Dickens & the raffle

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

– Charles Dickens

When we set out to put together our 3rd Dia De Los Muertos Fundraiser, the plan was to have a day long celebration; a craft market featuring local sellers during the day with a little music and food, followed by an almighty fiesta.

After realising that there was limited interest in a craft day we scrapped that idea and stuck to the almighty fiesta part. Then our venue changed hands and, with that, came new terms and conditions that were near impossible to work with.

So we went venue hunting, only to find that we couldn’t afford to spend the £5,500 requested for a venue that was only planning on letting us use the space.

Last minute we found a beautiful venue, at a reasonable price, so we scrapped the evening fiesta thing and considered doing a Halloween themed tea party with vintage styling, dress code and a little music. Only to realise that, with 4 weeks to go and a hike in ticket price (up from the original £10 to £20) for an event shorter than the original, we probably weren’t going to sell enough tickets to cover costs, let alone fund raise.

Even so, we gave it one last bash, only to find that the universe had other plans: first, our band pulled out, then our photographer pulled out, then our sound and lighting pulled out.

Our matchstick foundation had officially fallen apart and our fundraiser house had caved in.

The only people left to contact were the donor companies who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us out. With our tails between our legs we contacted them one-by-one, only to be met with utmost support and that support has helped us push through with our raffle . It’s only right that we introduce you to them:

  • Astrid and Miyu, a small jewellery company who work with independent jewellery designers, provided us with gift vouchers to include in our goody bags
  • Another Jeweller, who has requested to stay anonymous, donated a beautiful pendant for the raffle.
  • Artisanti, a small luxe housewares company, donated a hurricane lamp and got it to us in light speed.
  • Canton Tea Co, donated a tea hamper comprising of their 3 best-selling teas
  • Juiceology offered to supply the drinks for the event and have asked us to let them know about future events so they can help out.
  • Kiss Me Deadly, a small lingerie company, donated a £35 voucher to be used in their online shop for our raffle.
  • Method  donated 2 bottles of their laundry liquid along with goodies to be included in our gift bags.
  • Nurses cottage, a small local company, donated 5 bottles of their award winning presse to be the runner up gifts in the raffle.
  • REN donated one of their Morrocan Rose Otto Gift Sets to be included as a prize in the raffle.
  • Talking Tables donated beautiful decorations for our event.
  • TeaPigs donated goodies for our gift bags.
  • Thomasina Miers’ and the team at Wahaca donated a signed copy of their new cookbook “Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home” for the raffle
  • Zaggora donated a voucher for a pair of their Viva Hotpants as a gift for the raffle.

The reason for blogging about this? Simple: The difference that these donations can make are insurmountable and without the donations of larger companies, fundraiser’s would be very difficult to pull off.

By working together and supporting one another to achieve a goal that will benefit society we are helping to build a better world; The more that we pull together the quicker we will get there.

Despite the fact that we haven’t been able to reach the fundraiser, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you for considering us worthy enough to support and thank you for helping us come this far.

(Update: the universe said no. As it turns out we weren’t given the right advice about gambling permits. . . so, maybe we’ll pull it off next time? Stay tuned to find out. . .)

Thank you.

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