I hesitate to start a Monday morning with sad news, but I'm hoping most of you already know it by now, and have had a little time for the news to sink in.
For those who don't know, no doubt many of you follow Nick Wilford. He's a writer, and one of the most supportive, hard-working people I know. One of the things he has been passionate about is raising money for his stepson, Andrew McNaughton. Andrew had cerebral palsy, and the fundraising by Nick and his family was to help get Andrew to a specialist college so he could continue his education with all the support necessary for him to thrive.
Sadly, Andrew passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning.
Over the weekend, I witnessed a massive outpouring of love and sadness for Nick and his family from fellow writers and bloggers. People who have never met Nick, and never met Andrew, but were touched by his story and felt compelled to help any way they could. Many of us contributed to Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew and as such, we were all connected to him in a small way.
Clare Dugmore, Mary Pax and I took some time over the weekend to discuss what we can do to show Nick that we are here for him, and we decided the best thing we can really do is continue to raise funds to go to a charity of the Wilford/McNaughton family's choice. I've taken on the donation collection duties, simply because I live in the UK, and it just makes more sense since Nick is in the UK, too.
The plan is for those who wish to contribute to send a donation to my Paypal account, where I will collect it all and send it on to Nick. If you would like to contribute, or even if you just have a message you'd like me to pass on, my email address is: kyralennon (at) gmail (dot) com.
I plan to send over the donations on Wednesday, of course, if any come in after that, I will send those along too. But I'd like to have most of it done by then.
For all your generosity so far, I thank you. It is genuinely touching to see how much support you have for Nick, and how something that affects one of us ripples through the blogging community, pulling us together. I am so proud to be part of it. Bloggers are the best!
My thoughts continue to stay with Nick, Heather and their daughters at this time.