What’s the charity? How can I help?

Greetings Zombies!

Welcome to any of you newly crawled from the grave, and welcome back to long time shufflers who have experienced the groaning, moaning, blood splattered day of pleasure that is WZD London before!

This year the zombie horde will be marching in support of St.Mungo’s, an organisation that does amazing work helping London’s homeless people. You can find more information on the work they do here – http://www.mungos.org/

So, what can you do to help? There are a number of ways:

  • Simply donate to the group’s JustGiving pages here: http://www.justgiving.com/WZDlondon
  • Sponsor our mascot ‘Wozzy’ by texting AQOK92 £AMOUNT to 70070. Share this Instructional Handout with friends or strangers.
  • Set up a JustGiving page yourself and ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you. THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR THE TOP FUNDRAISERS! See the JustGiving website for details of how to set up your own page here: http://www.justgiving.com/
  • You can use a good, old-fashioned paper sponsorship form instead if you prefer. We have one from St.Mungo’s that has a gift aid option. Download the  Sponsorship Form or email becca@worldzombieday.co.uk and I can send you a printable PDF version.
  • Chuck some change in the collection buckets that will be at a few of the venues along the way!
  • Keep checking this blog at The Zombie Digest for more fund-raising ideas or subscribe by email 
  • Buy a WZD London T-shirt

Those of you who have come along before will know how many people stop and ask for photos, ask what we’re doing or even get involved and a zombie make-over from helpful members of the horde! This year we will have flyers with the JustGive text number for WZD on them, we  would love you to hand these out and (gently) encourage these people to donate to our cause 🙂

My Cat is a Zombie

There are a multitude of surprises for the unprepared Zombie: fake blood that stains everything (including your skin), internet “skin” recipes that don’t quite work – and a sudden realisation that inviting everyone else round to get liquid latex all over your living room carpet is not exactly landlord-friendly. But nothing can be more unexpected than discovering that, entirely without you ever having realised, your beloved cat is actually one of the flesh-guzzling undead!

But that’s exactly what happened to me in October 2010. I’d done my homework in advance, of course, and found some fairly simple online recipes for fake blood (in addition to the gorgeous, but expensive, stuff from theatreland’s Charles Fox). Daisy was her usual curious self during the preparation, watching as I splashed a mixture of flour, glucose syrup and food colouring across a torn corset. As I stepped back to leave it to dry, and she rushed forward, I thought it was simple interest in the new addition to the flat. And then she started munching away.

Of course, that was when I realised my eventual fate. I suppose it became inevitable when I first moved into my one bed flat, with only Daisy for company. All this dressing up – well, it’s just a rehearsal for the big event – maybe years from now, maybe tomorrow! When the neighbours notice the smell, and the police break down the door of my flat, only to discover this:

World Zombie Day: cat preparation

rehearsal for the inevitable

This year, just to be on the safe side, I might shut Daisy in the garden while I get ready…