|That’s right folks today is the big day!
Yep World Book Day is once again here for the 17th year and is looking bigger and better than ever with some amazing initiatives and ideas to get as many people reading and loving book including some total classics.
|So what’s World Book Day you ask?
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide effort, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. Wowzers!
The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage kids all over to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own by sending schools packs of Book Tokens.
As part of this, schools and kids everywhere go all out and dress up for the day as their favourite characters and take part in some fun school activities.
|This year we’re celebrating in style (sadly not by dressing up) with our very own offer for you lovely peeps. For a limited time only we’re offering 10% off all TruffleShuffle Roald Dahl clothing including designs inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, Danny The Champion of the World, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and more!
|To save big on classic t shirts simply enter voucher code DAHLDISCOUNT14 at the checkout. That’s it!|
Don’t forget to check out our complete collection of book t-shirts that have been inspired by a whole range of classic books and authors.
Are you doing anything fun to celebrate and get stuck in?
We moustache you a question!
The start of November has arrived! What does this mean? MOVEMBER! For anyone unsure about what this is – it’s an amazing month long campaign involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives. By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the month of November, TruffleShuffle will be running a competition, involving all your best Movember pictures!
All you have to do is take a pic of you rocking your moustache and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll then upload it to a Facebook album – the picture with the most ‘likes’ will land the owner £50 to his Movember account, along with a TruffleShuffle gift voucher! The picture can be as serious or as silly as you like – and of course, if you’re rocking a TruffleShuffle tee it can only work in your favour huh?
The 80’s, and the TruffleShuffle shelves are filled with inspiration…
Whatever style you go for – we want to know about it!
Things to bear in mind when taking part in the TruffleShuffle Movember competition:
All entries have to be emailed to us before 9am on Monday the 26th of November (email@example.com)
The competition will run up until (and including) the 30th of November (plenty of time to get all your friends involved too).
Only one entry per person will be put into the public vote.
If the winner does not have a valid Movember account, the winnings will be donated directly to a cancer charity listed on Movember.com.
Winner will be announced on the 1st of December!
We were contacted by Louise Meek and Abigail Bannatyne, who had decided to take on this year’s Bristol Half Marathon and as a local Bristol company we offered to sponsor the girls! Lou (right) and Abi have been training hard for months and as the race day is nearly here we thought we introduce our two crazy brave runners!
Lou and Abi have chosen to raise money for 3 charities close to them, Make A Wish, Lupus Research and BRACE – you can read a bit about each of the charities and the work they do below:Make-A-Wish Foundation UK grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then we have granted over 6,500 magical wishes to children and young people aged between three and seventeen years old. There are over 20,000 children in the UK living with a life-threatening illness and we believe that every one of them deserves to experience the magic of a Make-A-Wish wish. Anyone can refer a child to us. This year alone, around 1,200 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their special wish granted. A small and dedicated team of professional wishgranters works alongside hundreds of volunteers to turn our children’s wishes into reality. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a train driver for the day, own the latest TV or computer equipment, meet a favourite celebrity or just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish come true brings so much to a child’s life and provides memories that last a lifetime for the whole family.
Make A Wish is an amazing charity that gives children with terminal illnesses one last wish in their life from meeting JLS to going to Disneyland… This is such a great cause and very close to Abi’s heart.
LUPUS UK is the only National Registered Charity supporting people with Lupus. Lupus is a chronic incurable autoimmune disease that can affect the joints and almost every major organ in the body, including the heart, kidneys, skin, lungs, and brain. With Lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues and organs causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and organs.
One of Lou’s closest friends has this illness, and she is a true inspiration. Lupus needs so much more research and injections of cash and we are proud to be raising some much needed funds for them.
BRACE raises money to fund research into Alzheimers and other dementias. It’s about hope – the hope, based on solid science, that we will understand, control and finally beat dementia. Dementia is a physical illness of the brain, but the human experience of it is loss of memory and ability to cope, destruction of personality and loss of relationship. It is more common than is generally realised, affecting 1 in 50 people aged 65-70 and as many as 1 in 5 over 80. In rare cases, it can strike young adults and even children. It is truly a profound form of suffering. That is why a charity that provides hope is essential. BRACE is a West Country charity, based in Bristol and currently funding scientists in the same region. However, dementia is a problem for the whole human race and the benefits of the research are therefore global.
This is something Lou has had to experience firsthand with her lovely Nan. They are quite a forgotten charity and we are so proud to raise money for them.
If you would like to sponsor Lou and Abi you can visit their Virgin Money Giving page to help raise money for these three amazing charities.
We will be there on Sunday 30th September to cheer on the girls and everyone else running for fantastic causes so be sure to look out for them and give them a wave – you will spot them in their TruffleShuffle.com sponsored t-shirts!
It’s a tough challenge and we wish them all the very best of luck 🙂
Two weeks ago, eight of us TruffleShufflers took a day out from our desk jobs to take part in an Apprentice style “Director’s Challenge” for the lovely one25 charity. The aim of the day was to work through a list of challenges in order to raise as much money as humanly possible in an eight hour day for the charity, which aims to support street sex workers in changing their lives for the better – by giving up this street work, finding new jobs, new homes and ridding themselves of addictions. One25 provides an outreach van which engages street workers at night on the streets of Bristol, providing advice, support and all the details they need to feel welcome at the charity’s drop-in centre. At the drop in centre, the women are welcome to come for a cuppa, do their laundry, meet counsellors, doctors and addiction specialists – with the ultimate aim of giving them the best possible chance to step away from the streets into a safer, healthier life.
