Earlier this week we travelled up to Manchester to deliver the 70 hampers that had been sponsored by 160 fellow #SBS winning businesses. Since we thought of the idea to bring together Small Business Sunday winners to give Theo Paphitis a unique gift for his recent 60th Birthday we’ve been counting down the days to the delivery.
Theo has had a link to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital via its charity and has supported their #ManyHands appeal for the last few years so we knew the delivery would be extra special. We had previously raised money for the #ManyHands appeal with 20 #SBS winners sponsoring a space (as pictured above) on the Hamper van.
The guys in the Charity team had pulled out all the stops and were as excited as we were with the well anticipated delivery.
When we arrived we were met by Lucy & Lydia, lots of their colleagues and Humphrey the bear to help unload the hamper van.
Thank you message from RMCH Charity team
We were also met by a film crew from ITV Granada who were there to report on our delivery as we had not one, but two special little helpers come along to distribute the hampers.
Once again we had the awe inspiring Noah Wall who had travelled down from Cumbria with his mum and nana, we also had the pleasure of little Ella Chadwick, last years Pride of Britain winner. Ella is no stranger to the hospital, having spent much of her young life in and out of the hospital amassing a huge 44 operations.
Once we had unloaded the van we had a group photo taken with staff from all levels of the hospital before heading off to surprise staff who worked on the wards.
The hampers went down a treat and since our delivery we had lots of messages from staff to say thank you.
It was great to see our delivery featured on ITV Granada Reports later in the day and coverage like this just make us more determined to reach our overall goal of 70 hospitals.
Next on our list is Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where we hope to have the help of Noah Wall and Ella Chadwick deliver in time for an early Christmas present to surprise the staff.
If you have been following our progress so far and Great Ormond Street has a special place in your heart you can contribute or sponsor a hamper or two here http://www.secrethamper.com/nhs-70
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Secret Hamper delivers a further 70 #ThankYouNHS hampers, this time to the staff at Colchester Hospital
We delivered more thank yous earlier this week when we surprised staff at their 4th Hospital, Colchester.
As before the hampers are made up of high end snacks from local companies, Retro Corn Popcorn, Shaken Udder Milkshakes, Fairfield Farm Crisps and Tiptree Patisserie.
This delivery was a little different as there was a family who had recently experienced the expertise of the amazing staff first hand within the A&E dept.
This delivery was really quite special, a family had heard of our initiative to bring businesses and individuals together to show their appreciation for the unsung heroes of our NHS and recognise 70 years of care. Earlier this year Sandra Wrathall suffered an Aortic Dissection which could have been fatal if it wasn’t for the fact that the brilliant Dr Abbas hadn’t been on duty at the time.
Dr Abbas had recently completed a dissertation on Aortic Dissection and immediately recognised the symptoms. Mrs Wrathall was blue lighted to Papworth Hospital with minutes to spare and given just a 30% chance of survival.
Thankfully the incredibly complex life saving surgery was a success and Sandra is on her way to a full recovery today.
Sandra and her family loved the idea of the Secret Hamper initiative and as a family raised enough funds for 40 hampers.
We met Sarah and her mum Sandra and was blown away by their generous gesture, it just goes to show you cannot put a price on a life. It was so humbling to be able to provide a platform that this family could show their gratitude, it’s a day we’ll remember for a very long time.
The remaining 30 hampers were sponsored by local companies from in and around the Colchester area, including Integro, SVC, G&B Finch, Five Lakes Resort, Evo Supplies, Universal Web Design, Ultimotive, P&A Wood, Jelf, Crisp Design, Kingswood Group, KG Moore, Frederick Charles Wealth Management, The Mulberry Spa, Dewis Health.
Once again we were overwhelmed by the diversity of the businesses that wished to show their gratitude, we can see from the reactions from the staff at how touched they are and we’re sure that it helps brighten their day.
We now hope to be able to deliver more thank yous to staff at Southend, Basildon, Harlow and Romford Hospitals, to show your appreciation please visit www.secrethamper.com/nhs-70 for full details
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Maldon’s Secret Hamper scoops top Sales & Marketing Award
Secret Hamper, the firm which advocates spreading joy, delivering smiles and acts of kindness scooped an award at the prestigious Business Excellence Awards Essex last week at Five Lakes Resort.
The event, organised by Champions UK Plc was hosted by comedian Mark Dolan and TV presenter Lucy Nichols, which was sponsored by top businesses from around the county including headline sponsors London Stansted Airport, Invest Essex and James Hallam.
Secret Hamper founder Nigel Richardson says “I was thrilled to learn that we had been nominated as a finalist in the Global Radio Sales & Marketing Category, let alone to go on and win!” There were some of Essex’s elite represented on the night and it was an honour to be featured amongst them. A lot of what we do is about telling stories and sharing experiences which for some, can have positive life changing effects. We often say that when you shop with us you get much more than a box of goodies, you buy an experience”
“We’ve been fortunate to have had our fair share of celebrity endorsements from the likes of John Challis aka Boycie, Rick Stein, Theo Paphitis, Jacqueline Gold to Hollywood legend Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker”
We hope to go from strength to strength and share more good news stories, not only in Essex but throughout the UK and who knows, as Luke Skywalker says “Secret Hamper, is coming to a galaxy far far away!”
Judge Mark Stocker of Global Radio goes on to say
“If great marketing is about emotion and storytelling, Secret Hamper is an outstanding example. It was hard not to be moved by the tale of Nigel’s leap from a city career into his quest to change the world one random act of kindness at a time. He has achieved impressive growth from humble beginnings with marketing that has needed to be innovative, exploiting media coverage to the maximum, drawing in movers, shakers and household names wherever possible, and pushing out initiatives like NHS70. What he’s done is turn the Secret Hamper into a compelling conversation, and that’s what made it such a worthy winner of the Sales & Marketing award, sponsored by Global, at the Business Excellence Awards Essex.”
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