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Millie Fundraiser

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Meet Millie


She's a bubbly three year old relative of one of our railway family. She has recently had half her brain removed due to a stroke when she was just two years old. She wants to go to Walt Disney World in Florida and her parents need some help for her ongoing care.

The hat was needed before the op as she was having so many fits every day. Here are some photos of her in hospital just after the op to remove a large piece of her brain - the brain was misfiring between the good and dead parts. Now the dead part has been removed the seizures have stopped, so the last photo shows a smiley Millie on the sofa with her toys - the stroke she suffered is very evident as you can see only half her face can smile.<span class="moz-smiley-s1" title=":-)"><span> </span></span> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_disease">Kowasaki disease</a> has been the problem - just 1 in 25000 children suffer from it.

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How You Can Help


Ray Keattch is a signaller at West Hampstead PSB. He enjoyed SimSig and decided to apply for a job as a signaller - and passed with flying colours! He has been qualified to operate all the panels and Westcad at West Hampstead for a while now.

With the kind agreement of West Hampstead PSB, Ray is offering two lucky individuals the chance to work an entire shift at West Hampstead with him. You will be operating the buttons under Ray's supervision. This is a rare treat indeed and should not be missed!

Not only that, but six further individuals will have the opportunity to visit the signalbox in two groups of three. You will get to see all the panels, watch the trains pass by from inside the signalbox, and get a real insiders' view of how the railway works.

So here we have eight places up for grabs. All this is to raise money for Millie so we have devised a way for you to both help and have one of the fantastic opportunities up for grabs. This offer is kindly offered only to SimSig forum members, so if you're not a member, <a href="index.php?option=com_user&amp;view=register">sign up</a> now!

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How It Will Work


Each person who wants to enter will bid a non-refundable minimum amount of £2. The initial £2 will need to be paid immediately using the <a href="index.php?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=flypage.tpl&amp;product_id=38&amp;category_id=7&amp;option=com_virtuemart&amp;Itemid=79">specific Millie Fundraising page</a>. They will be able to increase their bid at any time until the closing date of the bidding. Not everybody is fortunate enough to have lots of money so we're going to give everybody a good chance of winning.

The highest value bidder will win one of the two working shifts at West Hampstead. The next four highest bidders will win four of the six signalbox visits. The remaining three places (two visits and one working a shift) will be randomly selected from all remaining bidders - regardless of how much they bid - using the following process.

<p class="MsoPlainText">If we have up to 100 bidders remaining (that is, after the five highest bidders have been removed), then we'll allocate the numbers 0 to 99 to them. We will put the list in bid amount order, highest first, then earlier bids above later bids of the same value, and allocate sequential numbers to them starting at 0 at the top of the list. When we run out of bidders, we go back to the top of the list and give the bidders a second number, and potentially a third.

We then take the winning <a href="http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/help/aboutmillionaireraffle.ftl">UK Millionaire Raffle number</a>, which is in the form XYZ123456. We split it into three pairs of digits, and that gives us the three winners (ie 12, 34, and 56 in this example). The first pair of digits (12 in this example) says who will get to work a shift; the other two pairs are the last two visits. If the same person wins twice, their second prize goes to the next person down the list (or to the top person if this is the bottom person).

<p class="MsoPlainText">If there are more than 100 bidders, we'll allocate the numbers from 0 to 999 instead and split the Raffle number into two three-digit pairs (123 and 456 in this example). To get the third number we'll add together the first two numbers plus the three Raffle letters (using A=1, B=2, ... Z=26).

<p class="MsoPlainText">Note that, although the results are chosen at random, the higher bidders (and, where equal bids exist, earlier bidders) will have a slight advantage.

 

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What's Next?


The bidding will start on <strong>Thursd</strong><strong>ay 28th April 2011 at 18:00 BST</strong>. It will end on <strong>Thursday 5th May 2011 at 18:00 BST</strong>. The list of bidders will be published on this website before the draw on Friday 6th May 2011. All bids must be paid into the dedicated "product" in the Shop which accepts PayPal payments only (you do <strong>not</strong> need a PayPal account to make a payment). No other form of payment is accepted, and everybody who has placed a winning bid <strong>must</strong> pay the remaining amount owing by <strong>Friday 13th May 2011 at 23:59 BST</strong>.

Please note that your bids are binding and must be paid by the due date. You will be notified a day or two before the due date if payment hasn't been received. SimSig will be passing all bids received to Millie's family but will not pass on the bank charges so they will get the full amount. Remember, <em>this is to help a young girl have the holiday of a lifetime</em> after her grueling operation to remove half her brain.

If you wish to make a donation without bidding, you are more than welcome to do so, marking the payment accordingly (see the <a href="index.php?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=flypage.tpl&amp;product_id=38&amp;category_id=7&amp;option=com_virtuemart&amp;Itemid=79">payment page</a> for details).

<strong><span style="color: green;">Help put a smile back on Mille's face!</span></strong>

Our Simple Terms &amp; Conditions


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<li>We offer this in good faith in order to raise money for Millie.</li>
<li>Whilst the prizes have been confirmed, they are subject to change due to operational or other reasons beyond our control.</li>
<li>The £2 is not refundable. If you place a bid, you are committed to paying that amount if you win, regardless of how you win.</li>
<li>Payments not received by Friday 13th May 2011 at 23:59 BST will result in the bid becoming null and void, and the prize awarded to someone else according to the rules below.</li>
<li>Any winner may relinquish their prize, in which case the prize will be re-allocated according to the rules below.</li>
<li>The group visits will be arranged on a date and time which is convenient to Ray and the majority of the winners. We'll do our best to make sure you can come but please understand that we cannot necessarily accommodate everybody's wishes simultaneously.</li>
<li>The working shifts will be arranged on a date and time that is mutually convenient to each winner and Ray.</li>
<li>In both #6 and #7 above, the date is likely to be in mid- to late-May.</li>
<li>The UK Millionaire Raffle is used only to select the random winners and has no other bearing or relevance to this process. You do not need to do or pay anything to them, and they have nothing to do with us.</li>
<li>You can only enter once, though you may increase your bid at any time during the bidding process. The new amount will replace the previous amount.</li>
<li>Withdrawing a bid will only be possible in extreme circumstances. Please check the amount carefully before bidding.</li>
<li>You can bid on behalf of someone else, that is, you may donate your prize to someone else, as long as that someone else is not another bidder.</li>
<li>Entrance to the signalbox requires adherence to, but not limited to, the <a href="dokuwiki/doku.php?id=meets:signalbox_visit_rules">Signalbox Visit Rules</a>.</li>
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<p class="MsoPlainText">Details for re-awarding prizes in accordance with conditions 4 and 5:

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<li>The prize goes to the next person in the list of bidders (which remains in bid order <span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: ">and includes the five high bidders</span>after the person who is giving up the prize. Anyone else who has won the same prize is skipped when doing this. If the prize is a box visit, the winners of the panel sessions are also skipped.</li>
<li>If the prize is a panel session and the next person has already won a box visit, they can choose which of the two they want. The other prize is then re-awarded according to these same rules.</li>
<li>For determining "the next person", the person at the top of the list comes immediately after the person at the bottom.</li>
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