Every year we like to get involved with a local charity, in the hopes of raising as much money and awareness for them as possible. Throughout 2012 and 2013 we sponsored Firefly Cancer Awareness & Support and managed to raise a staggering £24,590 over two years!
In 2014 we sponsored Eve Merton Dreams Trust and managed to raise a whopping £15,940.66. We are proud to announce that we have chosen to team up with them once again as our charity partner for 2015 and this year we have our sights set on raising even more money! We look forward to being able to help Eve Merton Dreams Trust grant wishes and make dreams come true for Doncaster’s cancer patients and their families.
Eve Merton Dreams Trust is a registered Charity that is based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It was set up and founded by Doncaster People to help Doncaster people.
Their aim is simple - To help the people of Doncaster who are suffering with serious or terminally ill Cancer. The funds raised will contribute towards patients & their families in fulfilling a dream or granting a wish, if only for a day.
Eve Merton’s story is unfortunately not an uncommon one but her drive, determination, inspiration and love for others is something that will live on forever.
Eve was not a famous or what you would call an important person, she was a hardworking woman of Doncaster who spent 20+ years working on our own famous Doncaster Market. Eve however was never content in just doing her work and going home, she did everything she could to help others. She created a Christmas club for all the market traders, friends and neighbours, helped run Weight Watchers clubs around the South Yorkshire area, collected shopping for elderly neighbours who were unable to go themselves despite being 68yrs old herself and even founded a boys football club, initially so her sons and friends had somewhere to play but the club grew and is still running today.
However in April 2009 Eve was struck down with Level 3 Ovarian Cancer at quite a late stage. The Tumour had grown to such a size it had given her the look of a 9 month pregnant woman. After a month of tests, scans, biopsies and numerous consultations, Eve was admitted into the Sheffield Hallamshire for an operation to remove her ovaries and attempt to remove the remaining Tumour. She underwent this procedure in May of 2009 and her ovaries were successfully removed and as much of the Tumour as possible. Eve faced this scary time with her usual guts and determination and took that positive feeling into the next 6 weeks of recovery followed by 6 months of Chemo therapy in DRI’s Chatsfield Suite.
After completing her Chemo therapy treatment just before Christmas, Eve was responding well and went back to her usual life, back to helping others like she’d never been ill. In early July of 2010 she completed Doncaster’s Race For Life on the hottest day of the year, a day when many others were passing out due to heat. Even on this day Eve’s charity messages were not of her own struggle but of others who had suffered with the same disease.
Unfortunately on October 5th 2010 and after an ill period that was suspected as a water infection, just 3 months after the Race For Life, Eve was re-diagnosed with Cancer. This time the Tumour was lodged in her pelvis causing damage to her upper / lower bowel and stomach. The specialist painted a picture of non cure and pointed out the options. Being a fighter she opted to attempt a much stronger Chemotherapy and was booked in the next day, October 6th. Sadly the fast spreading nature of the illness lead to Eve being admitted into DRI on October 11th where she would spend the next 2 months.
She would still put on a brave face every day, want to know and help with visitors day to day issues and even found the strength to take part in a Hospital bed Christmas party organised by some of the Weight Watchers members and friend Pat Higgins.
On finding the news, on the day of her son’s birthday, that there was nothing else they could do, Eve was discharged home with homecare from family, district nurses and Hospice at home and did manage to spend a final Christmas and New Year surrounded by family. After being admitted for a brief period into The St. Johns Hospice for respite, Eve Merton sadly passed away on the 17th of January 2011 surrounded by her family.
It was our aim to raise as much as possible to help enable Eve Merton Dreams Trust, grant a Christmas wish for hospital patients to get connected...
see the story here: http://www.evestrust.co.uk/dreams/getting-connected-christmas-beyond/
Check out some of our fundraisers...
Every month we hold a dress down day in which staff are able to come to work in casual clothes (as we have a uniform policy within our offices). Staff agree to a fixed amount to be taken out of their wage every year which is then donated to our charity partner, those staff which agree to this are then able to participate in the Dress Down Days. Over the course of 2014 this generated £8,353.00.
