Marc Carter is creating the LittleBlueCup Project - we make smiles happen
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patrons

Thanks for coming to take a look at my Patreon page. I have some really big plans for the future and I’d like you to be a part of it all. Not just a ‘patron’ but, hopefully, a friend.

You know about the #CupForBen thing right? If not Google it or check my early YouTube videos on my Channel. Life went a bit crazy for a while and accidentally gave me massive inspiration, found me tons of new friends and helped give my son Ben something he desperately needed for the rest of his life.

A simple Tweet I sent went viral and I was trending in dozens of countries and had news organisations chasing for interviews. For a while #CupForBen took over my life. I carefully guided my interviews round to discussing real issues and bigger stuff - unpaid family carers, learning disability, special needs and Autism. I made a video, and then another, they too got a lot of attention so I made more. My plans developed, I was trying my best to use this minor fame to help carers. I was guiding the conversation and making a small difference. I know this because people were telling me. "Make more videos", "please don't stop" and plenty of "thank you" messages made me realise I could help people just by sitting in front of my iPhone and talking. Now, what if I actually put some time and effort into it and made something of quality? Maybe that could really help?

LittleBlueCup was born. The website is being readied, the YouTube channel and the Twitter following is growing. There are Facebook pages for a few different parts of the project like the main LittleBlueCup Project page which is helping parents find cups, toys and other items for their children with special needs, and there's the SensoryFriendlyProject which shares places that are making an effort to be, well, 'SensoryFriendly'. Most excitingly is a media project that starts with the YouTube channel, and I’m working with a production company to grow it into something far bigger. This is about Autism, special needs and learning disabilities, this is about challenging the perception of Autism and learning disabilities whilst helping people to learn more about it. This is about changing the conversation, and I believe nothing like this exists already.

If I simply made videos about Autism, talking about special needs and learning disabilities, people either wouldn't watch or they would soon shut off.  I want to use the amazing stories LittleBlueCup produces, achieves, I can't find the right word, but the stories that come out of LittleBlueCup are inspiring, they get people listening.  I can tell these stories and at the same time teach people about neurodiversity, learning disabilities, communication difficulties, the challenges people with special needs face in their every day lives.

I also want to make videos for parents and carers about a huge range of things - stuff they may find useful: how to apply for this or that support; what to do when something happens; coping strategies; relaxation techniques; interviews with other parents and carers; interviews with professionals and MPs; even some funny stories to brighten the day. I'm being told this stuff is helping others. Being able to sit and watch a short video with a cuppa when you get a spare 5 minutes seems to be a popular idea, preferable to reading even more documents and pages. I want to make it happen.

The project will make the most enormous differences in the tiniest of ways. But I need a bit more help to make it the success it needs to be.

I have started this Patreon campaign because I am determined to not only continue with the videos but to develop the bigger project and make it successful and helpful to as many people as possible.

Funding has helped all sorts of families, we have simply paid for postage and packaging, we have covered petrol costs for someone dropping off a much-needed toy, we paid for membership to a Young Widows support group for a young mum who lost her husband and her Autistic son has PTSD due to losing his dad.  Shes alone with no money and nobody to talk to, and the one group that could give her some support, well she simply couldn't afford it and to feed her children.  We paid for the membership.

I also need to invest in some equipment and it will need to be maintained. I will want to pay some people for their time, and their skills. I get a lot of support for free, but I can't expect that forever and I'm going to have to get some help with things like graphics, music, animation…

A little help to do good stuff would be really amazing. The videos may not look demanding, but it's not easy, they take time to work out, film and then edit.

If you decide you want to help out I have some little rewards for you. They are not the most amazing things ever, I'm going to try and improve them over time and if you are still a supporter when I change a reward you will get all the new extra benefits too, of course. The rewards are mostly to bring you and me together so we can talk, share, and I can say 'thanks'.

I really want my ‘Friends’ to be part of this project, fully involved - sharing, communicating, watching video updates, helping me out with stuff as I go along. The videos won't just be for Parents and Carers, there will be other stuff too, but it's important to know the focus for me is LittleBlueCup and the families we have supported, Carers, learning disabilities, special needs, Autism, mental health (I talk openly about my own mental health struggles), and my life with my weird and amazing family. Oh, and a good laugh - I struggle to be serious for more than about 4 minutes at a time!

Patreon has helped many people to develop what they do. It's potentially a way to help me give great things to the people out there who really need it. This is a way for you to help others through me.

Tiers
Become A Patron
$2 or more per month
Thank you, it genuinely means so much.

You can unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. 

  • My personal thanks
  • Access to a feed of patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
Supporter
$5 or more per month
All of the above plus you get email updates from me and your name on my 'Supporters Page' on my website.
  • Email updates
  • Name on Supporters page
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Supporter
$10 or more per month
All of the above plus access to special videos I will make exclusively available to you wonderful people
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Your name in the end credits of my videos
  • Your name as a Super Supporter on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
Executive Producer
$20 or more per month
Wow, thank you! Your name on all of my videos as an Executive Producer.  
  • Your name as an Executive Producer
  • Help me choose topics for for videos
  • All of the above
Superstar
$30 or more per month
All of the above but with a bit more love.
Goals
50% complete
This will allow me to travel to make 2 interview videos each month and ensure all the basic costs are covered.
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Thanks for coming to take a look at my Patreon page. I have some really big plans for the future and I’d like you to be a part of it all. Not just a ‘patron’ but, hopefully, a friend.

