Following the announcement that The Chartwell Cancer Trust is The Glades’ chosen charity of the year, to kick-start their fundraising activities we were invited to spend a week in The Glades’ shopping centre during the May Bank Holiday half term.
With The Glades’ full support, we had our very own “Village Fete” in the main atrium on the Ground Floor; it was a fantastic success. It also enabled us a wider audience to inform the local community and shoppers visiting the shopping centre, of the work of The Chartwell Cancer Trust and sister charity, CCT Tiger Ward. We handed out thousands of our FUNdraising magazines and Early Warning books in support of our “Be Cancer Aware” Campaign. We even had a billboard at Bromley South station on Platform 1 for the whole of May to help promote the week, courtesy of The Glades! Many local businesses came to support us every day including staff from The Glades, Mytime, Direct Line, Kindercare Fostering, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Bromley FC, and Disney Store. We also had a marvellous team of CCT Staff, Trustees and supporters who all volunteered their own valuable time to help.
Tuesday 30th May
Tuesday got off to a fabulous start with colouring, arts and craft sessions available all day. Kate Davis from Kindercare brought in plenty of colouring activity packs to keep the children entertained and Direct Line’s mascot Churchill the Dog made a special appearance.
Wednesday 31st May
It really was a “Traditional Village Fete” day on Wednesday with the entire team from The Glades joining in the fun. There was lots going on such as hook a duck, a selfie shed, coconut shy, buzzer game, bingo, inflatable ball bit and a raffle. We also had a visit from “The Bromlins”, and local businesses Starbucks and Hotel Chocolate popped in with some complimentary drinks and delicious chocolate for shoppers to sample.
Thursday 1st June
As well as continuing with our popular arts and crafts and colouring activities, the Disney Store popped in with Star Wars dressing-up costumes and lightsabers for the children to play with. Later in the day, staff from Mytime The Pavilion held a “Beat the Pro Challenge” for budding footballers and golfers that fancied a go.
Friday 2nd June
We had a wonderful visit from “Tiger” from the popular show The Tiger Who Came to Tea that was playing at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre. The Glades’ staff came and facepainted many little Tigers that day, and Mytime The Walnuts popped in to hand out vouchers and goodie bags.
Saturday 3rd June
It was a very busy Saturday as Bromley Football Club brought their ‘Roadshow’ to the Village, which included a large inflatable goal and ‘speed trap’ along with a Club Shop. The first team players were also on hand to meet supporters and visitors during the afternoon. Ronin the Raven, also made several appearances and took part in the challenges!
Sunday 4th June
This was our last day and what a great finale to the week! We had Stormtroopers storming the village who were there all day meeting and taking photos with shoppers, young and old. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in our Family Fun Awareness Week and to all those who stopped by to see us, it was absolutely fantastic and we hope that everyone had a good time. An extra special thank you to Michelle Simpson who made this all happen, your effort, commitment and dedication to our cause is really appreciated.
All of this hard work and effort is contributing to The Glades’ £50,000 target.