We recently celebrated our 10,000th bag packed with a fabulous awards ceremony in September 2017 to reward our incredible supporters – and what a wonderful night it was.
Around 75 invited guests, all with a connection to The Buddy Bag Foundation, packed the Harvest Fields Centre in Sutton Coldfield to help us mark our milestone. These were all people we wanted to thank – including fundraisers, sponsors, corporate partners and Buddy Bag Brigade members.
But we also aimed to mark the achievements of people who have gone the extra mile to help us reach children in refuges across the UK and without whom we would be nowhere near the number of bags packed today.
That’s why we held an awards evening. It was humbling and emotional to say thank you – especially as we were joined by a team from one of the refuges we have helped. They shared with us all what a difference our bags packed with love make.
We heard how not only do Buddy Bags show children they are loved at the most uncertain of times, but that their mums also draw hope and strength from people they have never met, packing and sending the bags.
So who won our awards? Some remarkable, caring and committed individuals – that’s who!
Volunteer of the Year was Harry Lent, who at 78 years young is an unstinting presence at each and every Buddy Bag – he’s an absolute star and was presented with his award by Dr. Kamran Shaikh, from Morgan Reach Chartered Accountants.
Our Ambassador of the Year is Julie Scott presented by Martin Ward – Four Oaks Financial Services – Julie has worked tirelessly to spread the word about who we are and what we do, helping us to go from strength to strength, achieving remarkable things alongside all our other ambassadors –
Marie Hames, Tamworth Girl Guiding were honoured for their outstanding contribution as Making a Difference Award presented by Victoria Sears, Future Faces Chamber of Commerce. It was so special to hear them talk about how much they had relished being involved. We’re eternally grateful for all they have done and look forward to more co-operation into the future. The Buddy Bag Foundation Girl Guiding badge has raised over £5000 to date.
Pam Beale from Mission Accomplished also won a deserved award – Corporate Partner of the Year presented by Mark Tonks, LMI for all her hard work – what a difference she has made. Thanks to her direct liaison with the refuges, and making sure the bags reach children, she has forged unbreakable links and fostered relationships that will stand the test of time.
Huge congratulations to Chris Kidd, Link Central presented by Captain Neil Wagstaff, Royal Navy DMS Whittington for picking up the award for top individual fundraiser with his brilliant efforts at this year’s London marathon with over £5000 raised.
What can we say about Christine Wise? Her award, called Going the extra mile was presented by Kyle Raffo of Expand Digital. This inspirational lady cycled from Cambodia to Vietnam, that’s more than 400 km (250 miles) and raised more than £2,800 miles into the bargain.
We are very proud of all our award winners and all the other supporters too – it’s great to say thank you
But we aren’t losing sight of our mission. We are more than half way to our target.
Every bag counts – can you help us reach 20,000 bags by 2020?