On Wednesday 10th July, we held our annual summer charity and networking event 'Lunch on the Green' at our Norwich office in support of Break Charity. In its 11th year and considered by many as the highlight of the Norfolk networking calendar, this year's event was a huge success with 40 businesses exhibiting on the day, almost 300 guests in attendance and raising a record-breaking £7978!
Organised by Clapham & Collinge's Marketing Manager, this year's event featured many summer-themed activities and attractions including a line-up of live music acts, 'Beat the Bleep' with Empresa, face painting with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, a selection of wines from Tanja Wright of TFW Fine Wines, delicious canapés from The Feed, summer mocktails from 7 Surrey Street, wine tasting with Eastern Financial Consultants, beer tasting with Alan Boswell Group, roulette with Kings & Queens Fun Casinos, 'Whack the Breakaway Ferret' with Breakaway Networking Group and beautiful floral displays from Libby Ferris Flowers.
Louis Hilldrup-Boorman, Marketing Manager at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors and Trustee Observer at Break said ''In it's 11th year, this year's event was by far my favourite. The atmosphere was buzzing, guests were having fun and despite the ever-changing forecast the weather held out too! It was great to see so many Norfolk businesses coming together to support a charity close to my heart. A huge thank you to those who supported our biggest event of the year. I must take this opportunity to thank my colleagues too - An event of this size requires many hands on deck and I'm very grateful for their support. I'm proud to work with such a great bunch of people.''
Break has been supporting children, young people and families since 1968, providing a diverse range of services to vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia. Break work tirelessly to help young people in care and moving on, children with disabilities, children at risk and families who need support.
Sarah Bunn, Fundraising Events Manager at Break Charity said ''Lunch on the Green is an event that has grown hugely since its conception in 2008 – raising more than £33,000 for Break Charity. Louis and the Clapham & Collinge team have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the organisation of the event is second to none and we are proud to be associated with this event as a charity partner, knowing we are in safe hands for a tremendous event! Our thanks must go to Louis, the Clapham & Collinge team, Lunch on the Green exhibitors and guests for their continued support; helping us to help the vulnerable children, young people and families living in our county – giving them a break for a better future.''
Exhibitor and delegate feedback:
''I really enjoyed LOTG today and you should all be proud of this unique event you've created and delivered once again - well done! I'm looking forward to teaming up with you for our Grapevine in October and Christmas Extravaganza too.'' - Chris Elliot, Marketing Manager at The Benjamin Foundation.
''A quick email to thank you and the team at Clapham & Collinge for putting together another superb event yesterday. Despite having attended for a number of years it was Empresa's first time as an exhibitor and the help you gave not only on the day but also pre-event understanding and answering our questions was great. You can see why the event has become such as feature of the Norwich networking calendar! Thanks and see you at LOTG 2020!'' - Rob Woods, Sales Director at Empresa.
''I just wanted to drop you an email to say a big thank you from everyone here at Tiger Eye. You've been such a huge help in making our first ever Lunch on the Green a success. I'm told by Carol and David that the event went wonderfully and that the organisation was top notch. Congratulations on a truly successful event.'' - Georgina Rouse, Marketing Assistant at Tiger Eye Consulting.
''Thank you for a great networking event yesterday. It was our first time attending and we really enjoyed it.'' - Emily Pitcher at Archive Vault.
''Just a note to thank you for a great event! Very enjoyable – and it didn't rain!'' - Mark Thair, Director at Reef Recruitment.
''Thank you for a great event last week. Another thoroughly enjoyable event and hope you raised loads of money. Book us in for next year!'' - David Eastwood, Heatlink Services Ltd.