Holidays Are Coming – Update! And Happy Christmas Jumper Day.

Hey guys,

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.

We’ve now resolved things with Boohoo and as a gesture of goodwill, Boohoo has agreed to pay us a royalty which we will be donating to Save The Childrens Christmas Jumper Day.


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!

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

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