Battle of Flowers 2016

Tue 30 August 2016

What a year it has been so far for us at JBTC!

There have been many highlights this year in terms of our success with fundraising and awareness building, but without doubt the best example of this was Battle of Flowers 2016.

Jersey’s oldest established festival and one of the most popular ‘must see’ events in the Island’s calendar of summer activities the Jersey Battle of Flowers chose us as it’s local charity to support for 2016.

The Battle of Flowers board continue their commitment to support local causes in the community following other charities chosen in recent years including Jersey Cheshire Homes (2013) Jersey Diabetes (2014) and last year the Jersey Red Cross.

The idea is simple but so powerfully effective in that we at the charity will benefit from funds raised through various means in advance of and during both parades and raised awareness in the build up to during and after the event.

And boy did it more than live up to the billing, and thanks to the amazing support of islanders, local companies, a core team of JBTC volunteers it’s proved to be an experience we will never forget and are on course to raise a fair amount of money which we are so grateful for.

Very early on we decided we wanted to really make an impact so our Chairman and founder Sue convinced our founding trustee Michael Little for the loan his treasured MG the idea being we would decorate it with flowers and lights in the charity’s colours.  The amazing team at Appleblossoms did the flowers and really made the car stand out as well as the work by Delta to light up the car for the moonlight parade.  The car also housed our mascot Darcey who loved seeing all the crowds who we are sure were happy to see her!

For the two parades we supplied and organised a team of eager volunteers to help us sell official programs, which 50p from every sale came back to the charity. We were also able to hold our donation buckets at the end of the parade for collections and other things to help make the event a great success. As well as some of our own Charity volunteers we were joined by staff from our corporate sponsors Stonehage and Jersey Trust Company, and a team from Deloittes who all together gave us so much support.

Also lending a paw of support was Chocolate the bear, with Carole-Ann Robbins his owner, who not only came along to both parades wearing our colours but also at the town parade in the days leading up to the battle and raised over £130!
Jersey Trust Company have been supporting JBTC in many ways and this time round they really stepped up to be counted, by counting!  All the money we collected was passed on to them and some of their staff counted every single penny, which when all was said and done worked out to be a fantastic £2,067.07.  This will be added to our final total and we can’t thank them enough for their time and skills!

Barclays also have chipped in with a donation from their efforts on the day helping to do the ticketing and also supply water.  And their community team have matched the money raised to £1,388!! AMAZING!

Special mention to other local companies for their continued support, Alphaprint for all their hard work in helping with our printing, MagicTouch for going above and beyond to make sure we had our new JBTC T-shirts to wear, and SignTech for great work with the magnetic signs for the MG seen in the photos and the flag which was seen with great pride.

Lastly to our own team who led by Sonia, pulled everything together.  As you can see by the photos Sonia and Lynne, Head of Patient Support, led the way in setting up our gazebo in very blustery conditions.  It was all hands on deck, and we hope Lynne getting on Sonia’s shoulders was helpful!

Everyone did their bit to make it a success, even our Business Manager - Kevin’s children and Sonia’s daughter helped out and that really does sum up our Charity and who we are. We are a family and no matter what the odds, we pull together and make special things happen. Being part of the Battle of Flowers was very special and the effects of the raised awareness and money generated will allow us to do more special things for islanders who really do need that kind of support in return.

So thank you to the Chairman of Battle Mo Le Var and his committee for choosing us and their support and also huge thanks to Jackie Donald who is a real unsung hero of the battle and makes it all happen! Thank you to every single person who waved, donated and we hope spreads the word as we continue to go to battle for those who need our support for many years to come.

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