After several months of planning we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Goldman Sachs. As part of their Community Teamwork’s initiative, on June 19th we will be joined by twenty GS volunteers in visiting the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. The day will be spent building new LEGO sets with both in and out patients. Also joining us will be Master Builders Tim Johnson, the Editor of Bricks Culture magazine and Gary Davis, the Vice Chair of the Brickish Association to help the children, hospital staff and volunteers see beyond the instructions and get creative with the bricks.
Jason Granet, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs said, “The team here is so excited to work with Fairy Bricks on this unique event. Kev and Fairy Bricks have a great organization and we are pleased to partner with them on what promises to be a fabulous day with all the children at Evelina Children’s Hospital.”
We can only echo Jason’s comments. From the moment this project was first conceived, Jason and his team have been a pleasure to work with and we can’t wait for June 19th to come now so some boxes can be ripped open to start building! It won’t just be about the one day though, there will be lots of LEGO left behind to be used by the Play Specialists in the future months.
Fairy Friday Is Back!
Remember last year when our first external fundraiser was a cakes at work day? Well it’s back and hopefully even more people will take part. Right now everyone is working off the Christmas excess so by the 27th of February will be ready to, and as importantly deserve to eat some cake!
You can hold one at work, school or even at home. If the 27th doesn’t work for you then its no problem, just pick another date and let us know so we can tell everyone how great you are for getting involved. We don’t want anyone to be concerned with being worried about how much they raise, just please take part and have some fun. If you’re a secret LEGO fan this is a great way to introduce it to your colleagues! A poster is available to download by clicking the link below.
The day after Sunderland we visited the Leeds General Infirmary. Leeds was nominated by one of our volunteers KT who you can see pictured. She is a key member of the team who is always happy to give up time for fund raising efforts and is wonderful at spotting discounted sets when out and about! Also pictured is Matthew one of the LGI patients. Matthew is a huge LEGO fan who already had some small sets in his room from home. After we had left it is fair to say he had plenty of new ones to choose from!
Back in late June we visited Sunderland Royal Hospital to meet the members of the play team and the wonderful Lewis who kindly agreed to be in a picture. This donation followed some successful fund raising at the Northumbria Brick Show when we attempted to build our mosaic for the first time. It wan’t completed but everyone taking part had a wonderful time and took great pride in building their own plate before it was added to the others! A few days after a card was received from patients and staff highlighting just how much the donation had meant.
Below is a list of all prizes with their ticket numbers from The Big Raffle. We are contacting people now to get their postage details so they can be dispatched. Over £7000 was raised which is an amazing total and will enable us to donate LEGO to around eighteen hospitals!
|#9465 The Zombies||6165|
|#2853835 White Boba Fett Minifig||3795|
|#40082 Christmas Tree Stand & #40083 Christmas Truck||4530|
|#10230 Mini Modulars||7383|
|Brick City & Brick Wonders both signed by the author Warren Elsmore||5624|
|#10226 Sopwith Camel & #40049 Mini Sopwith Camel||21|
|The New York Bundle #40025 New York Taxi & #40026 Statue Of Liberty & #850947 Statue Of Liberty Magnet 󐕅 I (heart) New York Magnet||1383|
|#9492 Tie Fighter||4837|
|#4000010 LEGO House Only available in Denmark and an exclusive copy signed by LEGO CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Marketing Director Mads Nipper and several LEGO Designers.||5120|
|#9493 X Wing Starfighter||1642|
|#5000022 Hulk Minifig||6873|
|#3316 Friends Advent Calendar||1800|
|#7066 Earth Defence HQ||3248|
|The Jedi Bundle #7103 Jedi Duel, #7203 Jedi Defence, #7204 Jedi Defence II||1635|
|#850935 Classic Minifigure Graduation Set||2837|
|Complete set of Daily Mail Promotional sets||6265|
|Mystery Box 2||4485|
|Limited Edition No. 2 of 4 Hairy Fairy Minifig||3451|
|Complete set of Ferrari polybags||1815|
|#21020 Trevi Fountain||4196|
|#3300003 Mini Brand Store||476|
|#41999 Limited Edition Technic Crawler||5204|
|#3300014 Christmas Set||64|
|Mystery Box 6||2270|
|#79105 Baxters Robot Rampage||2918|
|#60013 Coastguard Helicopter||5263|
|#As yet unreleased new LEGO Cussoo set, The Exo Suit signed by the creator Peter Reid||4037|
|Mystery Box 1||3842|
|#4736 Freeing Dobby||3826|
|Mystery Box 5||5500|
|Mystery Box 4||4624|
|The Samiam Bundle #5000202 Elrond Poly & #5001621 Hoth Han Solo & Custom Built Mini Starbucks & Jango Fett and Young Boba Fett from set #7153||4905|
|The HispaBricks Bundle #850802 Tokyo Magnet & #5001121 BR LEGO Minifig & LEGO World 2014 Exclusive Minifig and Puzzle||1318|
|Micro Bundle #853195 Brick Calendar & #5002126 Martian Manhunter||86|
|Mystery Box 3||2688|
|LEGO Comic Book Variant Covers All New X-Men – 17 & Uncanny Avengers – 12 & Guardians of the Galaxy – 007||2161|
|2011 LEGO Duck||4254|
