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March 2021 – First Wednesday Newsletter

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When chatting with the team about the content of this month’s 1st Wednesday newsletter, Julie piped up with what we all agreed was a great idea.

“Everyone knows we create Online books for supporter retention, acknowledgement engagement and fundraising. They also know that they can phone any time for a screen sharing call to chat through relevant case studies and that we will be happy to put them in touch with other users. So, why not use the opportunity to share a few pictures of Cornwall in the spring and help bring joy to everyone’s hearts”.

Thank you Julie, a lovely idea and we hope that you will enjoy a bit of Cornish colour and sunshine!

Cornish gorse in flower   North Cornish coast

North Cornish coast   Blown out Cornish surf

Cornish cliffs near sunset   Cornish cliffs

Cornish engine house   Hidden Cornish cove

Camellias are out   Daffs in full bloom

With best wishes,

Jonathan, Julie, Tim and Harry

We would love to show you more and can happily set up a screen sharing call at a time to suit. Just click here to drop us an E mail with your best contact number and we will be in touch to arrange a suitable time.

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Julie PentecostMarch 2021 – First Wednesday Newsletter

February 2021 – First Wednesday Newsletter

Farewell Captain Sir Tom Moore

We have this morning just launched and gifted an Online book of Remembrance for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

We thought this may be somewhere that not only you and your colleagues can contribute messages but is also an opportunity to offer the facility to engage with your own supporters by giving them the chance to do so too.

Usually our books are linked to a facility where people can make a donation to a charity. However, we think that Captain Sir Tom has done more than enough. This book is for Captain Sir Tom alone and is where people can leave a message or thoughts of how they may have been inspired by such a wonderful gentleman.

This collection of appreciations and memories will serve as a reminder of how one man’s gentle determination raised the spirits of the Nation. The book can be accessed from the link below:-

www.FarewellSirTom.com

The pages in the book infinitely expand so, there is no limit to the number of messages that can be left. Pictures and drawings can be uploaded too. Please feel free to spread the word both far and wide.

Please do let me know if you have any questions.

With best wishes,

Jonathan, Julie, Tim and Harry

A magical sunset on the Isles of Scilly

A magical sunset on the Isles of Scilly

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Julie PentecostFebruary 2021 – First Wednesday Newsletter

January 2021 – First Wednesday Newsletter

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Happy New Year and a warm welcome to the 1st of the 2021 First Wednesday Newsletters.

Wind the clock back 12 months, few would have believed the global devastation the pandemic has inflicted on families, individuals and organisation’s throughout the world.

As a service provider to both many different companies, charities and organisations across the globe, it has been fascinating and often inspiring to see how many organisations have boldly and successfully embraced change and adapted technology and using it to their permanent advantage.

We have seen organisations using our Online books for supporter recognition, storytelling, engagement and fundraising.

We have been amazed 100’s of thousands of messages have been left. read and shared. Many of these by a demographic whose IT skills have been honed and are a lifeline through which they can keep in touch with their friends and family or to order their groceries.

Some of the stories make us smile, others make us reflect and others leave a lumps in our throats.

One item that particularly caught our eye, a truly amazing and very moving “get well” video that was made by the colleagues of a lovely sounding man by the name of Gary Wilson.

a video tribute to Gary

There are countless other stories of gratitude, remembrance, celebration, recognition, fundraising and much more besides.

Throughout January, we will be holding one-to-one Zoom meetings to show you how different organisations have successfully embraced technology to their great advantage.

These meetings are for those interested in finding out more about how organisations are using books as part of their Legacy engagement, supporter recognition, storytelling, fundraising and much more besides.

There is absolutely no obligation here and with the imminent arrival of our second platform, there need be no cost to your organisation either.

This is a great opportunity to informally find out more about what we can do for you. The call can take as little as 10 mins

Please request a meeting by clicking on the on the Link below and E mailing your contact details after which time we will be in touch to set up a time that works.

We look forward to hearing from you.

A few moments of Winter Light… Perranporth, Cornwall

A few moments of Winter Light…Perranporth, Cornwall

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December 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

The Online Book Company video newsletter

The Online Book Company December 2020 Newsletter from The Online Book Company on Vimeo

Click on these links to view the books referred to in the Newsletter

Fishermen’s Mission
Leprosy Mission
Bury Hospice

Truro Cathedral….An oasis of tranquility in the run up to Christmas

Truro Cathedral….An oasis of tranquility in the run up to Christmas


Breaking surf, Chapel Porth, Cornwall

Breaking surf, Chapel Porth, Cornwall

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Julie PentecostDecember 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

November 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

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A fortuitous and most timely way to engage and raise funds

All of us I am sure are aware of the digital transformation that has been one of the unintended and permanently transformational consequences of the Lockdown.

