D&G Kids Company Day 1st December 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010 | by Ivor Dickinson

There have been many highlights in my 24 years at Douglas & Gordon, but none comes close to the D&G/Kids Company Charity day. All our offices were closed on 1st December, and D&G’s 200 employees donned their Kids Co hoodies and took to the streets in icy conditions to forage for food. Never have I been so proud of this company, as each and every person worked their socks off from dawn to dusk, Block Management wrapping presents all day at Kids Company Headquarters, and the sales offices using all of their best selling techniques to extract food, toys and money from the good people of D&G land.

I was astonished by people’s generosity as our final tallies proved, as was Camilla Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company, and she thought she had seen it all!

By the end of a long and very cold day, we had filled 343 removal boxes (very kindly donated by Cadogan Tate Removals) with an extraordinary 18,500 individual item’s of food from cans of baked beans to luxury boxes of chocolates, which are as I write being packed into thousands of individual hampers. In addition, we collected 1825 brand new toys and £8,277. People are still delivering food and money to our individual offices, and 1st December 2011 is already blocked out of our diary, for D&G/Kids Co Day Two.

Camilla Batmanghelidjh - "I am over the moon to witness such extraordinary kindness from the general public and such genius from Douglas and Gordon - wow!"