Flowers for Turing 2014 – do you want to be involved?

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I’m running the Flowers for Turing project again.

In 2013, we thought we were going to do something small and cute, and we ended up doing something that was incredibly successful and made a lot of people happy. (You can read more about the project and the reaction we got on http://joereddington.com/projects/flowers-for-turing/)

Turing’s 102nd Birthday – 23rd June

We’re doing it again this year. We’d like to get 102 bunches of flowers for his 102nd Birthday. We’re looking for people working in Universities/organisations/groups and we’ve also started taking pledges from individuals. Last year people paid £14 – £4 for the cost of the a bunch of flowers and the rest as a £10 donation to Bletchley Park Trust. We’re going to keep the same cost, although I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reduce the cost of the flowers (so more goes to charity).

We’re going to have a slightly more enabling charity this year – SpecialEffect is a UK based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, I’ve spoken with them and they are very happy to support. If we get 102 bunches of flowers, then we raise over £1,000 for SpecialEffect and that will make a big big difference.

Manchester city council have confirmed they are fine with it, and I’ve got a couple of volenteers in Manchester who will help handle the set up and clean up.

How you can get involved

I’ll be doing various emails out and other ways of contacting people. But the long and short of it is, if you want to be involved, if you’d like a bunch of flowers placed at the statue in your name on the 23rd of June, then mail joe at joe@joereddington.com.

(Of course, if you are in Manchester, then you don’t need us, you can wander down on the day (as many people did last year) and add your own flowers, but we’d appreciate the charity donation)

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