21 February 2020
Each year Blackpool Magic Convention welcomes a line-up of international, award winning magicians, illusionists and acts who are some of the biggest names in the world of Magic and this year as well Nerve Tumours UK as there chosen charity.
With 5,000+ people attending the convention, our main aim was raising awareness.
One of the people we met was John Baird, who posted on Facebook: “I never knew about this charity, even though I have NF1. It came as a surprise while attending the Convention, and the information given to me was a big help.” This shows how important the task of raising awareness is.
We had amazing support from the Convention organisers and from the magicians themselves.
One magician, Phileas Flash invited us to his balloon workshop as he made a life size model of one of the organisers who is affected by NF1, giving us a platform to directly present the charity on stage.
We were also honoured by a visit to our stand by Uri Geller.
Our community had special guest tickets for the UK Family Entertainer of the Year Event, which was attended by the Paterson family, who have been phenomenal supporters of Nerve Tumours UK. Also attending were St Vincent's School for Sensory Impairment and Other Needs, so this was another opportunity to recognise the importance of issues surrounding Neurofibromatosis and other genetic conditions.
Our main fundraising activity was a raffle for a Golden Ticket for the 2021 Blackpool Magic Convention and we sold a total of 501 Raffle tickets.