MELKSHAM fundraiser, Robbie ‘Charity Morphman’ Newton, is celebrating passing a massive milestone – raising over £100,000 for charity!
Since the beginning of his fundraising journey in 2005, Robbie – who is well known in the community for tackling physical challenges in his now iconic green morphman suit – has raised a total of £100,224.50 for a number of charities.
“It’s mind-blowing to reach this milestone,” said Robbie speaking to Melksham News. “I couldn’t believe it when I worked it out. But it’s even better to think about how all this money has and will benefit all the different charities that have been supported over the years.
“But it would not have been possible without the collective efforts of my colleagues at Travis Perkins, our suppliers, and of course my friends and family.”
Charities that Robbie has supported over the years in- cludes Macmillan Cancer Support, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, NSPCC, Asthma UK, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Mencap, Action For Children, British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Campaign, Together For Short Lives, Alzheimer’s Society and It’s In The Bag Cancer Support.
But Robbie’s not done yet!
This year alone – which Robbie has described as the best year ever – has raised over £13,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Robbie has raised the money this year by running both the London and Brighton marathons, and via a number of fundraising events.
A recent online auction held last month, raised a whopping £10,675, and now Robbie is hoping to raise even more with a Christmas hamper prize draw.
“The top prizes are not one but two hampers with a few other prizes including the usual ‘Robbie Special’ prizes,” said Robbie. There is a suggested donation of £2 per strip which goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Draw will be made on Friday 17th December, and I can then deliver locally to the winner (Melksham, Trowbridge, Devizes).”
For more details and to enter the draw, go to www. justgiving.com/fundraising /tpfreeprizedraw
“Once donated, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org so I can advise you of your lucky numbers,” adds Robbie.
About the amazing success of his recent online auction, Robbie said, “We had 153 items on offer and 750 individual bids were received. It was a lot of hard work, but when you think of how the money is going to help people, personal thoughts don’t really come into it, you think of the bigger picture. All lots were sold too, which is amazing!
“You do wonder if you should do the auction as there is so much going on in the world right now, but knowing how hard charities have it at the moment, I knew I had to do it. The gen- erosity of staff, suppliers and customers of Travis Perkins never ceases to amaze me, they simply are the best!
“Year to date, we currently stand at £13,639.56, which is the best year we have ever had and we are still selling tickets for the hamper draw.”