A ‘plum’ birthday celebration raises £500 for Broadway Lodge

Last week, award-winning PR and marketing agency, Plum Communications & PR, marked its fourth birthday with a charity quiz that generated £500 for local treatment centre and charity, Broadway Lodge.

#TeamPlum celebrating their birthday. (From left to right) David Bebbington, Karen Morledge and Angela Cassidy

As well as celebrating Plum’s successful growth, the anniversary event, which was held at The Golden Lion in Worle, Weston-super-Mare, promoted and raised funds for the education outreach programme that Broadway Lodge runs in schools across North Somerset.

The evening attracted support from a variety of causes, with local companies such as Knightstone Housing and Cognition Learning & Development entering teams, The Golden Lion donating the venue and quizmaster for the evening, and Santander Business Banking acting as an official sponsor and match funded the money raised on the night.

Director of Plum, Karen Morledge, organised the evening and said:

“It means so much to celebrate turning four as a business with many clients and friends of Plum. To raise £250, which has then been matched by our business banking partner Santander, is a great achievement and I hope it will help steer young people in North Somerset away from the dangers of addiction.”

“I’d also like to thank The Golden Lion for their hospitality and also the local Somerset businesses who donated raffle prizes, including The Barn, Mendip Outdoor Pursuits and Sunshine productions. We look forward to celebrating our fifth successful year in business same time, next year.”

Brian Dudley, chief executive of Broadway Lodge, commented:

“The Broadway Lodge outreach programme sees our counsellors visiting schools to have ‘no nonsense’ discussions with children and young people. The hard-hitting facts they deliver, along with their own personal experiences, provide a powerful warning about alcohol, drugs, gaming and self-harm.

“We’re grateful for Plum’s support and the money they’ve raised; with it we’re hopeful that we can extend the programme to other schools in the area and highlight how addiction can take hold in people’s lives, while breaking the stigma attached to it.”

Speaking of Santander’s support for the event, Will Taylor, customer manager for Santander’s business banking in North Somerset, said:

“When Karen explained all that Broadway Lodge do to both prevent addiction, and facilitate the recovery of those affected by it, I knew it was a charity that Santander would take pleasure in supporting. We’d like to wish Broadway Lodge and Plum Communications & PR continued success with their ventures.”

Director of Plum Communications & PR, Karen Morledge (right), handing over the money raised to Marketing Manager of Broadway Lodge, Karen KirbyPlum Communications & PR have been providing PR and marketing services across the South West since Karen set up her business from home in 2010. 2013 saw the business expand into offices in Bleadon while Plum are also scouting another location in the South West after increasing demand in the Taunton area.

This year, Broadway Lodge celebrate their 40th year providing recovery in North Somerset. If you would like to donate to Plum’s charity of the year text BWLG40 to 70070 to donate £3.


Notes to Editor:

Photo one: Director of Plum Communications & PR, Karen Morledge, handing over the money raised to Marketing Manager of Broadway Lodge, Karen Kirby.

Photo two: The Plum Communications & PR team, Karen Morledge, David Bebbington and Angela Cassidy, celebrating four successful years in business.

About Plum Communications & PR
Plum are an award-winning integrated communications agency that gets results, an experienced and multi-award winning marketing, communications and public relations agency based in Somerset.

We provide strategic and creative public relations campaigns that get results. Whatever your message, we’ll help you communicate with the people that you want to reach; customers, staff and stakeholders.

Our clients range from SME’s in the South West to large public sector organisations, and we specialise in working in the housing, property, economic development and tourism sectors.

About Broadway Lodge
Broadway is a non-profit making organisation and registered charity, providing residential treatment, counselling and support services for alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, co-dependency, gambling and gaming both to individual sufferers, concerned others and professionals. http://broadwaylodge.org.uk/