I moved from my home in Luton, England to Los Angeles, California in 2007. My last trip back to the UK to visit family was in the spring of 2009. This means I haven't been back to visit family in over 5 years... most importantly, this means I haven't seen my mother in half a decade.
Unfortunately my mother is not a well person. She has a number of health problems and they only seem to be getting worse. Last year she had a serious spell in the hospital and I had no way of getting home to see her. If she'd died I would have had absolutely no way to get back to England for anything.
So what I would like to do is surprise her by flying out to visit her for her birthday this coming September. In an ideal universe my family in the UK would arrange a party or a dinner, and when my mother arrives there I'd be. Surprise! I would love to do this... but sadly I don't have the sort of income right now to plop down $1,600 on a plane ticket back to Blighty.
I have avoided doing stuff like this in the past because it's not your place, gentle internet user, to fund my visits back to the motherland. But my mother's time on this earth is limited, and I don't want the last time she saw me before passing away to have been over half a decade ago. I want to see her again, to spend some quality time with her, before the worst happens.
If you can chip in, fantastic. If you can't, please spread the word. Either way, please do not let my mother know about this fundraiser. If I hit my goal and I'm able to visit her, I want this to be a surprise.
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