What has been revealing for us is to see the enthusiasm to embrace this technology not only from our clients who are using the interactive Online Books for supporter retention and engagement but also, to see how these books have used by supporters.

For several years, we have working for number of Hospice clients helping with the gradual transition from a manual and paper driven “Light up a Life” appeal to a digital offering in the form of an Online Book. The books were set up in such a way that those supporters who were more comfortable with the cash donation approach could still be looked after. Indeed, the names of loved ones (if they wished) were also put into the book in recognition of their donation.

This year, with the majority of the Light up a Life services taking place online, the books for those who wish to remember their loved ones will come into their own.

if you have got a campaign running or planned and would like see how an Online Book could work for your campaign, then we shall be delighted to set up a screen share for you and show you what can be done.

Below are a couple of lovely examples of festive Light up a Life book covers created for The Highland and Willow Wood hospices whose Light up a Life campaigns are getting under way.

Light Up The Highlands, Highlands Hospice Willow Wood Hospice Light Up A Life 2020

For a little more information, about our books, this short Vimeo film may be most helpful.
Watch here

Blowing in the wind
Blowing in the wind

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Julie PentecostNovember 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

October 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

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A fortuitous and most timely way to engage and raise funds

For the last decade or so, The Online Book Company has been creating interactive online books which worldwide organisations, large and small, have been using for supporter retention, engagement and fundraising.

Since March 2020 the volume of traffic to our books has seen an exponential increase. Tens of thousands of people have contributed to them, creating increased engagement for the organisations concerned.

The link below takes you to a two-and-a-half-minute video which gives a quick and clear insight into what The Online Book Company does, and how it has benefited different organisations.

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Over the last 18 months, we have been developing a new platform. The timing of it is fortuitous and we have created an exciting ultra low cost breakthrough for supporter engagement and most importantly, fundraising. This new platform will enable individuals to go online and create their own books. As with our traditional global Online Books, individuals can share their self-created books with family, friends and colleagues.

Each charity will be given the opportunity to have their own landing page. This page will contain fully branded and templated books of the charity’s own choice and design, which their supporters will be able to buy and create. There is no limit to the type of book that can be created. Examples are legion, but storytelling, fund raising, supporter stories, cataloguing historical events, weddings, remembrance, ‘Thank-yous’ and memorials are just a few examples.

There are three ways the charity can make money:

  • Firstly, the supporter pays £15 (inc. VAT) for the online book and then the charity gets £5 by way of a donation.
  • Secondly, the books can be set up with donation links taking contributors and readers directly to your fundraising pages.
  • And finally, as and when the supporter wishes, they can arrange to have the book printed. This also gives rise to an additional revenue sharing opportunity.

As far as costs are concerned, there is a one-off set up cost of £500 + VAT, which is being waived for our current clients. For that you get a bespoke service from our wonderful team in Cornwall. In the month following books being purchased, the revenue stream back to your organisation starts flowing.

We thought it important that you should know about it, even if this project doesn’t come under your direct remit. We would appreciate if you could kindly forward it to the relevant individual(s) in your organisation for their consideration.

We would love to show you more and can happily set up a screen sharing call at a time to suit. Just click here to drop us an E mail with your best contact number and we will be in touch to arrange a suitable time.
Storm Alex brings joy to the Kite Surfers in St. Ives Bay

Storm Alex brings joy to the Kite Surfers in St. Ives Bay

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Julie PentecostOctober 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

September 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

Tributes to Tony Morris of ITV News

In early August, we were contacted by ITV/Granada with the sad news that Tony Morris, a much admired Manchester Based presenter, had very sadly died. With a dedicated team put on to the case, we were able to create this personalised Online Book, after the announcement on the evening news we received literally thousands of tributes from all over the UK.

No one has to be a celebrity to have the own book created. During recent months, many similar books have been created for those who have lost loved ones. Through the median of an Online Book, friends, colleagues and relations from all over the world have been able to leave messages of remembrance and/or condolence and in so doing bring comfort to family and those left behind.

