Saturday, 22 October 2011

99th Collection with the Mint Imperials at The Entertainer Toy Store, Wexham - Sat, 22nd October, 2011

The 99th was asked to help out with a collection for The Walking With Giants Foundation [WWG] at the Entertainer Toy Store, in Wrexham and our good friends the Mint Imperials came along too.
We were not needed until 11:00am so it was a later than normal start, with us leaving the house with the Craigster at about 8:30am for the drive to Wrexham.  Once there we met up with Simon [who, of course was already there he always is!] and Paul.
We had the staff room and Santa's store room above the toy shop for our base for the day and took the opportunity to have a look around at some of the toys.. me and Craig had a mad ten minutes or so at lunch time playing with the hand puppets and releasing the child within... was good fun!
We were well received outside the shop on what was a sunny but cold day with a very cold, chilling wind that cut through you and collected £345.10  for the WWG.. We were joined by Sue and John Connerty and their son Alex who was born with Promordial Dwarfism.  Alex had a great day interacting with us and was a joy to see as only in August, he was too afraid to look at us at the event we did at Spaceport on the Wirral.
Stacey, Phil and Richard from the Mint Imperials joined us mid morning... they had got changed in the multi storey car park near by and walked over to the store....I should imagine that must have been quite strange to see in the car park! For a change it meant another female Scout Trooper and a Boba Fett as well as another Stormtrooper.
Things got really quiet in the afternoon with not many people about so we called it a day at about 4:00pm and headed back home... sadly with the logisitics of the car parking and who was going where and in what car... we didn't get our traditional post troop photo!  But a huge thanks to Paul, Jim, Craig, Simon, Stacey, Richard, Phil and John, Sue and Alex Connerty.  Oh... and just to prove how tiring all this trooping can be for a youngster!