During November and December 2013 and January 2014, staff at Thompson & Morgan took part in the EACH £50 challenge – and raised over £1000!

T&M raises over £1000 for EACH charity

Julie Rush receives a £50 note from Vanessa Bell, Suffolk Fundraiser for EACH

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!

T&M raises over £1000 for EACH charity

Luxury hot chocolate and cakes for Cosy Day

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…

T&M raises over £1000 for EACH charity

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!

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