TruffleShuffle Sponsors Louise & Abi’s Bristol Half Marathon

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 sponsored t-shirts!

It’s a tough challenge and we wish them all the very best of luck 🙂


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 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

Win Exclusive Tickets to an Intimate Ed Sheeran Gig

Here at Truffle Towers we love working with a variety of worthy causes – be it sending piles of clothes to orphanages in Africa or sponsoring our local football team. There’s one charity we’ve been really keen to support this year, and that’s a local Bristol based charity called one25. The organisation aims 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’s outreach van goes out 5 nights a week providing food, drink and support to Bristol’s most vulnerable ladies. The charity opens its doors as a drop-in centre five days a week, providing access to much needed healthcare, support, education, laundry, clothing and shower facilities. On top of all this amazing work, one25 provides one-to-one casework support in order to individually help each and every woman wanting to make a positive change to her life.

What’s this about Ed Sheeran?

Sometime last year, one25’s fundraiser extraordinaire, Lu Willot contacted a little known musician going by the name of Ed Sheeran and asked if he’d be interested in supporting the charity by playing a gig in a small venue in Bristol as a thank you to the charity’s fundraisers. Not only did Ed agree to play the gig, he also got his mate Luke Concannon (best known as the front-man of Nizlopi and writer of their famous JCB Song)  to play alongside him. Little did Lu know that after agreeing to this intimate Bristol performance, Ed would have four Top 10 singles, one gold, two platinum and one triple platinum!

The BRIT-nominated artist explained his reason for supporting the cause….

“It’s good to show insight that these people are real people with real emotions and they deserve the same charity work as anyone else.”

Ed, who shot to fame when his debut single ‘The A Team’ went straight to number 3 in the UK chart last summer will be playing at the imtimate Bristol venue The Fleece on May 22 and as organiser Lu says…..

“The Fleece is quite a small venue – it only holds about four hundred, which makes it extra exciting as it’s really intimate and Ed’s not playing those size venues anymore.”

Plus one25 have revealed that on top of this ultra-fab-amazing line-up, we’re also going to be treated to performances by Katie Sky and First Thought.

The gig will be filled with “Give-it-up’pers”, a devoted army of fundraisers for one25 who have each raised at least £125 for the charity over the winter by giving up something important to them! Some fundraisers gave up their Blackberries, others talking and some, god forbid, gave up chocolate!! There was the option to give something up for 125 hours or 125 days and organiser Lu was perhaps the most dedicated giver upper – she gave up wearing anything but her one25 t-shirt (kindly donated by yours truly, of course!) for a whopping 125 days! Awesome work Lu!

What have TruffleShuffle done to help?

Our amazing designer James put together a t-shirt design for the charity’s “Give It Up” campaign, and we donated a couple of boxes of t-shirts to help kick off the campaign. The idea of donating the t-shirts is that means 100% of the money raised by one25 by selling the t-shirts goes straight to good causes – as they’ve got no pesky suppliers to settle bills with! In addition to this, to help boost sales and support of the charity, both Ed Sheeran and Luke Concannon Tweeted pictures of themselves in the t-shirts… must be the fab design!!! In return, One25 very kindly offered us a pair of tickets to this amazing, once in a lifetime gig and as we couldn’t decide who they should go to – we figured the fairest thing to do would be to offer them out to you – our lovely customers – in the form of one of our ultra popular competitions!

Ed Sheeran and Luke Concannon showing off one25's awesome Give It Up t-shirts
Ed Sheeran and Luke Concannon showing off one25's awesome Give It Up t-shirts

The prize!

So folks, we have a pair of tickets to give away to an exclusive and intimate Ed Sheeran gig in our hometown of Bristol on the 22nd May!

We’ll also be throwing in return train tickets and £50 to spend at the gig for the lucky winner.

How do I enter?

It really couldn’t be simpler! To be in with a chance of winning this amazing, money can’t buy prize – simply head over to our competitions page enter your email address and that’s it.

Please note, this particular competition is only open to entrants who are over 18 years of age at the date of entry and resident in the UK.

The lucky winner and their guest will need to bring either a valid UK passport or driving license as proof of age to the concert and without this, entry to the venue will be refused.

How will you contact the winner?

The winner will be contacted via email with full instructions on how to claim their prize before 11am on 17th May 2012 so make sure you keep a close eye on your inbox that morning.

If the winner does not respond by 9am on Monday 21st May or if for any reason we are unable to work out the details of fulfilment with a winner, we will select a new winner and begin the process again.

How our winner is chosen

To keep things as completely fair as possible, each entrant is recorded and given a unique number.

