After selecting the Down’s Syndrome Association to be their charity of the year, on Thursday 21st March – World Down’s Syndrome Day – the Ecrubox Digital team undertook their biggest challenge yet, a mammoth cycle of 111 miles on an indoor bike – the distance from their head office in Pershore to the Down Syndrome Association HQ in Middlesex.
Down’s Syndrome Association work hard to create full and rewarding lives, for both children and adults alike with the condition, as well as working to enhance the public knowledge of the condition, pioneering new research and providing training for family members, carers and employers. To celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day, their campaign encouraged people to wear #LotsOfSocks to solidify their ‘Normal is boring’ message.
Head of Search Marketing at Ecrubox, Pawel Lorenc, knows first-hand how Down’s Syndrome can affect everyday life: ‘When our daughter was born, we were completely clueless when it came to what Down’s Syndrome is and how it would affect our marriage and family. We were lucky enough to meet people from the Down’s Syndrome Association at a very early stage. With their specialist advisers, information and support, we found help that was so needed. Our daughter is now 20 years old and we still actively support DSA in their mission.’
The Ecrubox team (assisted by two happy volunteers!), took it in turns over the course of the day to clock up the miles in their odd socks. Clients, friends, family and neighbouring businesses were invited to make a donation and in return they chose a team member to receive a ‘sponging’. With one team member receiving over 10 nominations, it was a somewhat ‘soggy’ affair!
As well as taking on the cycling challenge, the team invited the public to join them for lunch and a cake, in order to generate more donations for the charity. With the total amount raised exceeding £750 (and still going!), it’s fair to say that the day was a roaring success.
Heather Horton, co-founder of Ecrubox said “We’re so proud that we’ve been able to raise such a great amount for the Down Syndrome Association – a charity that truly works tirelessly to help improve the lives of those living with the condition.”
The Ecrubox team would like to thank all of those who came along on the day and kindly donated to the cause, including one very special donation which came from Pershore resident, Mr Tom Roberts, who kindly donates all of the profits from repairing broken jewellery to different charities and fundraising events in the local area.
With more fundraisers planned throughout the year, keep an eye on Ecrubox Digital’s social media channels to find out how you can support the Down Syndrome Association. If you’d like to make a donation, visit the JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ecrubox-digital