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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The 31st July 2015 marks JK Rowling's 50th birthday, and people around the world are thinking of ways to wish this incomparable woman the happiest of birthdays. We think we've come up with a pretty good way to do that.

About Lumos

8 million children worldwide are living in institutions because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. This is a serious problem, on a massive scale, but there is a solution.  Lumos works to transform outdated systems that drive families apart. They replace institutions with community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.

Institutionalisation denies children individual love and care, can damage their brain development and destroy their understanding of right and wrong.  Of the 8 million children in institutions worldwide, more than 90% are not orphans.  Most have families who love them and want them but they are driven into institutions because of poverty and discrimination on the grounds of disability or ethnicity.This is a violation of their human rights and the effects last a lifetime.  One study found that young adults raised in institutions are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution than their peers, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to take their own lives.

Together, we can put a stop to this.

The story so far
To date LUJB has raised over £7,000 for Lumos. The project began as a meaningful way to say thank you to Jo for all the ways she has changed our lives over the years. Jo knows about the project and has previously called it 'truly one of the best birthday presents I have ever received'. 

The Prize Draw
To support the work of this fantastic charity and to show our gratitude to Jo on her special day, we are once again holding a prize draw with some great items on offer to anyone who donates via this page or for free via post (for details see below). The prizes on offer include:

-A signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

- A limited edition, illustrated copy of A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, signed by the author and the illustrator, Ted Nasmith

- A rare dust jacket from an unsold version of A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin, signed by the author

- A one night stay in The Georgian House Hotel's 'Wizard Chambers' in London

- A copy of The Casual Vacancy on DVD, signed by the cast and crew

- A limited edition Marauder's Map print by MinaLima

- A signed photo of Chris Rankin

- A pair of tickets to Potted Potter

- A pair of tickets to the Muggle Tours Walking Tour of London

You can also enter the prize draw for free via the post! Entries must be received by 31st July. For full details of how to enter for free, please see the FAQ below.

Pictures of the prizes will be updated shortly!

Terms & Conditions and FAQs
You'll find the rules of the prize draw and answers to some frequently asked questions here. Please ensure you read these before donating as they contain important information!

Your messages
Please do leave a Happy Birthday message to Jo with your donation- you never know who might be reading...!

That’s not all...
This year we’d like you to get more involved by hosting your own fundraiser for Jo’s birthday. Have a bake sale at school, run a race, charge for participation in a birthday fanbook... The possibilities are endless! You can become part of the Light Up Jo’s Birthday team by joining JK Rowling’s Someone Special page. If you have any questions, get in touch here.

Thank yous
LUJB would like to say thank you to the following generous supporters:

- Amanda Donaldson
- MinaLima
- Chris Rankin
- The Georgian House Hotel
- Potted Potter
- Muggle Tours
- Waterstones
- Foyle's

What previous winners say
'I donate to Lumos as a yearly tradition since 2012, just to give something to a charity that is close to my heart. Doing this in July in honour of Jo's birthday is a double bonus. Winning a signed copy of The Silkworm was truly amazing and unexpected, I'll cherish it forever.' - Gavin, winner 2014

'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

Please note: Light Up Jo’s Birthday is put together by fans and is not affiliated with Lumos, JK Rowling or Warner Bros.

Recent donors



04.07.15 Love lumos! Brilliant idea!


04.07.15 Happy birthday jo


03.07.15 Hope you soar pass the target! Lumos and deserves this. Happy (early) birthday Jo xxx



01.07.15 Happy birthday Jo! I hope you have a fantastic time next to your loved ones and that health and happiness continue to be with you for many more years. Thanks for making my childhood such an amazing ride :)


01.07.15 Happy birthday, Jo! Thanks for all you do.

01.07.15 Happy 50th Birthday Jo!

01.07.15 Forever grateful for the childhood and the amazing friends and memories Harry Potter has given me, so this is the least I can do. HBD Jo!

01.07.15 Message for Jo - I wouldn't be reading and enjoying books if it wasn't for you, and I can't thank you enough for that. Happy Birthday! From @FireflyEllie7 xx Message for the organisers - Keep up the good work!! :)


01.07.15 Hardly seems enough for all you have given to me personally as well as the world but it's given with live and gratitude. Happy Birthday Jo! Xxxx


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