Wednesday 18th April 2012, Metropolitan Line, London.
I wanted to have a bit more fun with Wearelucky and so I planned a London blitz. I withdrew 10k and vowed to give the whole lot away in a single day, but I didn't get off to the best start and a knock-back on the tube sent my confidence sprawling. London can be a really hard place to give away a thousand pounds.
I'd boarded the Metropolitan line and struck up a conversation with the lady sitting opposite me. She worked in a hospital and seemed lovely, so I thought I'd give it a go, but she said she didn’t need the money. I tried my best to explain the project. Perhaps she could find a good use for the cash? After all, I had it right there with me in an envelope. No joy. finally convinced her to take the invitation and she promised to have a look at the website in her own time, but I was almost certain that nothing would come of it.
Thankfully, the day improved dramatically and if you've been following the updates on the website, then you'd know how it panned out. But it got even better when Therese eventually contacted me with a fantastic idea for the money (after checking the website and realising that I wasn't a total nutter). By huge coincidence her chosen charity is a hospice that looked after my father when he was in the latter stages of his battle with cancer. It's a wonderful place, with amazing people very close to my heart. Perfect.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with we are lucky project?
Is this for real? How fantastic if it's for real. Where is the money coming from? Why me? There are more deserving people than me, give someone else the responsibility to use this money for something good. Should I????
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I've decided to give it all to the Michael Sobell House
which is the hospice where my mum spent the last two weeks of her life.
3. What does good mean to you?
Good means a selfless act that benefits someone else but makes you feel happy and puts a huge smile on your face. Good is contagious, once you start you can't stop.
4. Why do you think we feel good about doing something for others?
You feel good because you get that warm, happy feeling and you sleep better at night.
5. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
I felt really lucky about being able to give something back but scared I'd make the wrong decision about who should receive it.
6. What are your overall thought on Wearelucky?
Having been cynical at first it was truly amazing to realise this was for real. Restores your faith in human nature.