Its Friday night, its raining and theres standing room only in the lambing barn at Whirlow Hall Farm. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Easter has come early but hay bails and cattle grids aside, we are here to celebrate the arrival of the new Master Cutlers Charity Fundraising Champions. The Master Cutlers Challenge task was to raise as much money as possible from £100 donated by the Master Cutler.
The result – a massive £101,612.41 raised by participating companies and organisations from across Sheffield!
The Ashley Kate HR north team got an early mention for the £1283.09 raised through our ‘Tour De North’, ‘Come Dine with Me’ Challenge and ‘Charity Summer Fete’. Aside from the host saving his best cow jokes for the tables full of fundraisers, the brass band accompanied every winners’ announcement with a tribute fitting for the fantastic efforts of all that have been involved in this years event.
On arrival, the final challenge of this years event seemed to be getting from the dark, misty fields into the food court. Following our noses we soon forgot about the mud up our ankles as the smell of locally sourced roast pork and apple sandwiches filled the air.
It’s a well known mis-conception that charity starts at home but the hosts did their best to welcome us by trading our tickets for a complimentary drink. Do the sheep have tabs?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be spending my Friday night on a farm with a company who decided to spend £100 on a one way ticket to Spain and hitch hike back. Nor did I expect the Ashley Kate HR team to come second only to an army of Monkey Sock Puppets in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Award category!
Listening to the variety of inventive ways that this years teams had devised to raise funds for charity gave the ultimate message. However random and diverse the challenge may be, we were all in this together going that extra mile for a great cause. Cake bakers, Car washers and Calendar models all replaced Cows, Pigs and Horses as the winners of each category were revealed.
Our business park neighbours, Gripple scooped the Master Cutlers award, raising a staggering £5687. Well done Gripple. First and Second place was won by AES SEAL and DLA Piper who raised over £7000 and were toasted by applause echoing around the hay and into the fields.
After each winner was presented on stage with a silver plated plaque made by apprentices at the event sponsors’ Forgemasters, it was time for the barn dance. Time to dance on the tables and chew on straw, right? Or maybe a sophisticated boogie to work off the mountains of food to the sound of local band The English Gentleman.
A fitting end to a fabulous years fundraising. Its just a shame that the City Taxi’s team didn’t stay around for us to steal a lift home! One way tickets to Spain it is then … ?