Our Chosen Charities 2018/19
Our chosen Charities from September 2018, through till the end of 2019 are The Woodlands Academy and WillingWilson. We will be organising a range of fundraising events and have set ourselves a Company target of £20k (£10k per charity). More information on our chosen charities can be found below as well as regular updates on our fundraising activities:
The Woodlands Academy
The Woodlands Academy is a Special Needs school in Scarborough for pupils aged 2-16 with a wide range of needs. This includes moderate or severe learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties, autism and some medical difficulties.
Wilson Sweeney is a 2 year old boy from Halifax who was born prematurely & has Cerebal Palsey effecting all 4 limbs. His family are raising money for him to have life-changing surgery in America as well as a minimum of 3 years on-going physiotherapy & the associated equipment required.
13/10/18 - FC Halifax Town
#NonLeagueDay2018 saw our Fundraising activities kick off as Match Sponsor at FC Halifax Town vs Chesterfield. BT Sport evidently got wind of this and decided to show the match on telly! A great day was had by all, the Shaymen got a point (nearly 3!) and plenty was raised in aid of our chosen charities. A wide range of activities including Football Cards, a Signed Shirt Auction and guess the first goal scorer/time contributed to a fantastic £1000 being raised which gets us off to a brilliant start! With plenty of activities planned for the coming months this is just the beginning!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1000.00
18/10/18 - BUTTY RUN
Our Director of Projects & Innovations, Craig Pickard, did a Birthday #ButtyRun which raised a rather respectable £10 for our chosen charities. The Epic butties were supplied by our Elland Neighbours Bubble & Squeak and were absolutely awesome! Keeping with the food theme, next Friday sees our first #FoodieFriday Fundraiser which will combine a dress-down day with lots of eating! A range of goodies including cookies, cakes and buns will be bought, baked and scoffed – all in the name of charity of course!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1010.00
26/10/18 - FOODIE FRIDAY I
Our first #FoodieFriday was a huge success… a strong showing from the company’s bakers saw TWO epic chocolate cakes, gooey malteaser brownies and terrys chocolate orange cookies. These were joined on the goodies table by rice krispie bites, caramel shortcakes, cookies galore and cooking apples. We baked, bought, brought and munched our way to a rather awesome £87.10 when combined with a dress-down day. Thankfully the massive sugar-rush everyone is on will just about last us till the next Foodie Friday which is planned for 30/11/18.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1097.10
03/11/18 - LOTTO BONUS BALL I
Our debut Bonus Ball week resulted in a win for Milly Bake with Number 53! She bagged herself a cool £11.00, with a further £11.00 being raised for charity! Two new members have joined the fun, increasing the prize money and charity donation hanging on next weeks lotto, stay tuned for more details!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1108.10
10/11/18 - LOTTO BONUS BALL II
We have a Serial Winner in the house! Our second Bonus Ball week resulted in (yet another) win for Milly Bake with Number 53! This week saw her win £12.00, with a further £12.00 being raised for charity! Keep your eye on this page to see if Milly can make it 3 in a row next week. Reports that the jackpot is only £1 as everyone but Milly has withdrawn are wide of the mark!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1120.10
30/11/18 - FOODIE FRIDAY II
Our second #FoodieFriday saw a Butty Run, Dress down day and Cake Sale raise a combined £41.34. This was a brilliant achievement as lots of the team were out and about on appointments or off on hols! Quick update on other fundraising… Our Bonus Ball has been a rollover for the last 2 weeks so hopefully we will get a winner this weekend! Monday sees our first PRIZE DRAW take place with a swanky 65″ TV up for grabs, whilst next Saturday sees a Company-wide Fundraising day which we are all looking forward to! Stay tuned for updates. (Unrelated but very cute pic of Robbie Bate from today!).