We then pick a number at random using which will give us our lucky winner’s name! Simple!

So that’s it folks – it reall couldn’t be simpler! Wishing you all lots of luck!

And if you’d like to find out more about the amazing One25 charity and how you can support this brilliant cause – please do check out their website here, give them a follow on Facebook here or Twitter here!

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Ed, who shot to fame when his debut single ‘The A Team’ went straight to number 3 in the UK chart last summer, is offering tickets to anyone who raises £125 or more for Charity One25 – a Bristol-based organisation which reaches out to street sex workers.

Ed Sheeran will play The Fleece in Bristol on May 22.
The BRIT-nominated artist explained his reason for supporting the cause: “It’s good to show insight that these people are real people with real emotions and they deserve the same charity work as anyone else.”

The intimate concert at The Fleece on May 22, which also includes support from Nizlopi, is currently the only way to see Ed Sheeran in Bristol and his UK tour is sold out around many major venues.

Louise Willott, who is organising the event, said: “The Fleece is quite a small venue – it only holds about four hundred, which makes it extra exciting as it’s really intimate and Ed’s not playing those size venues anymore.”

Tickets are only available to those who take part in the charity’s ‘Give it up for One25’ campaign by giving something up for 125 hours and hitting the £125 fundraising mark.

Anyone interested in taking part can do so before the campaign ends on March 8.

Full details and a sign-up form can be found at the Charity One25 blog.

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!

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!


Guest Post – meet the lovely Claire from 80scartoons!


I’m Claire and run which began back in 1998….has it really been that long? I was at art college in Dundee trying to teach myself web design, and had created a little homepage (most likely with a hideous tiled background, blinking text and animated gifs galore!) which mentioned a few of my favourite childhood cartoons

Any visitors that found my site (probably through Alta Vista or Lycos! Life before Google eh!) and signed my guestbook always commented on the cartoons and suggested more of their favourites that I should add…and so it grew from there!

Now it getting over 1,000 nostalgia-hungry visitors every day, and currently has over 8,000 Facebook followers! The demand for all things retro increases every year, especially as sites like TruffleShuffle have so many wonderful 80s goodies on offerto help to keep those memories alive!

I’ve been very lucky while running 80sCartoons, as I’ve managed to speak directly to many 80s cartoons “celebs”.  If someone told me when I was 8 years old, that one day I’d be talking directly  with the maker of Button Moon, the animator of the Raggy Dolls, the creator of Jimbo and the Jet-Set the list goes on… I would have fallen off my rollerboots!

I’ve interviewed Terry Brain, who co-created Trap Door, which was a special treat for me as I was a huge fan back in the day.  He also animated Stoppit and Tidyup, and went on to work for Aardman animation – that man is a legend! Amonst other things, he told me that Berk, Boni, Drutt & the big sponge were his favourite character creations and that his favourite Trap Door episode was ‘Bye Bye Berk‘!

It was also amazing to interview Alan Rogers, co-creator of Pigeon Street, Bod and The Flumps.  I loved Long Distance Clara!  When asked what his own favourite Pigeon Street character was, he answered:

“Ah, that’s like one of those, “what’s your favourite colour” questions! It depends on my mood etc. I liked Clara’s individuality, but I had a soft spot for Bob cos he was based in some ways on me and Reg who was based on my Dad. I also liked drawing William and Mr Baskerville best. Though if I met Baskerville in real life, I probably wouldn’t have liked him too much!”.

Someone else who I was chuffed to interview was Colin Wyatt, co-creator of the Poddington Peas, who was happy to get involved in a Facebook competition and created an amazing illustration of a “new” Poddington Pea, as suggested by one of my Facebook fans.  Around that time too, I helped TruffleShuffle design a selection of Poddington Peas t-shirts, which was tremendous fun!

Ladies Sweet Pea and Hap-Pea Poddington Peas T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune
One of my Poddington Peas designs!

To celebrate the recent revamp of 80sCartoons, I’ve also asked many of my new found “celebrity friends” to donate some stuff to a charity eBay auction.  All money raised is going directly to ChildLine, who is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, “born” in 1986 so it’s an 80s kid too!

There are 22 retro tastic lots in total up for grabs with some truly fab items available, including an original Smurfs animation cel and some exclusive Raggy Dolls artwork, sketched by Mark Mason (who animated series 3 and 4 of the Raggy Dolls you know!) especially for this very auction.

Please place a quick bid or two before it ends and not only will you be donating to an absolutely brilliant cause but you’ll also get your hands on some genuine old school treasures!

You can see the full list of auctions by clicking here but be quick! You only have until Wednesday October 12th!

Oh and please do come and visit me at 80scartoons!