My names Jodi Ann Bickley, I’m 25.
One million lovely letters is something I’ve been working on since I was eleven. Ever since Ms Wrights Science Class in Year 7 I have been leaving people notes. In between text books, on buses, in libraries and as I got older in pubs, restaurants and as I got a little older in doctors surgeries and hospital beds - anywhere I thought that maybe someone might need a little bit of cheering up, reassurance or just a reminder that actually they are pretty lovely. It’s never been a “thing” – just something I’ve done. I think everyone deserves to know that they are thought of and they are loved. Even if it is by a complete stranger.
This is where my idea for One Million Lovely Letters has come from. Although I hope every little note I’ve left someone, somewhere has reached someone who needed it – I’m pretty sure some may have fell too far down the side of the bus seat. In the UK alone there are 62,641,000 people, in the whole wide world there are 7,038,044,500. The average person has 3 close friends and 19 “mates” so take that off and you are still left with seven billion thirty-eight million forty-four thousand four hundred and seventy eight strangers. And all of those strangers have at least one day where they could use a little lift.
So this is a call out. To every other person other than me on the planet - I’m going to write you a letter. A letter just to make the day a bit better or to remind you of the bloody amazing stuff about you that you’ve forgotten because we all forget once in a while.
If you would like a letter you can email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Send me your address and the reason why you need a little lift and I will send you a little hug in an envelope.
Update 23rd June 2014:
When I first wrote the above, I thought maybe 1-2 people would get in contact. I couldn’t of imagined what the last year could of been like 3000 letters later to 30 countries, with 4,500 letter requests pending! One Million Lovely Letters is going to be getting a little bigger, with volunteers (who I will introduce on the website) and lovely letter workshops starting from September where I go into schools, colleges, universitites, community centers, support groups and help make lovely letter care packages for the strangers who write in. Although I can assure you that personal details will never be given out, other than first names and the topic of your problem. All Volunteers will be made to sign ‘The One Million Lovely Letters Super Privacy Agreement’ and all letters will get the OMLL stamp of approval before being sent out. I’m really, really excited and I hope you are too! Here’s to a really amazing year!