Charity was the order of the day at Grayling Towers on Wednesday when we held a cake sale to raise money for our corporate charity, The Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The team dug out their whisks and baking tins to put on a huge spread of cakes and treats, which included chocolate brownies; carrot cake; red velvet cake; flapjacks; rocky road and chocolate orange marble cake among many more – feeling hungry yet?
Generous staff from neighbouring businesses in Royal London Buildings flocked to our cake sale table helping to raise over £170!!
Thank you to everyone who donated! All funds have now been passed onto the Disasters Emergency Committee to help the victims, and those supporting the victims, of the tragedy that took place in April of this year. You can read more about the work of the DEC.
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Cake and charity continued to be the focus this Thursday, when Megan and Kimberley joined our client M&S at its stand at the Royal Welsh Show to take part in a charity afternoon tea. While we were busy taking pics and gathering intel for the media, the stand quickly filled with patrons ready to enjoy sandwiches, cakes and tea all in aid of The Breast Centre in Cardiff. This fantastic charity supports women with breast cancer in South Wales with access to dedicated doctors, nurses and surgeons. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy tea and cake for such a worthy cause?!
Also taking place at the stand were live demonstrations and we enjoyed watching The Village Bakery make Welsh cakes. Our verdict? – yum!!
We don’t have any news on our resident tomato plant Tomasina this week! She’s growing tall but isn’t providing the fruity goods. We’re hoping that with a bit of gentle encouragement (in the form of plant food), she’ll be sprouting tomatoes in no time.
We’ve had a very exciting week for Bristol 2015 (cl)!
On Thursday (16 July) we helped to unveil The Bristol Whales, a huge sculpture of two life size whales. Diving straight into Millennium Square – made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles – the Bristol Whales have been unveiled to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green Capital. They represent the fragility of our oceans and the increasing threat of plastic pollution – particularly plastic bags and food and drink packaging.
Britons spend over £1.5 billion on bottled water every year and send 15 million bottles to landfill every day. Globally, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans each year – equivalent to the body weight of 45,000 blue whales. The sculpture is encouraging people to act now to reduce their consumption of single use plastics and help protect our oceans for future generations.
Weighing six tonnes, The Bristol Whales will be situated in Bristol’s Millennium Square from 17 July – 1 September. It depicts a blue whale and humpback whale swimming through an ‘ocean’ of plastic bottles, which were collected from the Bath Half Marathon and Bristol 10k race. It has been designed and built by Cod Steaks, initiated by Arts Project Earth and funded by Arts Council England as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.
We’ve been delighted with the media coverage, with pieces appearing across the BBC, The Telegraph, The i and Sky News but to name a few!
On Saturday, the team at Grayling towers is off to the Bristol Harbour Festival for some good food, music and sunshine (we hope!) so look out for our Harbour Highlights in next week’s post!
In other news, our resident plant Tomasina is doing really well and has grown so tall we can’t even fit all of her in the picture!
It’s been another very busy week here at Grayling Towers! On Monday we tuned into watch Wimbledon to cheer on Andy Murray, while enjoying some Pimms and strawberries and cream #delicious.
On Thursday, we were delighted to join our client Bristol 2015 as they launched an interactive Shaun the Sheep education app with Aardman. Sustainable Shaun challenges young people to build their own sustainable city by balancing five themes: food, nature, energy, transport and resources. Throughout the summer, children on the Shaun the Sheep tour can pop into the Bristol 2015 lab to try the game!
Next week will be another very exciting week for Bristol 2015 when we help them to unveil a big-scale project that’s sure to make a splash with the public! Keep an eye out for next week’s blog post.
In other news our resident tomato plant Tomasina, kindly donated to us by our amazing office manager Louise, has been ‘growing’ from strength to strength.
We’re nurturing Tomasina to show how easy it can be to be green and sustainable at work.