Who’d have thunk it, Team TruffleShuffle raised £12,000 in ONE DAY for charity!

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!

Team Truffle (James, Borat Dickie, Dave and Tracey):
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Team Shuffle (Pat, Amy, Si, Lucy):
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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!

Protectahome Croudace Properties Sand Bay Caravan Park Boudoir PR Fabric Flavours Deloitte RajBari Urban Clothing CJ Hole APE Fire & Security Juice Recruitment First Call BMW BM Foods Computerworld Vibe Energy Gum Nudge Digital AMS Insurance Brands Apart UWear Momentum Corporate Finance Allmead Commercial Recycling Self Service UK Rockoff Hilton Garden Inn AV Bristol Lisa Elliott Floral Design Zerodegrees City Centre Barbers Bristol Zoo Gardens Lucy's Longer Lashes Failand Inn Supperlicious Primrose Cafe Bristol http://www.petshopbowl.co.uk/ Plants Enhance Chris Cox Magician LoveHoney Identity Salon Clevedon FatBoy Clevedon Garages Kelvin Sharpe Ignition Licensing Nail Xpression Merchants Arms Bristol John Furlong Music Catto Gallery Good Woodworking Magazine Clifton Photographic Company

TruffleShuffle Supports The Charlie Hook Appeal

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

What’s new Trufflecats?

March has been a very special month, with lots of new brands and collections being launched on the site. Just as the sun is starting to show it’s face and coming out from behind the clouds, we sure are ready to boost our tee collections in preparation for the Summer months!

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Out Of Print

If you consider yourself a bookish type, avert your eyes from your gripping read and peer over your sexy specs at this fabulous new collection. Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their tees feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art! Featuring cult titles such as Pride And Prejudice, Catch 22, The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick and Wuthering Heights. In addition to spreading the joy of reading on their fab tees, Out Of Print acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all, so for each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa. Such and delightful and heart warming mission and stunning tees too!

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Fydelity

Turn on, jack in and rock out! This amazing collection of Shoulder Bags, Totes and wait for it… BUM BAGS all come with amplified speakers which connect to your smartphone or MP3 player, oh yeah, the party’s in the bag! An excellent choice for heading to the beach, picnic-ing, camping and generally carrying about for those that cannot be without their music and want to enjoy it on the move or with friends! We couldn’t resist giving these a go when they landed here at Truffle Towers and were hugely impressed with the sound quality and even more importantly, volume. Also, we are majorly excited about the return of the bum-bag this season, perfect for the 90’s trend which is set to predominate this year.

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Junk Food

We have stocked Junk food for a good few years now and have seen many a great collection come and go, however this latest offering from the hip LA brand really did hit the mark! Bang on trend for styling, shapes and graphics, Junk Food really is a guilty pleasure! With Minnie Mouse and Looney Tunes revitalised in retro 90’s graphics on cropped tees and vests for the boys to show off the results of a spinach heavy diet, there really is something for everyone.

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Keep those eyes peeled for even more exciting new brands and collections set to be launched every month.

xoxo

Back To The Future Delorean Up For Auction!

Yes, you read it right! Back to the Future’s III’s iconic DeLorean is part of the upcoming Profiles in History auction and this awesome piece of movie history is expected to fetch a whopping $600,000 when it goes under the hammer in December!

One of only three of the seven DeLoreans used in the trilogy to survive, it was of course fitted with a flux capacitor and fuelled by plutonium,  ready to travel through time when it reached a speed of 88mph.

For fans with slightly less cash to burn, the legendary hoverboard, which featured in Back to the Future Part II, is also on sale and estimated to fetch up to $20,000 (£12,800!)  Marty’s jacket and the shirt worn by his legendary mentor, Doc Brown are also up for grabs.

The auction is being held to raise money for Michael J Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Fox who played Marty Mc Fly in the awesome movie trilogy went public with his own battle with Parkinson’s in 1998 after he was diagnosed seven years previously.

The auction, which will include other items of film memorabilia including a pair of Wizard of Oz ruby slippers, will take place December 15 to 17 so if you’re prepared to dig pretty damn deep, keep your eye on the auction site here as more details will be revealed soon.

