Friday 18th December 2015 was the evening of the Gaunt Francis Christmas Party, and as if that wasn’t enough festive cheer, it was also National Christmas Jumper Day.
We were motivated to don our festive apparel by the ‘Text Santa’ charity appeal, which, like a Christmas version of Comic Relief, enables people to make donations to worthy causes through fundraising, one-off donations and taking part in a nationally televised event.
We are proud to have raised over £100 this year by wearing our Christmas jumpers, eating mince pies and spiced biscuits, and taking part in sweepstakes! The money raised will be split between three charities; Macmillan (whom we fundraised for earlier this year with our GFA Macmillan Coffee Morning), Make-A-Wish UK, who grant wishes to children fighting life-threatening conditions, and Save the Children, who provide for children and young people in war-torn and impoverished countries.
Of course, we had a best jumper competition, the winner of which would take the Gaunt Francis Architects Social Event Champion’s Trophy from Toby, who won it at the bowls social back in September. It was a very close score, with only one point between first and second place! Second place went to Alan, who sported a fetching jumper complete with padded Santa’s belly, but first place went very deservedly to Adam, whose jumper gave him the body of an elf, complete with bells and stripy socks!
A huge thanks goes to our social secretary, Mike, for organising the event and also to everyone who took part, did their bit in their festive knit, provided Christmas treats, and donated money to these important causes. We were delighted to get involved, as it is the season of goodwill after all and we had a wonderful time and a lot of laughs fundraising for ‘Text Santa’ this Christmas!