A joke a day

Simon Gibson

By Simon Gibson | Friday 13 December 2013

I recommended a book to my daughter, pointing out that it was a real page turner.

Her response?

‘Dad, I know how books work!’

Since 1 January this year I have been posting a joke a day on my personal Facebook account. I started this for fun, and to (hopefully) entertain friends. It became a bit of an obsession, and rapidly the challenge was to complete a joke a day for the year.

Then friends asked what I was going to do with the material – and an idea formed. I’m a passionate supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK and it became apparent that putting my ‘year’ into a book could help to raise awareness and money for the charity.

Things are a bit tough this year – just wrapped up my son’s Christmas present – four AA batteries … with a note:

‘Toys not included’

There is now a website at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ajokeaday where contributions can be made towards the publication of the book, intended to be out late February. ALL proceeds of the book and any excess raised after publishing and printing costs will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Illustrations, editing and design time have all been donated. Apart from the physical publication of the end product there are no costs, and I hope we can make a significant financial difference through this project.
In the next few weeks, I shall return here to drop in the odd joke, and report on progress.

Awareness of dementia, and Alzheimer’s in particular, is very close to me for numerous reasons, and I know what an amazing job Alzheimer’s Research UK do with the funds they receive, so please help in any way you can – share the page above, contribute if you can and come back for a chortle.

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About the author

Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson is a Director of Newmarket-based Atkinson Bolton Consulting, part of the Mattioli Woods group, and an award winning financial services business. He is an international speaker on financial services and related subjects, and, most pertinently, has been advising Alzheimer¹s patients and their families for more than 20 years.
A keen sense of humour is, in his own words, a pre-requisite to being successful in business. Simon is also a committed Alzheimer's Research UK supporter. He is preparing to publish a book with a year's worth of jokes, which is to be sold to raise funds for dementia research.