Sunday, 26 June 2011

Fund raising day for Derian House Childrens Hospice at Colne Cricket Club - 260611

As a result of being seen at the Derian House Summer Gala on the 13th June, the 99th was asked to attend a fundraising event for Derian House at Colne Cricket Club by the mother of a little girl who is due to visit Derian in July.

We were kept as a surprise for nearly all the guests and arrived at the cricket club at about 1:00pm with Craig, having collected him en route and then proceeded to put up the back drop. ... note to self... we really do need to invest in a new one!
We were joined by Paul on his first troop with the 99th who did an excellent job of crewing for us on the day and taking plenty of photos. Paul had joined the 99th after seeing us at the Star Wars Family Fun day at Turf Moor, Burnley FC.   Thanks Paul!!  He is the father of the little girl that wanted me to pick her up at that event when I was Memah and all blue but would not be picked up by me in my officers uniform a couple of weeks later cos that was too scary! 
The event started at about 1:00pm and we made our surprise entrance to the DJ playing the Imperial March at about 2:00pm.  We stood by the backdrop and didn't move for about 30 minutes whilst we were swamped by all the children at the event wanting their photos with us.  Trouble was though, that this was the hottest day of the year so far and boy was it hot!!! 

After 30 mins we desperately needed a break and went outside for a few minutes to the surprise of the punters who had turned up to the watch the cricket match that was going on.  All typically British!

We then went back into the function room and after a short break with the helmets off out of public view we returned and were roped into dancing with some of the teenyboppers!  Not strictly in character but hey!  They insisted and the DJ loved it saying that it was the funniest thing that he had ever seen!  This however, only made us even hotter and stickier and so we called it a day not long after that - we had only been asked to be around for about an hour anyway. 
We then stopped off at a local hostillery for a carvery tea.. all you can get on your plate for £6.00!! Lovely and got me out of cooking!

A huge thanks to Ken, Paul, Jim and Craig for attending this small but perfectly formed event!