The Myotubular Trust is delighted to be receiving sponsorship in 2016/17 from Christie & Co, the UK’s largest business sales specialist. Since the charity was set up in 2006, Christie & Co has supported our work with donations, t-shirt sponsorship, attending flagship fundraising events and sending out our charity cards, to name a few.
We have had a great long term relationship with Christie & Co since we set up the Trust in 2006. We are delighted therefore to share the good news that they have raised over £35,000 for the Myotubular Trust in 2017!
Christie & Co has the largest team of sector specialists in the UK and one of the largest group of hotel specialists in Europe. The son of a colleague of Christie & Co is affected by myotubular myopathy which is why everyone there has felt so compelled to support us.
Taking us to their hearts in the past year, they planned fantastic ways to fundraise and help raise awareness of our charity - with some great personal sporting achievements made too along the way. Fundraising activities have ranged from naming sheep, cake and bake sales and raffles, walks, a triathlon, rowing, climbing Ben Nevis and Three Peaks, and Ironman, 300,000 steps, and more recently to holding an online auction featuring items kindly donated by their contacts within the Hospitality Industry! The final event of this stacked fundraising calendar will be taking place on Christmas Day with a sea swim at Exmouth!
The people of Christie & Co have been an absolute pleasure to deal with over the past year. David Rugg, Chairman of Christie & Co, said "I am really proud of what our colleagues have done and are doing. Focussing our fundraising efforts for Myotubular Trust this year has unified the whole company, we are working successfully together in teams for a common, hugely deserving and worthwhile cause, which brings out the best in everyone. I feel the cause has energised Christie & Co".
The Myotubular Trust is hugely grateful to everyone involved in the fundraising effort at Christie & Co for their fantastic efforts on behalf of our patient community. Their support will go a long way to help improve the lives of children and adults affected by myotubular and centronuclear myopathy.
Find out more about Christie & Co at http://www.christie.com and scroll down to read more about some of the fundraising events.
We were absolutely in awe of Paul Reilly, Healthcare Property agent working in the West Midlands, when we heard that he had registered for a swim on Christmas Day….in the sea!
Paul, who had previously lived in Devon was visiting family and friends there over the holidays and decided to join the annual Christmas Day swim on Exmouth seafront to support the Trust. As Paul said, “It a challenge but someone mad has to do it - no wet suit - just straight in and swim to the local lifeboat.”
We were delighted to hear that the swim went well although Paul told us that it was rather Baltic.
Massive thanks and congratulations Paul – we salute you!
The team in Birmingham recently held the Great Birmingham Office Bake Off. They wanted to raise as much dough as they could for the Trust and asked their friends and colleagues to dig deep into their apron pockets to show their enthusiasm in raising money!
The judging panel, Lee Hollywood & Rupi Berry, selected the winner, Nicole Jones, who made a fabulous Eton Mess sponge cake. Congratulations Nicole!
We would like to thank everybody who supported the Bake Off, and hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed those goodies – they all look delicious!
Massive thanks and congratulations to members of the Finance Team who completed the Thames Bridges Trek, a 25km charity walk across 16 London Bridges. We are so grateful to the team who came together from across the country, from as far afield as Scotland, to support the Trust.
Nicole Jones told us, “The walk went really well, everyone finished in under 5 hours (just about!) The weather stayed dry and everyone enjoyed themselves, a couple of us are angling to do the 50km next year. It was a challenge in some places as the route took us past Southbank and Borough Market so it was more difficult to stay at a certain pace!”
The team have well and truly exceeded their fundraising target and we are immensely grateful to them and their very generous sponsors. Thank you all!
Hopetoun Farmshop were so grateful for the speculative advice given to them by Edinburgh office’s Daniel Arrandale that they have made a very generous donation to the Trust. The donation was given as a reflection of Daniel’s help which they described as ‘extremely helpful and enlightening’.
Massive thanks to both Hopetoun Farmshop for their generosity and to Daniel for instigating it.
On July 18th the Medical Team completed a 25KM Thames Walk from their London offices in Blackfriars, all the way to Kew. The route alongside the Thames was stunning and provided the odd opportunity for refreshments and pit stops!
Among the team of walkers was Simon Hughes, whose son Zak is the inspiration for the phenomenal Christie & Co fundraising in support of the Myotubular Trust. Simon’s wife, Wendy, is a co-founder of the Trust.
We are told that the blistered feet were all worth it, that everybody had a great day with great camaraderie and team support, and that it provided quality time to bond and discuss work projects in a different and inspiring setting.
Massive thanks and congratulations to the Medical Team for their achievement and for their tremendous fundraising. We hope that the aches and pain soon pass!
Massive thanks to the Leeds team who held a summer barbecue on July 5th for professionals and clients.
