We are excited to spotlight some of the brilliant fundraising efforts that have taken place over the past couple of months, by individual supporters, communities, and organisations, who have been invaluable in supporting our work towards creating a fairer and more equitable future.
Warwick Sports Club’s anti-racism fundraiser
Warwick Sports Club’s anti-racism fundraiser consisted of a month-long relay event completed by nine determined clubs. This included everything from exercise marathons to press up and squat challenges, with each team given three days to complete an activity.
The event kicked off with the University of Warwick Women’s Cricket Club’s 634-minute exercise marathon – starting at 9am and ending at 7:34pm – the club undertook some form of exercise for an incredible total of 10 hours and 34 minutes! All clubs completed a challenge relating to the number 634, which represents the number of racially motivated hate crimes committed in the UK in 2019/20 alone.
The University of Warwick’s Women’s Cricket Club said ‘Educating and uplifting people through participation in active campaigning is fundamental to our club, and as a women’s club in a male-dominated sport we have always ensured our fight for equality and inclusivity has been intersectional’.
The Langham London’s ‘Stay and Do Good’ initiative
We are proud to be chosen alongside ten other charities to benefit from prestigious hotel The Langham London’s ‘Stay and Do Good’ initiative, to mark its reopening on the 17th of May. The Langham, London will be encouraging prospective guests to ‘do good’ by booking one of their bespoke packages – Future, Empowerment, Care, Together and Heal. Each stay supports the chosen charities, with Blueprint for All representing their Empowerment category.
Through this new campaign, The Langham, London will be supporting local and national charities that have been selected for their important work in empowering communities. They are hoping that each guest will be able to connect with the values represented by the packages. Doris Greif, Managing Director of Langham Hospitality Group comments “More than ever, we recognise the importance of coming together to make a difference to the world we live in today. Our pledge to support our community lies at the heart of The Langham’s values and we encourage our guests to join us in supporting those who are changing and building lives across our community.”
James Murray’s marathon challenge
A determined individual, James Murray, is challenging himself to run three marathons this year, aiming to complete each within three hours in support of Blueprint for All alongside two other local charities. James stated “I wanted to support a charity that is tackling inequality, and supporting young people in our community…I think that creating an inclusive society is the most important work we can be doing, and focusing on our local community is the best place to start.”
James is aiming to complete each marathon in under three hours and says the extra motivation of supporting these charities is going to “help me break the mystical time barrier that so many marathoners aspire towards.”
British Academy of Jewellery’s (BAJ) silent charity auction
Finally, we want to celebrate the British Academy of Jewellery’s (BAJ) silent charity auction. The creative week-long fundraiser saw members of the BAJ community and external jewellers come together to create and donate 75 pieces of jewellery – including rings, necklaces, earrings, collars, neckpieces, and brooches among others – to be auctioned in support of Blueprint for All. With bids starting at £10, the auction raised over £1,000 in its first 24 hours, with an overall total of £2,738.35.
The British Academy of Jewellery is a provider of pioneering jewellery education and training, whose core values include ‘nurturing the rich diversity of our community and championing equality and accessibility.’
“I am so proud of the creativity and generosity displayed by the Academy and the wider jewellery community during our auction,” commented Kate Rieppel, Head of Academy at the British Academy of Jewellery. “It is truly gratifying to be able to support Blueprint for All as part of our wider commitment to inclusivity and enabling young people from all backgrounds to pursue the careers of their dreams.”
We want to say a huge thank you to all the individuals, groups and organisations that took part in these ambitious fundraisers and to everyone who supported them by donating. The dedication and originality of all the initiatives are truly inspiring!
Your incredible efforts support our work towards creating a fairer and more inclusive society where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity and support to succeed.
We look forward to celebrating future fundraisers soon!