Our Director’s Challenges were as follows:
1. Recruit as many people as we could to run the Bristol Half Marathon or perform a sponsored SkyDive in aid of the charity. Each of these people would have to raise a minimum of £200 for one25 and that amount would go down on our scorecards.
2. Sell as many cake cook books as we could for £5 each.
3. Gather donated prizes for one25 to sell at their charity auction in November.
4. Collect corporate donations to the charity, trying our hardest to secure £125 from each generous donor.
5. Persuade people to text smaller donations to a special text number setup for the day.
We split into two teams and planned an unexpected attack on our business friends in Bristol, supplier base throughout the world and not to mention the unsuspecting members of public who were about to get harassed for as much cash as we could bully out of them!
So, a hectic seven hours later and it was time to enter the boardroom and present our days work to the judges. Neither us, the judges or one25’s representatives could believe that Team TruffleShuffle SMASHED the world record for one25’s Directors Challenges over the years by raising an astonishing £12,000! That’s £1,500 each!
Without the help and support of our friends and colleagues, none of this would be possible. We’re sorry there’s so little space to thank you all individually, but we had so much support, we’ve got TONNES of people to thank!
Firstly, our runners and skydivers deserve a massive round of applause – not only do you have to raise a big chunk of cash, you’ve then got to run a half marathon or throw yourself out of a plane! Thanks a million to Sean Smith, Amy Cridland, Jonathan Rich, Mark Cook, Jemma Lewis, David Shaw, Kaye Doddymead, Chris Smart, David Poole, Ryan Williams, Gillian Davies, Jamie Jarvis, Julie Hobby, Jonathan Shaw and Lucy Miles!
After that, a huge thanks goes out to all of our corporate sponsors who donated prizes, experiences and cold hard cash to our worthy cause. You’re all great and we thank you so so much for helping!
Here are TruffleShuffle.com we are often asked to help out with various charity organisations and fundraising events and while we would love to be able to help everyone it is not always possible and so we like to select a couple of requests each month, that we feel we are able to assist in some way.
Recently we received an email from Callum Reece, Radio Presenter and Voiceover Artist, who contributes a lot of his time to different charity causes, helping to raise as much awareness and of course money, as possible. Having read about the latest charity Callum has chosen to support we wanted to contribute to all the fab efforts so far.
Callum has pledged his support to the Charlie Hook Appeal. Charlie is a 6 year old boy with an aggressive form of cancer and as part of the Charlie Hook Appeal, Callum is trying to help raise £300,000 for potentially life saving treatment abroad for 6 year old Charlie.
Please read on to hear from Charlie’s Mum Nicola and to see how you can help Charlie’s Appeal:
“On the 10th January 2011, on his 5th birthday, my beautiful son Charlie was diagnosed with high risk, stage 4 Neuroblastoma. An aggressive and difficult to treat childhood cancer. I can not describe the shock and shear devastation. He has had to endure months of intensive and invasive tests, chemotherapy, surgery and will shortly begin radiotherapy and immunotherapy. I am literally watching my once lively, happy, cheeky and outgoing baby go through hell and back in hope that he gets better. This is a living nightmare. Charlie is a fighter and tries so hard to keep a smile on his face because he knows this will make his mummy smile too. He has so far responded well to treatment but there is a very high relapse rate. The UK has no relapse protocol. In this event, I refuse to be told there is nothing more that can be done, I simply will not accept this. Its my job as his mummy to go to the ends of the earth and back to save him.
Unfortunately this comes at a price, a 6 figure price for treatment abroad. Charlie needs to be able to have instant access to money to pay for treatment that the UK cannot offer. It is impossible to predict if, how, or where Charlie could relapse, but the fact is that he does stand a terribly high chance of suffering some sort of relapse within the next 5 years, with most relapsing within the first 2 years. Treatments range in price from around £150,000, though should Charlie relapse in the brain, something that is happening more and more, we would need to be ready with a deposit of around £300,000 for live saving treatment in America.
If everyone we met, or who heard of Charlie, donated just £1 we would be able to raise the money in no time.
Thanking you all to the moon and back.”
The next event that is planned to help raise funds for this appeal is a ‘Charity “KNEES UP” Evening’ which is sure to be a lot of fun on Saturday 12th May at O’Sullivan’s in Hull. The evening will include an auction, raffle, disco, games, a buffet and much more, all for just £6 per ticket!
With a raffle planned we have offered a prize of a Gift Voucher for our site which means the lucky winner can choose anything they like on our site! So, if you find yourself with nothing in the diary for Saturday 12th May and fancy enjoying a fun night, all for a good cause, you should get yourself along to O’Sullivan’s in Hull and you could be in with a chance of winning some top prizes!
We look forward to hearing all about the evening and wish Charlie and his family, Callum and the team the very best of luck with their fundraising, we are sure it is going to be a huge success xoxo