Well you’ll be glad to hear we succeeded on both counts and we were thrilled to come away with two prizes, one for ‘Best Designed Raft’ and the second (and most important in our opinion) for most money raised by a team.
We raised a whopping £3,241 for the Portishead Lifeboat and we’d like to say a huge thank to you to everyone who sponsored us. We really can’t tell you how much we and the RNLI appreciate every penny.
Now for the bad news, despite the best efforts of our valiant crew, we came second to last in the actual raft race! Although our raft looked pretty damn awesome (even if we do say so ourselves,) it turned out our home made paddles were pretty useless and the whole raft was pretty wobbly once in the water; cue plenty of capsizes and lots of wet sailors. Shiver me timbers – quite literally!
Lots of fun was had by all though and we’ll definitely be back with a new and hopefully better design for 2017.
Check out some more pics below…..
A huge thanks again to all our fantastic and generous sponsors and to the TruffleShuffle team for giving up their time to build and sail our very own version of One Eyed Willies Pirate Ship – the Inferno.
Our MD’s son was the youngest person to have ever been rescued by the fantastic team of volunteers at just 6 weeks old so it’s a cause which is very close to our hearts. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives and volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. The RNLI needs to raise a whopping £335,000 every day to run the 235 lifeboat stations and 163 lifeguarded beaches so we’re hoping to raise as much as possible to support this fantastic charity.
We’re going for a Goonies theme for our raft and are hoping to come up with something One Eyed Willie would be proud of (pics to follow soon!)
We’ll be battling our way across the lake and around the island to the finishing line and with prizes awarded for the winning rafts as well as the “Best Dressed Raft”, “Best Designed Raft” and “Most Sponsorship Raised”, we’ve gotta win something right? If not – our MD will be walking the plank!
If you’d like to show your support for this fantastic charity and help us on our way to raising our target of £2,500, please visit our Just Giving page here. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Or if you’re local to Bristol – please come on down and cheer us on! It’s fun for all the family and all for a brilliant cause so well worth a visit! Full details here!
Thank you so so much in advance and we’ll be sure to post a follow up blog next week to let you know how we got on and how many of us ended up in the water! Eeeeek!
New year is all about looking ahead and thinking what the next year could possibly have in store for us, be it in our personal lives or maybe just what amazing new music, movies and TV shows will change our lives and have us thinking….how did we live before this?!? What did we listen to or watch??
Just for a cheeky change and to add some extra little reminder that you now need to write 2014 and not 2013 on everything (it can take us a wee while) we thought we would take a look back at what we were loving a massive 20 years ago now and perhaps scare ourselves a little at how not long ago that really feels!
Yep this year, if you haven’t already realised, all the albums that were released back in 1994 will be turning a milestone 20 years old!! Can you believe it?! It was a truly great time for music with so many bands we still love now first hitting the scene and of course some others we’d much rather forget.
With an almost disbelief and slight feeling of our age now, we thought we would take a quick look back to remind ourselves what was hot back then and what classics have been with us for two decades now (sorry). Enjoy!
Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album)
Their debut studio album which included some songs you might remember such as “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly”, and “Say It Ain’t So”, this amazing album really launched them into big mainstream success but sadly only reach the number 23 spot in the UK charts. For shame!
Green Day – Dookie
Featuring pop punk classic “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case” and “Welcome to Paradise”, this was the third album from punk rock giants Green Day. As of 2013, Dookie is named the band’s best-selling album, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide and has picked up wards such as a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995. Not bad huh!
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
Reaching the number one spot in the the UK and USA, this fourteenth and final studio album from prog rockers Pink Floyd also sparked their tour which took them right up to late October. Key tracks included “High Hopes” / “Keep Talking” and “Take it Back”. Even if you didn’t know the album, you’ll certainly know the cover!
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
Their fourth album to hit the scene, it was their second #1 album on the Billboard charts thanks largely to their amazing hit we all know “Sabotage” – the one with the amazing 70s cops style video. Classic huh! As well as another of our faves “Get It Together”.
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Ranked at number ten in Rolling Stone Magazine’s best albums of the nineties, this second studio album reached an impressive number 15 in the UK charts and saw the band find a more classic rock sound and style. Key singles included “Haunt You Down”, “Cut Your Hair” and “Gold Soundz”. As always, it’s packed with great lyrics and melodies. Very cool!
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
That’s right folks! Yep the band’s debut album was released back in August 1994! How old do you feel now? 🙂 Shooting straight to the number one UK spot, at the time it was the fastest felling debut album ever and launched them into amazing new heights selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. Possibly one of the defining albums of the 90s, it’s certainly one of our faves!
Blur – Park Life
The third studio album by the English alternative rock band, Parklife returned Blur to prominence in the UK. This is a real cult album and has come to define the Britpop movement in the 90s and influences in music can still be heard today. If you were cool in the 90s, you had this album!
Portishead – Dummy
This debut album from Bristol based group hit the charts taking an impressive number 2 spot in the UK and also went on to win the 1995 Mercury Music Prize! Dummy helped to cement the reputation of Bristol as the capital of trip hop, a nascent genre which was then often referred to simply as “the Bristol sound”
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Widely considered the bands breakthrough album, their fourth record sold an amazing 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Picking up Grammy awards along the way, this launched them into mainstream success and still remains their most successful album ever.
What do you think? Did we miss any of your faves or would you like to simply share your own memories of these amazing bands and albums? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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