I'm sure I've said this before but I never expected the fundraising to get past the £10,000 mark, and here we are close to £70,000. How? Because every week somebody comes up with a new way to add to those coffers.
Latest fundraiser in chief, Anthony's eight-year-old niece, Annie, daughter of famed fundraiser Russell Julius.
Annie ran a garage sale of her old toys and stuff for the CTRT appeal, but brought in the money with some deft Julius touches: anybody who spent more than a pound got a sticker. A girl who understands incentives. I once tried to interest the children in selling stuff on our driveway, but the few people who walked along our Hendon road all averted their eyes. Annie foresaw this problem, and forestalled it - in her much ritzier neighbourhood, and so you might have thought, a harder area to crack - by plastering the local lamp-posts with signs about the sale, so people walking past had already been exposed to the pre-sale publicity.
Thank you Annie.