The fundraising event for March saw the staff buying raffle tickets for the chance to win a day off work. This proved very popular – after all, who doesn't want the chance to win a day off? The total raised by the raffle was £455 and the company matched this, making a total of £910.00 from this first campaign. The draw was done by Williams Shipping Chairman, Eric Williams.
The Group's other headline charity for 2022 is the Murray Parish Trust. This year they are organising a “Hares of Hampshire” art trail throughout Winchester and Southampton, with Wild In Art. It will run for 10 weeks in the summer.
Williams Shipping is their dedicated logistics partner, we were graced by the presence of the Hero Hare and Sarah Parish herself at their yard in March. The hare sculpture was transported in a vintage convertible. This was a great opportunity to have the Williams Shipping and WILLBOX team meet Sarah and have a photo with the hare.
Some of the staff also enjoyed a fun evening in Romsey, choosing the design of our hare. With over 40 different designs, it was a very difficult exercise, but we chose the artist Sophie Handy and her mosaic-designed hare, called “The Wishing Hare”. We met Sophie in March to discuss how our design was coming on.
As it's called the Wishing Hare based on the Enid Blyton book: The Wishing Chair, Sophie will put some little creatures hidden into the design, for example ladybirds, birds; flowers. Sophie will also include some “wishing” phrases in the design. This will be a lovely feature for children and adults alike once the hares are on the trail.
Sophie walked us through her process for creating her designs – which she is working on in her kitchen. First, she pencils her design on the sculpture, and then she starts adding the mosaic. The eyes and the “wings” are looking complete. The effect was spectacular.
April will also see the staff of WILLBOX and Williams Shipping raise funds for Murray Parish Trust by running a Grand National Sweepstake.
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