Children in Need

Tomorrow night, on the 18th November at 7pm, marks the start of the BBC Children in Need Annual Telethon. It is one of the three biggest British Telethons; the others being Big Red Nose Day and Sports Relief. Children in Need is an annual fundraiser event conducted to help raise funds for charities who focus on helping young, vulnerable and disabled people. Children In Need is currently supporting 2,400 projects and since 1980 has successfully raised over £840 million pounds for disabled children in the United Kingdom.

One of the most iconic and recognisable symbols of Children in Need is the bright yellow, eye patch wearing Pudsey Bear, who is known to be quite the character. Pudsey was first introduced in 1985, when he was a small brown cuddly mascot. He was designed by BBC graphic designer, Joanna Ball, and she named him after the West Yorkshire Town in which she was born in. Pudsey has had several transformations over the years, but has remained the same since 2008.

This year’s Children in Need is both a special and a sad one as we remember long-running and much-loved presenter, Sir Terry Wogan who died earlier this year in January. Celebrities and presenters are using this year’s Children in Need event to commemorate his memory.

We have been lucky enough to work with several charities and on their memorial books and we understand the importance of keeping people’s memories alive. If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour a loved one, contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.



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Remembrance Day

“We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.” – John McCrae.

The 11th of November marks the end of the first World War and is the official day of remembrance. Remembrance Day is when the British population come together to remember and honour those we lost in the fight to secure and protect Great Britain’s freedom.

Remembrance ceremonies are held at over 100,000 war memorials across Britain. The most notable ceremony is that which is held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the Sunday closest to the 11th of November: The National Service of Remembrance.

Britain has several traditions in regards to Remembrance Day – the two most common being the 2 minute silence and the wearing of a red poppy.

The symbolism surrounding the poppy originated from Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s famous  1915 war poem “In Flanders Field”. The popularity of the poem and its reference to the iconic flower created the pathway of using poppies as a way to raise money and awareness for our wartime veterans. Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony and they were in fact real poppies.

Poppies are still used today but now they aren’t solely used to commemorate the heroes of the World Wars. Remembrance day has evolved to remember all those who have served Britain – since 1945 some 3,500 servicemen and women have been killed or injured fighting for our country.

We are honoured to have been given numerous opportunities to create online books in memory of those who have dedicated their lives for us, the British public. Online memorial books such as the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal Army Medical Corps, The Afghanistan Memorial Books and The RAF Association are projects we consider close to our heart and we will be thinking of those who have been honoured within those books this Remembrance day.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour loved ones, contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.


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Polly BolithoRemembrance Day

St Catherine’s Church

“We are ordinary people wishing to create a parish where all feel welcomed and valued.” – Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

St Catherine’s Church is a Roman Catholic church situated on Meath Street, Dublin. It was devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria whose feast day was known as a day of holy obligation up until the 16th century.  The church and parish is currently under the administration of the Augustinian Orede and has been since 1974.

An unfortunate event happened in January 2012, where the church took an extensive amount of fire damage which caused over 5 million euros worth of destruction to the interior.

The church is currently under restoration thanks to the generous amount of donations from groups and individuals. Though the church is still under reconstruction, the kind hearts of those who donated have meant that St Catherine’s can be opened to the public and that services can still continue.

We enjoyed working with Anne from St Catherine’s Church to create an Online Book to honour and recognise those individuals who made the restoration possible through donations. The online book is able to be viewed in a touch screen cabinet at the church.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour loved ones contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.

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Polly BolithoSt Catherine’s Church


It is that time of year again! Bulk buying fun-sized sweets, carving spooky faces on pumpkins and adding fake blood to your vampire costume –  the traditional Halloween activities.

However, this Halloween, a four-legged member of the family is joining in on the festive fun!

This year, Dogs Unite are holding a Halloween Howl – a sponsored dog walk to raise funds and awareness for Guide Dogs. Our furry best friends around the country will be dressing up and heading out on Halloween to show off their costumes for their hard working brethren at Guide Dogs.

Those who have registered with Dog Unite even get their own Nutritional Supplement Pack – so it won’t only be the kids getting something tasting during Trick or Treat!

All over the United Kingdom, dog-lovers are setting up an array of fundraising ideas such as ‘Pet the Pooch’, photo shoots, dog washes, dog shows and even ‘Bark Boxes’ where everyone can drop in a pound into the box whenever a dog barks. Some amazing ideas to raise money for such a wonderful cause.

The challenge is to raise £35, which could pay to support a working guide dog partnership for a week. For a more detailed guide to what the money could go towards, check out Guide Dogs Shopping List.

