It was, I will freely admit, a ropey start to the year. Losing Charlotte was a blow and we weren’t quite sure how to move on from it (how Charlotte would have drummed her fingers and laughed at us all for being so distracted and not getting on with the job in hand!).
It so happens that our donating MP turned out to be one of the most famous of his breed by the end of the year, but we shall draw a veil over the whys and wherefores as it has no relevance whatsoever to our cause; suffice to say that we will be forever grateful for the good work that he did so very graciously for Charlotte's Helix.
Word spread further from here, via local radio stations, other press pieces - The Mail on Sunday, and another piece from The Independent - and our numbers of volunteers coming forward soared. We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people who wanted to help with this research and touched by the stories that we heard and the enthusiasm we encountered from an incredibly wide range of people. We are well on track as a result of all of this, and the support of some loyal tweeters and bloggers and others using social media or personal and local connections, toward banking our original target of 1,000 DNA samples from the UK by 2016 - if we can do more and increase these numbers that would be icing on our cake.
Here’s to you Charlotte! Raising a toast in your memory today. We love you, we thank you, we miss you! X