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General Fairy Bricks Discussion

SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
edited August 2022 in Community and Events
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 :-) @MinifigsMe 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, @drdavewatford, @Shib and @caperberry 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.



  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    Great to hear some more about the events. I'm not on Facebook so I appreciate this write-up.

    If there is anything I can do administration- wise from a distance, always willing to help.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    I definitely think this is a great idea to keep us updated on Fairy missions!

    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! 
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    @starwars4ever as @LostInTranslation mentioned above, in November there is going to be a big raffle for Fairy Bricks, who provide sick kids with Lego sets, so a great cause.So you'll be able to take part in the excitement then ;)
  • LegopantsLegopants Member Posts: 2,097

    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.

  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,268
    ^ are Mark and Fly so bad at learning their lines that you had to do that many takes? ;)
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily Member Posts: 661
    Saving up for my big raffle tickets, had so much fun with the last one - trying to think of a rarer set I can donate, sure I have something stashed somewhere- question is where ?
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    edited August 2016
    @Coyotelily - will Linda be partaking again too? :-) 

    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!! 
  • stluxstlux Member Posts: 2,450
    Not on Facebook either, so echoing other people that it will be great to read about what's going on in Fairyland here.
    Looking forward to the November raffle!
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily Member Posts: 661
    @LostInTranslation yes that's right, we still laugh about it now, to be honest I think she's looking forward to the raffle this year, and she's lucky enough to get another winner, unlike me !
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,533
    I don't do Facebook either, so lovely to hear what the Fairy Bricks gang have been up to. Top work, folks!

    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
  • bendybadgerbendybadger Member Posts: 1,139

    /starts saving for tickets
    Maybe @SirKevbags should start shaving for tickets.  Imagine how much he could raise by shaving the hairy fairy beard off?
  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Member Posts: 805

    /starts saving for tickets
    Maybe @SirKevbags should start shaving for tickets.  

    For a moment I thought you were going all Sean Connery on us @bendybadger :o)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    Well done paw-some gorgeous Felix! 

  • LegopantsLegopants Member Posts: 2,097
    Well done paw-some gorgeous Felix! 

  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    edited August 2016
    Well done Felix, at least she will have enough warmth to get her through winter then ;)
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Wish I were a cat.  Wish I had four legs.  :)

    Good job Felix.
  • bendybadgerbendybadger Member Posts: 1,139
    ^if you were a cat you would just have 2 dodgy knees instead of the one.  
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    It appears I have two dodgy ones so at least I'd have two decent ones as back up.
  • CalvCalv Member Posts: 904
    THere's an article in the latest Rail magazine about the exploits of Felix and Sir Kev. Very good read.
  • bendybadgerbendybadger Member Posts: 1,139
    I was about to do a 5K walk on Friday and hoped to tie into the Fairy Bricks 5K and follow in Felix's footsteps (not literally as walking Huddersfield station would be boring) but I have just found out that the event is completed.

    Will walk it anyway and try and raise some cash for fairy bricks. 5K I can manage 100K just seems silly :)

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    @bendybadger Sorry about that. I think something similar will happen again. Something Christmas related has been discussed or it might be into 2017. The medals have been very popular! 
  • LegopantsLegopants Member Posts: 2,097
    @SirKevbags - it's November! Any news regarding this year's FB MegaRaffle?
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,380
    In anticipation of the up and coming Fairy Bricks Raffle, I thought I would check out the 2014 raffle thread (Link below for newer members that, like myself were not about at the time).
    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.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    I'm glad you posted that link, @bandit778 - so lovely to see the hospitals receiving the Lego! :) 
  • messymessy Member Posts: 253
    Nice tea shirt!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    You might need to start supplying storage cabinets with the donations :-)
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    As silly as it sounds that's why for a multi ward place, £2400 of sets at RRP is the maximum we currently donate because of basic problems like storage.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    edited December 2016
    Very good.  :)  merry Christmas.

    @jujem71@MinifigsMe, @SirKevbags, @EdDiment; @cheshirecat,
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    That is the correct answer, well done. However the use of the semi colon after Ed's name does however invalidate your entry. Sorry @Legoboy but rules is rules ;-)
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    edited December 2016
    That's a mark on your screen.  ;)

    Daft thing is, I get that sometimes when pushing spacebar after pasting text.  No idea how or why.
  • flumpflump Member Posts: 14
    Since @legoboy is illiterate, here's my guess, with no punctuation.

    @jujem71  @MinifigsMe  @SirKevbags  @EdDiment  @cheshirecat
  • sirrich69sirrich69 Member Posts: 531
    Well in that case

    @jujem71 (Julie), @MinifigsMe (Caroline), @SirKevbags (Kev), @EdDiment (Ed), @cheshirecat (Martin)

    and no semicolon in sight.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    Not sure if you were joking or not @SirKevbags :) Or are you sending a prize to @legoboy and  @flump?

    Nice looking figs!
  • LegopantsLegopants Member Posts: 2,097
    edited December 2016
    Who's the ugly one in the middle? :-)
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    This is very unfortunate but we have reason to believe there could be a duel entry. Only a thorough and full investigation can uncover this ;-) But as @Huw is sunning himself it will have to wait.

    @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! 
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Legopants said:
    Who's the ugly one in the middle? :-)
    Take that back.  The one in the middle's my favourite.  Absolutely love him.

  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    This is very unfortunate but we have reason to believe there could be a duel entry. 
    Swords at dawn or pistols at dusk?

  • CalvCalv Member Posts: 904
    ^ Flick fire missiles at noon!
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,634
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    @Bumblepants I share your frustration, we all do :( I continue to hit brick walls though with payment processing (this is despite being sent the correct and relevant paperwork on several occasions)

    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.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    Well as soon as you are ready @SirKevbags rest assured we will be buying tickets by the dozen! 

    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. 
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,634
    I understand, I just got excited thinking about it.
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