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This year our fundraising journey really has got off to an amazing start! We’ve been blown over by everyone’s generosity. We started off by becoming official Lifetime Partners with Alzheimer's Society, before going on to hit our yearly target of £5000 in barely more than a month! From our first Elf Day, to our Bake Off, to our Golf Day, we cannot believe we have already raised £21,029. Now, we’ve upped the stakes: we’re aiming to raise £100k in total! How much closer can we get before 2020 rolls around?! Help us find out and get involved in our next Elf Day!
Here’s a little record of our journey so far…
December 9th – Elf Day: £1,179 June 13th – Cupcake Day: £165
June 14th – Golf Day: £12,650 September 29th - Memory Walk: £1,200
Our first year as official Lifetime Partners with Alzheimer’s Society has flown by, 2019 really has seen us get off to amazing start on our fundraising journey. We raised over £12k in 12 hours for Golf Day, over £1k for Elf Day, over £1k for our first Memory Walk and so much more. We also raised over £500 for Movember, £250 for Children In Need, £250 for red nose day and as the next decade approaches, we’re not planning on slowing down any time soon. To kick things off, we interviewed Mark to find out why he’s deciding to take the leap!
People sometimes ask us why we chose Alzheimer’s Society. The reason is for Margaret Locke. Our co-founder, one-half of the dynamic power duo without whom none of this would be here, we’re doing this for her. At just 51, Margaret was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and it has been a real tragedy for everyone close to her to watch as this condition has progressed. A vibrant, passionate, fiercely intelligent woman, Margaret’s drive is what has got us here. With her passion for people and her creative vision, she is an amazing individual who we consider ourselves privileged to call not just business partner, but our dear friend.This friendship is the driving force behind our determination to create a world less affected by and, ultimately, free from Alzheimer’s, for Margaret and for millions of others around the world.
"As we steadily climb towards our 28th year in business we recognise the importance of supporting our employees, our local community and beyond. As an SME we can not take the same steps as larger corporate giants, but we aim to make the best contribution we can to promoting change and supporting others."
Robyn Holmes: Managing Director
Following our mammoth first event last year, we had modest expectations for this year. But our team managed to raise £1,159 for Alzheimer’s Society, totalling £22, 208 in just over a year – nearly ¼ of our 10-year target of £100,000! Before the day had even started, we had raised £202.20 through our “guess the Elf” name-game.
External donations raised a further £280. In the kitchen, our pay-to-enter, pay-to-eat sweet and savory Bake Off saw over 15 bakes. Judging, we had representatives from both Milsom Hotels and Tiptree Patisserie, alongside members of our own in-house team. Another big crowd-pleaser was our Mr and Mrs Elf costume competition. All in all, it was a fantastic day and has left us keen to see how soon we can get to the ¼ mark of £25,000! Help us get there by donating on our page today.
We’ve always been the type to dive right in and our next fundraising adventure is no exception. We managed to meet nearly ¼ of our 10-year £100,000 target last year and we want to see how far we can get in the new decade! Up until now, most of our efforts have been of a fairly fun and friendly variety, so we decided to shake things up and get the adrenaline pumping with our first ever … CHARITY SKY DIVE!!!
When the sun has finally reappeared, 7 of our brave team members and 3 of our family members and friends will be spreading their wings and taking to the skies to raise money and awareness for our chosen cause, Alzheimer’s Society, for Dementia Action Week this May. Aiming to raise £430 each, our thrill-seekers are determined to make a hard impact! Just not on the ground, that is. We’re here to prove the sky really is the limit for our fundraising ambitions.
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