Yesterday was one of the best days we’ve had so far as the Scriba team – which is a tough call to make, because we’ve had plenty of great ones!
We were invited to the Thrombosis UK awards at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where we were presented with a Corporate Supporter accolade for our fundraising efforts over the past three years.
It’s safe to say that we were quite blown away (and might have shed a little tear each!).
The charity is one close to our hearts – Katie was diagnosed with a life threatening blood clot in 2014, and although she’s now luckily fine, we’ve made an effort ever since to support them, by raising much-needed funds and helping to increase awareness of the illness.
In 2012, we held a football tournament, and last year, we organised a social media ‘selfie’ campaign – raising almost £4,000 in total.
So it was humbling to receive an award that recognised our efforts. Katie commented: “My first-hand experience of the condition showed what lack of awareness there is, not only among members of the public, but the medical profession too. That’s why we endeavour to raise funds for the charity and to increase understanding about the risks associated with thrombosis.
“But we didn’t expect to be recognised for our efforts! We were honoured to be invited to London to pick up an award from the people that run the charity 365 days a year.”
The award – one of ten on the day – was presented by MP Andrew Gwynne, chair of the all-party parliamentary thrombosis group. But it wasn’t all speeches and ‘thank you’s’ – there was afternoon tea on arrival too!
And just because we’ve picked up an award for fundraising, it doesn’t mean we’ll stop there! The next event is our ‘Drink & Think’ night, which will be held on Friday 21st October. As the name eludes, there’ll be a quiz, numerous games, and a raffle, with over 100 people in attendance. The aim, once again, is to raise more than £1,000 for Thrombosis UK.
Katie finished: “As clichéd as it sounds, at Scriba, we believe it’s really important that businesses ‘give something back’. So fundraising for Thrombosis UK is a great way for us to put our PR skills to good use and support this fantastic charity.”
Thrombosis is a leading cause of death across the globe, with one person dying on average every six seconds from a blood clot.