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And our Supercelebration charity is…..

Having considered all organisations nominated by delegates coming to Supercelebration this September, the club committee is delighted to announce that The Silver Line will be our convention charity.

Loneliness amongst older people can lead to depression, leave people vulnerable to abuse and even affect the onset of dementia. The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:

  • a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
  • a befriending service to combat loneliness
  • a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm

Since their launch in November 2013, The Silver Line Helpline has received over 2 million calls. Over two-thirds of these calls were made overnight or at weekends when no other helpline is available for older people who may be lonely, isolated or confused. They now receive around 10,500 calls every week from lonely and isolated older people; with 53% of callers saying they have literally no-one else to speak to.

Over 3,000 volunteer Silver Line Friends are making regular weekly friendship calls to older people. They have launched Silver Circles, group calls for people with shared interests.

The Silver Line relies entirely on voluntary donations to cover the cost of calls to the helpline, friendship services, and all other costs. We’ll be raising much-needed funds through blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

Watch this short message about the importance of The Silver Line from founder, Dame Esther Rantzen.

After I wrote a newspaper article describing my feelings, as a widow living alone for the first time at the age of 71, Ellen wrote to me (anonymously, because she said she did not want to burden her daughter) to describe her own feelings of loneliness:

“I can’t get out on my own due to health problems, so it can be as much as 3 days I go without talking to anyone… I dread the winter nights when everything seems to close in around me and I feel so isolated. I am an optimist by nature and sometimes I need that to get through another pointless day where I feel as if I am a waste of space.”

What kind of society have we created when an intelligent, articulate woman feels her life is pointless, and she is a waste of space?

The reality is that older people should be valued as a tremendous asset to society. Older people keep families functioning, (one third of all working mothers depend on grandparents for childcare), they form the bedrock of the charitable sector, in the workplace their skills and experience make an invaluable contribution. If, like Ellen, they become isolated and vulnerable, it is the nation’s responsibility to make older people feel valued, to include them, empower them, and connect them back to their communities. And that is what we hope The Silver Line Helpline will achieve.

Loneliness can cause serious damage, physically and mentally, as dangerous as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, more dangerous than obesity. When I had the idea that a helpline might prove a vital, liberating link for older people, based on my experience of creating ChildLine, (the helpline for children in distress or danger), I was thrilled by the way charities, statutory organizations and individuals working in the field of elderly care instantly offered their support and expertise. All were united in the knowledge that even given the wide range of excellent projects across the country, some vulnerable older people are so isolated they are extremely hard to reach. And there is a huge unmet demand for advice and friendship. A survey by the Campaign to End Loneliness found that 42% of older people reported that if they need help, they do not know where to turn.

In November 2012 we launched our Silver Line pilot with very limited publicity, with the slogan “No question too big, no problem too small, no need to be alone.” We instantly discovered how crucial our pilot service was to the older people who rang. Some callers rang late at night to say “I just wanted someone to say Good Night to.” Dorothy told us “It’s so good to speak to someone who seems really interested in what I think.” They told us that speaking to our team at any time, day or night, gave them security, and something to look forward to. Many said that the small hours of the night, and the long hours of Sundays were very bleak, if you are alone. Christmas, they said, was particularly painful. I spoke to one elderly gentleman on Christmas Day who told me, “To be one hundred per cent honest, Esther, you are the first person I’ve spoken to all day.” When I rang him back a week later he told me I was the only person he had spoken to all through Christmas and the New Year.

One gentleman told us, “When I get off the phone, I feel like I belong to the human race.” And a lady said that, thanks to the regular calls she receives from our Silver Line Friend, she no longer feels “shuffled under the carpet.”

When Childline was launched, it uncovered the shocking prevalence of abuse and neglect among our children. The Silver Line Helpline has revealed a truth about our older people which just as shattering. The stigma attached to admitting loneliness, the reluctance in older people to ask for help because “there are so many other people far worse off than I am” and “I don’t want to be a burden” has meant that we have ignored and neglected the deep unhappiness created by loneliness, which is afflicting so many elderly people.

We are extremely grateful to Dr Callan and the CSJ for their independent evaluation. Grateful thanks also to the Big Lottery Fund and other generous donors, who enabled us to launch our national service well in time for Christmas 2013. In July 2018 we took our 2 millionth call. We are receiving 10,500 calls a week and have trained over 4000 volunteer Silver Line Friends.  Let us hope it goes some way to prove to the older generation that they are valued, that we care about their well-being, and that The Silver Line gives them the information and friendship they need, and deserve.

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Steve Kyte to attend Supercelebration

Here at Fanderson we are over the moon to announce that artist Steve Kyte will join our long list of special guests at Supercelebration in September.

Steve is well known for his work on the Channel 5 Video sleeves and the Supermarionation Fleetway comic revival in the 1990s – particularly his strip adaptations of TV episodes. He also makes regular contributions to our very own FAB magazine.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Christian Roberts to attend Supercelebration

We are thrilled to announce that Christian Roberts will be attending Supercelebration in September!

