We're a generous bunch here at Blueleaf but we surprised ourselves when we totalled up how much we've helped charities, both big and small. Below are just a few of the things we've done this year.
In July, Pete, Tom, Chris and Adrian took part in the Liverpool - Chester - Liverpool bike ride, raising £100 for Claire House Children's Hospice which helps seriously and terminally ill children.
July was also the month for the Blueleaf Running Club's 5k run - the culmination of several months of training. Kay, Kate, Becky, Vicky and both the Sarahs completed the run on the lanes near the office in Tattenhall, raising over £200 for Fairy Bricks - a charity that provides LEGO for children in hospital.
In August, Adrian took on his first Ironman Triathlon challenge, completing the race in 11 hours and 9 minutes - smashing his pre-race goal of 12 hours and raising over £2,500 for Claire House Children's Hospice.
Claire House Children's Hospice will also benefit from £760 from our networking group ChIMPs (Cheshire Innovative Marketing People). The group of local owners and founders of creative, media and marketing companies meets every couple of months and they've been collating funds left over from their meetings during the year to donate to this worthy cause.
The Blueleaf Tuck Shop has also now donated a fantastic £1,000 to charities since it was set up. Designer Dunc had the brilliant idea of selling crisps and chocolates in the office and every time profits reached £50, donating them to a charity nominated by a member of the team. So far, we have supported the charities such as:
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester
- Ty Enfys Care Home in Wales
- Stoma Care
- Cleft Lip & Palate Association
- Comic Relief
- Cancer Research
- Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity
- Sport Relief
- Wirral Hosice, St John's
- SOS Nepal
- Ronald MacDonald House - helping our UX Director Chris' daughter raise money for her Junior Great North Run
And it's always nice to receive a "Thank You" - here's a few of the messages we've received:
"Thank you so much for your kind donation to our Macmillan Coffee morning."
"Thank you for your extremely kind donation of £50 to Wirral Hospice. We very much appreciate your support as voluntary donations such as this make a major contribution to our fundraising and enable us to continue with the very special care we provide for our patients and their families."
"Thank you so much for supporting the Cleft Lip and Palate Association with your kind gift. CLAPA is a small charity, and it is only thanks to donations such as this that we can continue to offer information, support and advice to all those with and affected by cleft lip and/or palate. Over 1,000 babies will be born with a cleft this year in the UK, and with your help we can be there for every one of these families from the moment of diagnosis."