At the beginning of 2015, to celebrate our 25th birthday, Wote Street People decided to set ourselves the challenge of raising £2,500 for charity. Now that the year is over, we can reflect back on what an amazing year it was for recruitment as well as the bold (and bald!) challenges and events we took part in to raise our fantastic total.
Our choice of charity was one close to our hearts, Basingstoke Consortium. We’re really proud of this charity who work with young people, helping to give them the motivation, self-confidence, attitudes and skills for adult life. We believe that young people having this kind of support from Basingstoke Consortium is important to positively shape our future workforce, and give the younger generation the opportunities and inspiration to thrive in the workplace. Skillstree from Basingstoke Consortium provides students with practical workshops, challenges, employer visits, work experience and mentoring – all to thoroughly prepare them for the working world. As a Basingstoke recruitment agency who pride ourselves on matching the right people with the right jobs, preparing the next generation for work is very relevant for us.
It’s been a fabulous 25 (now 26!) years, from day one our motto has been “People are our strength” which still stands today. We had a long and successful time working in Wote Street, Basingstoke and our job agency continues to flourish in our new Basing View office. So we thought it was time to do some big things to celebrate being 25.
As well as rebranding from Wote Street Employment Bureau to Wote Street People and launching our new website and cloud server, here are some of the admirable things our own Wote Street People did to raise the impressive £2,500 total for Basingstoke Consortium.
Tracy’s challenge – January Dryathalon
Tracy decided to take on the difficult willpower challenge of no booze in January. Christmas was over and the nights were as dark as ever, the weather still cold and the bank balance dreary. It’s enough to make you open a bottle of wine isn’t it? But not for Tracy, she did the entire month alcohol-free gaining sponsors as she did so.
Madelaine’s challenge – Brutal 10k
After months of training, Madelaine challenged herself to take part in the Brutal 10, a 10km run which uses natural obstacles such as hills, steep hills and flat hills. There are also water obstacles, mud, uneven ground, and hills thrown in for good measure! Madelaine did us proud and completed the run with the muddy trainers to prove it, plus raising a chunk of money for Basingstoke Consortium charity pot.
Matt’s challenge – organising a charity cricket day event
Matt rounded up a group of Wote Street People’s clients, who paid to enter their teams to play cricket for the day at Herriard Cricket Ground. It was a lovely day with a bbq, drinks and some healthy cricket competition. LG Motion The Lime Leaf and Thread Creative each had their own teams. All the money raised was put towards the charity total.
Maxine’s challenge – shaving her head
A braver woman than most, Maxine took on the challenge of shaving all of her hair off and collected a pile of sponsorship money for doing so. She started by only having her head shaved partly into a colourful mowhawk by a BCOT student, followed by a perception exercise at Brighton Hill School. Then she got rid of the lot, still monitoring perceptions of her newly shaved look. The reactions were varied including positive and sympathetic (assuming she had shaved her hair off due to cancer treatment). A commendable challenge completed by Maxine, raising a large percentage of the charity total.
We are thrilled with the amount of funds we raised for Basingstoke Consortium, and have had a wonderful year celebrating our 25th birthday!
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