Light Up Jo's Birthday


Lumos works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children by facilitating the end of institutional care for good. It does this in two ways: - at a policy level to accelerate and improve the quality of reform in health, education and social protection services - at a practical level working with providers of children’s services to demonstrate the value of family-based care There are currently 1 million children living in large residential institutions across Europe. Most are not orphans but from ethnic minorities, poor backgrounds or are disabled. Published research proves that institutionalisation damages children’s health and development, and reduces their life chances. With experts in child protection, public health and social inclusion, and whose advice is sought by other concerned organisations, Lumos is able to effect real and lasting change.
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Light Up Jo's Birthday with Lumos

Light Up Jo's Birthday

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UPDATE: Jo knows about this year's project and that we have raised over £1,500 so far! She says the total is 'amazing'.

What is Light Up Jo's Birthday?

JK Rowling's 49th birthday is coming up on the 31st July 2014. Every year, fans come together to create projects for Jo's birthday- books, videos and websites filled with messages of love for the woman who changed the lives of millions around the world. But actions speak louder than words, so what better way to express our love for Jo than by helping a cause close to her heart?

'This truly was one of the best birthday presents I've ever received- THANK YOU'

So far, Light Up Jo's Birthday has raised over £4,500 for Lumos, and Jo has said it was one of the best birthday presents she has ever received. So what are we going to do this year?

We're going to make Jo proud again!

Who are Lumos?

Lumos is a charity founded and chaired by JK Rowling which aims to end the institutionalisation of children around the world. Lumos works with governments, the EU and other organisations to equip people with the tools to place children back with their families or in community-based care. To find out more, hover over Lumos's logo to the left and visit their website here. One project carried out by Lumos which benefited from Light Up Jo's Birthday funds was making a school accessible, so that disabled children can attend mainstream school and stay with their families instead of having to go into an institution.

If everyone who reads this donated just £1, which is less than the cost of sending Jo a birthday card, we could make a real difference to many children's lives again.

The prize draw!

If giving Jo a great birthday present and helping a worthy charity isn't enough to make you want to donate, maybe our amazing prize draw will be! 

Anyone who donates £5 or more will be entered to win one of the GRAND PRIZES, which are:

  • A rare signed copy of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)
  • An equally rare signed copy of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

In addition,
all donations will be entered to win one of the following:

  • A one-of-a-kind sketch of Harry by Thomas Taylor, cover art illustrator for Philosopher's Stone
  • A one-of-a-kind sketch of Dobby by Jason Cockcroft, cover art illustrator for Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows
  • A signed copy of Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book by Andrew Williamson, concept artist on the Harry Potter films
  • A copy of ASOS magazine signed by Rupert Grint
  • A signed photo of Matt Lewis
  • A signed photo of Warwick Davis as Griphook, donated by The Signature Shop
  • An official House Scarf, donated by Warner Bros Studio Tour (remember to leave your House either with your name or in your comment if you'd like to be entered for this!)

If you would like to be entered into the prize draw please have a read of the FAQs/Ts&Cs before donating as they contain important info. If you have a question that hasn't been answered, ask away here!

IMPORTANT: Anyone can donate, but please only tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK TAXPAYER.

House Cup

The House Cup is based on how many people from each House have donated. Currently, the House Cup stands thus:

1st place- HUFFLEPUFF!
2nd place- Gryffindor
3rd place- Slytherin
4th place- Ravenclaw

Leave your House with your donation to be counted! 

This year there are several important dates for you to remember:

  • 18th July: JK Rowling will be told in person how much has been raised so far
  • 31st July: JK Rowling's birthday
  • 7th August: Prize draw takes place (please note: the draw is this year taking place later due to LeakyCon taking place from July 30th-August 3rd)

Hear from previous winners:

'I was happy to donate because I think Lumos is a fantastic organization and now I have a treasure from Jo! Lucky me :)' - Janet, winner of a signed copy of The Casual Vacancy 2013

'I think everyone should donate because it's the best way to show Jo how much we love her and it can help other people! Last year, I won a picture of Warwick thanks to LUJB, what a good surprise! Don't hesitate and donate now!' - France, winner 2013

'I was introduced to the Light Up Jo's Birthday' campaign by and donated because I am a fan of her books and support the work of her charity Lumos. It was a wonderful, unexpected surprise to discover I had won a signed copy of Deathly Hallows!' - Christine, winner 2012

Light Up Jo's Birthday would like to thank Thomas Taylor, Jason Cockcroft, Andrew Williamson, Rupert Grint, Matt Lewis, The Signature Shop & Warwick Davis and Warner Bros Studio Tour for their kind donations. We would also like to thank Johnnie for helping source prizes and Alvaro for creating our graphics. Most of all, thanks to Jo for being an inspiration.

Recent donors

25.07.14 You do so much for kids (many of which are now adults). I hope that you have a great birthday!

24.07.14 Happy birthday, Jo!

24.07.14 I'd like to be entered for the House Scarf and I'm a Hufflepuff! Thank you.


24.07.14 Children are the future! Thanks Jo for making my childhood unforgettable

23.07.14 Happy Birthday Jo!! You've made such a difference in my life as well as the lives of so many others. The world is a much better place because of you. Thank you so much.

23.07.14 A small donation for a wonderful cause


23.07.14 I hope Jo has all the happiness in the world - if not today, one day. Her birthday just signifies another year that the world has learned that love is all we need to live in harmony, a lesson we've learned from Jo, and her huge heart.

23.07.14 I'm sorry I can't donate more. But you deserve all and more Jo, for giving me a childhood. Thank you!






20.07.14 Happy Birthday Jo, you've done so much for me and you don't even know it. Thank you! I hope you have a great year :D



20.07.14 Let's make Jo's birthday even brighter than last year!

20.07.14 Happy Birthday, Jo! We love you!!

19.07.14 A very happy birthday to Jo Rowling, one of the most inspirational people I have ever met.

19.07.14 Happy birthday, Jo! You've brought together people of all ages, races, and nationalities, and you continue to inspire us all. Thank you for creating such vivid worlds for us to share. Much love always!

19.07.14 To Jo, I already gave you some gifts in Harrogate, but there's always room for one more. I hope this lights up your birthday as you light up the world! x

18.07.14 For making a generation of peoples childhoods! Long Live JK!

18.07.14 Happy birthday Jo! :) xxxx


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