On 16 February, the BOSS Business Supplies Charity (BBSC) held its inaugural Patrons’ Dinner at Stationers’ Hall in London.
The dinner was held to celebrate the work of the charity and to thank its supporters, especially the 12 companies that have committed to becoming corporate patrons of the 2023 – Avery, BIC, Brother UK, Fellowes Brands, Highlands, OPI, OT Group, Pukka Pads, Ryman, SC Johnson Professional, Uni Mitsubishi Pencil Company and Viking – as well as the charity’s Honorary Patron, the BOSS Federation.
As the BBSC Chair Martin Wilde, said: “In these difficult times, with the cost of living rising rapidly, the need for financial support among current and former industry colleagues is greater than ever. As a result, we are incredibly grateful to these 12 wonderful businesses that have chosen to commit to supporting the work of the charity this year.”
The guest of honour at the dinner was Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards. He inspired and astonished the dinner guests with tales of his sheer tenacity in pursuing his dream to ski-jump for Britain in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
What made Edwards’ story so appropriate for the BBSC dinner was that he succeeded partly because of the generosity of his peers. Watching him train at expensive facilities using borrowed and third-rate equipment, members of teams from other nations encouraged him by donating skis, a jumpsuit, and even a helmet to replace one that kept falling off when he attempted the 70-metre jump because it was only tied on with string.
The date of the BOSS Charity’s annual Charity Day has already been announced as Wednesday 14 June – once again at the beautiful Belton Woods golf course and hotel near Grantham. Booking is now open for golf teams and spa attendees at https://bosscharity.org/boss-charity-day-wednesday-14th-june/.