Christian starred in the last episode of UFO, The Long Sleep, and joins a long list of cast members from the series at Supercelebration, including:

  • Susan Jameson
  • Michael Jayston
  • Gary Raymond
  • Georgina Moon
  • Penny Spencer

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Supercelebration Treasure 9: musical Tracy Island, Virgin Trains plaque and more…

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity.

The club committee has considered all charity nominations made by members registering to attend Supercelebration, and we’ll be announcing our convention charity very soon.

Our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated a treasure trove of unusual and rare items which will all be going home with convention delegates as a result of our blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com before 1st September 2019.

With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause.

Check out the following links for previous posts, and below is our latest taster of the range that will be on offer…

Supercelebration Treasure 8

Supercelebration Treasure 7

Supercelebration Treasure 6

Supercelebration Treasure 5

Supercelebration Treasure 4

Supercelebration Treasure 3

Supercelebration Treasure 2

Supercelebration Treasure 1

Robert Harrop Tracy Island Music Box. A limited edition model of just 250 pieces, and long-since sold out (available second-hand recently from £120 online).

Aoshima Mini Tracy Island model kit

Virgin Trains Plaque, produced by Virgin Trains to commemorate their unveiling of 57301 Scott Tracy by Gerry Anderson in 2002.

Thunderbirds Are Go: Avalanche this Saturday

Premieres at 8:00am on Saturday 13th July on ITV and CITV. Repeated Sunday, Wednesday 4.30pm and Thursday at 7:30am on CITV.

An avalanche traps vlogger Brandon “The Bear” Berrenger (Tom Rosenthal) and his camera assistant Goose in a treacherous snowy basin. Scott, Alan and Virgil must work carefully to dig out Brandon without triggering a second disaster with their vehicles. This is a rather ‘public’ rescue for IR – how will they respond to being in front of the camera?

Easter Eggs:

  • Brand Berrenger returns
  • Sherpa Pod is used

We are about to launch… Stingray!

Stand By For Action!

Fanderson’s new 3-CD soundtrack to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s 1964 series Stingray will be available from 1st August 2019.

Remastered and substantially expanded from the club’s long out-of-print 2009 release, this amazing box set of music from Stingray contains the most comprehensive set of recordings from the series ever produced.

Numerous versions of the opening and closing titles are accompanied by the commercial break sting, commercially released tracks and suites from over 30 Stingray episodes. The full-colour 40-page booklet is packed with track details, musicians and known recording sessions, and the package is completed by  a glossy slipcase.

Running for over 228 minutes, Fanderson’s new Stingray album is a vital addition to your soundtrack collection.

Order yours here, for delivery from 1st August 2019.

Supercelebration Treasure 8: Eagle Transporter model kit, Thunderbirds Are Go art print and more

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity.

Members who registered for the convention before June have nominated charities that they’d like us to support, and the club committee will be considering all nominees at their July meeting.

Our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated a raft of unusual and rare items which will all be going home with convention delegates as a result of our blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com.

With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause. Keep an eye out for more items, and start saving your pocket money!

To give you just a taste of the range that will be on offer…

Haynes Tracy Island jigsaw puzzle (available recently from £10 online)

Thunderbirds Are Go TB4 cut out (approximately 90x70cm)

MPC Deluxe Eagle Transporter model kit (available recently from £60 online)

Thunderbirds Are Go TB2 End Titles Art Print (a limited edition of just 20 prints were made, numbered and signed by the artist Gus Hunter)

Thunderbirds Are Go: Getaway this Saturday

Premieres at 8:00am on Saturday 6th July on ITV and CITV. Repeats Sunday 6pm, Wednesday 4.30pm and Thursday at 7:30am on CITV (Freeview 203).

Lady Penelope, Parker and Sherbet answer a distress call from Parker’s old acquaintances – Light-Fingered Fred (voiced by Alan Ford) and Gomez (voiced by Larry Lamb). The distress turns out to be a ruse, with Fred and Gomez actually wanting to use FAB1 as their getaway car. Parker and Lady Penelope join a high-speed chase through the London underground.

Easter Eggs:

  • Gomez is a character referenced in the Thunderbirds series, as is the Sonic Wave Device. It’s this that Gomez uses to steal the BR2 racing car
  • Light-Fingered Fred is a reference to the Thunderbirds series. Light-fingered Fred was the ex-cellmate of Parker, when they were both incarcerated at Parkmoor Scrubs prison.

Supercelebration Treasure 7: Spectrum gun set, Tracy Island kit, Fireball XL5 and more

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity.

Members who registered for the convention before June have nominated charities that they’d like us to support, and the club committee will be considering all nominees at their July meeting.

Our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated a raft of unusual and rare items which will all be going home with convention delegates as a result of our blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com.

With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause. Keep an eye out for more items, and start saving your pocket money!

To give you just a taste of the range that will be on offer…

Aoshima Tracy Island model kit

New Captain Scarlet Spectrum Gun Set

Egmont 100 Thunderbirds Postcards (available recently from £10 online)

Robert Harrop Fireball XL5. A limited edition model of just 300 pieces, and long-since sold out (available second-hand recently from £140 online).