Resourceful employees put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraising’ with a selection of topical activities in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Stowmarket-based Timberwolf, the largest seller of commercial wood chippers and shredders in the UK and Europe, picked EACH as its charity of the year for 2021 and raised more than £2,200.
Despite the challenge of lockdown, creative staff put their thinking caps on and came up with an array of seasonal activities, from a virtual Valentine’s Bake Off and pancake flipping to decorating desks for St Patrick’s Day and a Grand National sweepstake. Other highlights included a sunflower growing competition, opening a tuck shop, sponsored car washing, Halloween bingo and members of the team running in the Cambridge Half Marathon.
Trish Stephenson, HR Advisor at Timberwolf, said: “We had a phenomenal year, raising money for EACH. It was our chosen charity, nominated by staff, and a real privilege to support the great work they do. The help and care provided by EACH was incredible throughout another challenging year, because of Covid restrictions. We wish them all the very best going forward.”
Staff also donated items to help raise funds while others took on a weight-loss challenge, giving money based on how many pounds they were able to shed. The final total donated was £2227.13 and staff were able to get together after a tough year and reflect on their efforts during a summer Wolf Fest party.
Billie Nugent, EACH corporate fundraiser for Suffolk and East Essex, said: “We’re extremely grateful to our friends at Timberwolf. Despite many activities taking place during the depths of lockdown, staff really used their imagination to come up with some brilliant ideas. Many of these could be completed at home and their families were also encouraged to get involved.”
Pictured are Sharon Myhill (HR Director), Becky Bird (Marketing Specialist) and Trish Stephenson (HR Advisor), from Timberwolf.