In 2015, we altered the rules slightly as we lost Ben Hopkins, a highly experienced and hugely well-loved location manager who died suddenly and tragically in a car accident leaving a young family behind. Antony Iredale, the MD for The Collective, worked for Ben in the formative period of his career and learned many positive lessons about location management and work ethic from Ben. Ben worked with The Collective many times since its inception, and so we decided to change the annual charity draw approach and instead gave members two options. They could keep their share of The Collective Fund, or they could donate it to Ben’s family fund.
The generosity was overwhelming and in the end the combined donation from the members and Antony was £7000 to Ben’s Family Fund.
In 2014 it was Matt Steinmann who spread the 2014 Charity Draw total of £4131 across 5 different charities. Here is what Matt had to say …
It was great to hear that I'd won the Charity Drawer, and a privilege to decide how it was distributed. Collective members are to be congratulated for their generous spirit. I am no longer in locations but have retrained to be an arboriculturalist (look it up) and now work for The Royal Parks. The £4131 (an impressive sum) will be shared equally between Treeaid, Oxfam – Nepal Disater Relief, Plan UK, Amnesty International and Medecins sans Frontiers.
In 2013, the charity draw took place during our annual party which was a remarkable affiar. the old Central St Martin's campus in Holborn saw 200 guests witness the charity draw which totalled £4682.76
The winner of the draw was Michelle Pianca, a member who has now stepped out of the location industry but an early adopter for The Collective.
Michelle decided to split the charity bounty between 2 charities, The Make A Wish Foundation and the Blue Cross, two extremely worthy charities
In 2012, the charity draw was won by Skyfall's own James Grant. The charity draw that year was for a significant total of £2907.26.
The lucky charity ot benefit was Martha's Trust a charity which looks after people with profound disabilities.
2011 saw another fantastic year for the Collective Fund. Members contributing to the Charity Draw prize pot meant that we arrived at a grand total of a whopping £5041,50. This was another record breaking year, and one we hope to surpass in 2012.
The lucky winner was location manager Johnny Ludlow, who split the money across two very worthy charities - the Action Community Forum and Clic Sergent.
To hear form Johnny, and the charities he donated to, please click here to view our Collective Fund Charity Draw blog post.
In 2010, the Collective Fund generated even more than in 2009. Through members choosing to donate their individual dividend of The Collective Fund the total sum donated to chariy was £4110, an increase on the 2009 total of £4,000.
The member that won the ballot to decide who the beneficieries should be was Linzi Baltrunas. Linzi left the location industry in 2010 to work in Amsterdam.
Linzi decided to split the donation into two and so donated £2055 to Great Ormond Street Hospital and also to Maggie's a Glasgow based charity which sets up care centres for cancer sufferers
In 2009 the members donated a total of £2,627.00 to charity from an overall amassed Fund of just over £7,000. A member is drawn out at random who then selects a charity of their choosing to donate the money to. This year the charity Clic Sargent was chosen, who provide care for children and young people with cancer: clicsargent
Antony Iredale, Managing Director of The Collective, also decided to donate £873 to make a round figure of £3,500
And then in a further act of generosity the Collective staff also put in £500 to create a grand total of £4,000 - which we are certain will help what is a very worthwhile cause.