In 2013 we managed to make a donation in England, Scotland and Wales but time defeated us when it came to Northern Ireland. We wanted to prioritise a donation there early in 2014 but had a problem. Who would deliver the sets? We reached out to Huw, the owner of one of our key supporters Brickset to see if he had a contact. His reply said he did but couldn’t remember if Ronald was in the North or The Republic. We contacted Ronald and it turned out he was based in Dublin. However this wasn’t an obstacle and he very generously agreed to drive them north. After the sets were delivered by another of our friends Parcel2Go.com Ronald headed north to the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. As you can see from the pictures the staff were thrilled as was Ciaran and his Dad Mark. Shortly afterwards we received the following letter
Dear Fairy Bricks,
I am sending you a belated thank you for the fabulous donation of the Lego bricks to the Children’s Ward in Daisy Hill Hospital. This gift is beyond all expectations. The children will be able to get hours of entertainment, and stretch their imaginations, building and constructing and playing with these sets. The Play Therapists are totally delighted at this addition to their resources, and the scope it offers to the children. On behalf of the Play Therapists, Children and Nursing staff, I send a huge thank you.
Anne Stanfield, Ward Sister, Children’s Ward
We really appreciate hearing from hospital staff and about the impact the sets are likely to have. This may have been our first trip to Northern Ireland but it won’t be our last. Huge thanks to all those who donated sets and to Ronald who gave not only his time but also risked life and limb on a particularly windy drive home!
LEGO fans from all over the UK and beyond arrived for the first ever Yorkshire Brick Show in their thousands on the 22nd and 23rd of February. Over 6000 people passed through the exhibition being held at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. The event was organised by members from Brickshire and members from both The Brickish Association and Northern Brickworks were also in attendance displaying their wonderful LEGO models. We were invited to both fund raise and increase awareness of our work in supporting hospitals with LEGO donations.
A huge thanks needs to be paid to everyone involved. First to the museum and organisers for welcoming us with open arms and supporting our plans. To all the people exhibiting over the weekend. Without the spectacular displays then there wouldn’t have been any attendance. To everyone who helped out on the Fairy Bricks display building the Tower Bridge and selling raffle tickets, Jim, Sally, Kev, Jenny, Jason, Jodi, Andy and KT. Everyone volunteering really helped out and because of everyone’s hard work £1100 was raised to enable us to make more hospital donations. Some of the proceeds will be spent in Wakefield at Pinderfields as we always attempt to link local fundraising to a local hospital. The final thank you needs to go to the public. To give so generously to a charity the majority of people there had never heard of speaks volumes for the community spirit on show. Here is hoping that the event returns next year!
Did you happen to see the LEGO adverts that aired on Sunday night during Dancing On Ice? One of them featured the lovable BRIAN the Robot of Confused.com helping out LEGO minfigs with their car insurance. Check it out below if you missed it.
To celebrate their love of all things LEGO, and BRIAN’s especially the team at Confused.com have come up with a wonderful building competition where both Apprentice and Master builders can win some fantastic prizes. If you’re an Apprentice simply build a robot from LEGO for the chance to win a LEGO Movie Rescue Reinforcement set and yearly family pass to LEGOLAND Windsor. Five runners up will also receive a £30 voucher for the LEGO Shop.
Now if you consider yourself a Master builder then its time to build a LEGO BRIAN. He can be as simple or as complicated as you like and the lucky winner will receive a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 and an exclusive car as featured in the add.
We are delighted to be partnering with Confused.com as part of this competition and they are making a generous donation of LEGO sets to be used in our next hospital donation. Full details including the terms and conditions can be found here so get building and the very best of luck!
One of things we have managed to capture so far with Fairy Bricks is a real sense of community spirit. This isn’t just community within a few miles but spanning thousands of them with LEGO fans as far away as Australia happy to donate sets for children in Sheffield.
The latest example is Babycakes in Greenock, Scotland. The owner Robert is a self-confessed LEGO fan who has made personal contributions himself and in May last year won a raffle prize. Between baking and icing magical cakes he has produced a Fairy Bricks collection box for his shop. So if you’re in need of an amazing cake in Greenock get in touch with Robert and when you collect it feel free to take some LEGO home with you to!
