Posted on 13th July 2016
AM&M ‘Olympics’ targets £30k for 30 years in business
Burgess Hill direct mailing company AM&M are going for gold this summer with a crazy charity version of ‘Office Olympics’.
As part of a year-long birthday bid to raise £1,000 for each of the 30 years they’ve been trading, staff are inviting fellow businesses to take part in a bonkers It’s A Knockout!-style event with a sticky end for the losers.
Among the featured races are tug of war in which the vanquished end up in a pool of jelly; melon shot putting; a cheeky four-pin bowling tournament featuring lady’s underwear; and an obstacle course in fancy dress.
“You need to leave your dignity at the door,” admitted organiser and the company’s general manager Alix Bell. “But it’s all in a fantastic cause and we aim to have a lot of fun.”
Alix is one of 29 staff who have pledged to go beyond the call of duty at AM&M to help raise the mammoth £30k for four Sussex-based charities: RockingHorse Appeal, Group B Strep Support (GBSS), St Peter and St James Hospice; and the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Staff will nominate her for a 30k run, an abseil or triathlon later this year. Others are taking part in a sky dive and sponsored silence.
“The key thing is to raise awareness of smaller charities, who often lose out in the funding rounds, but make a big difference to people’s lives locally,” said Alix.
Twenty-four teams of six are needed to take part in the AM&M Olympics on Thursday 28 July. Entry costs £20 per competitor and teams compete in 10 events. Gates open at 3pm at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill, with the first race getting underway at 4pm.
A BBQ, treasure hunt, kids’ stall and bouncy castle for the children are all part of the fun.
“It’ll be bonkers,” said Alix. “And I can’t wait!”
Notes for Editors:
RockingHorse Appeal is a Brighton-based charity. Set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, it aims to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.
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