Maintaining momentum after #107days

A month now already since the ‘end’ of #107days and we’re delighted that the momentum continues. With little/no effort from those of us in the #107days shed (which is lucky as the shed has been largely empty for the past four weeks). So here’s a taste of some of the post #107days actions… in no particular order:

Chrissie Rogers (and Eamonn) ran the British 10k London Run in LB’s name with remarkable cheer and good humour. Wonderful to see the photos.
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Continuing on a running note, Natasha @notsurejustyet is celebrating her 40th birthday shortly and has decided to mark it by running a 10k race to fundraise for LB’s Fighting Fund and SNAAP.

In another one of those remarkable coincidences or happenings that have sprinkled magic dust over this campaign, we received the following message and photo on our facebook page:
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We are very grateful to all these healthy fundraisers.

Away from the exercise track, My Life My Choice held their monthly Sting Ray night club evening in LB’s memory with a raffle and ticket sales for the fund and LB’s favourite songs on the playlist. It was a brilliant evening with punters from across Oxford dancing their socks off all night. Amy Simmons wrote a wonderful and moving song titled Laughing Boy:

How could the world keep spinning?

Why does this house no longer feel like home?

Who are you to judge the value of his life, claim the cost is far too high?

Deciding who should live or die?

I no longer feel like smiling,

I’m surrounded by friends, but still I feel alone.

His life was never yours to take! My heart was never yours to break!

The choice was never yours to make!

I will not lay down my sword, for the world can ill afford,

To grow war weary, tired or bored, I cannot go back on my word.

For the battle must rage on, until the battle has been won,

Until justice has been done, for a life that’s been and gone…

Nothing lasts forever,

But eighteen years is hardly time at all.

I fight because I have to, there’s no happy ever after,

My world no longer filled with laughter.

My world no longer filled with joy…

Laugh on, laughing boy.

In other fundraising news, Pru has created chocolate buses for sale at her online chocolate shop and is selling them for £1.07 plus P&P, with proceeds to the fund.
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Other edible fundraisers included a cake sale by Rosa, Ruby and friends:

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…..before the flag was washed and Dan Goodley and Katherine Runswick-Cole continued the global march of the LB flag.

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As Katherine emailed ‘Just to say that the response to #JusticeforLB was amazing in Melbourne and Singapore and it was so exciting for us to watch the #LBBill emerging on twitter while we’ve been away’.
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Over the last month, awareness raising has also continued at a pace. Chris and Becky were tweeting from the IASSID Conference in Vienna and Max presented on #JusticeforLB at the #PDXGathering in Portland.

Closer to home #JusticeforLB was introduced to the JSWEC audience by a number of supporters including Hannah, Liz and Jo.
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Jackie also worked her magic on the Social Care Curry punters and arranged a donation for #JusticeforLB.

Sue Bott, of Disability Rights UK also raised the experience of LB through our amazing animation, with those at their Independent Living conference #ILVision

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LB made it into Hansard, a significant and heart breaking milestone:
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In other news, we are submitting a chapter about #107days and #JusticeforLB to a new edited book about social media and disability published by Ashgate. Animated and committed discussions are happening around the development of a Private Members Bill (currently ‘nicknamed’ the ‘LBBill’) to ensure that people have the right to live in their own home (an idea extraordinary with its simplicity). A facebook group has been set up to capture early discussions around this.

Finally, the Justice Quilt is being finished by the magical team of stitchers led by Janet Read and rumours are, it will be launched at the forthcoming Disability Studies Conference (9-11th September at Lancaster University) before being displayed at three other UK destinations across the next 12 months, yet to be decided.

So, as you can see any hopes of #JusticeforLB becoming quieter or less visible post #107days are entirely unfounded. Thank you all for your continued support.

Day 51: 107k for #107days

Day 51 was adopted by the amazing Jane Youell. Jane got in touch early in the #107days campaign to say that she was thinking of doing a run for LB. Those who’ve followed closely will have been blown away from the marathon runners efforts here, here and here. Jane wanted to do it a bit differently, she decided to run 107k for LB, and blog her journey, here’s why:

I heard about the #justiceforLB campaign from my PhD supervisor. She kept dropping it into conversation each time we met asking me to take a look at it as it was important. I ignored her advice. But, as she keeps telling me she is always right and to ignore her is an error 🙂 But this kind of thing happens quite a lot, more than you’d think probably. People who know you have a child with autism seem to think that all you want to read is books about autism, you only want to watch films about people with autism, you only read articles about autism. Well, I don’t really. Not unless I can guarantee a happy ending, which most of the time I can’t, so I will just float around in my little bubble and pretend the world is just and kind thank you very much.

But reality always seeps in somehow and I was beginning to think around notions of oppression and care in my own research and I could see the parallels with the little I knew of the #justiceforLB campaign so I started to look at some of the blogs. I couldn’t read them without crying and getting more than a little angry.  So, I did what I always do when I feel angry and teary I phoned my best friend for a good swear about the injustice of the world. We both have children who are going to need life long care of some sort which will need to be provided by outside agencies – we are blooming fabulous but we can’t go on forever – I advised her not to look at the case as it would upset her. She ignored me and we hatched a plan to get involved. We wanted to raise awareness and some money in support of the #107day project. As I had some trainers and a desire to run again we decided that the best way to support the #107day project was if I could run 107k. In a fit of over optimism – we actually believe we are a kind of social care Batman and Robin – and only a loose idea of how far 107k is, it was decided that running 10x10k and 1x7k on 11 consecutive days was the way to go.

So why am I involved in the #107 days #justiceforLB campaign? Because I am a Mum and am in awe and full of admiration for Sara and her family, because all the young dudes really matter, because I have a moral, ethical and social responsibility to make a stand against injustice, because I want to raise awareness and if I can some cash and because my best friend Batman dared me to.

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Jane has been supported by family and friends and you can follow her journey on her blog or twitter, today is Day 5 of 11, 50k complete, 57k to go, so be sure to swing by and give her some moral support. Here’s the evidence for Day 1, 2 and 3 with her personal trainer Maisie, who has cycled or run with her Mum each day that she could. Awesome.