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1161.44
3/12/2018 - PRIZE DRAW: 65" TV
The Winner of our Prize Draw this morning was Christine Holman! She gets to take home a swanky 65″ 4K TV and the draw also raised a superb £300 for our chosen Charities! STOP PRESS: In a massive plot twist, the TV proved too big for her front room so a Blind bid auction raised a further £120 for charity totalling £420! Thanks to all who took part. In other news the Bonus ball is now a triple rollover – meaning the prize pot is now £48! This Saturday also sees our next Fundraising do, watch this space!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £1581.44
08/12/18 - FUNDRAISING DAY
Our Fundraising day which included the Leeds match, a Spa day and Clay Pigeon Shooting ended with 3 points for Leeds and a combined £800 for our chosen charities! Thanks to all who took part! In other news the Bonus Ball is yet another rollover – meaning the jackpot (if won this coming Saturday) is now £60! We also have our final foodie Friday of the year coming up on 21st December! Watch this space for updates!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £2381.44
21/12/18 - Foodie Friday III
Our last #FoodieFriday / Dress Down Day of 2018 has raised £32.30. The star of the show was once again Mrs Ts “Hollywood Handshake” Worthy Malteaser Brownies! These were joined on the goodies table by various snacks including Mince Pies, Frangipane Tarts & Shortbread Biscuits! Away from our expanding waistlines, the Bonus ball is now on a crazy Quintuple Rollover… Director Craig Pickard has been just 1 number away from the jackpot 2 weeks running. Stay tuned to find out if that changes!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £2413.74
21/12/18 - Company Donation
To end the year with a bang, the company has made a donation of £2700.00 which boosts our running total to over £5,000. Bring on the fundraising in 2019!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5113.74
5/1/19 - LOTTO BONUS BALL III
After a tense SEPTUPLE Rollover stretching back all the way to 2018 we finally have a BONUS BALL WINNER!!! Ian Murphy won a whopping £96.00 (with number 6) meaning another £96.00 for the charity pot! This also means the Bonus Ball is open again to new participants. Keep checking back for regular updates!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5209.74
25/1/19 - Dress Down Friday
Our first dress down Friday of 2019 was a quiet affair, with many staff members out of the office! Nevertheless we still managed to raise £17.50 (Without the help of Mrs T’s Brownie). Still, every little bit helps!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5227.24
22/2 & 1/3/19 - Dress Down & Foodie Friday Combo
A double whammy dress down and foodie friday combo spanning 2 Fridays (due to lots being out of the office the first time round!) went down well with a grand total of £70.85 being raised – thanks team!! Mrs Ts incredible Brownies were joined on the goodies table by a Guinness cake and some freshly baked flapjack. We called on reinforcements and Linzi (currently on Maternity leave!) didn’t let us down… The star of the show was definately her mouthwatering Malteaser cupcakes shown here ! Elsewhere the Bonus Ball jackpot has been rolling over nicely and currently stands at £88.00 to the winner if someone wins this weekend….
