The Harris Hill Charity Series: bringing charities together!
As part of our commitment to supporting the charity sector, we sponsor a series of inter-charity challenge events collectively known as the Harris Hill Charity Series!
With the events growing more popular every year, co-sponsors Bluestep Solutions and RNB Group now also provide fantastic support, and the tireless organising committee (all from charities themselves) do an outstanding job of organising the hotly-contested events which include a Charity Quiz Night, Ten Pin Bowling Night and biggest of all, the London Charity Softball League!
More than 120 charities took part in the 2017 league, with well over 1,000 participants and supporters getting involved, from charities including RNIB, CRUK, Sparks, VSO, the British Heart Foundation, Mind, Save the Children, NSPCC, CLIC Sargent, Marie Curie, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and many (many!) more.
Aside from the series' events, staff at Harris Hill regularly organise and participate in our own array of charity fundraising activities, from ping-pong challenges to sponsored walks, the London Marathon and intrepid cycle rides!
Latest news: get ready to roll!
As the nights draw in and the clocks go back, that little beacon twinkling through the darkness can only mean one thing: yes, it's time for Age UK to comprehensively thrash everyone at bowling again!
Or will they? Last year a strong challenge from Macmillan Cancer Support came close to toppling them, Action on Hearing Loss maintained their impressive top three placing, and with strikes to spare from Anthony Nolan, St Mungo's, St Joseph's and many others it really could be anybody's game..
We'll be there with the beers, pizza and those all-important medals for the players, while selflessly keeping the bottom end of the scoreboard warm (totally intentional, of course). And with an enormous 39 teams taking part this year, selling out in record time it's all looking set to be a big, big night on November 23rd!
The London Charity Softball League finals, August 2017
Well, another summer season of softball may have shimmered into the September sunset (ok, late August but we're anyone's for a little alliteration, look at our name) - but what a fantastic finale it was!
The pitches at Hyde Park were probably the busiest and undoubtedly the buzziest we've seen in our long history of supporting the league, with the cheers of the hugely supportive crowd carrying far and wide as the three tightly-fought contests reached their conclusions.
Taking second places but nonetheless able to hold their heads up high - or as high as possible under the sheer weight of an almost-priceless 100% genuine imitation silver Harris Hill medal - were the valiant teams from Muscular Dystrophy UK, Save the Children and Mind.
But the grand honours went to Cancer Research UK for the Harris Hill Plate, a nailbitingly close finish saw the Raptors of British Red Cross raise the BlueStep Shield, and taking home a trophy for the second consecutive year, this time the mighty Harris Hill Cup, the seemingly-unstoppable Tits & Tache! Can they bust their way to a third win next year or will their chances finally get a little hairy?
We'll be back in 2018 to find out for sure - our thanks as ever to the brilliant organising committee who do the really hard work (not forgetting founding father of the league Leo Visconti who couldn't be there for the first time ever but was surely somewhere in spirit!), our fellow sponsors RNB Group for the post-match pints, BlueStep Solutions for our fantastic new tent, t-shirts and much more, and above all the sheer energy and enthusiasm of the hundreds upon hundreds of players and supporters of charities from all corners of the sector, who continue to make the league such a pleasure to be part of.
If you'd like to register an interest in getting your charity involved in next year's league, the aforementioned Mr Visconti is the man to talk to - or just get in touch if you'd like the details of how to do so.
Meanwhile you can check out more pictures from the grand finals over on our Softball Gallery page!
Last but not least, here at Harris Hill we ran something of a softball-themed contest of our own over the summer, and the result was revealed on Friday 1st September. So it's congratulations to the winning player in our prize draw, Jonathan Birrane of The Children's Society, who are the team we'll be taking on a great night out to celebrate very soon!
That's all from us for softball this season but with the approach of autumn it's almost time to bring on the bowling - look out for details of the next event here soon...
Charity Quiz Night - February 2017
We're delighted to say that this year's quiz night on 21st Feb was a record-breaking success! Packed to capacity as ever, a fantastic selection of prizes from fellow sponsors Snap Print Management, together with the teams' generosity, helped us to achieve record sales of raffle tickets, contributing to a grand total of more than £1500 raised for the Mental Health Foundation.
Huge thanks to everyone involved in organising, our excellent hosts Patch Bar, Snap Print Management, and many congratulations to the team at Friends of the Earth UK who can legitimately claim to be the smartest people in the charity sector, at least for the next 12 months! Obviously as key sponsors, our very own Harris Hill team were playing just for fun, deliberately trying not to win: clearly the only possible explanation for our score so we're sticking to it!