For a while now we have wondering what to do with used LEGO that we have ourselves and things that people would like to donate. The hospitals that we support are unable to accept them because of infection control issues. When we say used we mean good used. Not necessarily complete sets but no broken, chewed, licked by the dog or spent time up little Johnnys nose parts. Parts we would be happy to own ourselves. We thought about selling them to buy new things but after cleaning, checking and sorting etc it was decided it wasn’t an efficient way to spend our limited time. Still it would be criminal to let those parts go to waste.
After a chance encounter on Twitter there was a light bulb moment. Why not collect and donate the bricks where they could make a real difference the way our hospital sets do? So that’s what we are going to do. A charity that supports children with Down Syndrome have agreed to test this with us. It won’t be an exclusively used donation but certainly partial. The group will use the bricks and sets together to help develop finger strength and grip and involve siblings to make learning a shared family experience. The development of fine motor skills will eventually be very important when learning to hold a pen to be able to write. That is something we would be proud to have made a contribution towards.
On Friday 28th February, Fairy Bricks is inviting you to take part in Fairy Friday by organising a fundraising cake sale (with an added twist! More on that further down)
How do I organise a Fairy Friday cake sale?
Here are some tips:
Put posters up at your school, workplace, community centre, play group, etc. Maybe stay-at-home parents can get together for a extra-special coffee morning,
Tell your friends and co-workers the date and ask them to contribute by baking something for Fairy Friday. Remind them nearer the day too.
‘Cake’ can be interpreted very loosely! Cakes, biscuits, muffins, traybakes, savoury – all contribution will be greatly appreciated (and scoffed)!
You don’t have to make anything on the theme of Fairy Bricks, but if you do that would be extra-cool.
Make sure you have a large enough area to display all the cake and for people to come and survey the goods!
Rather than pricing everything individually and having to mess about with change, leave an honesty box for people to make their donations – maybe mark that the suggested donation is £1 per item, for example.
It’s helpful to provide some paper plates and napkins – and when people take a plate, they generally want to fill it! Meaning more money raised.
The added twist!
The extra dimension to this cake sale is that we’d also encourage you to hold a little LEGO building competition (can’t ignore the ‘bricks’ part of Fairy Bricks!).
Please ask people to bring in any of their own LEGO creations (or those of their children) on the day. You can upload pictures to the Fairy Bricks website and the best (as judged by the Fairy Bricks Team) will win a small prize (LEGO of course!).
The model doesn’t have to be huge or amazingly intricate; it can be anything you like, there is no theme, and no limits except your imagination!
This is completely optional; you don’t have to do the building competition as well.
If you have any questions about Fairy Friday, please get in touch with us via our Facebook page. Please let us know if you’re planning on taking part and don’t think you wont be able to raise enough money. Every penny will make a difference.
Hopefully, on Fairy Friday we can have some fun and, more importantly, together raise lots of money to put a smile on the faces of sick children.
Delighted to announce that the staff at Parcel2Go will be taking part and by the sound of things they are very excited!
Andrew Walker and other members of The Brickish Association, including our own Julie were displaying their amazing LEGO creations at the London Model Engineering Exhibition over the weekend. They decided to raffle off some passenger train sets they had been given and raised over £200 for Fairy Bricks.
Huge thanks to Andrew for organising, to Ian, Julies husband for excelling in the ticket sales and to everyone who bought a ticket. Congratulations to the winners, we hope you enjoy your trains!
Way out west. All the way to Sacramento, California. Pictured is our friend Roland with his children making a donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children in December. The LEGO wasn’t sent there from the UK which would have meant money wasted on postage costs. Roland was given $600 and asked to communicate with the hospital staff directly to obtain an understanding of the things they wanted. Using his knowledge and time he was able to take the $600 and buy sets worth more than $1800 which is an amazing effort to stretch the money as far as possible. The larger sets will be used in the community play room with the smaller ones enjoyed by children unable to leave their beds or rooms. Well done to Roland and his family for volunteering and giving their time to make this fantastic donation.