Strictly Fun Dancing
Posted on the 24th Mar 2018 in the category Sponsorships
Continuing our support of fundraising for Weston Hospice Care, BWOC were the title sponsors for the inaugural ‘Strictly Fun Dancing’ event held at the Winter Gardens Ballroom in Weston super Mare on 24th March 2018.
4 members of staff from the Weston super Mare office took part in the inaugural ‘Strictly Fun Dancing Event’ at the towns Winter Gardens. The 4 brave dancers (Daniel Webb, Michelle Bissex, Dan Shutler and Tara Evans) dancing in pairs put on their glitziest clothes and polished dancing shoes to perform in front of an audience of more than 300 people. Along with 10 other couples they’d all been practising and learning their ‘Cha-Cha’ and ‘American Smooth’ routines every Sunday, under the guidance of 2 local dance teachers. The glamorous event was hosted by TV celebrity Martin Roberts (Homes Under the Hammer, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here). All couples did 1 of their rehearsed routines before each being scored by the judges in true Strictly tradition (the audience booing low scores and cheering high scores!!). The 3 couples with the highest score would go through to the final to dance once more, along with the couple who had the most money donated into individual collection buckets on the night. We are pleased to report that Daniel Webb and Michelle Bissex went through to the final dance off where they finished a very creditable 3rd place!!
Weston Hospice Cares event Fundraiser Kelsey Dehaney said ‘I was very proud of everyone who took part. I have been watching them train from day one, and they have improved so much. Even though a lot of them were nervous, they all did an amazing job’. Managing Director of BWOC Mark Wayne said ‘BWOC have a long association with fundraising and supporting Weston Hospice Care. This was a brilliant event all those taking part had put a lot of effort in to rehearsing and performing on the night and it really showed. It was a thoroughly entertaining evening with everyone involved having a lot of fun and raising a lot of money for Weston Hospice Care and the work they do’.
The event raised more than £18,000 for Weston Hospice Care. Next year’s Strictly Fun Dancing is already being planned, with rumours of a move to a larger venue in the town…
BWOC does the 'Bubble Run' in aid of Weston Hospice Care
Posted on the 3rd Nov 2017 in the category Sponsorships
Over the last few years, BWOC has supported Weston Hospice Care at various events - golf days, paint runs etc.
On August 10th, members of staff and their families took part in the 'Bubble Rush' event at Burnham-on Sea, which was a run around Apex Park where at various points there were coloured 'bubble stations' for them to run through and get covered in bubbles. BWOC was sponsoring the green bubble station.
In the lead up to the run, participants were all training at their own pace and in various ways.
Pete Byrom & Mark Wayne had starting comparing notes on their training runs & even though they had agreed to complete the course together, the training was beginning to get competitive!
Race day was a scorcher. The early morning cloud & rain had made way for glorious August sunshine - lovely if you were a spectator but not quite what the runners needed!
At just after midday the starting gun fired & all of the runners set off - running through a wall of foam bubbles as they crossed the start line. The route of the run took the runners out to the edge of the park and along the River Brue before circling back into the park and around the lake before turning back to the finish line.
Michelle (Mark's Wife) was staking out the green bubble station to get some action shots of everyone coming through it, and nearly got a shot of Pete taking Mark out!
Pete explains 'as I entered the green station I slipped on the bubbles and picked up some speed, ploughed through the bubbles for what seemed like ages but eventually slowed down and regained my footing. For a split second my heart was in my mouth. As I began picking up speed in my skid, I thought the only thing that was going to slow me down was Mark who was a couple of steps in front of me. I'm not sure a picture of me rugby tackling the Managing Director in green bubbles would do my career any good- let alone the damage I would do to Mark! Luckily I stopped in time and tried to style it out & make it look like I was 'swimming' through the foam.'
One by one & at different times everyone made it back safely with no more drama. Mark & Pete were the last from BWOC to cross the line - generously making sure everyone else had finished safely and crossed the finish line in a time of just over 30 minutes.
