Online Book of Remembrance to Brother Kames Kimpton
We are honoured to create the Book of Remembrance to Brother James Kimpton after a lifetime of service ‘Reaching the Unreached’ (RTU).
Brother Kimpton started working to better the opportunities of those in abject poverty in Sri Lanka in 1952.
Following the expulsion of all foreigners in 1964 he moved to India, managing a training school for destitute boys in Madurai.
Setting himself and others the highest standards of integrity and commitment working with RTU over 52 years has organised the building more than 8700 homes and 2500 wells.
Deeply spiritual he relied on his Christian faith in building a thriving organisation admired throughout the world.
Never retiring, he passed away in India in October 2017 being sorely missed by those he helped and worked with to the end.
This book is rather special in featuring messages in both English and Tamil, being the local language.
The online books support both typed and pasted non-latin characters ensuring inclusion of communities worldwide.
Reading the inspiring messages in the book is a fitting tribute to a very special humanitarian who cared more for others.
We were flattered to receive a telephone call from Rotary International in Tanzania asking if we could help them by creating an Online Book of Condolence to celebrate the life of Sam Owori, their incoming International President, who died before taking up his office.
We put together an Individual condolence book for Sam which has received some lovely messages from literally all over the world.
The Firefighters’ Memorial Trust Online Book is the probably one of the most comprehensive books we have produced and has the details of every known fire-fighter who has died in Service since 1754.
This includes chapters for those members of the Salvage Corps, whilst on Military Service including the Boer War, Fire Watchers and Fire Guards from the Second World War and those actively being researched.
It really is a remarkable historical tome and is the Only place in the world where all the records are held in one place and fully available for the public to gain access and look up those relatives who may have been in the Fire service.
Members of the public are invited to help by submitting details on unidentified individuals and incomplete records.
Included in the book is a chapter listing those whose anniversary falls on today, from 1754 to last year. This Day in History
Particularly poignant are the darkest days of the World War 2 Blitz, claiming the lives of scores of Firefighters, Fire Watchers and Fire Guards serving in cities and towns around the UK.
This month has seen a technological upgrade to Royal Signals Memorial Book, we are proud to to have produced and host for the Royal Signals.
Their original book was designed using “Flash” technology which is no longer being supported …. the natural successor is HTML5 which works incredibly well across all platforms and has none of the device limitations endured by its predecessor.
The new book was launched with a flurry of social media sent out by the Royal Signals which resulted in lots of re engagement from their supporters, old and new.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
If, in the words of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” then those two little words, “Thank You,” should be the easiest.
We say them every day, in a whole variety of situations, often without thinking too much about them. But when the idea of saying an organisational “thank you” comes up, things can get trickier. It becomes something that isn’t said often enough or doesn’t get communicated in a fitting and appropriate manner.
Demonstrating gratitude and recognising volunteer contribution matters on a number of levels particularly as what volunteers bring – their time and something of themselves – is always unique and personal.
Volunteers – at the heart of making things happen
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many charities and charitable organisations. Working alongside and complementing the roles played by paid staff, they strengthen teams and bring their skills, experience and motivation to the cause. In the words of the chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, “their impact on society is much larger than most people think.” Their economic value, adding some £40billion to UK GDP is the easiest to quantify and understand, but the less measurable social and personal benefits they bring must never be underestimated.
Why saying “thank you” matters
Volunteer recruitment, training and management is time-consuming so it’s in both your organisation’s and volunteers’ best interests to make your relationship as fulfilling as it possibly can be. When an organisation works within constrained resources and has its eye firmly fixed on its purpose, taking time for reflection can get pushed down the list of priorities.
Expressing appreciation reassures your volunteers, letting them know that their contribution is making a difference, building their engagement with and commitment to your cause. The recognition that genuine appreciation brings can further motivate them and, if done publicly, can also generate positive publicity and build awareness for your cause.
