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2011 Charity Round Up

December 19, 2011

To date 2011 has been my most successful year for charitable efforts and raising money and awareness. Here is a round up of what I have contributed in 2011. (apologies if I have left anyone out, I am sure there are a few more).

Big Bath Sleep Out 2011 – Raised £270.00 for the Julian House Homeless charity by sleeping rough for 1 night in March. Then a further donation of £10.00 as I was unable to take part in the Circuit of Bath walk due to a prior event.

Donated £10.00 to Childrens Hospices UK – via Twitter , can’t remember why but I did, think they had some raffle money stolen.

Race for Life 2011 – Raised only £29.90 (plus my £15 entry fee) by running the Cancer Research Race for life in June.

Charity Twenty20 Cricket Match – Won a shirt in the Charity Auction for a bid of £23.45 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in June.

Donated £10.00 to Havens Hospices as a nominated charity from my 1000th Twitter follower in  July.

Donated £15.00 to the Rainbow Centre for Children to help towards their summer ball fundraising efforts.

By organising a successful re-union event helped raise £250.00 for the Forever Friends appeal in September.

Throughout the year – donated around £50.00 to Primrose Hill Community Woodland

Movember 2011 I sponsored a few ‘Mo Bros’ to the tune of £30.00

Sponsored Tom Trosborg who ran the Athens marathon in November for Medicines Sans Frontieres only £10.00 but all helps.

Also renewed my membership of People Against Poverty and also made a few other donations throughout the year.

In all I make that over £700.00 (probably a lot more, and plus Gift Aid too) and although I didn’t donate all of this myself, I was part of making this happen.

And next year this is what I will be up to again…….

Bath Half Marathon 2012 Currently have raised £70.00 for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal, will report back on how I do, but please do sponsor me.

Race for Life 2012 I will take part in this again, but I think instead of running in Bath, I may try Bristol or Swindon.

Marathon 2012 – I intend to run my first (and probably last) marathon in 2012, not yet decided on where but at the moment its either New York or Las Vegas! – If anyone knows of a good cause – please email me happy to run on behalf of several charities if necessary.

Updates on all my 2012 fundraising efforts will be posted on Twitter and Facebook but whatever happens I will try to beat my record for fundraising in 2012 and thanks so much to everyone who sponsored me and continues to support my efforts.

On your bike and get running…..

June 3, 2011

Never missing the opportunity to get out of the office, just thought I would update you on some of the activities that I will be taking part in over the next 10 days.

Sunday 5th June 2011 – Bath Sky Ride

See the website for more details.

Its a ‘unique opportunity’ to ride your bike through Bath’s streets without a car in sight. It’s free and easy to register and anyone can get involved, no matter how wobbly you might be on a bike. The route is pretty easy going and last year attracted around 6,000 people. So get on your bike!

Sunday 12th June 2011 – Cancer Research Race for Life

See my Just Giving page for details of how to sponsor me.

5km around the University of Bath campus, I have been training and think I will be able to complete the route in around 40 minutes.  I would like to raise £129.90 (my race number is 1299).

All in a good cause, and hopefully will add to my get fit efforts along the way too.

A big thank you!

March 14, 2011

My Bed for the night

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who sponsored me for the Julian House Charity Big Bath Sleep Out on Friday 11th March.

It was a long cold night, and although my cardboard was a little uncomfortable, I did manage to get in about 4 and a bit hours sleep.  I raised £270 in sponsorship money – and as I had requested from my sponsors, I raised enough to be sponsored for £1 for every minute that I slept. So thank you.

I hope that my small efforts go some way to help some of the many homeless people in the region. I will look out for any news about this and update my blog later, but I think there were around 150 people there, and I hope a lot of money (and awareness) was raised.

Out of my comfort zone – literally

February 2, 2011

As part of my ‘just get on and do it’ mantra for 2011, I would like to declare that on Friday 11th March 2011 I will be taking part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out, for the Bath based charity Julian House.

Julian House is the leading provider of services to single homeless men and women in Bath & North East Somerset. Providing a bed is the relatively easy part of its work. Much more difficult is the task of identifying why its clients are in this situation and then finding the right solutions.

I am not asking you to join me, although you are welcome, but I want to raise £390 sponsorship, (£390 would be £1 for every minute that I will be ‘sleeping’ outside). Please note, this is not camping, I will have a cardboard ‘bed’ and a sleeping bag.

