As well as having a fun time at the SPOT sailing regatta, after an ‘affluent day’ of sailing on the Solent, enjoying champagne and alfresco dining at one of the country’s premier yacht clubs, attendees both suppliers and dealers dug deep into their pockets to help support those industry people less fortunate than themselves.
Towards the end of the event, a fundraiser was held for the BOSS Business Supplies Charity, which provides welfare grants to support former employees of the stationery industry affected by challenging circumstances. Attendees gave generously to this worthy cause.
For those who donated, a highly desirable prize was up for grabs: a day’s charter of a yacht with professional skipper donated by SPOT. However, in line with the event’s light-hearted atmosphere, the draw had a fun twist. To encourage attendees to give generously, the prize was subject to donations reaching £1,500. However, if donations fell short, the prize would be replaced by a bottle of warm Blue Nunn medium white wine! Judging by the figure raised, the incentive clearly had the desired effect.
The following from Graeme Chapman MBE, Chairman of the Boss Business Supplies Charity, confirms the result:
“Hello fellow Sailors,
I’m sure like me you all enjoyed a fabulous days sailing, sunning and networking at Hamble. I just wish to thank you all, for your very generous support of our Boss Business Supplies Charity and the sponsorship by SPOT. In total you donated £1,550, rounded up to £2,000 by Jeff, based on those non BOSS Members attending agreeing to talk to Phil Lawson (and hopefully joining BOSS). This money helps people, past and present in our industry who have found themselves in financial difficulties, through no fault of their own.”
The prize of the day’s sailing was won by Colin Campbell of Langstane Press. Whilst you couldn’t get much further away from home base to the Solent, Colin has the opportunity of coming back to the South Coast or sailing one of the beautiful lochs in Scotland.