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F & P Wholesale fundraising efforts result in £37K donation to Whizz-Kidz
F & P Wholesale, a distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products to independent builders' merchants, has raised thousands of pounds for national wheelchair charity Whizz-Kidz following two years of fundraising.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, the distributor organised a series of exciting events designed to involve everyone within the business in fundraising activity - from employees through to customers and suppliers - resulting in a phenomenal final total of £37,000.
The first exciting fundraiser, the Back to Floor event, was launched in 2012. F & P Wholesale tasked the nine distribution centres to raise as much money as possible through bake sales, auctions and dress up days, as well as donations from customers and staff. The Wakefield distribution centre, which raised the most money, was rewarded by the F & P Directors joining the warehouse team for a day - making tea rounds, assisting with goods in and sweeping the floor!
This engaging event, which raised £2,700, kicked off a series of activities to raise money including golf days, bucket collections, Christmas card sales and sweepstakes. Due to these efforts, F & P Wholesale raised an impressive £18K in 2012 alone.
Employees then planned various charitable activities to raise even more funds in 2013. In June, staff went head-to-head with plumbing and heating merchant, Williams and Co., in a charity football match, where a spectacular 6-1 win to F & P saw over £700 raised by the two teams.
In addition, two thrill seeking F & P Wholesale employees also took to the skies as part of a charity sky dive in September. With sponsorship of more than £2,000 behind them, Richard Birch, Key Account Manager and Ray Selwood, Warehouse Superviser at the West Midlands Distribution Centre, took the leap out of a plane at 13,000 feet, urged on by the knowledge that they were supporting such a worthy cause.
During the two year partnership, F & P Wholesale also supported the annual Whizz-Kidz 'Neon Nightwalk' fundraiser. Pounding the pavements of London and taking in its brightest landmarks, a team of enthusiastic head office, branch staff and customers undertook a 10 mile sponsored walk in their quest to fulfil the 'Glo the Extra Mile' challenge. The entire team embraced the neon theme with some daringly bright outfits whilst raising money for such an important charity.
"We are thrilled with the total amount of money raised in support of Whizz-Kidz," says Jed Kenrick, Managing Director at F & P Wholesale. "The response and involvement from all employees, customers and affiliates was overwhelming - I want to thank everyone who donated and took part in the various challenges. I am blown away by the £37,000 total amount raised.
"There are thousands of disabled young people in the UK currently waiting for the correct wheelchairs for them. By raising as much money as we possibly could during the past two years, we have made a real contribution toward helping Whizz-Kidz get the right equipment to the right children as quickly as possible.
"All the activities undertaken by F & P Wholesale on behalf of Whizz-Kids, from the sky dive, the Neon Nightwalk events, the charity football match and the themed-dress days, supported this truly deserving cause."
F & P Wholesale delivers out of nine locations around the UK and only sells products directly to merchants and retailers. This means all customers can be comfortable in the knowledge they are getting the best possible prices available.
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