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Invasion Colchester returns for 2012

Posted on 24th July 2012 in #charitytuesday/ Invasion colchester/ Star Wars/ superheroes

After the success of Invasion Colchester 2011, the team are wisely returning with a branch new ‘show’ for this year on Saturday 18th August.

There will be many costumed actors and characters including storm troopers, daleks, soldiers and many more greats from stage and screen. There will also be signatures available from some special guests and the days promises to be fun and exciting. Going shopping in Colchester on Saturday the 18th will be very different to any other weekend!

As well as being a brilliant experience, Invasion Colchester 2012 is raising money for three worthy charities and its founder feels he owes a debt of gratitude as explained here in his own words:

“I launched Invasion Colchester in 2011 as a way to raise money for a very important cause which saved my life…

On the 9 January 2011 I was admitted to Colchester University Hospital with breathing difficulties. Within two days I was on life support due to a complete failure of my lungs and following tests, I was diagnosed with swine flu (H1N1).

On the 14 January my family were informed that there was nothing else that could be done for me and to expect the worst. The only treatment for my condition was called ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation). This is a process intended for patients whose heart and lungs cannot function normally on their own. Basically, the machine removed blood from my body, then oxygenated and heated it before pumping it back since my lungs were unable to produce any oxygen at all. The ECMO machine can, for up to several weeks, act as an artificial heart and lung. Find out more about it here. There are very few beds in ECMO Units in the country but I was lucky; later that day a bed became available in Leicester Glenfield Hospital and I was transferred that evening by a specialist team and ambulance.

I remained on the ECMO machine for 12 days during which time I required twenty four hour care from two specialist nurses. I was eventually transferred back to Colchester to continue my recovery at home.

I owe my life to the machine and the specialists that nursed me both in Colchester and Leicester for which I and my family are eternally grateful. I was the fortunate individual out of twenty people requiring the one bed that became available that night and I wanted to show my whole-hearted gratitude by raising funds and awareness for ECMO. There are very few machines available with the specialists required to operate them in this country and I am still hoping to be able to play a small part in rectifying this situation.

Due to the substantial success of the original event, a decision was made there and then to continue Invasion Colchester every year, for as long as we can, raising money for additional charities in the process.

So this August please show your support for our very worthy causes, head into town for the day and help us raise some much needed funds. It’s going to be a blast!”


Invasion Colchester

Posted on 18th July 2011 in 20 August 2011/ Ghostbusters/ Invasion colchester/ Star Wars

I was in Game the other day with my 2 boys when a man handed me a flyer for Invasion Colchester. Obviously he didn’t know me from Adam, so he won’t know that tomorrow I will be giving him a free listing on the diary dates section of the KidAround website. Nor will he know that I will be pimping his event on my blog. This makes me smile :)

To raise money and awareness for new EMO units, a fabulous day for star wars fans, film buffs and gamers alike has been planned in Colchester.

If you can’t make it on the day, you can donate on the Just Giving page.

Check out the various activities and characters you can encounter…

    • The Ghostbusters will be entertaining through Lion Walk
    • The Clones from Star Wars will be at Game in Lion Walk
    • At the Odeon Cinema on Head Street you’ll be able to see BatmanPirates of the Caribbean’s Elizabeth Swann and Captin JackIndiana Jones and a couple of Gorilla Soldiers
    • Star Wars’ R2 D2 will be joined at Williams & Griffin on the High Street by Chewbacca, an Ewok and a troop of Rebel Soldiers
    • Ralph Morse (an extra in Star Wars) will be signing outside Colchester Library, flanked by Darth Vader’s Imperial Forces and Boba Fett
    • Gaming fans will be able to see Ghost from Call of Duty: Modern Warefare,Hitman and comic book character The Spirit at Xtreme Gaming at the lower end of the High Street
    • ACE on Culver Street East (the small road between Jacks and Savers) will be host to a number of other characters including six members of the Stargate SG1 TeamNew Battle Star Galactica’s Leiutenant Starbuck and fresh from battling Dr Who, a Dalek!
    • There will be a character hunt for the kids on the day. When you’ve filled your sheet with the special stamps from finding certain characters, you’ll be able to enter the exclusive raffle to win some fantastic prizes!
    • There will also be additional tickets on sale for a separate raffle running on the day
    • Plus in Lion Walk there will be some local bands playing live, face painting and Dream 100 will be on hand as well
    • Don’t miss the Group Photo which will take place around 4:30pm in Lion Walk
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