On Sunday 29th July the project held its summer Open Day. In typical british summertime weather, there was wall to wall sunshine for two weeks before the event, and the week after, only for the day of the event itself to marred with low cloud, strong winds and rain all day. Still, that didn’t stop the team turning out in force to ready the unit for the many guests who had shown their interest in attending. In addition to a “standard” Open Day, this time the team had organised for a BBQ to add to the summer feel, and it managed to run through the rain. The BBQ and lovely food that came with it, was put on by local events and catering company, “Ember Events”. There were absolutely no complaints and not one single left-over, so they will definitely be catering for the project again in the future.
The Open Days are a chance for people to see the entire collection, catch up with any developments, but also to meet the team, purchase any merchandise, enter the raffle or join the Supporters’ Club. On these days vital funds are raised that all go towards the project. Even with the turnout somewhat lower than expected due to the inclement weather, this one day still raised almost £1,000, which all goes towards the charity’s aims.
The team, trustees and volunteers, would like to thank everyone who attended the day and contributed to the funds raised. The next Open Day is the Supporters’ Club members’ Day in October. These events are specifically for members of the Supporters’ Club, there are currently two per year and are bigger than a standard Open Day. There are special guests, veterans where able, and often big project announcements. As they are specifically for members of the Supporters’ Club, they are also a “thank you” to those members, for everything they have contributed to date. Members have been advised of the date via the newsletter, and a specific invite is coming out shortly.