Last week we hosted our first in-person event in over 18 months and what a fantastic afternoon it was! 'Lunch on the Green', our annual summer charity and networking event, took place at our Norwich office on Wednesday 8th September and we are delighted to have raised a total of £5518 for Break.
Now in its 12th year and considered by many as the highlight of the Norwich networking calendar, we were thrilled to host our open-air summer event, with over 200 business representatives in attendance and 25 stand holders on the day. The event was in support of Break charity once again, having raised over £45,000 for Break since its humble conception in 2008. Break is an innovative charity that provides hope and support for vulnerable children and young people across East Anglia. They deliver specialist support services to ensure young people have the care they need, when and where they need it, for as long as they need it.
The event featured performances from local singers and musicians, lunch was provided by social enterprise The Feed, Break's 'CoffeeBreak' van offered delegates a range of hot drinks, wine provided by Bijou Bottles, Woodforde's beer, 7 Surrey Street offered summer mocktails, mini golf with Norfolk and Waveney Mind, floral displays by Libby Ferris Flowers and more.
Associate and Marketing Manager Louis Hilldrup-Boorman said ''Due to the unpredictable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, delivering this event wasn't as straightforward as previous events, with careful planning and safety measures to consider, all to ensure attendees could attend in confidence. Despite the last 18 months, there's clearly still an appetite for in-person networking. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was buzzing and it was great to bring the Norfolk business community together again after so many months!''
Sarah Bunn, Community Fundraising Manager at Break said ''We have been thrilled to be the charity partner for Clapham & Collinge's Lunch on the Green once again; enabling local businesses to come together and support a local cause while enjoying the most wonderful summer networking. To raise such an amount is tremendous, and it goes a long way to funding much needed dedicated specialist support for young people on the edge of care, in care and moving on from care.''
''I just want to congratulate you on a superb Lunch on the Green. Well done to you and all of your team. After all we have been through over the past 18 months it was an absolute joy to attend such a well organised event and catch up with so many people face to face.'' – Nick Applin, Rock Solid Graphics and Print Ltd
''I had an extra spring in my step this morning in anticipation of one of my favourite networking events and it didn't disappoint! Lunch on The Green was its usual busy, buzzy hub of local businesses, social enterprises, charities and individuals coming together to meet, connect and hatch some plans. Well done all at Clapham & Collinge LLP and thanks for choosing The Feed to provide lunch.'' – Chris Elliott, The Feed
''Great event - well done Louis and team Clapham & Collinge for all your efforts pulling together Lunch On The Green, supporting Break. Fab lunch supplied by The Feed - thanks to their great team.'' Angela Brett, Chadwicks
''Many thanks for the lovely event yesterday. It's so good to be out and about and meeting in person again isn't it! You did a wonderful job in organising this big event and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great timing with the weather!'' – Sue Hodge, Pearson Wealth Management.
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