With schools beginning to break up, and graduation season in full swing, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Manchester has joined in the fun by hosting its first ever awards ceremony to celebrate the graduation of its Creative Crew; a group of budding builders all aged between five and 12 years old!
On Tuesday 5th July, the bright young stars were awarded with a certificate of graduation, exclusive LEGO® treats and the opportunity to take part in a special workshop with the centre’s Master Model Builder to build Manchester Chinatown’s Faulkner Street Paifang (China Town Gate) – a new creation which will go on display at the Manchester Miniland podium, complete with Mini Figures of each of the participants.
The 12 children that make up the Creative Crew were first appointed in July 2015 after the scheme was launched in Manchester. Following a recruitment campaign, the children were selected based on their talent and enthusiasm for LEGO® and have been ambassadors for the centre over the past year, enjoying exclusive events and building models for Miniland under the supervision of the Master Model Builder.
Those graduating were; Scott Tonks, Elliott Whiteland, Elliott Pitlovits, Isaac Brown, Millie Gunnery, Ali Hussain Chowdhury, Charlotte Ridley, Kai Dougherty, Amy Hurst, Daisy Guinness, Lewis Booth and Freddie Smallwood.
James Thomas, General Manager at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester said: “It’s been a real privilege to have the Creative Crew be a part of the team here and we want to say a huge thank you to all of the candidates who’ve shown such passion for the role, helping us build some fantastic models for Miniland.”
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre also invited Greater Manchester charity, Trust in Leigh, to receive a generous donation to help its work improving the wellbeing and lives of those who live in, work in and visit Leigh by donating £1100 of LEGO® merchandise including Friends, Scooby Doo and Super Heroes to this worthy cause, empowering local children to be inspired, and learn to work with creativity and passion.
“As well as bringing joy to a multitude of lucky children, this marvelous donation will also support LEGOLAND ® Discovery Centre’s promise to positively impact the lives of so many children in the local area through innovative collaborations and inspiring children through unique playful learning experiences”, said Elizabeth Costello, Volunteer Trustee at Trust in Leigh.
“The donation will be shared between our different groups targeting the most deprived children and also through our collaboration with Leigh Hackspace promoting innovation for young people.”
Dean Feasby, Marketing Manager at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre comments; “We’re thrilled to be working so closely with Trust in Leigh, bringing joy to the children of Greater Manchester, a cause and city very close to our hearts.
LEGO® was originally created in 1958 to inspire the inventive streak in every child, so it’s great that we can help the young ones in our community and hopefully inspire them too!”
Established in 2014, Trust in Leigh was established as a social network of clubs, organisations and social enterprises to support the local population through family support, social mobility, leisure, health and wellbeing. It has a series of partner organisations like Higher Fold Community Centre, Hag Fold Community Centre and Shakerley Community Centre all of which are situated in the top 3% of England’s most deprived areas. Their inclusive shared workspace is perfect to empower all future ‘makers’, ‘hackers’, creatives, designers, crafters and fixers from the Leigh area.
For more information and to buy tickets to visit the centre, please visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk/manchester.
Source: Gough Bailey Wright