly out of days, and we’ve had to double up on some dates. We have had one or two people who have had to pull out due to unforseen circumstances so there is still a small chance of adopting a day, especially if you can be flexible on dates, so do still get in touch if you’d like to adopt one.

There are a number of other ways in which you can support #107days including the following:

Conferences, workshops and learning opportunities

Learning disability studies in academia – Monday 9 June – Manchester (Day 82)

Keeping me at the heart of care – Thursday 12 June – London (Day 85)

Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Freedom – Thursday 26 June – Leeds (Day 99)

There are also a number of local seminars being organised at universities and internal development time within organisations. We will feature these on their adopted days, but are happy to include details here too if they are open to the public.

Fun and laughs

My son’s not rainman – Thursday 15 May – comedy performance, tickets available (Day 57)

107 Red Balloons – Sunday 18 May – come join in (Day 60)

Party Night – Saturday 31 May – everyone welcome

Spend, spend, spend

Limited Edition LB Bus Pencil Cases – all pre-ordered pencil cases were snapped up in next to no time, but rumour has it there might be more…

LB’s postcards and art – available to purchase

Act now – do something

Drops of brilliance – have a think, identify a person or act that has helped, and share

Draw us a bus – draw, snap and share

LB’s Justice Quilt – you just have to send a patch and our stitchers will do the rest – they need to be received at the PO Box by end May, so get stitching

Postcards of Awesome – you still have time to send us a postcard and join this bunch that My Life My Choice handed over to us his week

Postcards of Awesome April14

In a week of frustration and disillusionment captured by Sara here and here, it is a remarkable tonic to see so many people stand up and be counted, to reject the ‘system’s’ poor excuse for change, and to take action themselves to improve things and bring JusticeforLB and all dudes.

Thank you, each and every one of you.

ps Don’t forget we now have three flyers: 1) with campaign info 2) with info and space for your event details 3) with info and details of how to donate. We also have a blog banner that you can download onto your blog to raise awareness.

Day 27: Lamentations for LB #107days

Day 27 was jointly adopted by Anne-Marie Boylan and Louise Locock, two colleagues of LB’s mum, Sara. In this post they describe what they’ll be doing and why:

Today and tomorrow we are singing in the mediaeval chapel of Bartlemas in Oxford. We are singing music for Lent, especially Lamentations by various composers. The Lamentations are a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem, supposedly written by the Prophet Jeremiah. They are a cry of undeserved pain, songs of irretrievable disaster, bitterness, suffering and grief. That seemed all too appropriate for Justice for LB – whatever your religious views.

What’s even more poignant in this case is the setting. Bartlemas chapel was part of a mediaeval leper colony. Lepers, of course, have traditionally been seen as being on the margins of society, feared, misunderstood and isolated – the very word ‘leper’ came to mean anyone who was an outcast. Monks set up the colony at Bartlemas outside the city walls to care for them, both physically and spiritually – and recent scholarship has suggested we may need to change our views about how lepers were seen and treated. This report from community excavations at Bartlemas says: ‘What the archaeological evidence provides is an emerging picture of lepers not as outcasts, but as members integrated into the social fabric of medieval society and treated with some measure of dignity and respect.’ Maybe those monks could teach Southern Health a thing or two?


Bartlemas is a unique, still and ancient sanctuary. It has been described as a place where the boundary between heaven and earth – between the dead and the living – feels very thin. We will be dedicating our performances to LB and his family.

NB: Another of Sara’s work colleagues, Jo Kidd, has also been busy producing a Limited Edition Collection of Pencil Cases that are now available for pre-order.