Friday, 4th May 2012, Brixham.
There was a pirate convention in the small fishing town of Brixham. Around every corner lurked another Blackbeard or a giggling wench and after a bottle of rum it started to seem normal. But – believe it or not – that's not why we were there. We'd actually travelled down to Devon to celebrate a good friend's wedding and on the eve of the ceremony an ebullient mix of old friends and unfamiliar faces were gathering in the hotel bar.
Rosie is 16 years old and I've known her since she was a baby, but this was the first time that I'd seen her as a near-adult. She joined out table as her dad was settled in next to me, getting slowly pissed. I'm not sure whether he was keeping an eye on her or vice versa. Either way, Rosie was excellent company; witty and intelligent. We talked about art, photography and music and she impressed me with her passion and determination to succeed. I went to bed feeling inspired and invigorated by our conversation.
The next day at the wedding, I handed her an invitation, having already made sure it was cool with her dad. Happily Rosie agreed to take part....and thankfully she didn't take her dad's advice to buy 1000 scratch cards.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
That it was a huge weight to be given, not only to create something worthwhile and meaningful but something that directly affected me as well as others around me. But I also felt extremely excited and honoured that anyone would think it interesting to give a 16-year-old that amount of money.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I have decided to put the money towards an art exhibition, where I'll invite family and friends to contribute art inspired by their favourite things and memories that have shaped the way they think. This will hopefully include paintings, photographs and installations. At the end of the show I plan to auction these off and pass the money on to a charity.
3. Has Wearelucky challenged the way you think about giving?
No amount of money will ever change the opinion I have about anything.
4. Do you feel that being involved is important to the giving process?
Yes, as I would feel hopeless if I didn't know exactly where the money was going.
5. What question would you like to ask Wearelucky?
Why aren't you spending the money on booze?