AN exhibition of rare and unusual LEGO models and 3D puzzles at The OUTLET, Banbridge, raised £6k for children’s cancer Charity CLIC Sargent in 2016.
Running over multiple weekends between August and December 2016, The Big Brick Exhibition showcased a plethora of LEGO sets and Wrebbit 3-Dimensional puzzles, including a 5922 piece replica of the Taj Mahal in India, a model of the iconic Tower Bridge in London, and a LEGO Darth Maul, the popular Star Wars villain.
While the Exhibition itself was free to visit, a voluntary donation of £1 was recommended, with the final contribution from the public totaling an impressive £6,000.
The funds raised will be used for CLIC Sargent’s “Homes from Home” appeal, which gives families a place to stay for free during their child’s cancer treatment.
Commenting on the fundraising effort, Chris Nelmes, Centre Manger at The OUTLET said:
“While originally aimed at children, the Exhibition captured the hearts of teens and adults alike, with thousands visiting the site throughout its duration. For this we are grateful and we thank the Northern Ireland public for their generosity!
“There is a huge financial and emotional strain put on families traveling back and forth to cancer centres with the cost of travel and the time spent away from home and other loved ones.
“The Homes from Home go a long way to alleviating some of these concerns and we are so proud to be able to help this important appeal.”
CLIC Sargent has 10 Homes from Home around the UK, 2 of which are located in Belfast and situated near the Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City Hospital and Cancer Centre.