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Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Fundraising for Save the Children

Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Fundraising for Save the Children

Want to settle who’s the best Mario Kart driver amongst your colleagues?

Or test your driving skills on the Scalextric track?

Or WIN the ultimate game of Jenga?

Take part in the Christchurch Christmas Jumper Day games tournament! For a chance to win some xmas goodies!

WHAT: To raise as much as we can for Save the Children, Pro2col are hosting a fun games tournament for local businesses to take part in.

WHEN: Friday 10th December 2021, 10am-6pm

WHERE: The Saxon Centre, Devonshire Suite 2nd Floor,Christchurch BH23 1PZ

GAMES: Mario Kart, Scalextric and Jenga

DONATIONS: £2 per play or x3 games for £5

How does it work?

Register your interest with the form provided.

On the day, come along during your chosen time slot and enjoy playing the games provided.

Challenge your work colleagues, meet people from the local community and top the scoreboards!

Be in with a chance to win some Xmas goodies.

All proceeds will go to Save the Children

How to get here?

The Saxon Centre, Devonshire Suit, 2nd Floor, Christchurch BH23 1PZ

Our offices are located in the centre of Christchurch, next to the high street shops, with Christchurch Quay a 10-minute walk away and only five minutes from the railway station.

We are based just off the Fountain roundabout. Access to the office is between Palmer Snell and Pizza Hut.

Walk up the stairs or take the lift to the second floor. Follow the hallway round and we are to your right.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th Dec! Make sure to join the Xmas party at Saxon Square 11am-1pm too!

Find out what’s happening here.

Christmas Jumper Day 2021

#ChristmasJumperDay 2021

The Christchurch community unites for Save the Children on Friday 10th December

This is an open invitation to you, business owners of Christchurch large and small, to unite and raise money for Save the Children on this year’s Christmas Jumper Day.

The Christchurch Christmas Jumper Day Party will take place in Saxon Square on Friday 10th December from 11am until 1pm. There will be a selfie board for photos, a keepy-uppy competition, children’s design-a-jumper craft stand and more. The highlight will be at 1pm, when we’ll all get together in our festive knitwear for a community photograph.

Pro2col will also be hosting a pay and play games tournament in their Saxon Centre head office. You can compete with colleagues on classics that no-doubt featured on your childhood list to Santa: Scalextric, Jenga and Mario Kart. Sign up to play now.

There are lots of ways that you can help:

  • Participate in Christmas Jumper Day. Pro2col will provide you with a collection box and poster for your business, for staff and customers to donate
  • Pay to play in the games tournaments. You’ll get a 10-minute time slot to pop into our offices and play Mario Kart, Jenga or Scalextric (or all three)
  • Come to the party! Join us in Saxon Square between 11am and 1pm, and remember the photo at 1pm
  • Donate to this important cause – any donations are greatly appreciated and you can contribute via Just Giving
  • Get involved in any other way you can. We’d love to hear your ideas that will help us raise more cash:
    Are you able to provide any catering?
    Are you a dance, martial arts or keep fit organisation who would be willing to come and do a display?
    Are you affiliated to any football clubs and could run the keepy-uppy competition?
    Do you have a PA system we could use? Or are you an announcer?
    Are you a professional photographer?
    Can you offer any assistance with printing or banners?
    Would you be able to donate any colouring stationery or run a crafty stall for children to come and design a Christmas jumper?

““Christmas Jumper Day has previously been about wearing a jumper and putting a donation in a pot. That’s great for big businesses with lots of staff. But we wanted to create an opportunity for smaller businesses and franchises to join together in a community event for this important cause.”.”

James Lewis, Pro2col founder and Managing Director

In 2019, Pro2col and the businesses of Tuckton High Street smashed the original target, raising over £1600 in total for Save the Children, making us the top fundraiser across Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Let’s make this year a Christmas Jumper Day to remember and raise funds for a very important charity. Please get in touch with Michelle or Katie at Pro2col on 0333 123 1240 or email info@pro2colgroup.com.

All money raised goes directly to Save the Children, changing children’s lives around the world. It’s surprising how even a small donation can add up to make a big difference so please donate via the Just Giving page:

  • £210 could equip 200 children in Indonesia with everything they need for school.
  • £100 could buy the essentials a family fleeing conflict in Syria need to survive the winter cold.
  • £50 could provide a child with a month’s supply of high-energy peanut paste, helping them recover from malnutrition.
  • £20 could provide a newborn baby and mother with the vital supplies they need to get the best start in life.
  • £10 could pay for a child’s schoolbag kit in Kenya to help children learn.

More information about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day is available online.

Find out more about Pro2col’s charity activity and our company ethos.

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Pro2col takes part in the Solent beach clean

Solent Beach Clean: Pro2col helps remove 16kg of waste

Members of the Pro2col team took part in a beach clean at Solent beach on 26th September 2021.

Organised by James Lewis, Managing Director of Pro2col, the event was part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean.

“There was an amazing turn out with a total of 33 volunteers! A mixture of Pro2col staff members and local residents of all ages assembled at the front of Solent beach to do their part in keeping our coastal bays safe, secure and clean.” James Lewis, Managing Director, Pro2col

Luckily the weather held off as the team got to work.

Bin bags and litter pickers were provided. Volunteers were also encouraged to bring their own gloves to wear, because safety and hygiene comes first. The team covered 300m of the beach and collected a total of 16kg of rubbish. Most of it was plastic (unsurprisingly), cloth, paper, metal and other materials.

