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!
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.
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!
Heads up everyone! On the 21st or May it’s Wig Wednesday! One big special day when people across the UK will be donning a wig to raise vital funds for children and young people all over with cancer.
So who are CLIC Sargent?
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help people cope with cancer and get the most out of life. Basically they are heroes and have help so many people across the land which is why we’re giving them as much support as possible!
How can you get involved?
Well! To get stuck in your can Sign up online or contact the Wig Wednesday team on 08451 212 492 for more information….
You can even do it at work! Get your colleagues, senior managers, directors and CEO’s involved in the wig-tastic fun this year! Find out how your business can take part in Wig Wednesday to help raise funds for this amazing charity.
Check out some of the big names getting involved!
So there you have it folks! Get stuck in, have some fun and raise some money for this brilliant cause. We sure will be!
Anyone you know taking part or is you work getting in the swing of thing? Let us know what you’re up to and where by leaving a comment below.