Happy New Year to all our Friends & Film
For me and the rest of my family, this was a poignant festive
season, without our Mum Ann with us, for the first time. My sister
Alison found herself having a little weep at the local Christmas
church service, remembering Mum's love of carol-singing, and my
brother Sean published this
lovely article in the Herald Scotland about grieving for
her. His words touched so many that the column & film in fact
trended for a spell on Twitter that weekend. But some things don't
change even in our family - my Dad Ian again stunned us with the
vast quantity of booze he is able to amalgamate into his famous
brandy butter. I can't remember a Christmas where this concoction
didn't literally take your breath away!
Though last Christmas (2012), my Mum wasn't in the best of
health, I remember her appearing to be snoozing mid-meal (how many
of us fancy doing that during Christmas dinner ?!), when my Dad
read aloud a classic cracker joke:
"Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas
Without opening her eyes, Mum replied before anyone else even tried
- correctly - "Cos he's a fun guy"
Much of Ann's charm in person and - of course - on
camera in her later years was this kind of funny and unexpected
interjection when you least expected it - as if she was reminding
everyone 'I'm not a deaf old lady in a wheelchair, I'm still a
real person". This is very much the Ann you will get to know
in the film.
I wrote more about this last Christmas together
on my Blog,
which you can read here.
So, after an inevitably rather quiet spell over the festive
season, things are hotting up again here, and it's been a thrilling
weekend with pledges climbing towards £4000 - we are so grateful
and with your help we know we can reach the £15,000 target. Our
quirkiest Perk, the Month of Heirloom
Cakes is beginning to sell just like the proverbial
hotcakes, so if someone you know would appreciate this sweet treat,
get in there soon before they sell out!
We really appreciate the work so many of you are doing on the
project's behalf, on Twitter,
Facebook and in person.
If every Backer we have so far persuades even 2 friends to
pledge £20, the campaign gains over £4000. This is the power of
I've posted up a video Campaign Update here - do
Lastly, I wanted to remind you all that Nina and I welcome your
feedback and suggestions about the campaign and the issues it
raises - just get in touch here.
Onwards and upwards! xxx