Volunteers also took away items that could be recycled, whilst the remaining rubbish was disposed of safely.

As a company we’re super grateful to be a stone’s throw away from the beach. One of Pro2col’s core values is to enable our communities. This means giving our staff the opportunity to take an active and visible role in the community through charity, environmental and education initiatives.

Recycling is a big part of what we do at Pro2col. Just like items found at the beach that were recycled, we actively recycle everything from crisp packets, bottles and cardboard at the office too. Our values apply both professionally and personally.

Once again, thank you to everyone involved at the beach clean. We hope to continue helping our coastal bays stay clean, beautiful and safe for everyone to enjoy.

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Starry Award

Starry 'McStarFace' Award

Recognising outstanding staff achievements

Wellbeing and mental health support are key components to Pro2col’s values. Part of fostering a happy work culture is to recognise and reward staff achievements.

The Starry Award does just that. Each week Starry McStarFace, a star shaped trophy, is given to any colleague who demonstrates the values of honesty, excellence and teamwork.

Any staff member can nominate their work colleague. Reasons for nominations vary, from the sale of a new product to ironing three shirts for a video shoot! If you think your colleague has done a good job, shout starry!

At the end of the financial year the person with the most nominations gets a company donation to their chosen charity.

Winners of the Starry Award

Liam’s donation helped Gingerbread, a charity that is dedicated to supporting single parents. The charity provides information to help single parents support themselves and their family. They also campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding single parents and make services more accessible to all families, no matter their situation.

 Recognising and Rewarding Staff Achievements

Pro2col’s staff survey revealed that recognition was the top motivating factor. This was above other incentives such as bonuses. Colleagues are encouraged to recognise and encourage others and hence, Starry McStarFace was born and the name was collectively agreed on.

Once again, we want to congratulate both Luke and Liam on an incredible achievement.

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New Forest 10K Run

New Forest 10K Run

Pro2col kickstarted their first fundraising event of the year with a very active 10k run. The chosen charity is the Bournemouth Hospital NHS charity. In particular their health and wellbeing initiatives for their staff.

Recent projects include safe spaces for staff to decompress after challenging times at work and enhanced wellbeing support. This includes a dedicated team of wellbeing practitioners who are on hand to offer individual support.

Several Pro2col staff members took part in the challenge. Matthew, Ian, Jasmina, Helen, Ben and James braved the cool April morning to run 10k.

The route was part of the New Forest Trail run series and saw our team take to the scenic Hinton Admiral Estate. Organisers of the event were given exclusive access to the unspoilt natural beauty. This certainly gave the team the extra motivation to keep going!

With the terrain being relatively flat it proved to be the perfect charity run regardless of experience or ability. Our team particularly enjoyed the vibrant coloured bracken, but were disappointed not to have seen deer grazing on the side of the trail.

There’s always next year!

“I’m incredibly proud of the team. It wasn’t the nicest of mornings but that’s what makes fundraising so important, to be able to step outside of your comfort zone. Mental health is vital. This past year has been tough and we recognise the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace. Especially for the NHS staff who have done such a great job” 

James Lewis, Managing Director at Pro2col

Thanks to the group’s effort we raised over £650 for our chosen charity. The funds will be directed towards mental health support for staff specifically on ICU.

This is only the start of Pro2col’s charity fundraising. It’s ingrained into our work culture and everyday life. Our next project will both support local businesses and the Bournemouth NHS Charity. Showcasing the best recipes from the community into one easy go-to recipe book.

Little John’s House Donation

Essential items delivered to Little John’s House in Romania

Throughout the Christmas season Pro2col have been collecting donations of items which are desperately needed by Little John’s House, a charity based in Romania providing care for children and young adults with special needs.

The organisation is in need of basic items such as toiletries, sweets, second hand clothes, toys, tooth brushes, colouring pens and pads for Christmas parcels for deprived families. The donations will be made into parcels for families with children with special needs, who still get very little support from the state or their local community. This appeal for donations is made more urgent by the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Romania and the vulnerability of those who rely on Little John’s House.

About Little John’s House

 

Little John’s House is a product of Mags Zahariah who travelled to Romania in the early 90s. She had planned to help care for children living in poor conditions in orphanages across the country, but ended up staying for ten years to set up the charity.

Situated in the heart of Transylvania, Little John’s House was established in 1993 as a secure and safe home for children and adults with special needs. Originally the property was purchased for Ionut Balan (Little John) who suffered from hydrocephalus, a condition causing excess fluids to increase pressure on the brain. He sadly passed away in 1997 but he was an inspiration to everyone who met him and his memory lives on at Little John’s house.

Six young people currently live happily full time at Little John’s house. Alongside that the charity runs outreach programmes to support children from the surrounding areas, the Romanian state-run orphanages and those in psychiatric homes.

 

This is a truly special place which inspired numerous volunteers over the years and helped many children and their families. This is also a cause especially close to Pro2col’s Ailsa Gibbs who knows Mags personally. 

“My amazing friends Mags and Liviu set up Little John’s House in Romania over 25 years ago and I have had the privilege of seeing their work in person over a couple of freezing Christmas visits.  Nobody leaves Little John’s House untouched by the love and kindness shown to children and young people who have had the toughest of starts.  Like so many charities, they have really struggled with fundraising this year so I am delighted by the response from the Pro2col team and our local community”. 

At such a difficult time for many, the Pro2col team wanted to make this donation as easy as possible and thanks to a generous discount from FAR logistics, the palette of donations (pictured) will soon be arriving at Little John’s House.