So as you may know if you read our blog post last week, this Sunday, the TruffleShuffle team took part in the Portishead Raft Race!
The aim was to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI Portishead Lifeboat and have a bit of fun at the same time.
Well you’ll be glad to hear we succeeded on both counts and we were thrilled to come away with two prizes, one for ‘Best Designed Raft’ and the second (and most important in our opinion) for most money raised by a team.
We raised a whopping £3,241 for the Portishead Lifeboat and we’d like to say a huge thank to you to everyone who sponsored us. We really can’t tell you how much we and the RNLI appreciate every penny.
Now for the bad news, despite the best efforts of our valiant crew, we came second to last in the actual raft race! Although our raft looked pretty damn awesome (even if we do say so ourselves,) it turned out our home made paddles were pretty useless and the whole raft was pretty wobbly once in the water; cue plenty of capsizes and lots of wet sailors. Shiver me timbers – quite literally!
Lots of fun was had by all though and we’ll definitely be back with a new and hopefully better design for 2017.
Check out some more pics below…..
A huge thanks again to all our fantastic and generous sponsors and to the TruffleShuffle team for giving up their time to build and sail our very own version of One Eyed Willies Pirate Ship – the Inferno.
PS there’s still time to sponsor us here!!
The TruffleShuffle team are taking part in our local Raft Race this weekend to help raise much needed funds for the RNLI Portishead Lifeboat .
Our MD’s son was the youngest person to have ever been rescued by the fantastic team of volunteers at just 6 weeks old so it’s a cause which is very close to our hearts. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives and volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. The RNLI needs to raise a whopping £335,000 every day to run the 235 lifeboat stations and 163 lifeguarded beaches so we’re hoping to raise as much as possible to support this fantastic charity.
We’re going for a Goonies theme for our raft and are hoping to come up with something One Eyed Willie would be proud of (pics to follow soon!)
We’ll be battling our way across the lake and around the island to the finishing line and with prizes awarded for the winning rafts as well as the “Best Dressed Raft”, “Best Designed Raft” and “Most Sponsorship Raised”, we’ve gotta win something right? If not – our MD will be walking the plank!
Portishead lakegrounds AKA The Battleground!
If you’d like to show your support for this fantastic charity and help us on our way to raising our target of £2,500, please visit our Just Giving page here. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Or if you’re local to Bristol – please come on down and cheer us on! It’s fun for all the family and all for a brilliant cause so well worth a visit! Full details here!
Thank you so so much in advance and we’ll be sure to post a follow up blog next week to let you know how we got on and how many of us ended up in the water! Eeeeek!
Lots of you supported our designer James’ recent blog post regarding our Holidays Are Coming Jumper so we just wanted to give you all an update!
For those of you who missed it, we found a very similar jumper to the one we designed available for sale at www.Boohoo.com and so James blogged about it. We were totally overwhelmed by all the support from you guys – our lovely customers and readers so a huge, huge thanks to everyone who got in touch.
BooHoo got in touch the same day the blog was posted and asked us to remove our original blog post while they investigated which we duly did (in case you wondered why it had disappeared.) BooHoo said they would remove the item from sale while they checked what had happened at their end.
We’ve now resolved things with Boohoo and as a gesture of goodwill, Boohoo has agreed to pay us a royalty which we will be donating to Save The Childrens Christmas Jumper Day.
They have also agreed to send the remaining stock to a charity of our choice so we will be donating these to the amazing One25 – a Bristol-based charity, specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas Jumper Day! Hope you’re all rocking your festive knits and don’t forget to donate! Lots more info on how to do it right HERE!