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!