Anna Valley and Shooting Partners’ year of giving

Christmastime is often described as the season of giving – a period where we stop focussing on work and everyday stresses and instead give our time and attention to other things – including, of course, giving gifts.

 

During 2018 the Shooting Partners group, including our professional camera rental house, Shooting Partners, and our AV company, Anna Valley, has made an effort to maintain a little bit of this season’s sentiment throughout the year by discounting our rental and service fees for charity shows, getting involved in sponsored events for good causes and donating goods to help make life a little bit easier for those less fortunate than ourselves.

We’ve shared stories about some of these activities on our website and social media but, for the most part, we’ve just got on with it.  Then, with the arrival of the official season of giving, we realised that part of the value we can offer the initiatives we support is our ability to help them spread the word about the work they’re doing and, hopefully, encourage others to support them too.

So, here’s some info about the organisations we’ve worked with in 2018 – please join is in supporting these deserving causes in 2019.

Dylan Samantha Souter is 8 years old and has Rett Syndrome – a rare and severe neurological disease which almost exclusively affects girls. Dylan cannot walk, talk or use her hands and will face many more problems in the future.  A Cure for Dylan aims to raise funds to help scientists develop exactly that – a cure for Dylan and the other children who suffer with this disease.

Each year the charity holds a Gala evening to raise money to fund research and this year’s event was held at Stanford Bridge on the 5th of October.  The evening’s entertainment included a celebrity sports quiz and both a silent and live auction and Anna Valley supplied laser projectors, large format displays, cameras and a video control system for the event.

Help us find a cure for Dylan by visiting www.curefordylan.com

The Prince’s Trust is a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. Since 1976, The Trust has supported more than 825 000 young people through free programmes that give them the practical and financial support to develop key skills and stabilise their lives.

The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards were held on the 16th of October 2018 to recognise the achievements of some of the young people who have turned their lives around with the help of the Trust.

Anna Valley provided AV technology and support to event agency, Blueprint Partners, for the fourth consecutive year at this year’s event, supplying both projectors and LED displays to create a visual spectacular fit for a prince.

Show your support for these young people at https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

Meeting Needs was founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events sectors to unite the meetings, incentive, conference and events industry in support of worthy and event-related projects.

On October 14th Anna Valley’s Dan Orchard took on the Royal Parks Marathon in a bid to raise funds for the national events charity.  Dan ran alongside Jason Wilcock, executive committee member of Meeting Needs and chairman of event agency, Worldspan.

Find out more about the organisation’s good work at www.meetingneeds.org.uk

The Big Love Gala is an annual event which showcases the work of DKMS and raises crucial funds to register potential blood stem cell donors for blood cancer patients in need of lifesaving transplants.

Anna Valley provided LED and video control technology and services for this year’s event at The Roundhouse, London on the 7th of November.  The event was attended by over 600 guests and raised £1.5 million for the blood stem cell donor centre.

DKMS began with one family’s search for a blood stem cell donor when Peter Harf and his daughters went door-to-door in an effort to find a donor match for his wife and their mother, Mechtild Harf.  Established in her memory, DKMS is now the world’s largest blood stem cell donor centre and has registered over 8 million donors and provided more than 70 000 patients with a second change in life.

Get involved by visiting https://www.dkms.org.uk/en

Shooting Partners’ Ian Kitt went from Parkrun participant to half marathon hero when he signed up for the Windsor Half Marathon 2018 to raise funds for Tusk.  Ian exceeded his target of raising £1000 – making a valuable contribution towards the record-breaking £8 million that the organisation raised during 2018.

Tusk has supported conservation intervention in Africa for almost thirty years. They partner with leading and emerging conservationists across the continent to secure donor funding and then support and nurture local programmes to protect threatened species and land, provide conservation education and support community-based solutions to conservation issues.

Join Tusk Ambassador, Bear Grylls (and our Ian) in supporting this worthwhile cause by visiting https://www.tusk.org/

We concluded 2018’s charitable activities recently when the warehouse and office staff competed against each other to donate the most clothing, toiletries, stationery and food for those that face being homeless this Christmas.  We either underestimated the rivalry between our upstairs and downstairs staff or their generosity as the amount donated way exceeded our expectations!

The collected items were delivered to the York Road Project which provides emergency and longer-term accommodation for those experiencing homelessness.  This project has developed over the years from humble beginnings offering sandwiches and soup to people “sleeping rough,” to providing emergency accommodation over the winter period, and is now a year-round charity based at 1 York Road in Woking.

Find out how you can help support the homeless at https://www.yorkroadproject.org.uk

Here’s to a year-long season of giving in 2019.