2016 Record Breaking!

So this is what Alan Turing’s statue looked for  his birthday:

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Which is pretty incredible!

Our rough total amount of donations came in at £2050.

After expenses (Flowers and PayPal Fees), the total donation to Special Effect is £1,850.14

In 2015, we raised £650, which was a major achievement at the time…

The flowers themselves look considerably better this year – full credit to, my mum and dad for buying, fetching, arranging and generally sorting them, and also to David Wayman Flowers, who provided the centrepeice.
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Each bunch of flowers was pledged by one of (where a company or university is listed this should be read as staff/students/alumni/hangers-on from company or university, rather than any endorsement from the place itself – this is very definitely a grassroots thing):

  • from Cambridge university
  • from bath
  • From Newcastle upon tyne
  • from west Yorkshire
  • from north Yorkshire
  • from Germany
  • from North Carolina
  • from California, USA
  • from Washington State
  • from Illinois
  • from Arkansas
  • from Alaska
  • from Superstars Cheerleading Squad
  • from Derbyshire
  • from Connecticut USA
  • from Exeter
  • from Oxford
  • from Yorkshire
  • Someone at Google Australia.
  • University of New South Wales
  • Seattle, USA
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • California, USA
  • CMU School of Computer Science
  • University of Michigan Computer Science & Engineering
  • From a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago Computer Science Department
  • Hull University
  • Indiana, USA
  • Computer Science at Harvard
  • From MIT EECS

We also had our first corporate donation.  The company Lovehoney very generously held a bake sale and made a donation for a total of £1368.96. 

I’ll put up the accounting post shortly so that it’s clear to everyone that all the money went to the right place) but right now I’m basking in the glow of a job well done. Really pleased that everyone came together on this one.

I’m now going to dump a heap of the wonderful photos and so on that turned up on social media over the course of the day.


Starting, of course, with this lovely video:





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