A status update, and a massive competition.

A status update, and a massive competition.Morning all. I’ve been writing on this site for 10 years now and, I’ve got to confess, the last few hours has been amazing and shocking in equal measures. Our main problem is that our “unlimited” bandwidth didn’t turn out to be quite so “unlimited” after all. We’ll be changing provider because we don’t want this happening again, but we’re currently stuck in a contract and have until Friday to sort this out. The news, so far, is good. We’re almost half-way there thanks to all your donations on Tuesday. A MASSIVE thank-you to all of those who contributed towards this yesterday.

First up, I want to thank everyone for contributing. It’s really, really appreciated. The surge of donations, messages of goodwill and offers of support… it’s just been amazing and so heart-warming. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve asked our friends in PR and networks to offer up some prizes. The response from these guys has been stunning as you’ll see below.

Before I mention the prizes, I want to let you know that everyone who donated before this post will automatically get entered twice. This is because you lovely people handed over your hard-earned cash without any promise of prizes or even getting entered into a competition at all. You donated purely to stop us falling off the internet on Friday, and I can hardly put into words how appreciative I am. Really, I’m utterly stunned.

So, onto the competition. If you donate, you’ll get entered into the competition. Simple as. Of course, we’d love you to promote us on Twitter or Facebook too. If nothing else, the past 24 hours has shown me just how utterly fantastic the community is. You guys are brilliant and it’s great to know you care so much about us.

I’ve seen such a massive response to our problems, but it’s got me thinking. If we do hit the magic figure to keep us online, there’s no real reason for us to stop. I say that because we can then start giving money to charity. So, if we hit our total, we’ll split any extra cash between the Air Ambulance and, because a good friend has been touched by this recently, Cancer Research UK. I’ve also had a promise from my work colleagues that they’ll ride for charity in floral dresses if we can generate them some cash for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

So, the prizes. We’re getting more prizes offered via email right now so I’ll update this list through today. The competition will end on Friday April 6th. Currently we have…

10 HTC Mozart handsets – Courtesy of HTC and Nelson Bostock

3 HTC Explorer handsets – Courtesy of HTC and Nelson Bostock

4 HTC EVO 3D handsets – Courtesy of HTC and Nelson Bostock

4 HTC TITAN handsets – Courtesy of HTC and Nelson Bostock

3 HTC Sensation handsets – Courtesy of HTC and Nelson Bostock

2 Vodafone Sure Signals – Courtesy of Mike from Vodafone

Any phone from the O2 Range – You choose – Courtesy of O2

A T-Mobile Vivacity – Courtesy of T-Mobile

That’s 25 phones and two femtocells ! Pretty good going so far, I’m sure you’ll agree. I’m going to try and get more as a way of saying thank-you for being there in our hour of need. 🙂