Let me explain...
Given that everyone seems to be divorcing these days, I think it's an amazing feat of my parents to get to 25 years of marriage - one worth celebrating!
They don't really do much or go out anywhere because my brother, Will, is autistic and doesn't much like going places or doing anything new or different.
So I thought it'd be nice to throw them a party; I'll have done all the organising for them so they don't need to worry about anything.
25 years is special so I don't much fancy the idea of a half-hearted barbecue in the rain in our garden. We should do something different, so it'd be nice to do something big.
The only trouble is that as a student, I don't really have the money to do this alone.
I've spoken to most of the guests I'd want to invite and the majority seem willing to take part in this, so please don't think I'm being rude, but I thought instead of getting them any presents, people could contribute towards what I hope will be a wonderful night for everyone.
I thought it would be easier to do it on here because then everyone can contribute as much or as little as they want and it saves me having to chase people. (And I can get donations from other extremely kind and generous people that I don't even know from all over the world - thanks!)
I understand that with these sites it is customary to offer a reward to everyone who donates. I thought I could make a card with the names of everyone who contributed so they can see who to thank.
I'll also post all the nice pictures on my blog afterwards for everyone to see (http://elliephantintheroom.wordpress.com/ - shameless self promotion).
If you can let me know what your favourite song from the last 25 years has been, I'll put it on the playlist for the night.
Unfortunately, the only reputable crowd-funding sites I've found only operate in US dollars as it is the most popular currency (apparently) so here's a converter to know how much it is in pounds:
Regretably, I can't invite everyone. Those who are invited are the people I've spoken to. If you feel there's someone crucial that I may have missed, contact me and I'll see if I can correct that error.
I am still obviously hugely thankful for donations from those unable to attend.
Still not convinced?
How can you possibly say no to those beautiful faces?!
REMEMBER: DON'T TELL MY PARENTS
Thank you for all your generosity!