In the run up to Easter 2018 a number of colleagues organised a variety of awareness raising and fundraising events.
In the Nottingham office our two mental health champions Cathy Hyde and Pauline Simpson organised an Easter Egg challenge. Cathy and Pauline had dotted various Easter Eggs around the office decorated with messages to brighten the day. Valerie Blomeley won a Mini Eggs Mug and Easter Egg finding 32 out of 33 hidden eggs. Well done Val. Hari Singh was runner up with 27 eggs. The health and wellbeing pages on the Shoosmiths intranet were also highlighted as was the free, independent and confidential Helpline provided by LawCare.
Nottingham also raised just over £70 for Shelter by organising a chocolate bunny raffle.
In Northampton 250 Easter eggs were purchased and a further 210 were donated by staff thereby helping Northamptonshire County Council Easter Egg Challenge to collect 7,003 eggs. As Jeanette Walsh, Northamptonshire County Council explained ‘Some of the Easter eggs have gone to our four children’s homes, across the county, some of them have gone to families we are currently working with in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, and Daventry and of course Northampton. Because we reached our target I was able to give some Easter eggs to our children and young people who are looked after by our County, also to our young people who have left our care and continue to use our services.’ She added ‘It’s really great when you can put a little smile on children’s faces especially when they see you have brought them a little Easter egg, they are so pleased.’
Milton Keynes colleagues donated 70 Easter eggs to enable Milton Keynes Council to distribute them to children in their care.
During the week before Easter a Fortnum and Mason hamper was top prize for a Birmingham office daily raffle trolley. Colleagues are busy raising funds for the grand It’s a Knock Out Day planned for St Mary’s Hospice in early May 2018.
Manchester supported the annual Brainwave Spinningfield corporate duck race with the wonderful Hong Kong Shooey beautifully dressed by Anna Dubaj and Sonia Gadsby. Hong Kong Shooey came third in the race and the event overall raised £20,000 for Brainwave.
In the Edinburgh office £160 was raised for Alzheimer Scotland from colleagues who gave up their time to make cakes, sell or buy them.
In the Thames Valley office Joanne Sear and Jane Murray won an Easter Rabbit hunt organised in aid of Launchpad Reading by searching for and finding nine rabbits dotted throughout the office.