The Kimpton team have been generous with their time and donations in the run-up to Christmas, with a number of initiatives to have some fun and help those less fortunate than ourselves. In what has to be the strangest year of most of our lives, 2020 has seen all sorts of activities.
The Great Kimpton Bake Off
This year saw the first bake-off challenge. Each of the Service and Maintenance team were given a task and then arrived with their own baked delights. The competition was run over two days and once judged, enjoyed by the whole team.
I think my favourite was the deliberately misspelt Plumbers Sausage and Leak Pie. It should have won, if only for the clever play on words. However, the first-day winner was Colin Swanick with his bacon and pea pasties.
The second day was a close run affair with Andy Morgan’s Cheesecake and Paul Bowes exceptional Brownies taking joint first place and Meg’s Festive Sausage Rolls taking second with Phil Morgan’s elaborately titled Argentinian Beef Emparades, fooling no-one about them being thinly disguised beef and onion pasties, taking third place.
Charles Thompson Mission
Charles Thompson’s Mission is an independent charity specialising in providing food, clothing, care and support to the poor and homeless of Wirral.
A collection of food and other Christmas essentials was contributed to by the whole team. The Company also made a generous additional contribution to ensure that no-one went short. The whole collection was delivered to the Mission by the team and was very well received by the team at Charles Thompson. It is good to be able to have such a direct and positive impact on our own community.
This was an entirely optional one and seventeen members of the team made the effort to shop for one of their colleagues and provide an interesting, amusing or thoroughly useful present. As an example of the type of present received, Matt Breakwell, Kimpton Business Development Manager received some Baldy’s Buffer and beard balm. In his own words, he’s looking forward to dazzling everyone with my shiny head on Zoom meetings!
Phil Higham, Service Coordinator received some incredibly useful guitar shaped teaspoons. You really can never have enough teaspoons.
But the best bit was that the reward for Meg Swanick, who organised the event was awarded a cheque of £10 per entrant totalling £170 by the ever festive Richard Kimpton to donate to the charity of her choice. We’ll update you on that when she’s decided where it should go.
Christmas Jumper Day
We did this last year and it was very popular, with some truly hideous creations being worn across the team. This year saw an even higher level of participation (with fines being levied on those who couldn’t bring themselves to wear one)
This simple initiative by the team raised an additional £67 for Save the Children.
Cash for Kids
The Kimpton team working on the Avril Robarts site in Liverpool held a collection again this year and made a donation to the brilliant Cash for Kids charity. So far, since it started, £12,739,193 has been raised to support 254,352 children across the UK.
Colin Swanick, Kimpton Service Director, went all out for Movember and as well as raising a few eyebrows with his slightly terrifying look. He also raised an impressive £240. The charity raises money to make a real difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Can you shave it off now please Colin?