Appreciation builds ongoing relationships
Thanking volunteers is all about developing relationships with them. Your current volunteers are crucial to your operations on a day-to-day, project delivery basis but at the same time they also act as ambassadors at your events and within their own communities. In this role they raise awareness of, and affinity for, your organisation, bringing in the support of their friends, family and colleagues. In time, they and their loved ones may become donors and legators.
If not taking volunteers’ generosity for granted is crucial, it’s just as important not to give ill-judged thanks – a perfunctory nod, communication via an impersonal “send-all” email or insincere sentiment can cause lasting damage. So how you say thank you matters and should play a vital role in your volunteer management strategy.
Finding a powerful way to say “thank you”
Ideas for celebrating the work of volunteers range from sending simple but heartfelt handwritten messages to arranging special events; from mentions in your organisation’s annual report to a “Volunteer of the Month” scheme.
In recognising the importance and benefits of saying “thank you” on a regular and ongoing basis, one of our clients, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has created the SSAFA Volunteer Book 2017.
This online book is a dedicated space for volunteers to share their experiences, talk about their often very personal reasons for getting involved with the charity and see themselves honoured for their contribution. It’s a powerful way of building a lasting tribute to their commitment and strengthening their sense of purpose and community.
We live in an increasingly digital world, but tangibility still matters. It may seem somewhat of a surprise for a digital company to suggest something so shocking…but there is a reason we all have a box of letters stashed in a cupboard at home somewhere!
Nothing feels as wonderful as knowing someone, somewhere is thinking of you. A letter can symbolise that someone, and the time they have taken to write, envelope, stamp and post something they wish for you to read.
Hence, we decided to let hospices know about how we can help them to ‘light up more lives’ not only instantly via email, or social media, but to go back to something tangible and tactile, a letter and a lovely leaflet.
‘Light Up A Life’ is one of the most popular and effective schemes used by hospices for promoting awareness of their worthwhile causes. Finding new and inventive ways to maintain and attract fresh interest in this annual appeal can however be challenging- which is why we created our ‘Light Up A Life’ appeal Online Books.
Much like a simple letter can complement and enhance the ways we introduce our digital product; our Online Books offer hospices an alternative and easy way to help improve upon supporter engagement and strengthen donations at this special time of the year. If you would like us to show you how we can help with an important appeal for your cause, just get in touch- we may even send you a letter so say hello!
The historic landmark of Fort Mifflin is the oldest fortification continually used in the US. Over 300 Americans lost their lives here in 1777, when British forces relentlessly attacked the fort from their ships – at a rate of over 1,000 cannon rounds an hour!
The battle escalated into the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution – one which many say changed the course of American history.
Today, Fort Mifflin has been preserved as a National Historic Landmark. The unique fort and its surrounding environment is protected and used to educate and enlighten tourists, families and students about the importance of the site.
Here at the Online Book Company, we have developed a way for individuals to honour patriots and veterans in an everlasting format. The online book allows you to mark memories of loved ones by creating free memorial pages, expressing feelings in words, pictures and video clips – as well as being able to share pages with friends and family.
A memorial walkway has been built at Fort Mifflin with hand-made bricks which can be purchased through the online book. Each brick allows you to make your own mark in history and ranges in size and prices from $75 – $200.
The loss of a loved one can be hard to come to terms with. Now, in this digital age, we’ve created a way of cherishing your memories in an everlasting format.
We create online books of remembrance, a virtual location for friends and family to visit and share memories, photos and words of comfort from the privacy of their own space – wherever they are in the world, your own digital legacy.
Our individual memory books preserve memories. Unlike a traditional book of remembrance, the online book creates a sanctuary where a person’s life can be celebrated today, tomorrow and on, into the future.
As well as personal books, we also help organisations such as hospices, emergency services and even zoos who want to create their own digital legacy too. These books create a community where many families can share memories, thank yous and more – as all of our books have the capability to add a direct link to a charity of your choice.
The books we create are bespoke and tailored to your needs –get in touch and discover how you create your own digital legacy.