On Friday 22nd September, we closed a year of fundraising for Parkinson’s UK by hosting a Gala Dinner at Aston Wood Golf Club. Over 120 guests joined us at our black tie event including business contacts, clients and suppliers. Creative Director Gareth Robertson said, ”The #5kfor5years campaign is close to my heart as my mum has Parkinson’s and I wanted to celebrate our 5th year in business by giving something back. What better way to do that by embarking on a campaign to raise five grand?”
The fundraising began in February with a cake sale at a birthday party, hosted at Design Pit HQ. Over 50 guests attended and clocked up a massive return from the cake sale, raffle and auctioning of England Rugby tickets. Later on in April, Design Pit held a Quiz night at Darnford Moors Golf Club and welcomed 12 teams for a hugely successful evening.
Gareth went on to explain, “We held 3 events over the course of the year, raising £600 on a cake sale, £1600 at a quiz night and then wrapped up for the year with our big Gala. It was such a huge success as our total jumped up from around about £3k as we sat down for dinner to over £10k after I drew the auction to a close!”
The Gala Dinner Auction housed a plethora of desirable items that guests were invited to bid on including, Sunday Dinner for 4 people at McKenzies Restaurant in Lichfield, a BMW for the weekend, a Hot Air Balloon ride for 2 people and the famous Design Pit Table Football table.
Gareth continued, “To more than double our target goes beyond my wildest dreams for the campaign and I’m very proud to have fronted this. A big thanks should go out to my team at Design Pit, Sarah, Dan and Mary for putting up with me while I planned and organized it all! Their help throughout the year has been brilliant. Also, to the table sponsors, raffle and auction donators, everyone who helped with event support and of course Miss Birmingham 2017/18 Niamh Conway for adding some glamour! I would like to thank my mum Cath for inspiring me and also my wife Sarah for supporting me through the minefield of event management. It has been a roller coaster but one that was definitely worth getting on. I’d like to thank everyone who helped support the event – especially Emily Addis who captured the night with some excellent photographs.”
Miss Birmingham 2017/18 Niamh Conway came along to support the campaign and add some glamour to the event. She posed for photos with the successful auction bidders and helped to draw the raffle. The whole event was a huge success and Gareth has been approached by several contacts to put another event on in the next 12 to 18 months.
“A few people have approached me with a view to doing another similar event for charity in a year or so time. It is a great achievement to have done this one so taking on another literally back to back with this one is a big commitment so I’ll be thinking carefully before I say yes; but never say never! I’ve always liked the idea of a charity rugby match with a Fan Zone and Family Area as a day long event with the charity game being the headline feature of the day. That could be the next project but for now, the plan is to enjoy the success of #5kfor5years for a few months!”
Check out the highlight video below…