It’s nearly here…

With only 2 days to go until the big day, it’s all too easy to get carried away with the excitement of Christmas. The last minute shopping rush, the office party, over-indulging on tasty festive treats….

I think sometimes we forget that Christmas is a time for giving – and I don’t mean just presents.

Clogau has always been actively involved in charitable work. In particular, we have an on-going relationship with Marie Curie Cancer Care and local, North Wales based children’s charity, Ty Gobaith.

The past two months, November & December, have been particularly busy for us and our charity involvement. Let me tell you what we’ve been getting up to, and maybe, it’ll provide you with inspiration to give a little extra this Christmas…

Ben’s Conwy Half-Marathon for Ty Gobaith

Our Managing Director, Ben Roberts, decided to set himself a personal challenge by participating in the Conwy Half-Marathon. To fuel his motivation, he decided to use this as an opportunity to raise money for a charity very close to his heart – Ty Gobaith.

Ben, even though injured, managed to complete the half-marathon in 1 hr and 50 mins while raising a grand total of £1,550. Well done Ben and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him!

Children in Need Raffle

Friday, 19th November, was 2010’s BBC Children in Need TV appeal. In the run up to the event, we launched the Children in Need raffle where customers were able to purchase a raffle ticket to be in for the chance to win a limited edition Clogau Gold Pudsey pendant – only 250 were made and we put 3 of them up for grabs! £33 from each purchase of a Pudsey pendant was also donated to the charity.

In total, we raised around £1,250 for the BBC Children in Need charity.

Santa Fun Run 2010

Carrying on a Clogau tradition, we again sponsored this year’s annual Santa Fun Run in Llandudno to raise money for Ty Gobaith children’s charity. All Clogau employee’s along with around 700 other participants donned their Santa or Snowmen costumes and ran/walked the 1 mile course along Llandudno promenade.

The day was a huge success and Ty Gobaith estimated that they were expecting to raise around £30,000 on the day! Wow! Thank you to all who participated, spectated and sponsored!

Richard Parks’ 737 Challenge

This December, ex-international Welsh rugby player Richard Parks, and his team set off on their world-first 737 challenge. The challenge involves a gripping 7 month expedition to climb the 7 Summits, which are the highest mountains on each of the world’s continents on each of the 3 poles – The South Pole, The Geographic North Pole and the summit of Everest, all in one calendar year!

Following on from Richard’s career ending shoulder injury, he sought a project to focus on both physically and mentally. Furthermore, he viewed this as an opportunity to raise money for a charity extremely close to his heart – Marie Curie Cancer Care. The challenge and it’s team has set a target to raise £1 million for the charity that has helped Richard’s family and countless others.

Clogau are very proud to be supporting the 737 challenge and are official High Camp sponsors. We will soon be launching our exclusive 737 jewellery collection – of which 20% of sales will be donated to the impressive feat.

Good luck Rich and team – from all at Clogau.

A man much better with his words than myself, John Lennon, once sang…”So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” Well, we at Clogau HQ, can leave the office at 5pm today knowing that we did our bit for 2010. Bring on 2011!

 

Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year from all at Clogau Gold x

Written by Rachel Roberts

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