Stories and ideas

The ways in which businesses support us are varied and often surprising!

Staff from EE's head office in Hertfordshire took to the streets of Westminster for a day. Surprised commuters and puzzled tourists found a group of cheerful people bouncing around London's best known landmarks on suitably orange spacehoppers.

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The apprentices at Rolls Royce in Filton made BRACE one of their two supported charities. Fundraising ideas included the band featured in the banner photo above and a winning entry in the Bristol Dragon Boat Race.

Avenue Cafe in Emersons Green, South Gloucestershire, is a small cafe with just five staff, but produced a great example of community fundraising. They raised about £4,500 to split between four charities, including BRACE, much of it from sponsored running.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards support a Bristol charity and London charity every year. When they chose BRACE, they tried everything from the Bristol Half Marathon, to bag packing in a supermarket and subjecting one of their partners to the ice bucket challenge.

IOP Publishing enjoyed their fundraising in the form of a series of quiz evenings with plenty of food and drink. They also arranged a viewing of an international football match on a screen in their offices and held a musical evening and Christmas jumper day.

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Arup's Bristol office raised well over £12,000, partly thrugh a well run golf day, but largely by selling their staff very reasonably priced drinks and snacks from fridges in the office. Cheaper and quicker than a trip to the shop!

Butterworth Jones in Weston-Super-Mare did most of their fundraising in style by holding a well organised and very smart ball. The donkey picture on Weston beach was just for fun.