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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***PLEASE NOTE: As JK Rowling's birthday has now passed, the prize draw has now closed. Donations to Lumos can still be made through this page but will not be entered into the prize draw***

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  Lumos works to transform outdated systems that drive families apart.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

- Original artwork of a baby Peruvian Vipertooth dragon, by Harry Potter cover artist Jason Cockcroft

- A Warner Bros.' cloth map of Hogwarts (there will be TEN winners of this prize!)

- 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

- A Harry Potter t-shirt from Qwertee

- A signed copy of 'A Time to Die' by Nadine Brandes

- A signed copy of 'Compulsion' by Martina Boone 

- A surprise book bundle, including signed copies 

- The chance to name a character in Jenny Colgan's summer 2016 novel- plus a signed, hardback copy of the 'rom-com with a superhero twist' on its release

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...!

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

- Amanda Donaldson
- Jeff Fuller
- MinaLima
- Jason Cockcroft
- Chris Rankin
- The Georgian House Hotel
- Potted Potter
- Muggle Tours
- Waterstones
- Foyle's
- Nadine Brandes
- Martina Boone
- Jenny Colgan 

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

01.08.15 Happy birthday Jo!


01.08.15 Happy Birthday, Jo!!!


01.08.15 Donating again to make it a more even number! Happy birthday again

31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo x

31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo, and thank you for not only bringing us Harry Potter, but to brighting the futures of those who need it most.

31.07.15 Thanks Jo for everything!

31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo, thank you so much for all that you do x


31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo! Continue to light up the world and the lives of so many for at least another 50 years! xxx

31.07.15 Happy Birthday and thank you for all the light you've brought to so many!

31.07.15 Happy birthday, Jo! You've been the most enormous inspiration to me. Thanks for everything you've done to improve this world, both with your books and your charity work. Best, Fernando xx


31.07.15 Happy B. Jo' and Harry.

31.07.15 Happy birthday to Jo and Harry! Thank you for all the magic and inspiring a generation x


31.07.15 Happy Golden Year, Jo! Thank you for making the world a better place!! So happy to be part of this fabulous project and to help LUMOS light up the world :)

31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo!


31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo! Thank you for everything xx

31.07.15 Happy Birthday Jo! Thank you for the Magic- Always!! xx

31.07.15 Happy birthday Jo, without you everything would have been different. You helped a lot of people with your books, teaching us the values of love, friendship and everything. I will always owe you for that. Thank you, thank you for everything !

31.07.15 With this modest contribution, I hope for a better situation for children. I would like to express my admiration to you, to thank you for being you and for the home you brought to me. Happy birthday!

31.07.15 Dear Joanne, I wish you a very happy birthday, I love you so much, you and all your work, You're the best and I will love you until the very end.


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