Just Four Quid: What was it?

Just Four Quid was a year-long, daily blog fundraising campaign for biomedical research into the neuro-immune disease ME/CFS. It ran from May 2009 to May 2010, giving weekly moneysaving tips and asking people to donate part of the savings they made to ME Research UK and the ME Association’s Ramsay Research Fund.

The campaign is over but those charities are still going strong and need your support! You can still use the moneysaving tips to help you afford to donate – just take a look at the blog archive ( and this link selects the weekly posts with the main moneysaving idea for that week).

Our JustGiving pages will remain open for donations until 1 May 2011 (here’s the MERUK page and here’s the Ramsay Research Fund page); you can also donate directly to the charities’ offices (see MERUK’s and the RRF’s site, respectively).

There’s more background on the Just Four Quid campaign – and why it is so important to donate to ME/CFS research – here.

Thank you and goodbye!

It’s Day 7 of Week 52! After 364 days of blogging (well, apart from Christmas) it’s time to thank you all for your many cheery messages, your moneysaving efforts and your very many generous donations.

I am of course not the only one who wants to thank you: here is Tony Britton from the ME Assocation for the Ramsay Research Fund:

“Thank you to everybody who supported the Ramsay Research Fund through the Just Four Quid campaign during the year. We were very impressed at the innovative thinking which created the campaign and encouraged joint working between the MEA and ME Research UK on a fundraising project. It worked and it bodes well for the future!”

…and Dr Neil Abbot from ME Research UK:

“Money is the platform which supports all biomedical research, but studies are very expensive. This is why Zonko’s campaign has been so worthwhile – not only has it raised money towards our portfolio of research projects, but it has raised awareness across the board of the illness and the need for scientific investigation.  Thank you Zonko for a marvelous campaign. And thank you to all who donated – we know some of you (such as Fiona Taylor who campaigned among her friends throughout the year and netted over £1000 on her own), but to the many others, a big hug! And please remember, Zonko’s JFQ fundraising pages remain open for another 12 months, so there’s still the chance to contribute to the cause.”

I second all that! We’ve done extremely well to raise as much as we have (and in a recession!). This has been, and remains, one of the most exciting and promising periods for ME/CFS research ever – let’s keep using our new moneysaving tricks to fund future donations and do everything we can to keep up the momentum.

Thank you all for following the campaign and for your fantastic efforts in raising and donating money. I’ve been enormously impressed and inspired by your enthusiasm, generosity and support along the way. Every time you’ve donated or posted a message it has helped encourage everybody (including me!) and the example you’ve set will be a lasting boost to everyone for the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I’ve had loads of fun writing the blog and chatting with you along the way. But now, with my good wishes for us all for the future, it’s time for me to swirl my cloak and ride off on my virtual horse into the sunset. Goodbye, all, good luck and good health!

Money I’ve raised today: £8.00 (Just Four Quid for each of our charities – why not!)

Money I’ve raised so far: £919.52 (see my personal Justgiving pages via the links at the bottom of the sidebar, plus some I accidentally put on the communal pages!)

Week 52: How did we do?

It’s the end of our last week and our grand total (pending an update from the RRF, who are out of the office today) is £13,150: £8,662 for MERUK and £4,488 for the RRF. I’ll add the final RRF figure to the sidebar cashometer as soon as I get it.

So, a very heartfelt thank you from me to everyone who has contributed to our total – whether you’ve given loads (and some of you really have, thank you!) or a little, by working together throughout the year we’ve raised thousands and we should feel very proud (and we didn’t have to go up Everest or anything, phew!).

One last message, coming up next…

The future’s bright, the future’s…

…blue? With a bit of yellow? Or red?

I didn’t know, when I planned to blog on the “Week of the Future” in our final week that we’d be having a general election, let alone a hung parliament. The drama!

The only thing that we can be sure of is that things are about to change; and since we haven’t seen any government funding of biomedical research for ME/CFS over the years, a change in government opens up an opportunity for things to be done differently.

Of course, the economic situation is dire, but surely that’s all the more reason to spend a few million to get billions back in taxes and saved benefits as we all get cured and rush back to work? And among all these new MPs, surely there’ll be some who have family members with ME/CFS and who will want to help make that happen?

So, I think the future is bright. I just don’t have a clue what colour it is (though I think William Hill are open for business).

Progress report up next, and then my final post…

Money I’ve raised today: £0.00

Money I’ve raised so far: £911.52 (see my personal Justgiving pages via the links at the bottom of the sidebar, plus some I accidentally put on the communal pages!)

Lego time machine

What would happen if you met yourself in the future? Forget Dr Who, find out with this time machine built out of Lego. Very educational. I won’t be doing that, then.

Money I’ve raised today: £0.00

Money I’ve raised so far: £911.52 (see my personal Justgiving pages via the links at the bottom of the sidebar, plus some I accidentally put on the communal pages!)

Bouncing Fish #52: Star Trek bloopers

Apparently life is more difficult in the 24th century than you might think, as you can see from these out-takes from the Star Trek Voyager series.

Money I’ve raised today: £0.00

Money I’ve raised so far: £911.52 (see my personal Justgiving pages via the links at the bottom of the sidebar, plus some I accidentally put on the communal pages!)

Our greatest hit

You may be wondering what, over the year, has been the most popular post. Wonder no longer: hardly a day has gone by without someone arriving via Google to learn all about whether you can wash your hair with Fairy Liquid (and ironically, I wasn’t really sure).

The backstage bits of WordPress, our blog host, allow me to see the search terms that people use to arrive at Just Four Quid. What was the most unusual search term? “Butch men who like sewing”. I hope you found what you were looking for, that Googler!

Money I’ve raised today: £2.34 (JFQ’s cut of a friend’s stuff sold on Ebay)

Money I’ve raised so far: £911.52 (see my personal Justgiving pages via the links at the bottom of the sidebar, plus some I accidentally put on the communal pages!)


Just Four Quid

jfqpiggy4During a year's blog, now finished, I offered a new moneysaving tip each week, asking readers to donate part of any saving direct to biomedical research charitiesME Research UK and/or the ME Association's Ramsay Research Fund via theirJustgiving.com pages or by mail or phone to their offices. You can still save money to help you donate - just look back through the blog!

DONATE!

Our communal campaign pages for donation on JustGiving.com, which serves over 8,000 UK charities, remain open until May 2011 - please give!

Ramsay Research Fund Justgiving page

ME Research UK Justgiving page

Cashometer!

jfqpiggy4The grand total raised during (and shortly after!) the campaign was £15,441 consisting of £10,779 for MERUK and £4,662 for the RRF, including all Justgiving pages and offline donations direct to the charities. Keep on giving!

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