I will be customising my cardboard bed by adding the names of people to it that have supported me – so if you are willing to sponsor me (any amount will be a great help) please visit my Just Giving page – thank you!

I will of course keep everyone updated with my Twitterfeed – so please follow me if you haven’t done so already @am_pm_pa.

One fine networking evening….

October 8, 2010

The PA's for a DaySince the summer we made a stand on networking and decided that we must attend at least one networking event a month, so far, so good.

We started off in July by being invited along to the 25th anniversary celebrations of Berkeley Bate (our accountants) at the Victoria Art Gallery and were served delicious canapes and bubbly by our favourite caterers Eat 5 Star.

Later in  July we attended a Best of Bath networking event at the Royal Crescent Hotel, it was a lovely evening and we not only enjoyed canapes and wine in the garden, we met lots of very nice people.

In August we ventured further afield to The Square Club in Bristol to attend the Bath & Bristol Marketing Network Group meeting – lots of people again and fantastic speaker.

September saw both Angela and Sibylle attending the Business Against Poverty networking and wine tasting event at Great Western Wine in Bath.

Making sure we always make the most of everything we do (trying to save ourselves time and money too) we picked up one new supplier – Harvem for our office supplies who we have used twice already and are enjoying the fantastic service on offer. And also became members of Business Against Poverty – so that we may help others who are less fortunate than ourselves and have the chance to put something back. We also had a good evening and had a chance to catch up on a more personal level with each other, and enjoy some lovely wine too!

So remember if like us, networking is not on your To Do List, go along to 1 event a month and make it work for you, its not always about meeting new clients/suppliers etc, sometimes it may just be to let your hair down and enjoy a glass of wine or 2!

Send a card

September 7, 2010

We are big believers in doing things that you enjoy, because not only does it lighten your day, it also helps you remember that you are allowed to mix business with pleasure and have fun working sometimes.

One of the things we do as a company is sell greetings cards, mainly to our client base, but also to family and friends. This is one of the areas that we can definitely say mixes business with a passion.  After working for a greetings card company for many years, and considering herself be fairly ‘arty’, Angela says ‘”seeing and handling greetings cards gives me a real sense of satisfaction in my work, mostly the orders and distribution are done out of office hours, but its something that really is fun and easy to do”.

The cards we supply are all Phoenix Cards – click for website link and they are all very reasonably priced and all of a very high quality and there are always new designs coming along – literally something for everyone, plus we deliver free too!

It may seem like summer has only just finished and that its too soon to start thinking about Christmas (Angela saw a fully decorated Christmas tree in a shop the day after Bank Holiday Monday in August!) but we are all ready stocking up on cards for Christmas.

Our mantra is to always help you save time and money, and with the cards sold in support of Cancer Research UK, Children’s Hospices UK and other UK based charities, we really feel we are giving something back too.

And don’t forget, you don’t have to wait until Christmas to send a card, we all need cards for birthdays, christenings, weddings, new home, sympathy, thank you’s etc and remember, always send a card in person if some-one recommends you to a new customer or client.

Our Charitable Efforts

July 13, 2010

We thought it was about time that we did a short round up of some of the charities we support and let you know about how social media helped one charity.

Helping you save time and money

Some of the good causes we support are Kidney Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes, Primrose Hill Woodland, Phoenix International Charity, and many more.

And we thought you might like to know how Twitter helped one charity.  A few weeks ago Andy Murray was playing in the Quarter Finals at Wimbledon and I was working at the time – typing up a training manual – but also keeping an eye on Twitter.  I saw a tweet from the Children’s Trust in Tadworth saying that some-one had stolen their raffle ticket money (£50) and asked for a re-tweet to cheer them up.

I offered to donate £5 to the charity if Andy Murray won his match – and he did.  But the most wonderful thing was that that message was re-tweeted and the charity got many other offers of help and managed to raise £227 in total. I know it put a smile back on their face, as it did mine.

The next challenge is to do something rather than just donating money – so on 25th July I will be taking part in the Bath Sky Ride, cycling for WWF UK and also Macmillan Cancer Care – (by clicking on the links you will be taken to my Just Giving pages).

I will let you know how I get on and will be Twittering my training updates.

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