“Gobsmacked” doesn’t begin to cover it. On February 6th we launched a fundraising appeal to see if Wings Over Scotland’s readers valued it enough to make it a full-time professional enterprise. Giving ourselves 48 days to raise just under £30,000 (we chose the deadline as the symbolic 25th March, the day of adjournment of the old Scottish Parliament in 1707), we sat and watched in astonishment as donations flooded in, bringing us a staggering 28% of our goal in the first EIGHT HOURS.
With such crowdfunding projects the first day obviously tends to be one of the most successful, as the most dedicated readers jump in with contributions, but even so we were simply bowled over by the extent of the phenomenon. We were quietly hoping we might sneak into four figures in the opening 24 hours. In fact we passed £10,000.
It should go without saying that we can barely express the magnitude of our gratitude for both the money and the flood of heartwarming comments and tweets that came with it. We’re struggling for words to convey it. But for all the jaw-dropping magnificence of the response the job is still only partly done, so we’re afraid you’re going to have to look at that crudely-fashioned fundraising banner for a wee while yet.
This post will be pinned at the top of the front page for the duration of the project, and the image link will likely feature in every article until the deadline – if you’ve already donated, then (a) thank you very, very much, and (b) please just try to ignore it.
Everyone else should note that the first day’s incredible results came from just one in every 30 people who read the post making a donation. If you’re one of the other 29, beware – we’re coming for your wallet…