During the event, they held a champagne raffle which raised £100 for the Trust. The lucky winner of a bottle of Moët & Chandon was Joseph Richardson, Manager Director of Jos Richardson & Son.
Congratulations Joseph – we hope you enjoyed your prize!
Following their successful practice climb of one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, 22 members of staff from the North offices took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge; a route over 24 miles long which included 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent.
Laura Hunter told us, “Well, we did it! All 22 of us completed the trek so I’m feeling very proud of everyone! Some of us did it in 10.5 hours and the others in 12 hours. You’ll also see we’ve exceeded our fundraising target, which is the icing on the cake for me!”
You can see all the photos of the day here
Well done to each and every member of the Three Peaks team on completing the challenge – we are so grateful for your amazing support and for your tremendous fundraising.
On Friday 9th June, a team from Glasgow and Edinburgh offices took on the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis.
We were delighted to have heard from Louise Plommer that everyone felt a great sense of achievement in completing the event. Seeing the photo of the team at the top of the summit was pretty special for us, as was seeing the Myotubular Trust t-shirt taking pride of place up there!
Congratulations to the entire team for not only smashing the challenge but for smashing your fundraising target too. We are in admiration and truly grateful.
A team of 23 staff from Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne offices are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in June. Some of them took part in a practice climb of one of the peaks.
We’re are so glad that the sun shone for you and that it all went well. We wish you all the very best of luck with the remainder of your training and with the event itself. Thank you!
In the spirit of Easter & Spring, full advantage was taken of the birth of Exeter based Anthony’s flock of Wensleydale sheep which had their first two sets of twins; three ram lambs and one ewe.
In return for a donation, names for the new-borns were put into the proverbial hat and Anthony drew out a name for each of the lambs - winners each received a bottle of wine.
There was no shortage of creativity amongst the entries – suggestions included Sheepy McSheepface, Lady Baa Baa, Jean Claude Van Ramme and Wool. I. Am.
Thanks to the organisers and to all who took part and congratulations to the winners.
Tup-perware, Yum!, Rambo and Roger, we hope you and Anthony like your new names….
In the South West Region the fundraising drive was kicked off with an Easter Raffle with a selection of nine prizes to be won.
The raffle was a huge success and was drawn on Friday 7 April 2017 by Zak Hughes – who has myotubular myopathy - in the Exeter office.
Many thanks to Robyn and Jo for organising the raffle and to all who brought tickets. We hope the lucky winners enjoyed their prizes.
We are hugely grateful to Julie Kitson in Newcastle Upon Tyne for completing the Vesta Head of the river challenge on the River Thames, in a crew of 8 women.
Christie Finance kindly organised a Charity Raffle in support of the Trust, with a superb prize - a box of 15 international beers & ales, produced by Independent Breweries.
Feeling Festive in the North ….The Leeds, Newcastle & Manchester offices of Christie & Co got into the Christmas spirit by celebrating Christmas Jumper Day.
We are so grateful to our friends Christie & Co London for donning a fantastic array of Christmas jumpers as part of their fundraising for the Trust.
Maria Isabel Diez, who is the senior receptionist and the organiser of this very successful event, told us, “ I am so happy today - it's been a successful Christmas Jumper Day at the office :) Seeing everyone wearing their Christmas jumper for such a loving cause is an amazing feeling. I feel very grateful to be able to help and today was a clear example that together we can do so much!"
In keeping with the Christmas theme, the team in London have also been selling the Christmas cards designed by those affected by myotubular and centronuclear myopathy, and making donations in return for some tasty home baked goodies.
Our thanks go to Maria and her colleagues for their wonderful support – we hope you all enjoyed the day.
We are delighted that in our tenth year that the Company has formally adopted us to help us continue our aim of finding a cure or treatment for all forms of myotubular myopathy. Christie + Co has already made a flying start since announcing the sponsorship in July, with t-shirt sponsorship once again and encouraging everyone at Christie & Co to organise their own individual fundraising activities which will be promoted and featured in their staff newsletters.
David Rugg, Chairman of Christie & Co said "Other than Christie & Co's obvious connection with Zak who has x-linked myotubular myopathy and who is the son of one of our colleagues, the one other point was that the Trust was an opportunity we felt to make a real difference to a group that nothing else was being done for in the UK.
Zak, the Founders and Trustees are so very grateful to everyone at Christie & Co for their generosity and support to make a real difference for our group of conditions known as Myotubular Myopathy. Their corporate friendship and recognition is really heart-warming and gives so much hope for our global community who are affected by this rare and devastating condition.
To find out more about the work of the Trust and how your help makes a difference, please watch our film - http://www.myotubulartrust.com/2016-film.htm
Two of our families’ boys, William and Zak, wearing Christie & Co sponsored t-shirts