Children In Need

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

On Friday 18th November 2011, the Webbies of the Web Applications office joined the rest of the UK in a bid to raise money for the Children In Need campaign. The sum raised by Web Application employees was doubled by Web Applications Ltd, for a donation grand total of £540.

The theme of the event was spots (which we also extended to stripes, to accommodate those Webbies with a more limited wardrobe) and Webbies each paid £2 to wear their imaginative non-uniform. We also held challenges in and around the office and Project Manager Cheryl nominated herself for a sponsored silence – the quietest she has ever been in known history!

Lauren also baked and sold these delicious Pudsey cookies for the cause:

The Doughnut-eating Challenge

This challenge seemed oh-so-appealing on paper, but it takes a hardcore competitor to succeed at this one! The challenge was to eat a doughnut without licking your lips. To establish a winner, participants would have to keep eating doughnuts until the onslaught of fatigue and failure forced untimely lip-licking. The initial (but short-lived) enthusiasm was caught on film:

Chris, although a trooper, did not quite make it to the end (a photo of Chris or a subliminal BBC advertisement?  You decide.):

The finalists, Ian and Shui, eventually ran out of doughnuts. Although technically my fault for lacking supplies, I never predicted they’d make it to 9 doughnuts each (especially straight after lunch). It would only be fair to declare them joint winners:

The Taste Test

Four very brave Webbies nominated themselves for the taste test, for which they’d have to be blind-folded as they identified 10 different food stuffs, including explosive chillies and rancid (personal opinion) anchovies.

Project Manager Mark, apparently the most suspicious of the four, attempting to suss out a sweet chilli (the least offensive of all the chillies on offer):

Winner of the challenge Paul Thomas, downing some coffee while trying to tackle a cinnamon stick. Yummy!

Congratulations to all of the Webbies for embracing the day, getting involved and really contributing to the cause.