We are in complete awe of how everyone is stepping up for such a good cause, this Halloween. We love the Guide Dogs charity and we love to see people striving to help their cause. We have been lucky enough to work with Guide Dogs ourselves and have created an online book for them in dedication to those who have left donations in their will to Guide Dogs. This is a book where family members of the donators can create celebration pages and messages to remember the lives of the loved ones.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour loved ones contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.



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The Battle of Waterloo – Private Samuel Ackroyd

Over a year ago, the Waterloo 200 Project was born in recognition of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. This inspirational project commemorates and raises awareness of what this historic event left behind by exploring stories behind the iconic, epic battle.

We are so proud to be a part of this fantastic project by creating an online book in celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. With the acknowledgment of all 36,000 British soldiers involved, the online book allows descendants to share information and photographs of cherished memorabilia that belonged to their special ancestor. A collection of information and memories like these will become a forever lasting record for future generations to come.

The online book has received many lovely and inspirational tributes, one of the first to be made was to Private Samuel Ackroyd, who was born on 22nd April 1774 in Yorkshire and grew up to be a farmer. In 1799 he was enlisted in the 31st Regiment of Food Guards with the rank of Sergeant, which led to three years learning as a Commissioned Officer with his first Regiment. Samuel continued his journey, when he was recruited at Hyde Park into 2nd Life Guards, with the rank of Private. After he married and had children, Private Samuel Ackroyd fought at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815. Read the full tribute of Private Samuel Ackroyd here. 

Private Samuel Ackroyd’s courageous effort in the Battle of Waterloo was rewarded with a Waterloo medal, that was still in the family in the 1990s. Though a photograph of the medal exists and is in the hands of the family, all trace has sadly been lost on the medal. If anyone has any information on where Private Samuel Ackroyd’s medal may have ended up, we would be incredibly grateful for you to contact us, as we would love to piece together the rest of the story.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement for your charity or project, or honour a loved one, contact us to find out how we can create a bespoke online book for you.


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Polly BolithoThe Battle of Waterloo – Private Samuel Ackroyd

Paignton Zoo’s Goodbye Rhinos Weekend

This summer Paignton Zoo juggled rhinos… it’s not exactly how it sounds and we recommend that you don’t actually try to juggle rhinos. This is of course, one of the biggest and most exciting projects Paignton Zoo has ever run.

thumbnail_2016-08-tgbrp-mini-spikes-4-jemma-cleave-of-esw-by-tom-smithThe Great Big Rhino Project was launched in autumn 2015, aiming to dazzle members of the public with an art trail of 40 life-size painted rhinos around the parks, streets and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera. Rhinos have been on earth for 40 million years and while some species are threatened with extinction others are ‘Critically Endangered’. This exciting project was created in order to raise awareness and funds to help these wild rhinos.

After such popularity, by spring the project had sponsors and talented artists to get started on the  rhino masterpieces. The rhinos all had individual designs, patterns and bright colours to each other. In early July a convoy of lorries and rhinos hit the road from Exeter to Paignton, marking the project’s official launch. The rhinos were welcomed warmly by excited people who very much enjoyed the trail. Now that the trail, this weekend is Goodbye Rhinos Weekend, which will involve all of the rhinos coming together in Paithumbnail_2016-06-tgbrp-invincible-3gnton Zoo for a proper farewell, it will be quite a sight to see. After this, the rhinos will be auctioned off in the hope to raise money for the rhino conservation.

We are truly inspired by Paignton Zoo’s fantastic work with The Great Big Rhino Project. We are very proud to work with Paignton Zoo on their online Book of Remembrance, celebrating the lives of the zoo’s supporters, as well as, the animals that once inhabited the zoo with messages and photographs.

If you would like to find out how we can create bespoke online book for your organization, charity or for a loved one contact us.


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Polly BolithoPaignton Zoo’s Goodbye Rhinos Weekend

World Obesity Day

Today is World Obesity Day. Did you know, 3.28 million schoolchildren in the UK are expected to be overweight or obese by 2025?

This year, World Obesity Day aims to – “Increase knowledge and understanding of the challenge of obesity, and what can and should be done to overcome it. Encourage member associations and supporters to get involved with advocacy and campaigns on obesity-related issues. Share national experiences of campaigning to enable the spread of best practices”  

World Obesity Day was launched to stimulate and support practical solution to enable people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, in turn reversing the Obesity crisis. This year, the focus is on obesity in children that has sadly risen rapidly worldwide, which will affect the quality of life, educational attainment, and later health, obesity can lead to illness such as liver disease which is the third largest cause of death at a young age.

The British Liver Trust is the UK’s leading liver health charity that can provide support groups, helping you to manage your liver condition and put you in touch with others who have similar experiences.

