icelolly.com are a generous bunch, and we believe that we have a responsibility as a business to support charities and organisations that are doing good in the world! We’ve made contributions to many charities over the years, but in 2015 we decided for the first time to contribute all our fundraising efforts to one cause, chosen by the company as a whole.
Our chosen charity, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, is a Yorkshire-based organisation that supports the Yorkshire heart unit Leeds General Infirmary. The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund does a great job helping young people born with congenital heart defects, providing support to the children and their families as well as funding vital equipment, research projects and staff training.
As a Leeds-based company, icelolly.com is keen to support a local charity who we can build a real relationship with, and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund definitely fits the bill! We enjoy receiving regular updates on the charity’s latest achievements, and some of our team have been lucky enough to visit the ward at Leeds General Infirmary to see first-hand how our donations are making a difference.
We have regular fundraising events at icelolly.com HQ, and all our team have got involved in bake sales, cocktail afternoons, quizzes and team games to raise money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Most recently, CEO Richard Singer and Finance Director Neil Beardsmore embarked on an exhausting race against time to complete a 156-mile trip from London to Paris in less than 24 hours. The team set off from London King’s Cross at 17:00 on Friday September 20 unsupported and self-sufficient with all kit on their backs! With the exception of a night ferry crossing, they rode day and night and completed their mission to reach the Eiffel Tower by 16:30 on Saturday 21, raising a grand total of £1,100 for the charity.
The week before, 9 of the team (and 4 of their friends and family) took on a sponsored Sky Dive from 10,000 feet in Bridlington, raising almost £1,805 for the charity and smashing their target of £1,500. The tandem Sky Dive dive consisted of a freefall for 5000 feet reaching speeds of 120MPH, before a ride for the next 5000 feet taking in magnificent views of Bridlington, Scarborough, Filey and The Humber.
In April, 10 of us tackled Gung-Ho, the world’s largest inflatable 5km, which featured 12 giant inflatables along the route including huge slides, enormous spiky balls and the 45m wide and three-and-a-half-metres high The Wall. Cheered on by friends and family keen to lend their support, they managed to raise over £250.
Over the last few years, we have donated the star prize for their annual Christmas raffle which helps to raise vital and much needed funds to support the patients and their families. Previous star prizes donated by icelolly.com have included a Barcelona city break, a trip to Legoland and a holiday to Prague! We also gave away a giant unicorn teddy to Ruby, a 10 year old girl that's in hospital recovering from surgery.
On top of that, in late 2018, 27 of our team went the extra mile (23 to be exact) and challenged themselves to walk the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks in less than 12 hours. We raised a staggering £4,280 for the charity and smashed our goal of £2,500.
icelolly.com are regularly approached by charities, and like to help out using our own initiative wherever we can! For example, after completing the tough route through North Yorkshire to Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, we donated £100 to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to help them reach their £50,000 target to preserve the badly eroded paths.
We also participate every year in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on occasion donate holiday discount vouchers to charity event raffles and prize draws.
We are committed to supporting local charitable and community organisations and actively support team volunteering for deserving charities as well as fundraising initiatives. During the past twelve months we have volunteered with the Children's Heart Surgery Fund, Simon on the Streets, The Princes Trust, Hollybush Conservation Centre, The Real Junk Food Project and St Gemma’s Hospice.
Peter and Graeme worked in St Gemma’s retail hub, helping to sort donated stock before it is distributed to their 23 Hospice shops across Leeds and helping in their onsite shop.
icelolly.com team members Reema and Jon helping out at Simon on the Streets – a charity that offers street-based support for those in need.
An afternoon with Hollybush Conservation Centre! Rob, Linda and Robert volunteering at the local charity which helps manage threatened green spaces across Leeds and beyond.