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Pledge “work4bletchley”

"I will give my earnings from one days work to the Bletchley Park Trust but only if 20 other people will do the same."

— Nigel Metheringham

Deadline to sign up by: 16th September 2010
101 people signed up (81 over target)

Country: United Kingdom

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Bletchley Park was the focus of the UKs wartime code breaking effort, and so the birthplace of modern computing. However in the intervening years the site has suffered from a lack of maintenance and is in a poor state.

The Bletchley Park Trust's mission is to transform Bletchley Park into the world-class education and heritage site it deserves to be reflecting the profound significance of its impact on WW2, the twentieth century and the way we all live today.

Although The National Lottery has offered another £1.5 million in badly-needed funding, this is conditional on the Bletchley Park Trust matching that amount - there is still about £1 million extra to raise in the next year and a bit.

All of us that work in IT or with computers owe our careers to Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers, and the thousands of others who went above and beyond the call of duty at Bletchley Park.

If we each donate our earnings from one day - the 16th of September - to the Bletchley Park Trust, we can make a real difference to their fund raising.

Further information on Bletchley Park can be found at:-

This pledge is based on a blog post from Jason Gorman -

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  • On behalf of the Bletchley Park Trust, I would like to say how grateful we are for your generosity here. Please remember that each £1 you donate will unlock £4 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development of what we believe to be the birthplace of computing.

    Thank you so much for your support.
  • So I got the figures a little wrong in the blurb above (which I can't change now). The Heritage Lottery Fund is donating £4.1 million, but this is conditional on us raising £1.5 million.

    So that means every donation we make has an even bigger effect - and we should be able to use Gift Aid to multiply each penny we donate even more....

    Thanks to those that have signed up already - I look forward to seeing even more pledging!
    Nigel Metheringham, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Great idea.
    Mark Heath, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Fabulous idea!!!
  • There is now a dedicated web page for #work4bletchley

    I know times are hard, and the generosity of all who pledge is deeply appreciated.
  • It would be an honour !
    Michael Boam, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • In answer to those who've asked, you can make your donations on or around September 16th. No need to do it right away.

    Many thanks for pledging.
  • Bletchley Park was indeed the birthplace of computing... so why not support the National Museum of Computing (which includes Colossus) at Bletchley Park?
    Steve Hughes, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I am retired but the Bletchley Park Project is close to my heart therefore I am willing to donate £50.00
    Christine Arrowsmith, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • That's very sweet of you, Christine. Many thanks.
  • For what the huts and all the technical gubbins #bpark has given us, a days wage is a small price to pay
  • Alan Turing whom I'd rather address as Sir Alan Turing committed suicide due to homophobic harassment, isolation and targeting from the then British Government.

    Let us pledge also to never again penalise and ostracise such beautiful minds from our midst.

    We were very fortunate to have some one like Alan Turing live, walk and work in the area we now aspire to have the status of a New City of Milton Keynes.

    Such blessed but humanly tormented souls [Atmas] give the most in their ephemeral lives and leave never to return in human form. Such souls attain salvation, moksha or nirvana unquestionably.

    I am so very proud that such a befitting memorial is now created to honour such an intellectual giant who once graced this Earth and this city.

    Let us pledge also to unearth such gems, give them freedom dismantling barriers to their brilliance and let them shine during their 'human experience' on this Earth.


    Executive Officer Hindu Council UK
    Honorary Leader Milton Keynes Community Ambassadors
    Independent Parliamentary Candidate Milton Keynes North 2005/2010
  • I only wish that I lived closer to BP; I would never be away from the place. One of my watercolours is hanging in the Drawing Room of the Mansion, and I've pledged 2 more paintings for Kelsey with the object of raising money for BP.
    Well done to all concerned, I salute you all.

  • Hope a day's pension also acceptable :-). Just donated.
  • An absolute honour to help Bletchley Park in my tiny way.

    Power to your elbows!
  • Such a worthy donation. Will be visiting in two weeks with my son. Can't wait...

    Jenny Farr, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Many thanks to all that have pledged their support - I am stunned that so many people have joined me

    Bletchley Park have set up a JustGiving page to accept donations related to this pledge at

    This allows you to donate in a way that reclaims income tax on donations
    Nigel Metheringham, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part on this campaign. Keep up the excellent work @bletchleypark et al
    Soraya Viloria-Montes de Oca (@GeekChickUK), 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Many thanks to everyone who has fulfilled their pledge so far. We're hugely grateful for your generous support. The estimated total raised to date is roughly £15,000 (including money raised by my OO design course at Bletchley Park yesterday), and we have about 30 people still to fulfil their pledges, so it could be as high as £20,000 in the end.
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