Although not a huge fan of general discussion threads personally it has been pointed out to us that we have not been keeping the Forum updated enough with general Fairy activities. This hasn't been by accident, it was felt that reporting every donation etc may be considered a little spammy so perhaps containing things within this thread is the way to go. The main source of our updates and communication tends to be our Facebook
page. Lets try it and see.
So where better to start than Friday when there were things happening in West Yorkshire and London. Firstly in Huddersfield we had another person taking part in our Virtual 5K Run
(you pay £5 and run, walk, cycle, swim, waddle or anything in between at your own pace and are then sent a medal and printed brick, additional external sponsorship is optional.) Well when I say person, I actually mean cat. Huddersfield Railway Station has a rather popular cat living there called Felix
so it was thought that we could use a tracking device to monitor her steps with her Facebook fans providing sponsorship. We built a LEGO version of her to celebrate her involvement. It has proven to be a great success with over £3000 raised in voluntary sponsorship and an appearance on the BBC Website
was there as MC while ably assisted by @CoraHarrison
and her partner Helen.
While all that was happening ooooop north I had ventured south to join forces with nine other Fairies (correction, that should have been nine but we had to drop to eight because some fellow by the name of @Huw
didn't arrive until 4pm when we were packing up!) so we could visit the Royal London Hospital
armed with £2400 of sets for a stay and play day. Inspired by our partnership with Goldman Sachs and unlike our regular hospital donations the days are built around us being there from early morning to mid afternoon and building sets with children. That's a mix of inpatients and outpatients who have been invited along for the day. More of these days throughout the country would be wonderful but sadly the number of hospitals with a large enough play space is limited. I'm sure Forum Members @LostInTranslation
who were all part of the team would agree that it was a day well spent! Not all of the sets were given out on the day and the rest remain with the hospital Play Specialists to be used as they see fit.
So that's the near past taken care of. On the horizon we have a trips to Skaerbaek, STEAM, Dubai and Brick Birmingham. The Big Raffle will return in November and the hospital donations will keep happening. If you have any questions feel free to ask them here or drop me a PM. We are always looking for people to get more involved, especially with events and would love to hear from you if you have a fundraising idea or would like to be involved with a donation etc.
If there is anything I can do administration- wise from a distance, always willing to help.
Felix is doing a grand job for you, good on her!
I was really happy to do my part in being involved at the Royal London last week, it was a very good day, most definitely well spent. I'd happily do it again (though I've nearly used up all my holiday until 2017 now :-( )
I'm already planning what to donate for the Big Raffle in November. Maybe I should find a Big prize worthy of the event? Hmmm... And perhaps a few little things too as I never can resist adding extras! :-)
Also must start thinking of what the brand new 2016 totalizer will look like!
Hurray for Fairy Bricks!
What a lovely looking pussy! Good luck, Felix!
I'm not a Facebooker either, so I look forward to reading the updates posted here :-)
Looking forward to seeing the FB crew at this year's STEAM and can't wait for the FB Raffle in November - see what I can dig out as a prize bundle.
Edit - am I right in thinking it was your friend Linda who swapped the Mark Stafford model for a key chain? If not my comment makes no sense at all!!
Looking forward to the November raffle!
Fantastic to hear that the raffle is making a return. I'm sure I've got one or two interesting things I can put up as prizes.
/starts saving for tickets
The only slight negative is that due to all the extra attention and treats, she has gained a little weight so is now on a strict diet!
Good job Felix.
Will walk it anyway and try and raise some cash for fairy bricks. 5K I can manage 100K just seems silly :)
What started out as a brief look to see what sort of thing to expect - led into reading through of all 42 pages of the thread as it's very addictive reading and bloody hilarious in places.
Now looking forward to this event even more and hoping that the totals can be beaten again by the ever increasing Brickset community.
As the picture says! We really need to build a Jason. First person to name them correctly with their Brickset Forum name from left to right will win a prize!
@jujem71, @MinifigsMe, @SirKevbags, @EdDiment; @cheshirecat,
Daft thing is, I get that sometimes when pushing spacebar after pasting text. No idea how or why.
@jujem71 @MinifigsMe @SirKevbags @EdDiment @cheshirecat
@jujem71 (Julie), @MinifigsMe (Caroline), @SirKevbags (Kev), @EdDiment (Ed), @cheshirecat (Martin)
and no semicolon in sight.
Nice looking figs!
@sirrich69 if only you had not attempted to add real names, you have a spelling mistake there ;-)
@Legopants you're not wrong on that and could likely do with a beard increase!
It's even more annoying when the Brickpicker thing is going on but they are operating under US law which is different to the UK which appears to throw the likes of paypal and stripe :(
I could fire it up in a half arsed fashion, gifted paypal payments etc, it's how this entire thing started after all but there is to much at stake now in regards to the organisation to take that approach.
In the mean time, Fairy fans can plan their Fairy Friday cake sales!
I've had to switch mine to Friday 3rd March due to a clash with another charity event at work but am already thinking about what to make and how to encourage even more involvement at work.