Jay-Jay at No. 10 Downing Street

Jay Jay goes to No.10 Downing Street

A thank you from Comic Relief.

In 2015 I was pleased to recieve a message of thanks from Comic Relief for all my years of fund-raising work!

Yes I have been making personalised red nose badges ever since the first ‘Red Nose Day’. (See my previous Blog Comic Relief)

I still have the ‘Thank you’ certificates sent over the years but this was a personal surprise.

A invitation to Number 10 Downing Street

Sue Wickstead in Downing Street London I received another another special message, this time it was an invitation from Number 10 Downing Street! The words from my book seemed to say it all!

'“Wow!” Jay-Jay was so surprised! “Me?” he thought, “Can this really be true or just a dream?”

Surely it was he who should say thank you'

Number 10 Downing Street

The event at Downing Street was hosted by Samantha Cameron on behalf of ‘Comic Relief’ it was a charity close to her heart.

David Walliams read his book ‘The Queens Orang-utan’ and it was fantastic hearing the book read by the author (with funny voices and expression). I was glad to receive a signed copy too! I would have a few tales to tell in the schools I visit.

I met David Tennant who took the time to listen to my involvement in the ‘Charity’ over the years. He showed an interest and having then signed my ‘Lego’ book made the comment.

“So Comic Relief saved your life?” and Yes it was true, in recent years being able to keep the badge making tradition going has truly helped me to move on. It has enabled me to write my children’s book with hopefully others to follow.

The Comic Start

I became involved in Comic Relief as a means to raise the profile of the Playbus project that I once helped to run. Now, the bus itself gone, but it lives on in its own photographic history book as well as the fictional tale of 'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus'.

I left a copy of the books, the factual book for Samantha Cameron and the fictional book for her children, I hope they take the time to look through and enjoy them. I also made ‘Sam Cam’ her own personal badge which I hoped she got to wear!

(Perhaps I should have made a David badge too for either David Cameron; David Tennant or David Walliams?)

Outside No.10 Downing StreetNow I can tell the children in the schools I visit that there is a copy of both of my books not only in Buckingham Palace but also 10 Downing Street.

School badges

When working in the local school I made over 1500 badges all names hand written and badges made with the bus badge machine. How did I do it I wonder? The children in my class would collect the data and produce bar graphs and pictograms, we would sing songs tell jokes, write funny stories as well as find out about the work of ‘Comic Relief’ and who it would support.

These days, as a supply teacher and author, I make fewer badges but still over 400. Which is good!

Since 2015 I have continued to make badges at events and author bookings but do try to still do a few for 'Comic Relief''.

It was always such a pleasure to be involved in my little way and great to know that it was appreciated.

All I can say is:-

“Wow! Me? Can this really be true or just a dream?”

Surely I should say thank you for being able to join in the fun of comic relief!”

But maybe the message of ‘Comic Relief’ is that we can all do something in our own way. I don’t bake cakes or dance or sing but I did have a badge machine and could make a few badges!

I was once sent a message regarding the bus ‘Whatever happens keep it going’. So I am glad in my own small way I do just that!

The story goes on

A 3D bus model has since been sent to Boris Johnson, who said he likes making bus models. I wonder if he had time to make it?

What will 2021 bring?

i did wonder if I would be able to carry on but... even in lockdown I will just have to keep going.

What a Wonderful World for Comic Relief


Where to get my books

Books are available from the following:   My Books

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Waterstones    

Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!

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