Living in these strange and stressful times, it’s been clearer to us more than ever, the importance of supporting charities and amazing causes in any way we can.
Whether it’s donating product for raffles, supporting small fundraisers, sponsoring kit, supplying gifts for free goodie bags for NHS staff or pledging financial aid, we get so many requests from wonderful charities for support and we always do our best to help as many as we possibly can.
This year, we wanted to go a bit further so, at the end of 2020, we asked every TruffleShuffle staff member to choose a charity or initiative which meant something to them to receive an additional donation of £500.
Some split their donation over multiple causes so these donations helped to support a huge breadth of totally amazing causes and organisations, all doing simply outstanding work in their field.
With some charities new to a lot of us, we wanted to highlight their ongoing efforts and incredible work so in no particular order, here they all are. We’ve linked out to their websites so you can find out more.
Thanks so much for reading!
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Tove Jansson’s first Moomin graphic novel back in 1945 so we’re celebrating the best way we know how – with exciting new Moomin merchandise of course!
As well as brand new and exclusive tshirts and hoodies, we’ve also added these adorable Moomin homewares adorned with the beloved characters and design elements plucked straight from the Scandi world of Moominvalley.
The iconic Moomin spirit lives on in this brand new jewellery drop modelled on the playful, fanciful characters. Moomintroll, Moominmamma, Stinky and Little My have all been immortalised in this too cute for words collection.
The sea is a super important part of the Moomin world and so as part of the 75th-anniversary celebrations, they’ve teamed up with the John Nurminen Foundation to raise funds to save the Baltic Sea. For every item purchased from this fabulous range, a donation is made to help the Moomins save #OURSEA and protect its heritage.
Just in case you haven’t heard, World Book Day 2019 us right around the corner!
Taking place on Marth 7th, World Book Day is a fantastic chance for everyone to show some love for their favourite literary characters and stories by dressing up (or rocking your fave Book Inspired TShirt!) and helping raise money that will further enable young people have access to more books. Such a great cause!
To help celebrate this year, we’re supporting the fantastic charity the National Literacy Trust by donating 10% of all sales made through the site!
Yep! Between NOW (4th March) and midnight Thursday 7th March, 10% of everything sold through the site will be going straight to this fantastic cause.
So what does the National Literacy Trust do?
Working hard to help support and improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of young people and adults, the National Literacy Trust support some of the UK’s most underfunded areas as well as supporting schools and people in the wider community.
Last year they directly supported the literacy of a whopping 116,290 children!
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.
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!
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!