Got an email today, as one does.
I’ll just cut and paste it here.
If you work in software and you haven’t donated to Bletchley Park then you really ought to.
I bought the signed hardback, but then I think Sue is cool. She knows: Computer Science, WWII coding, and Stephen Fry.
(Firstly thank you so much if you have already supported my book, you are wonderful )
If you know me, you probably know that I’ve been involved with Bletchley Park for some years now. In 2003 I went there for a BCS meeting and fell in love with the place. In 2008 I started a campaign to help raise awareness of the amazing contribution of the site and the more than ten thousand young people that worked there during WW2.
In 2008 Bletchley Park was in financial difficulty. I wanted to raise awareness and gain support for the people that worked there and make sure that Bletchley Park would be there for my children and their children to visit, to help them appreciate the tremendous war effort and the contribution that it has made to us enjoying the peace we live in today. The work carried out there has been said to have shortened the war by approximately 2 years, saving millions of lives.
Fast forward four years and things are looking much rosier for Bletchley Park thank goodness, they have received funding from various sources including the Foreign Office just last week.
Lots of people have suggested over the last couple of years that I write up what happened as a book, and I’m delighted to announce that I have found a fabulous publisher called Unbound to help me do that.
I’ll be telling the story of the campaign that I started and also the amazing campaigns previous to that, during one of which the only way to save the Park was to get the trees listed. Crazy!
So, please sign up to buy my book, I get to see the names of everyone who buys, so don’t think you can get away with pretending you have bought it )
..and please do encourage your networks to buy the book too, someone said to me just the other day that they thought that raising awareness of Bletchley Park has also raised the profile of women and computer science in the UK, how cool is that?
Thanks for your support, the campaign that I started would not have worked if it weren’t for the thousands of people that got involved and played their part.
Here’s the link, please have a look and pledge your support, remember, I’ll be checking the names of supporters….
My book is currently funded to 76% (in just 4 days) but we still need another 24% to make it happen…
10% of all profits from the book will go to Bletchley Park.
Take care and see you soon,