On Saturday 15th June Real Or Otherside travelled "oop North!" to the Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds where we had been invited by our good friends at Haunted Happenings to attend a charity investigation/event in aid of Ruddi's Retreat. In attendance were Haunted Happenings, their guests and some of the cast of ITV's Emmerdale. In store was a full evening, from 7pm until 3am, of paranormal investigation, within Armley Mills, as well as raffles and auctions with the aim to raise as much money as possible for an extremely worthwhile cause - Ruddi's Retreat.
The evening itself was fantastic and Armley Mills certainly did not disappoint as a location as almost everyone had some kind of paranormal experience! I think we wouldn't be out of place by saying that all who attended had a great time and lots of money was raised for Ruddi's Retreat. Everyone really got in to the spirit (!) of things whilst remembering why we were there and the cause we were all trying to help. I think a few new friendships were created through the event at Armley Mills – and that can never be a bad thing!
Real Or Otherside were lucky enough to be able to have some time to speak to Ali Jones whose son Ruddi is the reason and inspiration for her setting up Ruddi's Retreat – and she is truly an inspiration to us all.
You can read more about the charity, and its history, on the official Ruddi's Retreat website at http://www.ruddisretreat.org and, talking to Ali, we were truly moved by her story. This is someone who has been able to do something that maybe not a lot of us could and that is to take a difficult and emotional experience and turn it in to a positive for others – this is a truly selfless act and shows what character Ali has.
RICK TALKS TO ALI JONES
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended. Firstly the helpful and pleasant staff at Armley Mills, Haunted Happenings for inviting us, Ali Jones, Nicola Carney - who does great work for Ruddi's Retreat - and all of the guests for agreeing to be filmed and for making the evening such a success. We would also like to thank the cast of Emmerdale who totally immersed themselves in every aspect of the evening and were more than happy for us to stick yet more cameras in their faces during their breaks and vigils … and yes we did manage to capture all of their screams!!!
We now set to work collating all of the footage with the end result being a downloadable video, and potentially a DVD, that will show the nights events from beginning to end. It goes without saying that as soon as this has been completed we will post the video to our YouTube channel, website and Facebook page so keep checking back for updates …
"AY UP MR.WILKES!" … REAL OR OTHERSIDE, EMMERDALE AND HAUNTED HAPPENINGS