On the 2nd November this year we turned 16 years old! As we go into our 17th year we are looking back over the range of new and exciting challenges we took on to mark our 15th Anniversary. Some were tried and tested, some completely new and we have had so much fun doing them and we hope you have to! It was important to us that these events offered opportunities for anyone to get involved whether that be staff, families or supporters and we were honestly blown away by the help we received!
The years planned events started with our Evening of Recognition to mark the anniversary of 15 years of helping families in need, by paying tribute to all who have made the past 15 years possible. We honestly couldn’t continue without the help of all of our incredible supporters whether that be donors of items for our house and families, volunteers who maintain our house or help at events, or the fundraisers who take on many exciting and challenging events of their own! For each and every one of you we are so very grateful and cannot thank you enough for your amazing support.
Christmas is always a hectic but wonderful time of year for us. Our Choirs at Cabot Circus and Christmas Raffle are annual events that we are so grateful to have the support of volunteer collectors, choirs and ticket sellers for. For the 15 for 15 we wanted to mix up our usual Christmas line up so we got out the fancy dress and got on a bike for our Santathon in ASDA at Cribbs Causeway! This was a 12 hour relay cycle that our wonderful RMHB team took on with the help of some lovely local volunteers from McDonald’s. Although this was a challenge, we enjoyed this event so much that we are doing it again this year on Sunday 9th December! Please get in contact if you would like to be involved.
Throughout the year we had social media campaigns to mark special days like National Baby Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. This was the first time we had taken to social media as a form of fundraising and we look forward to exploring this more in the future. Our team also got involved and had great fun looking at each others baby photos! The Swimarathon was a great event that we will definitely be getting involved with again next year. The 50 minute challenge saw many frantic swimmers trying to get in as many laps as possible in a team relay. Our Office Manager took on the challenge alongside some families and children who have stayed here in the past and they all did brilliantly! This event is returning on the 3rd March 2019 and there are currently still places available. If you would like to get involved please contact our fundraising team.
One of the greatest challenges for our team this year was by far the sponsored silence. We are a very chatty office and it is so difficult to operate the office without being able to speak! Thank goodness for our volunteer Jayne who kept the office running smoothly whilst we all frantically wrote notes and taped our mouths shut. Although it was very challenging we are very proud to say not one of us broke our silence – however we won’t be rushing to do it again! The Skydive was yet another challenge taken on by our amazing Office Manager Malika. Due to poor weather she wasn’t able to jump until September but it was an incredible experience that you simply have to try to appreciate! If anyone would like to take on the challenge of a Skydive speak to our fundraising team as SkyDive Buzz down in Devon have a connection to the house and will allow you to jump for free if you raise £395 or more for our house!
Our annual Golf Day was a great success again this year with many returning teams of supporters. This year we chose to try out a different venue and headed to the stunning Rolls of Monmouth. Luckily it only decided to rain as it was time to come in and a great day was had by all. In 2019 we will return to the equally stunning Celtic Manor and are pleased to say we already have many teams booked in! If you secure your teams place by the 31st December 2018 you can have a four ball with brunch and dinner for £650! For more information please contact our fundraising team.
Our biggest undertaking for our 15 for 15 was by far RMHB Fest, our very own music festival! We were blown away by the help and support we got for this and had an incredible time! We couldn’t have wished for better weather and it was so great to see so many of our supporters and past families. Personal highlights for our team included meeting Toploader and having Points West report on the day! All in all it was a great success and we are pleased to say we plan to hold the event again in June next year. Watch this space for more information and early bird tickets!
Our final event of our 15 for 15 was our Sports Dinner. Although we have held dinners before we have never before had a guest speaker and Paul Merson certainly kept everyone entertained with his stories and anecdotes. Throughout the evening Russ Williams had everyone laughing and an amazing amount was raised by our auction and raffle. We were so happy to see so many of our supporters alongside some new faces and took this as an opportunity to invite our amazing ambassadors by way of thanks for all that they do. It was a great way to finish off this year of fundraising and an event we would love to do again in the future.
Although a couple of the events we had planned to take on were unfortunately cancelled, we are so happy with the way our 15 for 15 went and cannot thank you all enough for your support along the way. Overall these events raised an incredible £37,622.88 in total and we would like to thank each and every one of you for helping us achieve this great amount. Every penny we raise goes straight to supporting and accommodating our families at there time in need and we are so grateful to everyone who got involved.
Frankie – 15th November 2018