Working Links raises £2555 for Comic Relief
PUBLISHED: 13:26 21 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:14 20 February 2013
Working Links Plymouth office showed their dedication to supporting good causes by raising £2555 in one day for Red Nose Day.
Working Links, a public-private-voluntary organisation is dedicated to tackling social exclusion and poverty by helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds into work. The Plymouth office showed their dedication to supporting good causes by raising 2555 in one day for Red Nose Day.
Dressed in red from head to toe with sprayed red hair the 80-strong team scheduled a number of innovative fund raising activities.
Lindsey Edmonds, Employer Services Consultant for Working Links said, We all dug deep to come up with some imaginative ways of raising money. There is a real sense of achievement and we hope the money will contribute to making peoples lives better.
Day time activities included leg waxing, cake sale and fancy dress. The teams best fancy dress efforts included Superman, Mr T, Toy Story characters, a cow and a managerwhohad been eaten by a shark. Our efforts made it onto Local and National news and even the Live Comic Relief Show.
In the evening, the Employer Services Team held a charity evening inviting all their local employers who have supported with employment opportunities and placements. The event was held at The Treasury on Catherine Street where our employers were greeted with a limited addition cocktail and an array of canaps. Close-up magician Ed Clarke entertained the guests with card tricks, coin tricks and misdirection and the four brave Working Links employees gave themselves up to be auctioned won most, noticeably Lindsey Edmonds who agreed to clean U-bends for a day for a donation of 250.
We held a silent auction with prizes donated included: A luxury overnight stay at The Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Jurys Inn, a years supply of Langage Ice Cream, Scouting for Girls signed memorabilia, game tickets from Plymouth Argyle, Raiders, Albion Rugby and Lazer Quest from Plymouth Karting, memberships for Nuffield Health, Elfordleigh and Devon Life and a family pass to Plymouth Aquarium for a year. Evening entertainment included tickets for The Theatre Royal, Vue Cinema and dining experiences with Barbican Kitchen, The Copthorne Brassiere and Beefeater Bar and Grill with AA Taxi rides to and from. Goodie bags from Debenhams and House of Fraser including Kalamora Spa, La Prarie and Monet Jewellery. Not forgetting MGV Videos, GHE Tuning and Le-Anne Unsworth beautiful artwork.
Employer Services Manager and guest auctioneer, Dan Casey said, It was a great experience to be part of a well attended evening. We hope everyone had fun and would like to pay special thanks to those that donated prizes and congratulate the prize winners.
Working Links would like to say a special thank you to The Treasury for holding the event and the donation of their function room; Sunshine Balloons incredible archway and table decorations; MGV for filming and photographing the night as well as digging deep during the Staff Auction as well as TKB, Eco Environmental and TRB Heating.