Our campaign received another massive boost this weekend from proceeds from our Autumn ball (details to follow). This brings us up to 80% of our total, or, ‘only’ £20,400 left to raise. This is totally due to the fantastic support we are getting both locally and nationally now for our charity. Thanks to one and all.
One of the unsung heroes of our campaign over the many months we have been running it but who have kept very much in the background, is the local business Kingston Joinery.
From entering a team in our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge and raising thousands of pounds, to donating auction prizes for our Autumn Ball and buying a table at same, the guys at Kingston Joinery have been fantastic! We have just heard that the MD and his partner collected our barrels on his day off on Sunday from the venue and returned them for us. Thanks to Craig and Lynette.
If anybody out there is reading this and wants any joinery work doing, if Kingston Joinery show you the same level of commitment and support as they have shown us, then I could not recommend them highly enough.
Another local business has jumped in to help us with our campaign. Carafax of Sutton Fields have generously donated a cheque for £500 after we wrote to them recently asking for help. It’s support such as this that will ensure we hit our target and provide the camera that the eye hospital desperately want.
Thank you so much to the good people at Carafax.
The team was presented with a £2000 cheque by the Myton Lodge Freemasons recently after we presented our campaign to them and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at their building on Beverley road. They have been supporting us all year in our campaign and a special thanks goes out to Bill Hartley and Chris Harland for their hard work in helping us. Also to Phil Harrison who presented us with a cheque for £70 from profits of his book on Freemasonry.
After a difficult and lengthy application process to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, we have just been notified that we have been awarded a cheque for £10,000. This does not come with any strings attached or as a pledge or promise when we reach a certain amount, this is a direct donation to the WISHH Charity which as usual, is ring fenced exclusively for the RetCam appeal.
As a team, we think this is a fantastic boost as not only does it significantly increase our total, but just as importantly, this is the first national organisation that has recognised us in this way and our bid was up against professional, national charities. It proves that our local campaign must rank with the best and is considered nationally to be worthy of support.
We cannot thank the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Charitable Trust enough for supporting us in this way.
A second table top sale to-day at the M&S store in Anlaby netted the appeal £185 profit.
Thanks to Jane at M&S for allowing us to set up stall and Irene for the ever popular jigsaws which always seem to sell well there.
The good people from the Hull Old Grammarians Freemasons Lodge popped round to-day and presented us with a cheque for £150. This came straight out of the blue and was a very welcome surprise.
Many thanks to you all, the donation is very much appreciated.
Total with this donation is now £72,000.
Fabulous day in fabulous weather for our mid summer/end of term Fun Day at Acre Head.
Thanks to all the stall holders for coming and supporting us and thanks to everyone that brought the rides, the swings, the food van and ice cream van and the ENORMOUS bouncy castle.
We have special thanks to the guys for supporting us, Gary & Jed. A great routine, despite dragging up RetCam team members to help out.
Thanks to Amy for organising stalls for us and thanks to friends and family who helped to man the stalls and the entrance gates. It would just not have happened without you all.
We simply cannot leave out Ed and Mrs Robinson though, once again going the extra mile for our appeal (we are really going to miss you Mrs R)….
Great turn out and hopefully the kids (and the adults) enjoyed it.
£460 raised on the day.
Many months ago, a Trust employee named Tom Fletcher approached us and asked if would like to be their chosen charity for an upcoming football tournament he was organising between the Trust and local businesses including Barclays bank.
We jumped at the offer and ever since, Tom and his cousin Anthony Snow, who works at Barclays Bank have been hard at work planning and organising the event which ‘played out’ to-day at South Hunsley school in glorious sunshine.
8 teams played six a side football with support from senior personnel from the Trust playing on Toms side, including the eye hospital director, Colin Vize himself! He really wants this camera now…….
Sustenance was provided by way of a BBQ and chilled drinks served up by team members and a thoroughly good time was had by all.
Barclays have generously agreed to match fund everything raised, so we are hopeful that in excess of £1,000 will have been generated today, with every penny going towards the cost of the camera.
Remember. Everything raised will go towards the total. Absolutely nothing is taken away for administration or running costs, other than the costs of staging the events.
Everything from burgers, sausages, drinks and breadcakes to sauces and salad was been donated by local stores.
Great result chaps, even though you were knocked out early on!! (Sorry)
A very busy day at the Trusts annual fun day at Castle Hill hospital where our stand was in a prime location for passing trade. From jigsaws to jelly babies and glitter tattoos to drinks, we tried to sell it all there.
Through a combination of direct sales and the raffle and a tombola, we managed to raise £190 on the day. Congratulations to Chris Hanson on winning the £75 photography voucher.
And then a mad dash to Longcroft school to meet the lovely and magnificently generous Hessle Sinfonia orchestra and their audience.
Through a combination of ticket sales and a frantic 10 minute raffle, we managed to raise £456 on the night which is another fantastic boost to the campaign.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening of well played classical music as well. A special thanks to Kate Lutley for making this happen.