There is photo evidence to suggest that Pete 'dipped' as he crossed the line to finish just in front of Mark. Pete's explanation is that as he crossed the finish line he stepped on some uneven ground and stumbled across the line - a story he is sticking to.
Everyone that took part had lots of fun and got thoroughly covered in various brightly coloured foam and crossed the finish line with big smiles on thier faces.
Overall the event raised £20,310 for Weston Hospice Care and the brilliant work they do.
Dan Toogood embarks on Sports Programme
Posted on the 20th Nov 2015 in the category Sponsorships
Dan Toogood, the newly turned golfing professional that BWOC is sponsoring, is currently taking a 6 week sports training programme at Burnham Sports Centre which allows him to focus specifically on golf exercises, such as mobility and strength, to help improve his performance for the 2016 season.
Alongside this, Dan also visits his local gym to enhance his physical performance which he believes is definitely making him feel stronger and confident in his game.
We asked Dan for some feedback on his recent events;
Burnham Medal: “I shot a +8, 78 and finished low in this one, having played 16 solid holes which I thoroughly enjoyed despite my result. Unfortunately, I had two costly mistakes which effected my overall score. However, I received some really nice comments and words of encouragement from my playing partners in that they said, ‘Irrespective of my score, I was very impressive and extremely talented’. This certainly boosted my confidence and belief in myself, which was good to hear.”
Cotswold Hills Medal: “My best result as a Pro! I achieved a bogey free 5 under 67 on a course I had never played before. All aspects of my game were sharp and I never looked like making a mistake, unlike the previous week. This result put me 2nd in the order of merit and I felt really good having proved that if I believe in myself, I can do it.”
Clevedon Medal: “This was a tough day as the weather was windy which made shot selection and judgement more difficult. I did however, get off to a great start as I was under par for 13 holes which I was very pleased with. Unfortunately though, I misjudged 2 tee shots coming in leading to a double and a bogey whilst 3 putting 17 meaning I shot 3 over par. Overall I felt I played very nicely and my shots were better than the previous week, despite having a couple of bad shots which made the score disappointing. There is always the next game!”
Dan wished once again to thank BWOC for the opportunity and the support that he has been provided. We continue to wish Dan all the best in his next events.
BWOC Sponser up & coming young golfer
Posted on the 18th Nov 2015 in the category Sponsorships
BWOC have agreed a sponsorship deal with a local PGA professional golfer named Dan Toogood.
Dan has recently turned Pro after a spell working as a teaching coach at Weston-super-Mare golf club. The head Pro, Ben Lock, rates Dan as the most talented golfer he has coached, and when we heard Dan was looking for sponsorship it seemed an ideal tie up of a local company and local lad looking to further his career.
The sponsorship deal will pay for Dan's expenses and entry fees into any Pro events including the Open qualifiers and will go a long way to helping him succeed on the very competitive Pro circuit.
We wish Dan all the best for the future.
BWOC are proud to donate to Leading Children's Charities
Posted on the 31st Dec 2014 in the category Sponsorships
BWOC Walsall staff were busy over the festive period raising awareness & collecting donations for two very worthwhile children’s charities.
‘Who Cares? Trust’
Our annual ‘Great BWOC Bake Off’ was held on Monday 22nd December and the female staff baked a whole menagerie of festive savouries and sweet treats, while the gentlemen staff took great delight in sampling them.
Through the bake sale, we managed to raise £44.00 for the ‘Who Cares? Trust’, which supports the development of children in care.
"The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. They believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve."
'Birmingham Children's Hospital'
Rather than do our usual office ‘Secret Santa’ we decided to buy gifts for the in-patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as well as to donate gifts for the waiting rooms & family areas.
The reaction to this by our sales teams was phenomenal, and within days our office filled with games, dress-up costumes, dolls, baby toys and even games consoles.
A group of us were proud to deliver the gifts to the hospital on 23rd December and we were met by the hospital fundraisers who were quite overwhelmed & grateful for our donations.