At least once a month we will have one of our contributers post something on this page. For the first post we have a few words from our founder.
At roughly the same time I was reading a lot about people on the streets and suffering.There were a spate of articles in newspapers – one I remember vividly about a guy who got cancer and lost his job and home, so his 17 year old daughter had to give up a bright future to look after him. There were reality TV programs like Benefit Street and a dozen more, animals being killed by rich hunters, poverty, suffering and too many tragic stories. I wanted to do something, but I had no idea what difference I could make or how I could help. This was a depressing thought as well.
Then I had the inspiration. If I married the idea of my collection with my desire to help,I could raise money for charity and maybe set up a platform to discuss and spread awareness of worthy causes. The OMP was born.
As my mother survived cancer, which was a harrowing time for us; I immediately decided on Cancer Research as one of the causes. I am also horrified that in 2016, we still have people living on the streets, so that too was a no brainer. I set about building the network of writers and creative people (also media and promotions) the collection would need. Two and a half years later, I had 24 stories with 14 writers and we were starting to find artists to draw characters and scenes from the stories, for promotional purposes. I had also made contacts at Cancer Research UK and Emmaus and got some good advice and support for our project.
The £1,000,000 figure is aspirational but we could do it, given enough support and attention – at that point we’ll just keep going, doing what we set out to do – give ourprofits to charity and give a spotlight to the brilliant, generous and talented creatives whose stories and art you will shortly be enjoying.