During November and December 2013 and January 2014, staff at Thompson & Morgan took part in the EACH £50 challenge – and raised over £1000!
The challenge itself was to turn £50 into as much money for the EACH charity in 3 months. Thompson & Morgan was presented with a £50 note in November and had until 31st January 2014 to raise as much cash as possible. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices supports children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families.
A fundraising committee was swiftly set up and the team got to work on ideas. A couple of brainstorming and planning sessions later, and the events were ready to be organised – school dinners, silent auction, cosy day, furniture sale, and a soup and cake day.
The school dinners day was a real success – committee members made chilli con carne and fruit crumble with custard. It was cold and wet outside and a hot dinner was just what everyone needed!
On ‘Cosy Day’, staff were able to come to work in their onesies and slippers for a donation to the fundraising effort. They were treated to luxurious hot chocolate too!
The ‘TM-Bay’ silent auction had some great items, including hotel stays, golf lesssons, signed books by Alan Titchmarsh, Christine Walkden and Vanessa Kimbell, a bespoke stained-glass mirror, cinema tickets and even film cells from The Lord of the Rings. This event alone raised over £400!
We’ve got some very skilled bakers at Thompson & Morgan and, once again, they turned their hands to whipping up some amazing cakes for the Soup and Cake day, the last fundraising event for the £50 challenge. The team served minestrone, leek and potato and vegetable soup and the cakes included the incredibly popular malteser bake…
20 companies and groups in East Anglia took part in the winter challenge (there’s another one in spring, starting in April) and raised a total of £8,481.27 for EACH! We’ve also just found out that Thompson & Morgan is in 3rd position on the leaderboard!
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.