If however (like us,) these amazing pieces of movie memorabilia are sadly out of reach, never fear! Luckily, you can get your very own little piece of Back To The Future for just £5.99 right here on TruffleShuffle.com!

Back To The Future Mug £5.99
Back To The Future Mug £5.99

OK So it might not quite be able to travel through time but we reckon it’s still pretty damn cool!

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Do your bit for One25 + get a free ticket to see Ed Sheeran in an exclusive charity concert!

A few weeks ago, TruffleShuffle was contacted by the Bristol based charity, One25.

A small charity with big ambitions, their mission is to reach out to women trapped in street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. One25 gives them the intensive support needed to step away from the streets: whether for crisis support with the help of their night van, an afternoon at their drop-in centre, or permanently with the help of one-to-one caseworkers and their new mother and baby home, Naomi House.

In order to continue their amazing work and help more vulnerable women and their families, One25 are running a brilliant fundraising campaign called Give it up for One25… – a challenge for people to give something up for 125 hours OR 125 days from 4th November 2011 or 3rd March 2012 in return for sponsorship or donations to this amazing charity.

To help promote the campaign, they asked us whether we would help them to design and make their campaign tee which we were honoured to do! Our designer James worked with the One25 team to create a range of designs based round the charities logo and the ‘Give It Up’ theme. The charities facebook fans then chose their favourite and plumped for this design (good choice guys!)

As well as designing the tee, the TruffleShuffle team will all be doing their best to give something up (hair straighteners, coffee, moaning and chocolate are some of the things we’ll be sacrificing!) in order to help raise much needed funds for the charity! Our favourite though is One25 fundraiser Lu Willott who is giving up NOT wearing our campaign t-shirt! Yes, she’ll be wearing it wherever she goes for four months, even on Christmas day and at a black-tie dinner! Good on you girl.

Anyone can take part in this fundraising event so if you guys fancy doing your bit and helping One25 reach out to even more women in need……

Step 1: Sign up by clicking here and telling One25 what you will be giving up and for how long.

Step 2: Give something up for 125 days starting 4th November 2011, or for 125 hours starting 4pm on 3rd March 2012.

How do I raise money?

Set up an online fundraising page here at JustGiving
Sponsorship:
Send a link to your online page to everyone you know, with a plea for their support.
Savings:
Donate onto your page what you would have spent on the thing you’ve given up. It’ll soon build up!

And if you need a bit of extra persuasion, those who take part and raises a minimum of £125 will be invited to share in an intimate gig in Bristol with number one artist, Ed Sheeran!!!!!

YES! Number 1 selling album artist, Ed Sheeran, and one of his greatest musical inspirations, Luke Concannon (from Nizlopi), will be wrapping the whole campaign up in an exclusive concert. Tickets will be free for anyone who raises over £125 for the charity (subject to availability.) Yet another great reason to take part!

The charity approached Ed because many of the women they worked with strongly identified with his recent chart topping song, the A Team. They’d also heard Ed explaining in an interview that he’d written the song about a woman he’d met whilst volunteering in a London night shelter and they were delighted when he agreed to lend a hand.

Check out the One25 video of Ed telling you exactly why you too should take part in ‘Give it up’ and what he’d find the hardest give up for 125 days (apart from his guitar!)

He’s even been spotted with the campaign tee….

Ed Sheeran showing his appreciation for the Give It Up for One25 campaign
Ed Sheeran showing his appreciation for the Give It Up for One25 campaign

Considering he’s just released his debut album and has a sold-out tour ahead, we figure if Ed can find the time to support a great charity in this way, anyone can!

To get involved in ‘Give it up for One25′, register your pledge at: www.one25blog.com Money can be raised through collecting sponsorship, donating any savings made and imposing fines for breaking your pledge if you’re feeling particularly charitable.

Or, you can get your Give it up for One25 tee for just £14 (including p+p) here!

Oh and while you’re there, show your support for the One25 team by joining their Facebook page and following them on twitter!

Would be great to hear from anyone else planning to give something up for 125 – hopefully see you at the concert xoxoxo