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Hi, my name is Neil. We lost our son Ben from a brain tumour when he was 5, we fought for him for almost 4 years.
We set up a totally voluntary charity called "Time Is Precious" because we genuinely want to help children & families in a similar situation to what we were in, so we work alongside hospital specialists to help improve the atmosphere & to create more relaxing/ child friendly enviroment whilst in hospital.
I am a Lego fanatic & we would like set up a Lego exhibition to raise funds. This would be in the Bath area. Would anyone be willing to come along to exhibit? Or know who to contact to do this please? Many thanks for reading this.
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I've never organised a show but I have displayed at/visited several, on differing scales, so here are some thoughts from me.
I'm assuming you mean a weekend/day one-off event rather than a long-term exhibition?
I think if you organise a date and venue, then I would suggest promoting that here and also getting in touch with the Brickish Association, as I am sure there are members down in that part of England, who organised the West Country Bricks show (or similar name) in Exeter in July, who would be interested in displaying.
The venue can be something as simple as hiring a church hall - I know someone who does this locally near me in Naphill every year for a Lego and model show. It depends how big a scale you want to aim for. Lego shows, if well promoted, decently priced and with good exhibits/activities, are incredibly popular. But it's probably best to walk before you run and start small. It also requires quite a lot of effort and a leap of faith on your part to make it happen, I think, but I wish you all the best with it.
Sorry to hear about your son, can't imagine going through that (I have 2 boys around that age). its great what you are doing. with regards to an event I'm doing my first 2 weeks today for fairy bricks.
I echo what @lostintranslation said. Getting a suitable and flexible venue that's not a fortune is hard but church halls are cheaper and helpful but you might have time restraints (I found the only one in the area that wasn't in use on a sat morning). Also consider parking etc.
Leap of faith? Hell yea. I'm petrified it wont be busy. You ask a lot of people to help and its basically up to you to make it work. Unfortunately due to a sudden change in family situation I'm unable to invest financially as I planned. It wasn't much but situation atm means it isn't there. Currently flogging some of my sets to make sure its what I have in my head and don't disappoint. I'm bricking it, no pun intended!
also ask if you are going to have activities as well as displays. More work and people involved.
Try to go to other shows. I hadn't been to one when I planned this but was at one a few weeks ago. it wasn't your usual show and it confirmed what we had planned was right, all of us, including the kids, were not that impressed and learned a lot.
I have a crap load of work to do in the next few weeks and still need more helpers for the day but looking forward to it. It might also lead to more things. In talks with the local shopping centre for an Xmas display and hoping to use that for something a bit different in the new year (top secret atm, if the show is a failure it wont happen!). currently got everything crossed its busy but not too busy.
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