“We are here for everyone affected by liver disease, whatever the cause and wherever they live” British Liver Trust

We have had the honour to work with The British Liver Trust in creating an online Book of Memories that has been created for people to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one as a way of help and support. Gifts can also be made through the book, which will help The British Liver Trust to continue the fantastic work that they do.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement for your charity or project, or honour a loved one, contact us to find out how we can create a bespoke online book for you.


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Polly BolithoWorld Obesity Day

CHSW Moonlight Memory Walk

“Children’s hospices are places of wonder and happiness, filled with children and parents alike all of whom are truly inspirational” – CHSW

Children’s Hospice South West is an inspirational charity, providing care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the south-west. With three hospices in operation, including Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in mid-Cornwall, a tremendous amount of care such as emergency care, palliative care, respite and short breaks, and end of life care is provided.

Moonlight walks under the stars can be very beautiful, though even more beautiful when for a good cause. This weekend, the Children’s Hospice South West hosted a Moonlight Memory Walk is an evening where women of all ages took to the moonlit streets of Falmouth to walk in celebration and remembrance of loved ones. We were lucky enough to have our very own Julie, take part in the walk in this very special 5-mile walk.
“It was such a lovely atmosphere, and so well organised with plenty of marshals along the route to encourage you. It really didn’t seem like 5 miles, and when we arrived back at The Moor there was the most wonderful tasting pasty and a hot drink waiting. Only one or two showers towards the end of the walk which didn’t matter, and Kimberley Park was opened and they took up some of the lanterns to light up the pathway (which people had decorated themselves).”  – Julie Pentecost, The Online Book Company

thumbnail_lual-2016bThe event began with a beautiful candle-lighting memory ceremony accompanied by music and a special reading. Memory candles are placed inside a personalised candle bag and carefully placed around the fountain. This heartfelt ceremony allows those involved to reflect and remember loved ones.

Everyone who takes part raises money to support those that use the hospices, as well as, help the charity to continue to provide care for children and their families throughout.


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Remembering Squadron Leader Harry Pears

Squadron Leader Harry Pears DFC, passed away just two months before his 93rd birthday. Harry Pears was a former World War 2 and a Royal Air Force fighter pilot after the war, as well as an Air Training Corps Civilian Instructor.

At the young age of 18, Harry began his career by volunteering for service in the Royal Air Force as aircrew which led to pilot training. After training in various places including the United States and Canada, he gained his well-earned pilot wings. He was then successfully commissioned as a Pilot Officer, becoming one of a number of newly trained RAF pilots retained for one year in America, to train and then serve as flying instructors.

Upon his return to the UK in 1943, Harry volunteered to fly the rocket-equipped Hawker Typhoon IB fighter-bomber aircraft on operations. This led to Harry becoming qualified to join the Typhoon-equipped No 175 Squadron,171 Wing, 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force (2 ATAF).

Harry was proudly awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his incredible flying achievements. As the war was near its end in Europe, Harry was posted to India in late 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant and joined No 5 (Army Cooperation – AC) Squadron until disbanded in 1947. The year previous to this, he had been granted a permanent commission in the RAF, and upon his return to the UK he was appointed weapons instructor.

By the end of 1951, Harry was promoted to Squadron Leader, which continued his journey to Cyrus as Officer-in-Charge of No.2 Armament Practice School. Having completed the rest of reforming 111 Squadron 4 years later, Harry was posted to the Air Ministry as Officer-in-Charge Air Weapons Ranges. Find out more about Harry Pears’ life story here.

We have been honoured to work with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in creating an online Book of Remembrance, in which, Harry Pears has a page created in his memory, with a lovely dedication from his Granddaughter. If you would like an online book for your organisation, charity, or personal event, contact us and find out how we can help.


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Polly BolithoRemembering Squadron Leader Harry Pears

The Re-launch of The Royal Signals Association Memorial Book

The Royal Signals Association was established in 1920 not long after the formation of the Corps from the Royal Engineers. The Association provides comfort and relief to all Signalers both past and present, during hardship and times of need. This support is achieved by the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund (RSBF).

“This is an active charity that has made life better for thousands of Signalers and their dependants.  Through the RSBF we can give something back to those who have made sacrifices for their Corps and country.”

We are so inspired by the work of The Royal Signals Association and therefore delighted to work with them on the re-launch of their online memorial book. Their online book was first created by us in 2011, providing a secure place to remember those who have passed away through the use of stories, photographs and tributes. Since the re-launch of this online memorial book, we have received new heartfelt messages for people who have passed away some time ago. As well as more messages, new celebration pages have been created for people listed in the book. Most importantly from the re-launch we have noticed people get back in touch with friends in order to share the online memorial book. Bringing people together is always something we hope to achieve.

If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement for your charity or project, or honour a loved one, contact us to find out how we can create a bespoke online book for you.



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Polly BolithoThe Re-launch of The Royal Signals Association Memorial Book