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Now and then: Featuring our fantastic supporters
As a way of saying thank you to our fantastic supporters, we thought you’d like knowing what activities have been happening around the country recently and what you can look forward to.
In the spring, two teams of students from Sheffield University’s Lloyds Scholars’ programme took part in an ‘Apprentice- style’ fundraising challenge.
The ‘Bright Sparks’ and ‘Team Suave’ took over our Hillsborough shop for two days and did everything from finding lots of new stock, providing excellent customer service and putting on events to attract shoppers, in an effort to win.
Team Suave leader, Kahar Hussain, had been part of our Voices project when he was younger and had a personal link to us: ‘There are many young people I know that have benefited from the work carried out by The Children’s Society including myself it feels great to be back on board supporting such an amazing charity.’
Photo of ‘Team Suave’ shows (from L to R): Zoe Faulkner, Carl Baker, Kahar Hussain, Annie Lapik and Chris Fleming.
Ikea’s Give Twice initiative
Karima, one of the new employees at the recently opened IKEA store in Warrington, used to have a daughter at our PALS pre-school nursery in the area.
When she heard that her store was doing a Give Twice fundraising initiative – where customers donate their newly bought soft toys back to IKEA to give to charity – she asked if they’d do it for us too. They agreed and some of the toys we received can be seen in the photograph.
Sue Preston, deputy programme manager in Warrington, said:
‘They’ve been a great gift. The soft dolls have come in very handy recently with a couple that we’re working with, who are due to have a baby soon. Although not born yet, their son is on a Child Protection Plan. We’re teaching his parents-in-waiting about how to care for a baby.’
Cakes, glorious cakes – a cuppa’s too wet without one!
That’s obviously what the fundraising committee at St George’s Church, Oakenrod, thought when they produced this very scrumptious-looking selection for their Midsummer Afternoon Tea. Thanks for all your hard work, ladies.
Hope our invitation to your next tea is in the post!
Photo shows (from L to R): Kay Emerson, Sheila Rush, Gill Sheppard, Gill Holt, Ann Scott, with Beryl Kershaw (centre).
When TorFX’s Head of Business Development Colin Lawrence ran the London Marathon for us in 2012, he organised a company golf day as part of his sponsorship.
The event was so well attended that between the golf and Colin’s run, TorFX raised nearly £10,000. The golf day has now become an annual fixture on the TorFX calendar.
This April, the proceeds from the golf day and marathon participation beat last year’s total. Well done!
Our regional fundraiser Roseann Boyce joined Team TorFX: (from L to R) Stephen Corbett, Colin Lawrence, Joe Francis and Chris Morling.
Alice and Lucy go trekking
Doing a week’s work experience with our marketing team last year gave Alice Tawell (right) a flavour for how best to promote the work of The Children’s Society.
So this summer, she and her University of Bath friend Lucy Wild undertook a charity trek in the Peak District.
Alice said: ‘Thanks to our friends and families we managed to raise a massive £357.50 – doubling our original target. And we’re already looking forward to hosting a Bake and Brew in Bath this September!’
Choir in tune for fundraising
What a great effort from young choristers at St Mary the Virgin in Henley-on-Thames, who raised nearly £300 for us at their homemade gift and cake stall following their Palm Sunday Eucharist Service.
Oldham Relay for children’s centres
Student volunteers at our five children’s centres in Oldham ran from centre to centre in an eight-mile relay race to raise money for our work.
Helen Durkin Kershaw, Placement Ambassador, said: ‘There was a fantastic atmosphere and although we were all nervous at first, the event was a great success and we managed to raise £800 for The Children’s Society’s children’s centres.’
Keep on running
Follow in the footsteps of Mo Farah, by signing up for the 2014 Bupa London 10,000 being held on Monday 26 May 2014.
... or biking
Get on your bike and take part in Ride London-Surrey 100 for us in August 2014. Don’t miss out on this exciting event by signing up now.
In the next issue
We’re going to focus on what we’re doing about childhood poverty and how you can DO something fun to support vulnerable children and young people.