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5298.09
2/3/19 - LOTTO BONUS BALL IV
Brad Campbell was this weeks Bonus Ball winner, taking home a life changing £88.00! More importantly, a very respectable £88.00 goes in the Charity Pot. Thanks to all involved! Away from the Bonus Ball, our fundraising efforts are also being boosted this month by Alex’s 3 peaks challenge on 24th March – more info here. In some Breaking news Chris Sloane has been persuaded to do his very own BEARD-AID for charity and will not be shaving till the end of the year!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5386.09
23/3/19 - LOTTO BONUS BALL V
Alex Taylor was this weeks Bonus Ball winner, taking home £33.00, while £33.00 also goes in the Charity Pot. Thanks to all involved! A fitting winner, Alex takes part in the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge on Sunday, raising more money for our chosen Charities! We wish him all the best for Sunday! His JustGiving link will be kept open a while after the event in case any late donations flood in – click here to contribute!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5419.09
29/3/19 & 5/4/19 - FOODIE FRIDAY & DRESS DOWN DAYS
This months dress-down and foodie Friday served up Biscoff Cake, Mars Bar Crunch, Lemon Curd Butterfly Buns, Toffee Sauce Butterfly Buns and some Sweet Treats all the way from India (courtesy of the recently returned Martin Clay!). Coupled with a dress-down day the week after total of £36.90 was raise on the 2 days. In non food related news Alex successfully completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on Sunday – Well done! We also now have Loose change bottles set up in 2 offices to help count towards our total and Chris Sloanes Beard-Aid is still going Strong! Click here to visit his JustGiving page.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5455.99
30/3/19 - LOTTO BONUS BALL VI
Back-to-Back Bonus Ball Winners in consecutive weeks meant Anton Christie took home £11.50, while £11.50 also goes in the Charity Pot. Thanks to all involved!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5467.49
3/4/19 - Great British Eat Off
Connor took on Kev in the Inaugural Great British Eat Off! The first challenge was one straight from the Golden Arches. Each contestant was faced with a mountain of 20 Chicken Nuggets and 2 cheeseburgers, Fastest wins! Kev won, munching his way to victory in 5 minutes and raising £20 for our chosen charities.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5487.49
6/4/19 - Grand National Sweepstake
The office sweepstake was won by Chris Sloane! He bagged £40.00, with £40.00 also going to charity! In other Chris related news, the Chris Sloane BEARD AID is going strong! Click here for more information on that!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £5527.49
7/4/19 - Alex's 3 Peaks Challenge
Marketing Guru Alex Taylor successfully completed the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks Challenge (Whernside 736m > Ingleborough 724m > Pen-Y-Ghent 694m) in 8 hours (About the same time it took Connor to complete the Great British Eat Off challenge above!). The Donation link has now been closed. Alex hit his fundraising target of £500.00 for our chosen charities… A massive thanks to Alex for all his effort!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £6027.49
8/4/19 - LOTTO BONUS BALL VII
Everyones favourite Cleaner Judith Wilkinson won the Bonus Ball on Saturday night! She wiped the floor with the competition and took home a squeaky clean £11.50 with £11.50 also going in the Charity Pot! As always a big thank you to everyone who took part!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £6038.99
APRIL TO JULY - FOODIE FRIDAYS, DRESS DOWN DAYS & MORE!
Aprils Dress down day was a quiet affair but still raised a respectable £15.00. In May, a quick nip to the supermarket for some goodies helped us raise a whopping £43.46! A big thank you to all who stuffed their faces with donuts and Mr Kiplings exceedingly good cakes! Junes dress down day, Christines Cupcakes & a Butty Run brought in a further £32.50 to add to the pot. Julys Dress Down day, Kevs Anniversary and Ians Cake combined to raise a further £25.10.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £6155.05
SUMMER - BONUS BALL UPDATE!
A very hectic Summer period (with lots of money-spinning rollover weeks) saw 6 lucky people come away with some :
Mike H – £11.00
Alex T – £11.00
Craig C – £11.00
Christine H – £34.50
Anthony B – £44.50
Anton C – £69.00
This also raised a superb £181.00 for the Charity Pot, well done guys!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £6336.05
AUGUST - DRESS DOWN MONTH
A whole MONTH of Dress down? Yes please! Following on from the success our our Dress Down Fridays, we extended the casual goodness for a whole month and raised a brilliant £400.00 in the process… A big thanks to all the jogging bottom and jeans wearing masses!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £6736.05
RAT RACE RESULT
On 15 June, Our very own Pete Midgley & Woodland Academy’s Mark Oliver ran the Rat Race from Carlisle castle to Newcastle. A 69-mile, 24-hour ultra-marathon, involving 100,000 steps and a grueling ascent of 1,370 feet over the highest parts of the route! Peter called this ‘Going to hell and back and back to hell again…and again’ but it was certainly worth it as they raised a combined £2695.00 for our chosen charities! Well done chaps!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £9431.05
SILLY SHIRT FRIDAY
“Why would you even have that in your wardrobe?!” was one of the many questions raised by this horrendous shirt which also raised a tidy £25.00 for the Charity Pot. Fun Fact: that is probably the same amount Kev paid for the shirt in an ill fated trip to TK Maxx 15 years ago.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £9456.05
SEPTEMBER - DRESS DOWN MONTH
Another month of Dress Down madness added a further £370.00 to the Charity Pot! Following on from its stonking success as an easy money-maker the boss has given the green light to extend it till the end of the year to maximise the fundraising!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £9826.05
OCTOBER - DRESS DOWN MONTH
Dress down for the month of October raised a rather lovely £320.00 for the Charity Pot! As we break the £10K mark and enter the home straight we still have some more Bonus Ball funds as well as Anthony’s Car Wash fundraising and Chris Sloane’s Beard Aid to add to the pot.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £10,146.05
NOVEMBER - ANTHONY'S CAR WASH FINAL TOTAL!
