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Communication aid appeal. [Sep. 21st, 2009|10:32 am]
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Image © Imogen May

A couple of months ago, I popped into one of the venues for the Leytonstone Arts Trail, a visual arts festival held annually in Leytonstone, East London. A friend of mine (techiebabe of this parish) was exhibiting there, and I wanted to see her photos of the North Circular, but I also enjoyed looking at the collections exhibited by the other photographers sharing the venue.

One of those photographers was Imogen May, who had two collections on show, Slow Down & Breathe, and Front Doors. (The top photo on this post is from the former collection, and the bottom one is from her front doors set on Flickr, both used by permission.)

Imogen has a progressive illness similar to muscular dystrophy, and due to recent emergency surgery has now lost the ability to speak. Although she's completed all but the final year of a photography degree, without a usable and effective communication aid she can neither continue her studies nor safely leave her house.

Image © Imogen May

Thanks to a trial loan, she's managed to identify a suitable piece of equipment to help her communicate, but there is no NHS funding for this, and so she's asking for donations to help her buy one. She needs to raise £7000, and at the time of writing she has £628. I've just sent her a bit more — if you can spare anything, even if it's only a fiver, could you send something too? You can donate via Paypal or direct bank transfer, and details are at imogenmay.com.

Even if you can't spare the money, if you can think of somewhere suitable to publicise Imogen's website, or to link to this post or techiebabe's post, I'd really appreciate it. Communication is so important, and so easy to take for granted.

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[User Picture]From: tannie
2009-09-21 08:53 pm (UTC)

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Well, I consider this a sign.

I'm working on getting some of my illustration on print and selling them on my site and I wanted to donate some of the proceeds to a 'good cause' (and I was pretty lame thinking of just the Dutch Arthritis Foundation or cancer research) but this seems more fit. I have made a donation on my own already.

Not sure if anyone wants to buy my prints, but if they do, I'll pump some more money her way. I can't imagine how life is without being able to *speak*, such a basic thing...

Thanks for the sign ;)
[User Picture]From: tannie
2009-09-21 08:57 pm (UTC)

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Misuse of parentheses there, you'll probably get the point anyway.
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-09-21 10:18 pm (UTC)

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You are fantastic, thank you so much! Let me know when you have the prints up ready for purchase and I'll link to them.
[User Picture]From: tannie
2009-09-22 09:41 am (UTC)

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Oh, that would be great!

I expect my test-prints today, and will go out to buy proper envelopes tomorrow (it's been a bit hard finding them and I don't want to put up anything until I can send it out properly, in a cardboard envelope). Hope to have it all up and running in a few days.
[User Picture]From: tannie
2009-09-24 05:38 pm (UTC)

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There!

http://tanniespace.com/order-prints/

all ready to go :)
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-09-25 12:07 pm (UTC)

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Hurrah, thanks! I'll post... is it OK if I use one of the thumbnails on that page to illustrate my post and make it a bit more eye-catching?
[User Picture]From: tannie
2009-09-25 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Sure, no problem :)
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-09-25 12:31 pm (UTC)

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Done — thank you!
[User Picture]From: new_kinda_freak
2009-09-26 09:39 am (UTC)

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Hello ladies!

.. where do I start!? THANK YOU!! .. I honestly can't tell you how much your support means .. I have been totally blown away by the kindness & generosity people, who I don't even know, have shown me. The last few months have been pretty rough but you ( .. & all the other wonderful people who are helping ..) have really helped me realise that it is all worth it after all!!

No amount of THANK YOU's will ever express how grateful I am .. but I figure I'd help you get the point ..

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I will let you know when I get there & if I ever get a chance to meet either of you, I will *tell* you how grateful I am :)

So much love your way ..
Imogen x x x x
[User Picture]From: nou
2009-09-26 10:03 pm (UTC)

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You're most welcome. And I'm so pleased to see you have over £1000 raised already!