Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Can't Stop The Serenity - London 2014 - Final Thoughts

Has it really only been a month since it happened? It feels like much, much longer. I have just made our donation of a staggering £1500 to Equality Now. You can watch a lovely video of Joss talking about the charity's good work here.

I had an absolute blast running the event, and I could not have done it without my amazing team: Amelia, Bianca, Mark and Sue. Bianca was unfortunately ill on the day itself, so here's a picture of the rest of us.

A very special thanks to Lee and Dave, who kindly helped with tech issues on the day.

A huge thanks to The Mad Hatter, for allowing us to occupy the majority of the pub for the evening. On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, it also hosts The League of the Non-Aligned, the very best science fiction/fantasy/general geekery community in London. We'll be watching the Doctor Who finale this Saturday, come join us!

There was some fantastic cosplay on display on the day, our contest winners were the Oaty Bar Girls, pictured above right. There was also a beaten-up Fox executive, several Mals, Kaylees and Jaynes of both genders, and a multitude of Washes.

Our hugely successful raffle and auction contributed to over a third of the total donation. Our contributors included an amazing ceramic Serenity logo from FireVerse Ceramics, signed albums from steampunk cabaret group The Mechanisms and alt-country rockers Big Damn Heroes, a gorgeous art print of Joss and his works from Anna Rettberg, and a poster of the crew of Serenity from Odyssey Art.

The biggest thanks of all goes to everyone who attended; I will always be impressed with the power of fandom to bring people together; I would not have met so many fantastic people over the last few years were it not for mine. 

See you all next year!