|LEGO Movie Bundle #5002203 Radio DJ Robot & #5002045 Pyjamas Emmet & #5002204 Western Emmet||6150|
|#10242 Mini Cooper||2780|
|Mystery Box 7||38|
|#2853590 Chrome Stormtrooper||1678|
|One of a kind Spaceship designed, built and signed by LEGO designer Mark Stafford||3896|
|Complete set of Super Heros polybag sets||4093|
|Mystery Box 8||4638|
|#5002130 Good Morning Bilbo Baggins||2748|
|#50003 Batman Game & #50011 Battle For Helms Deep Game||4536|
|#10232 Palace Cinema||610|
|Mini Bundle #5000214 Star Wars Character Encyclopaedia & #4659597 Friends Bracelets & #5002127 Flashback Shredder||2792|
Richard Bullivant and Mike Amberry will be walking the Dodentocht in aid of Fairy Bricks at 9pm on August 8th. Literally meaning Death March, it is a 100km (62 mile) walking challenge in 24 hours in Belgium. There are around 11,000 participants each year and around a third don’t complete the distance. However they’ve been training hard since February and feel confident that the event and the fact that they’d be letting down various sponsors if they don’t, will be enough to get the to the finish line. They’ll be fighting a lack of sleep, a long distance and no doubt some form of weather (extreme heat or heavy rain pretty much guaranteed).
The lads have created an online donation page which can be found here so please contribute if you are able to. Every £1 does make a difference and regardless of the money raised we will be donating £800 of LEGO to Alder Hey in Liverpool at Richards request. Being a little old school they are expecting to raise most of their sponsorship off line but the link is there for those that would like to use it. A huge thanks to both Richard and Mike for being brave (and crazy!) enough to take this on!
We were thrilled when we were told about this event. It makes a whole different group of people aware of our work so if you feel like doing something similar don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For lack of updates on donations recently. They have happened in Sunderland, Huddersfield and Leeds. We have had a really busy time with fund raising and have not written the full reports yet but they will all appear next week.
We can confirm that donations will happen in Newport, Cardiff and Swansea after a successful time in South Wales and the same goes for York. Again full reports on the events will be with you soon.
Yorbrix is back and bringing LEGO fun to all back to York for a second successive year and we are going to be there. Following last years success a bigger venue was needed and its been found at the University Of York Ron Cooke Hub. Hosted by members of Northern Brickworks it will be two fun filled days of LEGO activities with displays, building challenges that are open to all and the opportunity to buy lots of LEGO items. We will be there fundraising with our mosaic and hope to complete it for the first time over the two days. In addition we will have a raffle with the star prize being the new Mixer Fairground set which will also be on display. Afterwards we will be making a donation of LEGO to The York Hospital. Entry is free but there are a limited number of fast track passes available for the extremely reasonable price of £1 each if you drop Iain an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so please come along and say hello!
Cheshire was the location of the most recent Fairy Bricks donation when Martyn and his family (Gemma, Harrison and Fraser) made the trip to Macclesfield District General Hospital. Unfortunately the children’s ward play specialists: Joy, Anne and Elaine were all unexpectedly tied up with some very poorly children and unable to leave the ward so the LEGO had to be left without a big handover. However, the very next day we got a call from Joy asking us to go back for some photos for the Hospital’s newsletter, so back we went for some official photos and a chance to see the smiles as children saw the new addition to the children’s ward play room and were able to take some of the smaller sets back to their beds. Special thanks to Joy and her colleagues for arranging the second visit – they didn’t need to do it having already received the LEGO and being extremely busy so it was really appreciated when they did. The smile shown on Sebastian’s face just topped off another wonderful day.
Based on one of our trustees who he accurately resembles (allegedly!) Designed and printed completly free of charge by the wonderful people at Minifigs.me. Click on both pictures for a closer inspection. He features a custom printed head, backside with special number and purple boots which despite what some people say are not cowboy. Only four have been made and they will never be repeated. Number 3 was sold in a special auction at Brickset two weeks ago. His sale price was a staggering £220 which makes him the most expensive minifig Caroline and Nick have ever produced. It was a credit to the wonderful members on the Brickset Forum that the bidding was so strong and good natured. Well done to James for his generosity.
Now obviously you’re all wondering how you can possibly get your hands on one now that the auction has finished. We are pretty confident that James would never sell him so that rules out that option. Luckily number 2 will soon be available as a raffle prize that will be open to everyone over 18. Details will be published shortly so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out again!