Every month we hold a One Call Lottery draw, with the lucky winner donating a share of their winnings. To enter, staff opt in and the ticket price is deducted automatically from their wage each month, this is then put together to form the prize fund. Winners then make a donation to Eve Merton Dreams Trust and over the course of 2014 (this started mid-way throughout the year) the Lottery has raised £2,181.00.
One of our most popular fundraisers in 2014 was the bake sale, so popular in fact that we had to run it twice! Over the two bake sales we held we managed to raise £792.60.
Staff members and our lovely canteen lady Theresa dedicated a lot of time and effort into whipping up delicious goodies such as fancy cupcakes, cookies and brownies which were then sold throughout the day to staff. We also ran a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition which helped us to raise even more.
Here at One Call we like to celebrate St Georges Day as we don’t think it gets the recognition it deserves. We decided to hold a fancy dress competition for staff, with prizes awarded for the best dressed individuals and also best dressed team. We also cooked up some ENGLISH goodies available to purchase... this included scones with cream and jam, and also Victoria sponge!
Many staff took part dressing up as knights and fair maidens, we even had a dragon! The day was a lot of fun and a great success raising £179.37.
This fundraiser has proved so popular that it returns for a second year running! The challenge itself was to eat the Gigantasaurus Burger!!! Which consisted of two Beef Burgers, two Chicken Burgers, one Veggie Burger, two fried Eggs and three giant Onion Rings, all squished between a bread bun with a portion of chips on the side.... oh! And no sauce!!
Many staff took part, but there could only be ONE winner! This went to STEVE SMITH who polished off the burger in an astonishing XX minutes!!!! We managed to raise £392.81 from this event!
Here at One Call we love fancy dress, so Halloween was the perfect excuse for us to dress up and once again raise money for our charity partner. We ran a best dressed competition and all participating staff paid to enter.
We had vampires and werewolves, skeletons and zombies, with staff members going all out for the occasion. The office was in high spirits throughout the day and we managed to raise £100.00 from this fundraiser.
Imagine waking up on a cold winters morning, and being able to stay in your snugly onesie all day? Even when you’re at work!?
We can’t imagine anything better, so that’s what we decided to do. Staff members were able to come into work and wear their onesies in support of Eve Merton to help us raise more money.
Our staff jumped at the chance to participate in this event making it a fantastic success and raising £160.00 in total.
This fundraiser helped us to raise £285.00. Many of our staff donated prizes and we also got the help of a few local businesses with their generous prize donations. Prizes included signed Doncaster Rovers shirt and ball, a pamper session from Beauty At Doncaster, Sunday lunch for 2 at The Crown Hotel – Bawtry, along with various bottles of alcohol, chocolates and much much more.
As you can see we had plenty of prizes, meaning plenty of winners and raised plenty of money to help Eve Merton Dreams Trust.
Some of our male members of staff took part in Movember to help raise money and awareness for those affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. One member of staff in particular, James Littlewood, decided that after growing his moustache for the entirety of November he would then have it waxed off to raise money for Eve Merton Dreams Trust.
Well, it certainly looked like it hurt but a huge congratulations to James for going through with it and managing to raise £100.00.
We all love the festive period, especially as it means were able to wear those dorky Christmas jumpers which are pretty much unacceptable to wear at any other time of the year. Well, we decided to give our staff the opportunity to wear those loveable dorky Christmas jumpers to work instead of their uniform, for a donation to Eve Merton of course! We also ran a competition for the best and worst Christmas jumpers.
As always, our staff pulled out all the stops with their crazy Christmas jumpers, and we managed to raise £225.00.
We decided to launch a 2015 calendar celebrating 20 years of trading in order to raise money for Eve Merton Dreams Trust. It features our girls, who all work in various departments within the company, from customer services to sales – who bravely stripped down and dressed up for this good cause.
You can still purchase a calendar by clicking here. Hurry, whilst stocks last!
And remember, all proceeds go to Eve Merton Dreams Trust.
These are just some of the charity fundraisers we did throughout 2014 helping us to reach a staggering £15,940.66 in total.
With our aim to raise more money for Eve Merton Dreams Trust this coming year, we are very busy planning our upcoming fundraisers – so keep checking back as we’ll be updating this page!