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I know we only have a couple of days to go, but my money is on we smash £3k! :o)
Let's hope for a Mrs Gold next year, hey? ;o)
great news on the total @kevbags and i'm with @legoboy - come o for the £3k!!
@greekmick Way beyond expectations to be honest. Pre Mr Gold at the start I had a dream of £1000. There was a fear that the value of tickets would be less than the value of just selling the prizes. This fear was highlighted further with the inclusion of Mr Gold. As crazy as this might sound but I did have to think about adding him. I didn't want his "value" to be wasted if that makes sense.
I think the totalizer is proof that the correct decision was made though and what an achievement it would be to get to £3000 now.
His snakeskin boots may suggest 'Cowboy' but @kevbags is a top fella and I'm proud to have him as a
About the suggestions: I agree that houses are a great one or just assorted bricks.
I would also make a suggestion: would it be possible to have some sort of little book with building suggestions? Some kids like to have a starting point and a little book that shows small and simple models would be great in my opinion.
Shame Lego haven't released a hospital for a long time that would have been great to give!
We donated all of his Duplo (as he said he was too old at 4) and his wooden kitchen stuff by Le Toy Van. They where reluctant to take the Le Toy Van stuff though due to cleaning even though every child that came to our house and played with it loved pretending to make a cake or pizza. :(
I wonder whether you could source those bigger bricks they have at Legoland. I think from memory they are about 25cm by 10cm by 10cm and can take a lot of battering. They can be washed and cleaned to help fight bacteria and would be a lot harder for pieces to go missing.
I know in the play area at Legoland my little boy starting brick laying with the help of many others. He even built a step when it got too high for him.
Sets wise for the kids to play with or take home I think most children would appreciate anything, even Chima :)
I think I've never seen an Internet community so close!
Thanks to @rocao the raffle is moving west and funds will now also be used in Sacramento California. The Shriners Hospital For Children brings us to seven locations and if we can manage one final push in the next 41 hours could we generate enough to find an eigth? Maybe even a ninth?
While staying there, my in-laws stopped by and gave my son his first LEGO set, #6240 Kraken Attackin'. They also promised him some 'LEGO pirate ships' that they had at their house (turns out they were COBI, but that's another story). That LEGO set made my son smile and perk up for the first time in days.
The hospital gave him extra great care, and promised him a trip to the closet where they kept gifts (sadly no LEGO at that time) once he was on his feet, which I think helped accelerate that process tremendously.
I just wanted to share this, while not exactly the same circumstances it was close enough... when a kid is in the hospital, it is hard on them, and a little LEGO set can really make their day. I'm looking forward to the reports back from the donations to these hospitals. Hopefully lots of sick little girls will smile when they get a new LEGO Friends set, and sick little boys will perk up when they get a Lone Ranger, Star Wars, Chima, Ninjago, or City set.
For my son, it definitely made his day, and it brought our family back to LEGO. He's seven now, and since his tonsillectomy his frequent hospital visits have stopped. Our LEGO buying, on the other hand, hasn't... but I wouldn't want it any other way.
And obviously polys too.
The cold steely exterior nearly cracked ;-) Thankyou @indigobox and thankyou Jack. Great family.
Jack has now decided to go back in for the 5th time today to get yet another Chima.
Now there is only one space on the totalizer left. @LostInTranslation can't make it bigger because it won't fit in the camera shot so this will be the last picture until entries close.
From around 10:20pm tomorrow night I'll be posting a running score of where the total is. Like the EOL Amazon countdowns except counting up. Hopefully I'll be struggling to keep up!
Come on, £3,500!!!!!!!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!!!!!
It's a really special thing here in the forum, and I wouldn't have found about it if another member hadn't linked to the topic in another thread!