You know about the #CupForBen thing right? If not Google it or check my early YouTube videos on my Channel. Life went a bit crazy for a while and accidentally gave me massive inspiration, found me tons of new friends and helped give my son Ben something he desperately needed for the rest of his life.

A simple Tweet I sent went viral and I was trending in dozens of countries and had news organisations chasing for interviews. For a while #CupForBen took over my life. I carefully guided my interviews round to discussing real issues and bigger stuff - unpaid family carers, learning disability, special needs and Autism. I made a video, and then another, they too got a lot of attention so I made more. My plans developed, I was trying my best to use this minor fame to help carers. I was guiding the conversation and making a small difference. I know this because people were telling me. "Make more videos", "please don't stop" and plenty of "thank you" messages made me realise I could help people just by sitting in front of my iPhone and talking. Now, what if I actually put some time and effort into it and made something of quality? Maybe that could really help?

LittleBlueCup was born. The website is being readied, the YouTube channel and the Twitter following is growing. There are Facebook pages for a few different parts of the project like the main LittleBlueCup Project page which is helping parents find cups, toys and other items for their children with special needs, and there's the SensoryFriendlyProject which shares places that are making an effort to be, well, 'SensoryFriendly'. Most excitingly is a media project that starts with the YouTube channel, and I’m working with a production company to grow it into something far bigger. This is about Autism, special needs and learning disabilities, this is about challenging the perception of Autism and learning disabilities whilst helping people to learn more about it. This is about changing the conversation, and I believe nothing like this exists already.

If I simply made videos about Autism, talking about special needs and learning disabilities, people either wouldn't watch or they would soon shut off.  I want to use the amazing stories LittleBlueCup produces, achieves, I can't find the right word, but the stories that come out of LittleBlueCup are inspiring, they get people listening.  I can tell these stories and at the same time teach people about neurodiversity, learning disabilities, communication difficulties, the challenges people with special needs face in their every day lives.

I also want to make videos for parents and carers about a huge range of things - stuff they may find useful: how to apply for this or that support; what to do when something happens; coping strategies; relaxation techniques; interviews with other parents and carers; interviews with professionals and MPs; even some funny stories to brighten the day. I'm being told this stuff is helping others. Being able to sit and watch a short video with a cuppa when you get a spare 5 minutes seems to be a popular idea, preferable to reading even more documents and pages. I want to make it happen.

The project will make the most enormous differences in the tiniest of ways. But I need a bit more help to make it the success it needs to be.

I have started this Patreon campaign because I am determined to not only continue with the videos but to develop the bigger project and make it successful and helpful to as many people as possible.

Funding has helped all sorts of families, we have simply paid for postage and packaging, we have covered petrol costs for someone dropping off a much-needed toy, we paid for membership to a Young Widows support group for a young mum who lost her husband and her Autistic son has PTSD due to losing his dad.  Shes alone with no money and nobody to talk to, and the one group that could give her some support, well she simply couldn't afford it and to feed her children.  We paid for the membership.

I also need to invest in some equipment and it will need to be maintained. I will want to pay some people for their time, and their skills. I get a lot of support for free, but I can't expect that forever and I'm going to have to get some help with things like graphics, music, animation…

A little help to do good stuff would be really amazing. The videos may not look demanding, but it's not easy, they take time to work out, film and then edit.

If you decide you want to help out I have some little rewards for you. They are not the most amazing things ever, I'm going to try and improve them over time and if you are still a supporter when I change a reward you will get all the new extra benefits too, of course. The rewards are mostly to bring you and me together so we can talk, share, and I can say 'thanks'.

I really want my ‘Friends’ to be part of this project, fully involved - sharing, communicating, watching video updates, helping me out with stuff as I go along. The videos won't just be for Parents and Carers, there will be other stuff too, but it's important to know the focus for me is LittleBlueCup and the families we have supported, Carers, learning disabilities, special needs, Autism, mental health (I talk openly about my own mental health struggles), and my life with my weird and amazing family. Oh, and a good laugh - I struggle to be serious for more than about 4 minutes at a time!

Patreon has helped many people to develop what they do. It's potentially a way to help me give great things to the people out there who really need it. This is a way for you to help others through me.

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Tiers
Become A Patron
$2 or more per month
Thank you, it genuinely means so much.

You can unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. 

  • My personal thanks
  • Access to a feed of patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
Supporter
$5 or more per month
All of the above plus you get email updates from me and your name on my 'Supporters Page' on my website.
  • Email updates
  • Name on Supporters page
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Supporter
$10 or more per month
All of the above plus access to special videos I will make exclusively available to you wonderful people
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Your name in the end credits of my videos
  • Your name as a Super Supporter on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
Executive Producer
$20 or more per month
Wow, thank you! Your name on all of my videos as an Executive Producer.  
  • Your name as an Executive Producer
  • Help me choose topics for for videos
  • All of the above
Superstar
$30 or more per month
All of the above but with a bit more love.