After many hours spent grafting with a sponge and bucket, all the funds have finally now been paid by our various suppliers for Anthony’s Car Wash Extravaganza earlier in the year. A tremendous £6974.43 has been raised for our chosen charities. A large pat on the back to Anthony and a big thank you to our suppliers for supplying the dirty cars and sponsorship money needed! Click here for more information.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,120.48
NOVEMBER - BONUS BALL UPDATE
*Drum roll….* We have 2 Winners to announce in the latest Bonus Ball update…
Bradley C – £28.50
Jack B – £53.50
The above raised a tidy £82.00 for our charity pot, to which was added a further £44.50 in kindly returned winnings from the Gaffer from the last Bonus Ball announcement. An update on Chris Sloanes Beard Aid – he has nearly reached the half way mark of his £250 target with around 6 weeks of hairyness still to go! Click here to support The Beard.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,246.98
NOVEMBER - DRESS DOWN MONTH
Dress down for the month of November raised a spectacular £400.00 for the Charity Pot! The penultimate Dress Down month got us over £17.5K! Stay tuned for our final Foodie Friday update which coincides with “Black” Friday… hopefully no burnt goods will be on the table!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,646.98
NOVEMBER - FINAL FOODIE FRIDAY!
A delightful selection of goodies made it onto our kitchen table on the Final Foodie Friday of the year! Chocolate muffins, chocolate cookies, Tiffin, Red Velvet Cake, Mince Pies and Mars Bar Crunch all combined to raise a belly-busting £27.75 to go towards our Charity total!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,674.73
DECEMBER - LOOSE CHANGE BOTTLE COUNT UP!
The Loose Change bottles in the Sales and Install offices have been counted up and the results are in! A whopping £183.00 was raised for our chosen charities – thank you to everyone who helped! Still to add to our running total are the final Bonus Ball, Chris’ Beard Aid (we can report he is now beard-less!) and Decembers Dress Down money.
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,857.73
DECEMBER - BONUS BALL UPDATE
*Drum roll….* We have a Winner to announce in the latest Bonus Ball update…
Adrian Smith pocketed a very respectable £103.50 in the Xmas week Bonus Ball! As always it also raised a tidy £103.50 for our charity pot. Updates on Beard Aid and Dress Down to follow. Stay tuned…
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £17,961.23
DECEMBER - DRESS DOWN MONTH
In the last Dress Down month we raised a total of £340.00! That means that since August we raised nearly £2000 from our Dress Down months alone! A huge thank you to everyone who came in jeans & joggers and paid for the privilege!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £18,301.23
JANUARY - BY THE BEARD OF ZEUS!
Chris Sloanes Beard Aid Officially ended on January 1st when he got the clippers out and could finally trim away the mass of hair… we had forgotten what he looked like when he arrived back at work in the New Year! Chris broke his original target, raising £255.00 for the charity pot. A huge well done to Chris for his perseverance – he ended up resembling a cross between a Castaway Tom Hanks and a Milk drinking Ron Burgundy!
FUNDRAISING RUNNING TOTAL £18,351.23