At Ormsby Street, we have a charitable leave policy whereby each person can take up to two days leave to spend time on a charitable cause. Here is how Stuart recently spent some of his…
Elvis Presley. The King. He left this world over 38 years ago (or did he?) and yet he’s still bringing people together with his music today. My mum was a big Elvis fan and she passed this down to my brothers and me.
Another thing close to my heart is the charity Bloodwise. Since my dear mum passed away from Lymphoma in 2007, I’ve looked for opportunities to raise money for the charity wherever I can. So when I saw an Elvis evening raising money for the charity back in 2009, I had to get involved!
Every two years, the lovely Val Eckett organises the Elvis night in the village hall in Cookham to raise money for Bloodwise. It’s a fantastic evening that raises a couple of thousand pounds for the charity whilst at the same time being an extremely fun event.
To be honest, it’s Val and her family that do all the hard work but I create and print the posters and used my charitable leave to take the afternoon to help get everything across to the hall and set the place up for the 130 odd people (including my friends and me) that would be arriving in the evening.
Needless to say, this year’s event was another success. I drank far too much (it was all for charity!) and lost on the raffle (again) but had great fun in the process.
And now I have to take my daughter to a cross country race in Perivale with blistered feet and a rather muzzy head.
But I’m still smiling.