A Great Year for The Bristol Charity Challenge Committee
Each of our UK sites has an employee-run Charity Challenge Committee, who are dedicated to raising money for good causes in their local communities. Throughout 2017, Bristol's committee raised a total of £6,178.69 for Bristol after Stroke - a charity that supports people and their families, who have been affected by stroke and All Aboard Water Sports, a charity making it possible for everyone in the community to join a range of watersports and water related activities.
This committee has not only helped raise money for good causes in the community but has also allowed our employees to network with each other and bring an added element to their role:
“The initial reason I joined Charity Challenge was to have more variety in my day. Over the year and a half I have been involved, I have met many people I would not get the chance to in my day job, including senior management. I get to develop my organisational skills through running events and have the freedom to be creative when designing new events. Also I enjoy participating in events that my Charity Challenge colleagues run!“ - Cerys Evans, Charity Challenge Co-Chair
“I signed up for Charity Challenge as I wanted to add variety to my daily job role. I have been on the committee for a year now and I really enjoy it. I have met loads of people from different departments and even had meetings with senior management. It is really rewarding to be able to present the charities with a cheque at the end of the year. Our hard work is always appreciated and really does help.” - Sam Fillery, Charity Challenge Co-Chair
With everything from cake sales to photography competitions, we take a look back at the fantastic fundraising activities of 2017.
Managers Vs. Early Careers members Challenge
This event saw three teams of Managers and Early Careers employees go head to head in a set of three challenges. First came the task of replicating a Lego structure from memory, next team members had to get physical in order to transport a ball across an obstacle course using open pipes, then the final task required incredible concentration as teams had to guide blindfolded members to remove weights off a balanced board making sure not to knock it over.
The Managers came out as overall winners and a total of £205.89 was raised through spectator donations as well entry fees.
Valentines Cake Sale
Sweet love was in the air in the Bristol Atrium on February 14th with the charity cake sale. The romance-themed cakes raised £195.61 and were a welcome treat for employees!
Easter Cake Sale and Competition
The Easter Bake-Off competition saw bakers get creative, with Star-Wars shaped brownies and Easter Egg themed cakes. Overall a total of £205.11 was raised from these 'eggsellent' creations.
With prizes like Paintballing and a Combat Simulation Experience we had a full-house on Bingo night raising an impressive £156.00.
Can you Quiz it?
Employees were invited to a quiz night involving questions ranging from Film to Science and Geography. After some controversial rounds and even an element which saw competitors go head to head guessing what flavour of crisps they were tasting, the quiz raised £96.00.
Wimbledon Cake Sale
Whilst the nation was gripped with tennis fever, we held a Wimbledon themed cake sale with ball-shaped cakes and more cream scones than you could imagine! Overall, £141.11 was raised.
Five-A-Side Football Competition
Nine teams competed in a five-a-side football tournament with team 'Ooo Arr' coming out as champions and a total of £389.87 raised for charity.
Over 60 photographs were submitted to our annual Photography Competition across all of our sites and 12 were chosen to feature in 'The Art of Engineering' calendar which raised £220.00 in sales from our Bristol site.
Paper Plane Competition
Going back to our rebellious school days, competitors were asked to draw on their engineering skills in order to design the most aerodynamic plane for this competition. The event was heavily attended and £21.00 was raised from flight tickets.
Halloween Cake Sale
The annual Halloween Cake Sale featured an array of frighteningly delicious cakes, raising £207.24 for our chosen charities.
Guide Dog Hobby Talk
We welcomed some four-legged friends at a talk from the Guide Dog Trust. This involved learning about the rigorous training these dogs go through as well as lots of cuddles of course! A total of £58.62 was raised and shared between the Guide Dogs Trust and our chosen charities.
Bristol Aero Trust Talk
Bristol Aero Collection Trust gave a presentation on the Aerospace Bristol Museum, the new permanent home for Concorde in Bristol. Donations totalled £52.60 which was shared between our charities and the Aerospace Bristol Trust.
Marathon Des Sables Talk
We welcomed Captain Seb Joyce, from the 16th Regiment Artillery, to speak about his inspirational feat of completing Marathon Des Sables - a 232km, 7 day journey across the Moroccan Sahara desert. Seb's talk about what has been terms 'the toughest foot race on earth' raised £70.85
Cheques were given to representatives of both charities on 2 February 2018 with a great deal of appreciation from Bristol after Stroke and All Aboard Watersports:
“Your support is greatly valued by us and our service users. This donation goes to fund our much need support services for people after stroke in this area. We were also delighted that you were able to introduce us to All-Aboard Watersports – we are now looking forward to working together this year.” - Bristol after Stroke Representative.
If you'd like to take part in fundraising activities like this as part of the MBDA community, take a look at our current opportunities now.