The Wish Express departs this Christmas with ECP & When You Wish Upon A Star
18/11/2014All aboard The Wish Express! When 110 children and their families from When You Wish Upon a Star, boarded the sister train to the famous Orient Express, they didn’t realize their journey to the set of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts would reach the small screen.
This Christmas, that special day has been turned into a magical half hour programme by TV production company East Coast Pictures thanks to sponsorship from Grimsby company, Mr Exhaust and Tyre Centre and can be watched from today on the Grimsby Telegraph website.
Presented by BBC’s Blair Jacobs, and featuring interviews with celebrity patron Lauren Drummond from BBC’s Holby City, the programme shows some of the highlights of the special day.
Starting at Platform 9 ¾ in Grimsby, the children and their families were treated to a Harry Potter themed menu, with a special dessert prepared by Winteringham Field’s Chef, Colin McGurran. They traveled on the Northern Belle to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the location of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films with a cast of characters in the style of Harry Potter and Hagrid, and had a packed day making wands, exploring the Castle and learning to fly on a broomstick.
When You Wish Upon a Star, regional manager, Joanne Heywood says,
“ It was a fantastic day and gave the families chance to spend special time together, to not have to worry about organizing it themselves and most of all, to have fun. Our charity makes dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses and the programme gives everyone a chance to see just one of the results of fundraising this year.’
The programme, which was originally produced as a DVD for the families can be watched on the Grimsby Telegraph website from today, and will broadcast on local TV over the Christmas period.
Lisa Drury, Manager of Mr Exhaust and Tyre Centre says,
‘ The programme is a great way to showcase the work of the charity and we were delighted to help support the programme so that viewers online and on local TV can watch the programme and see the end result of the fundraising.’
Julia Thompson, Executive Producer at East Coast Pictures says,
‘We wanted to show what a magical day had been made possible, thanks to the fundraisers and those who have donated throughout the year. Thanks to the support of Mr Exhaust and Tyre Centre, we could create the programme so that everyone can see why events like this are so important to the children and their families.’
The East Coast Pictures crew included Andy Harris who has since gone on to join Simon Cowell’s SYCO in London and Leasha Waddingham, a student at Salford University, currently gaining work experience on a new programme for Channel Five.
‘ East Coast Pictures aims to be a launch pad into the TV industry and the programme provided valuable experience for the team who worked with me on the show. It really was a programme that achieved a great deal for those both in front and behind the cameras and a really special treat for viewers this Christmas. ’
To watch, ‘The Wish Express’ go to http://youtu.be/rod-W0LEr_o or to find out more about When You Wish Upon a Star, go to www.WhenYouWishUponaStar.org.uk or email Joanne@whenyouwish.org.uk