Admittedly today was about the boys, so when mummy and daddy met Tom Hardy that was an added bonus!
Today has been one of those dream like days. We really had no idea what to expect and it met, exceeded and flew high above our expectations.
A Special Invitation
About 10 days ago a dear friend Sue Lacey messaged to ask if we’d like to attend a flying event in NW London. It seemed intriguing and interesting and we immediately said yes.
James M. Churchman the Film Producer is behind the Flying Hero Club. The Flying Hero Club helps take minds off the struggles that children so bravely fight, and give them something else to think about, talk about, and experience. By making them fly like the superhero they already are, they can create smiles and memories that will last forever.
We really didn’t have any idea what to expect. It wasn’t until last night that we knew the exact details of the location. We were told everything was top secret.
Warner Bros Studios
The invitation was for us to join the team at Warner Bros Studio. Bilbo and Harrison are familiar with the location because we’ve recently visited Harry Potter there. But this visit was VERY special and VERY different.
We arrived at the studios and were met by a team in high vis jackets. We boarded a mini bus and set off to the set. I’ve never been on a film studio lot like this before. It felt really exciting and as we pulled up to our location you could see trailers and parts of sets and backdrops. It was literally just like the movies.
I’m not going to lie I was really excited!
We were led into the the large studio and it was mind blowing. It was HUGE. The studio was full of lights, balloons, music and there were lots of areas that were a hive of activity. Across the middle of the set was the flying wire.
Almost immediately we heard a cheer. We saw someone in a wheelchair fly across the studio, it was breathtaking to see.
We were given our timeslot and then told to go enjoy the studio. There was face painting, a stunt area for the kids to try out. There were superhero characters models and real life batman.
We were able to explore some of the vehicles from the movies. The boys could mess about with wind machines and smoke. It was awesome!
Tom Cruise vs Tom Hardy
We started by picking up some superhero capes and as we chatted to the team member, I asked if we could take pictures. Her reply “yes but not of Tom” I said Tom who, she said oh that is Tom Cruise over there. Sadly we only saw the back of his head. But I can confirm he is short.
However Tom Cruise wasn’t the only Tom in town. Rumours were rife that Tom Hardy may also turn up…and the rumours turned out to be truth.
Tom Hardy Wins!
Now I know Tom Hardy is the ladies favourite but i’m going to admit I don’t really know him. I’m not really a Peaky Blinder fan, i’ve been to the bar in Liverpool (it was awesome). I’ve watched two episodes of the last series (which were enjoyable) but somehow the series past me by.
This probably explains why I didn’t lose my mind when he did the CBeebies Bedtime Story.
So it wasn’t a surprise that Rich the Peaky Blinder fan was the one who was more excited….
But not one to miss a photo opportunity I bit the bullet and asked him if he’d be happy to have another photo taken.
So what is the goss on Tom Hardy? Tom is a thoroughly decent guy, he came into the studio without much fuss. He was with his middle son and absolutely gorgeous dog Blue. The chat was all about being the parent of boys and how the studio was so cool. He talked to Bilbo about flying and said he was really brave. And he was looking forward to seeing if his son would have a turn.
Ladies I can confirm he is charming, polite and appears to be a great dad and dog owner. He’s got it all – he is seriously hot and I really liked his tattoos. Consider me one of his newest fans!
Bilbo and Harrison were both down to fly. Sadly we couldn’t convince Harrison to have a go. He seemed happy to watch his brother.
Bilbo on the other hand was a different story. As he stood waiting patiently he asked me over and over if I could tell them he wanted to go the fastest!
And the experience was phenomenal. In writing this blog I did a bit more digging about the team behind Flying Hero Club and I found this quote:
The crew is some of the most skilled, compassionate people on the planet. We have traveled the world together, fought through low moments, bonded during high moments, and forged friendships for life. When I told them what I want to do – every single one jumped at the opportunity to spread some love through our craft.https://www.flyingheroclub.com/about_us
And I agree wholeheartedly. The team were simply superb. They made everyone feel special, feel like they were the only one that mattered. Despite Bilbo being one of the last children before lunch and knowing they’d been going all morning, they brought the high energy to every flight.
It is only now sat writing this and looking over the pictures and watching the video I realise just how incredibly lucky we are.
Cancer has almost broken us in the last year, but the opportunities we’ve been fortunate to experience have helped to counteract some of those lows.
And we’ve met some of the most phenomenally special people. We’ve met warriors on and off the wards. And beautiful people who are trying to make a difference for special children.
Sharing our experience with Sue, it dawned on me that the entire day was accessible for all. From the transport to the studio being wheelchair friendly to the studio, to the flying experience. And that is certainly something special.
What A Day
I’m sad Harrison didn’t want to take a turn, but i’m certain once he knew he wasn’t going to be made to do it – he enjoyed himself. In fact his favourite part of the whole day was riding in the minibus to and from the set.
We got to really experience a movie set, we tried out the set hospitality and catering, Bilbo tried out being a flying stunt man. Both boys got to run around like superheroes.
And the icing on the cake, both boys were given a Harry Potter goodie bag complete with wand, chocolate frog and Harry Potter book. It was like a dream come true.
I can only express it here once again just how grateful we were for the whole day. For being made to feel so incredibly special and for being able to forget about cancer for just one day…(not quite one day but I will save cancer chat for another post)
THANK YOU to the superb team at Warner Bros Studio, EVERY member of staff who took such beautiful care of us and made the day one we will cherish for a lifetime.