Each of these books can have a fundraising link and could incorporate your logo too. They start from as little as £35 and depending on the complexity, can typically be turned around within 24/48 hrs.

It will soon be Last calls for Light Up A Life
With many Light up a Life/Lights of Love services going Virtual, work has started on producing Light up a Life books for Hospices. This is where people can donate money online and leave a dedication for their Loved one, which then appears in the Online Book. If you would like to find out more and set up a screenshare, then please click on this enquiry link and we will call you back.

Godrevy Lighthouse on a beautiful Bank Holiday Monday

Godrevy Lighthouse on a beautiful Bank Holiday Monday

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Julie PentecostSeptember 2020 – First Wednesday Newsletter

We have moved!

Due to lockdown, we’ve spent the past few months working from home. So, we decided to take advantage of a break clause in our lease and chose to move out of the office on a trial basis!

All of this has taken a bit of planning and adjusting. What do we do with all our company “stuff” that accumulated over years? What happens to our beloved coffee machine, the photocopier, the shredder, the office Xmas decorations, the company memorabilia and all that sort of stuff?

office in a box

In what has been an extremely useful exercise, we’ve had a thorough sort out and moved our office into a container. As you can see from the picture, some strategic planning has been applied to the storage so that we can get easy access to the filing cabinets as and when we need it!

This is all made much easier by the fact that none of us have the challenge of having children who are dependent on home education.

We are a close team and have regular calls in the day. We enjoy spending time in each other’s company. We’re hoping that, with the continuing decline in new covid numbers, that we’ll be able to meet every couple of weeks for a working lunch so that we can have that all important social catch up!

Incidentally, all our contact details remain the same
Phone +44 (0) 1872 226800
hello@theonlinebookcompany.com

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Julie PentecostWe have moved!

We all like to remember

But more than that – we want to remember, thank and honour those wonderful people who have done something special for us and indeed to remember those who are no longer with us.

Our remembrance books are a unique way to honour and recognise your supporters, legators or quite simply to say thank you.

We’ve recently created a short video which shows just some of the Individual books we have built during the Lockdown. These books can easily be made available to your supporters at no cost to you with an optional fundraising link that will ensure you receive donations.

There’s so much more we would like to share with you, including news of our new platform! On this platform, individuals and organisations can use their own creative flair to make online books complete with their own logo and branding.

If you would like any more information about our books, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@theonlinebookcompany.com

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Julie PentecostWe all like to remember

Necessity is Mother of Innovation

We would love to show what we have been doing for different organisations.

We can easily set up a screen sharing call and show you some of what we have been up to.

To set this up, start by dropping an Email to jonathan@theonlinebookcompany.com or calling us on 01872 226800.

Lockdown has completely changed the way we go about our daily lives. We’ve needed to be imaginative, to adapt. In addition to a few things we’ve picked up in the press this month we wanted to look at a few ways that clients and businesses have been getting creative to adapt to our new world.

We’ve also given a little insight into some of the smart thinking adopted by our clients that has helped them to adapt to some of the challenges that we have all faced:

It Wasn’t all bad.

A woman from Essex missed her 76-year-old father so much during lockdown, she enrolled as a volunteer at his care home so she could see him. Until March, Nina Ambrose visited her father, who has Alzheimer’s, several times a week.

When lockdown made that impossible and she was furloughed from her job at a cosmetics company, the former Butlins redcoat sat eight exams in order to join the activities team at the major Lodge home in Chelmsford.

She works with other residents, but her main joy is having the opportunity to see her father at the end of each session. “I feel so, so lucky to be able to spend time with him” she said. (Credit to The Week)

The Hug Tunnel

Out of everyone dealing with the pandemic, elderly people have been finding these times especially difficult. Those living alone have been unable to see their children and grandchildren for months upon end.

However, a care home in Brazil has thought of a creative solution to help reunite families and cheer up their residents.

A hug tunnel has been installed at a care home in Brazil to enable elderly residents to cuddle their loved one safely. Staff at a  care home in Rio Grande do Sol had noticed that the pandemic was getting its residence down. The tunnel – a plastic sheet with sealed armholes – can be used by appointment only and is cleaned after use. The home’s administrator, Rubia Santos said “We noticed that our senior residents were feeling sad. We thought they would be much happier if we found a way for them to hug their relatives.”

This clever invention has allowed husbands, wives, children and grandchildren to stay close to their loved ones in the most heat warming way without putting them at risk.

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Julie PentecostNecessity is Mother of Innovation