As the end of 2017 fast approaches (already? That was fast!), we've been starting to look back on what we've done over the past 12 months, and what we'll be doing next.
While we've achieved some big things this year, and have got bigger plans on the horizon for the next, we've also been busy outside of work, following passion projects and doing our part for charity where we can.A busy studio schedule has meant we've not had a lot of time to talk about ourselves lately, so as we wind down a little towards the end of the year, here's a little look back on our CSR efforts.
The Splitpixel team – Christmas Shoe Box Appeal and Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield
For Christmas this year, we ended up settling on two worthy causes – both helping our local community.
The whole team took part in The Welcome Centre's Christmas shoe box appeal, filling boxes with gifts, goodies and household essentials to be distributed to Huddersfield-based services such as Family Intervention Project, Huddersfield Mission and The Basement Project who will pass on the boxes to local people in poverty.
For Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield, or DASH, our team gathered items such as children's bicycles, clothes and household items to help provide asylum seekers in Huddersfield with necessities that they need. DASH is a registered charity that provides casework and referral to efficient solicitors to support cases to stay in the UK, as well as shelter and food.
Michelle – Leeds Colour Run and Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash
Our marketing manager Michelle has been keeping herself busy by running all around Leeds for a good cause. In September, she made her way to Harewood House for the Leeds Colour Run, in aid of St Gemma's Hospice, which saw her run 5k while having coloured paint thrown at her. Despite looking like a Jackson Pollock painting at the end of the race, she had a great time.
Michelle then took on her biggest challenge, running 10k in the Leeds Abbey Dash to raise money for Age UK. The race, which saw her competing against an Olympic finalist, a Dalek and the Mario brothers, took place in November and saw her raise nearly £200, as well as smashing her personal best.
Maddie – Manchester Half Marathon
Someone who also set herself a personal challenge - completing a half-marathon to raise money for a worthy cause - was our search marketing manager, Maddie, who took part in the Manchester Half Marathon. On this occasion, Maddie picked a charity close to her heart.
"We decided we would raise money for the charity, The Marfan Trust, as one of my son's friends, William, was diagnosed with the condition Marfan Syndrome when he was very young," she said. "William’s parents regularly raise money for the charity, and we also wanted to offer our support."
And Maddie did just that, raising £272 by taking part in the 20km run – despite her five-year-old son wanting a hug from his mum halfway round!
Ash – Overgate Hospice Midnight Walk
Our web developer and resident computer fixer Ash, took part in Overgate Hospice's Midnight Walk. Not one for resisting a challenge, Ash opted for the 13-mile walk as opposed to the easier seven.
The hospice, based in Elland, aims to give the best-possible quality of life to patients, and provide support for their families. Thanks to the effort of Ash and the team, they managed to raise £390 to contribute to the charity's day-to-day activities.
Brady – Kirkwood Hospice's Midnight Memory Walk and Colour Rush
Last but not least is our digital marketing executive, Brady, who took part in two events for the Kirkwood Hospice this year to raise money for the Huddersfield-based charity. The first, the Midnight Memory Walk, saw the tallest member of the team walk around the town centre in the middle of the night, with the hope that people would donate money. Unlike Ash, Brady can resist a challenge, and opted to take the six-mile option as opposed to the longer, 10-mile route.
Clearly regretting this decision, and wanting to add to the total he raised for the charity, Brady upped the stakes and entered himself into Kirkwood Hospice's Colour Rush, where he was going to run (not walk this time) his way round the 5k track.
He was so keen that he didn't notice the officials telling him to stop, and did an extra lap of the track on top of his 5k. Dedicated or just a bit daft? It's your call.
Across both events, Brady and his team managed to collectively raise £416 for the hospice, with the money going to help fund specialist care for those with life-limiting illnesses, which they provide free of charge.
We're just as dedicated to giving back to noble causes for 2018 and, individually, hope some of the team can top their totals from this year. If you want to get involved with any of the charities mentioned, we have more information below.