Guest Post – meet the lovely Claire from 80scartoons!

Hiya!

I’m Claire and run 80sCartoons.co.uk which began back in 1998….has it really been that long? I was at art college in Dundee trying to teach myself web design, and had created a little homepage (most likely with a hideous tiled background, blinking text and animated gifs galore!) which mentioned a few of my favourite childhood cartoons

Any visitors that found my site (probably through Alta Vista or Lycos! Life before Google eh!) and signed my guestbook always commented on the cartoons and suggested more of their favourites that I should add…and so it grew from there!

Now it getting over 1,000 nostalgia-hungry visitors every day, and currently has over 8,000 Facebook followers! The demand for all things retro increases every year, especially as sites like TruffleShuffle have so many wonderful 80s goodies on offerto help to keep those memories alive!

I’ve been very lucky while running 80sCartoons, as I’ve managed to speak directly to many 80s cartoons “celebs”.  If someone told me when I was 8 years old, that one day I’d be talking directly  with the maker of Button Moon, the animator of the Raggy Dolls, the creator of Jimbo and the Jet-Set the list goes on… I would have fallen off my rollerboots!

I’ve interviewed Terry Brain, who co-created Trap Door, which was a special treat for me as I was a huge fan back in the day.  He also animated Stoppit and Tidyup, and went on to work for Aardman animation – that man is a legend! Amonst other things, he told me that Berk, Boni, Drutt & the big sponge were his favourite character creations and that his favourite Trap Door episode was ‘Bye Bye Berk‘!

It was also amazing to interview Alan Rogers, co-creator of Pigeon Street, Bod and The Flumps.  I loved Long Distance Clara!  When asked what his own favourite Pigeon Street character was, he answered:

“Ah, that’s like one of those, “what’s your favourite colour” questions! It depends on my mood etc. I liked Clara’s individuality, but I had a soft spot for Bob cos he was based in some ways on me and Reg who was based on my Dad. I also liked drawing William and Mr Baskerville best. Though if I met Baskerville in real life, I probably wouldn’t have liked him too much!”.

Someone else who I was chuffed to interview was Colin Wyatt, co-creator of the Poddington Peas, who was happy to get involved in a Facebook competition and created an amazing illustration of a “new” Poddington Pea, as suggested by one of my Facebook fans.  Around that time too, I helped TruffleShuffle design a selection of Poddington Peas t-shirts, which was tremendous fun!

Ladies Sweet Pea and Hap-Pea Poddington Peas T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune
One of my Poddington Peas designs!

To celebrate the recent revamp of 80sCartoons, I’ve also asked many of my new found “celebrity friends” to donate some stuff to a charity eBay auction.  All money raised is going directly to ChildLine, who is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, “born” in 1986 so it’s an 80s kid too!

There are 22 retro tastic lots in total up for grabs with some truly fab items available, including an original Smurfs animation cel and some exclusive Raggy Dolls artwork, sketched by Mark Mason (who animated series 3 and 4 of the Raggy Dolls you know!) especially for this very auction.

Please place a quick bid or two before it ends and not only will you be donating to an absolutely brilliant cause but you’ll also get your hands on some genuine old school treasures!

You can see the full list of auctions by clicking here but be quick! You only have until Wednesday October 12th! www.80scartoons.co.uk/auction.php

Oh and please do come and visit me at 80scartoons!

TruffleShuffle Helps Chernobyl Children

We were contacted recently by the Chernoble Children’s Project UK as they are organising a charity ball to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident and asked for our help with their fundraising.

The charity works with children in Belarus who have been affected by the nuclear disaster in 1986. Some of the many projects Chernobyl Children’s Project undertakes include organising recuperative holidays in Britain for Belarusian children, providing sanatorium holidays for disabled orphans in cleaner areas of Belarus, delivering humanitarian aid, setting up projects in Belarus to improve the lives of suffering children and their families and providing training and support to make long-term changes to the lives of those affected by the accident.

The charity ball will be held on Saturday 1st October in Altrincham, near Manchester and has a 1980s theme and so we have donated a gift voucher for the raffle which the lucky winner can spend on our site!

If you fancy a night of entertainment, including an 80’s tribute band, a DJ, raffle and other 80’s themed games you can find out about more about the event and the charity on their website.

We wish the Chernobyl Children’s Project UK all the best with their event and fundraising and look forward to hearing all about it. (with talk of our Rubik’s Cube fancy dress costume, there are sure to be some great photos of the event which we will be sure to share with you!)

xoxo

Check Out Our Chari-Tee Donations!

Here at Truffle Towers we often receive requests for help with charity events and fundraising. As much as we would like to help everyone (and we have a lot of love to give!) it’s not always possible however we wanted to share with you one of the recent requests we were able to help with.

The fabulous idea of “SWISHING”! was explained to us by the Bristol Crisis Service for Women Fundraising Team and we love it. The art of “swishing” involves getting together to swap clothes, shoes, bags and accessories meaning you can get a whole new wardrobe for all your old clobber – recycling at its best!!

As well as a fantastic clothes filled evening the fundraising team are also holding a raffle so we have donated a prize of a gift voucher to be spent on our site so even more reason to join in the swishing fun!

Set up in 1986, Bristol Crisis Service for Women was created to support women in emotional distress. The charity aims to offer support to women in need and particularly to those who self-injure. In the UK at least one in every 15 young people has experience of self-injury and this charity with many volunteer workers offers different forms of continuous support for anyone who needs it. For more information about this worthy charity you can visit their website here and if you would like to contact them for information, help or support you can text, email or call them here.

If any of our fans are in the Bristol area on Saturday 17th September and fancy getting in on the Swishing action as well as supporting a fantastic cause why not pop along – be sure to let us know how you get on!

We wish the Fundraising Team all the best for their event and look forward to hearing all about it.

xoxo