Darryl’s Reading Half Marathon

Darryl MarathonSee that guy? That’s Darryl.

You have seen him before – he was part of our customer service Christmas jumpers day and also took part in Movember 2012!

For this year he’s set himself a new goal and will take part in the Reading half marathon on the 2nd of March in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

When he doesn’t wear funny jumpers he strives to make each and everyone of our customers happy, supports Southampton Football Club [we try not to hold that against him too much!] and makes the occasional cup of tea.

If you like to donate to Cancer Research UK and show support to Darryl you can donate on JustGiving now. 

We wish him good luck for his half marathon!

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Team Primrose raise £660 for WaterAid

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Earlier this year some of the Primrose staff took part in the Reading half marathon. They raised a phenomenal £660 for WaterAid:
wateraid certificate

Between 2009 and 2015 our ambition is that a further 25 million people will have access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation as a direct result of our work; and that by influencing the policies and practices of governments and service providers we will have reached a further 100 million people.

You can see James, Jon, Tim and Teck with the certificate above and no, they didn’t plan the stairstep effect for the picture!

Thanks to everyone who donated!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

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Team Primrose does the Reading Half Marathon!

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Braving heavy rain and even a bit of hail, Team Primrose took part in the Reading Half Marathon this Sunday in order to raise money for WaterAid. WaterAid works specifically on the WASH crisis: water, sanitation and hygiene. Our vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

Teck, Laura, James, Jon and Tim have so far raised £320.

Well done for taking part and all your training in the last six months!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

Charity Spotlight: Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Bumblebee Conservation Trust UK charity logoThe second charity we’re supporting for this year’s National Garden SleepOut is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

In the past 80 years, the number of bees has been plummeting and two species of bumblebee have even become extinct in the UK. Bees are vital to the health of the ecosystem because they serve as pollinators — allowing flowers, fruit and veg to continue reproducing.
White-tailed bumblebee photo
The UK countryside has changed over the years, reducing the number of wildflowers across the country, and with it the number of bees. BBCT works with farmers, policy-makers, and the public to spread awareness of bee-friendly planting methods to help bring our bees back in full force.

You can test how bee-friendly your garden is with the Trust’s Bee Kind tool, and you and your children can learn all about bumblebees over at Bumble Kids.

You can find more information on volunteering, donating, or BBCT’s projects at their website: wwww.bumblebeeconservation.org.

Bumblebee pollinating flowers illustration

Charity Spotlight: Just A Drop

Just a Drop water charity logoOne of the charities we’re supporting for the National Garden SleepOut this year is Just a Drop – dedicated to providing healthy water to the world’s children.

Just a Drop has carried out over 96 projects providing clean, safe water to communities in 29 countries. They work to eliminate the risks of unhealthy water by constructing wells, boreholes, washing facilities, latrines and more. A child dies every 20 seconds from waterborne diseases, but with the help of its volunteers and your donations, Just a Drop can save lives.

Children carrying water in Africa

Every donation counts – just £10 can provide a child with water for their entire life. In the developed world we may whinge about hosepipe bans or excessive rain, but we take for granted the fact that we have access to clean, safe water when many others don’t.

Just a Drop also has a variety of ideas and activities especially for kids – check out the Splash Pack section of their website to get involved.

To learn more or donate, visit www.justadrop.org.