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IDS Charity of the Year

As you may be aware the IDS team annually select a ‘Charity of the Year’ to support.Macmillan

For this year IDS have chosen to support ‘Macmillan Cancer Care’. We are certain that this is a charity that resonates with many of you, sadly cancer is indiscriminate and lots of you will have been touched in some way by cancer.

This year IDS will be participating in a variety of FUNdraising events, some will be internal and some of which we will be asking for support from you, we will be regularly posting updates and photographs on our Facebook page so please do try and support us in any way you can.

Recently Anne and Chris hosted an evening of fundraising for our charity Macmillan Cancer Support. All the guests had the chance to make an Easter themed flower arrangement and Brenda, (hiding behind the flowers!!), taught everyone how to decorate eggs to add the finishing touches. Here are some of the proud students with their results!

Easter 2015

There was also a Raffle, an Auction, a sale of glass ornaments and a Bag and Scarf swap. Everyone had a wonderful time…helped by wine and nibbles…and raised an impressive £550. This brings the total to date to £1,750!!!

If you would like to contribute to our charity fund or donate the proceeds of your show, recital or event, please contact us on +44 (0)1626 36 32 32.

If you would like to make a donation when placing your order please ask to add product code DON or add this product when ordering online. Fundraising aside, we also want to create awareness of the hard work and support that Macmillan give to those who really need it. Anything and everything you can do will make a difference.

Please visit www.macmillan.org.uk for more information

DTBFLogoLast year (2013/2014) IDS selected "The Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund" as its chosen charity. As our "Charity of the Year", IDS participated in a variety of fundraising events carried out and organised by our charity committee.

The Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund seemed like a great way for IDS to give something back to the Dance Teacher community. The Charity was founded in 1979 to provide pastoral, financial and practical assistance to qualified dance teachers of any age who are suffering temporary or long term hardship.

It is the only fund that cares for teachers of dance from all disciplines, regardless of their professional affiliation. A Registered Charity (no. 278899), the Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund is administered by an independent Board of Trustees.

DameMonicaMason“Excellent teachers must be valued” – Dame Monica Mason DBE 

Since the Fund was formed in 1979, a wide variety of highly successful events have been held. These events have not only raised money, but also helped to publicise the existence of the Fund.

Please visit www.dtbf.co.uk for more information.




Children Hospice South West (CHSW) was previously selected as our ‘Charity of the Year’, IDS raised in excess of £7000 for the charity. Below you can find our month-by-month fundraising activities that helped us reach this excellent donation. 


July 2013 | Total raised so far is £7279.24

This month staff members donated crisps, drinks and sweets to go on sale in our charity tuck shop open for one week only! The tuck shop raised £101.70 - we then raffled off any goodies left, in a hamper which raised a further £45 won by our receptionist Suzanne.

Cara and Amy completed their Abseil down Canonteign falls and raised a total of £427 well done girls!!

Our ongoing thanks goes to all our customers and suppliers who have shown their support through generous donations on orders and on our just giving page.

June 2013 | Total raised so far is £5709.44

June was really a build up month getting ready for our final push in July and August before our change to a new Charity of the Year.

The big event for July is the Canonteign abseil which will see two of our employees descend 220ft down Canonteign falls on 13th July. The lucky duo, Amy P and Cara have been raising money inside and outside of work and at the moment have raised £270.00 so far!
As a company, every year we have a ‘team day’ which enables all the staff to have half a day full of fun and games. This year we decided that the budget that would usually be used funding this day should go towards the charity, therefore we were able to donate approximately £600 towards CHSW and our employees were still able to enjoy an ice cream in the glorious weather. 
Also a massive thank you is owed to our customers who have generously donated an amazing £837.00 for the month of June. Your support is really appreciated.

May 2013 | Total raised so far is £3,996.82

May started off with some really fun events to support the Raise a Smile Week.

Each day a new challenge was set and much fun was had baking (and eating!!) goodies on "Make a Cake Monday", winning prizes on "Raffle Ticket Tuesday", having a bad hair day on "Wacky Hair Wednesday", putting our thinking caps on, on "Thinking Thursday" and finally fetching out our favourite sportswear on "Footie Friday".

We are very impressed with the support shown by our customers which helps us to raise the profile of this wonderful charity.

The IDS committee members are now busy preparing for next month's events - we will keep you posted!!

April 2013 | Total raised so far is £3,733.82

April has been a quieter month for fundraising, however donations are still filtering in from customers kindly donating as they order, together with our vending machine donations - with 5p from each purchase going to CHSW.  April also saw IDS staff members volunteer their cooking skills for our savoury Bake Day held earlier in the month which raised £27.71. 

Our Grand National Sweep Stake also raised £29, staff paid £2 a go to pick a horses name at random. Half the proceeds raised went to the charity of the year, Amy Rich had the winning horse this year... well done Amy!

The committee have been preparing for CHSW’s official week of fundraising, Smile Week (29th April - 3rd May) and have been busy putting together a week of events for all staff to take part in - raising a smile and money for CHSW! Watch this space for photos and updates on all the fun…

March 2013 | Total raised so far is £3,639.91Easter Bonnet 2013

A slightly quieter month of March for fundraising, but still the donations are filtering in from customers kindly donating as they order, together with our recycling of cardboard. 

All at IDS took part in an Easter Bonnet Egg-travaganza!  Where-by everyone was tasked with making a bonnet/ headwear to represent Easter, here are some pictures of the IDS Team and their creations - what a talented bunch we are!...

Easter Winners 2013

It was decided that 3 prizes where just not enough for the effort make, so the prizes were upped and 7 staff were presented with a prize!  March fundraising has added a further £259 towards the total!

February 2013 | Total raised so far is £3,361.38

Valentines 2013The fundraising team have been busy this month. We kicked off with a Valentine’s Day extravaganza with a massive Tombola, tasty cakes and staff either wearing masks or dressing to show what they loved, which for the most part for the men was their favourite football team! One however bucked the trend and got everyone guessing what he was wearing that he loved, promising to donate £5 if anyone guessed it. Embracing the true sense of St Valentine’s Day, it was his wedding ring and his £5 was quickly added to the total of £145.41.

Cake Pops 2013


In between times books, donations and the vending machine raised £25.86 and the month was concluded with a Girlie Night at our CEO’s home where Anne hosted a Cake Pops demonstration, which was very hands on with the guests having varied degrees of success. There was also a raffle, a handbag & shoe swap and some beautiful jewellery for sale. It was lovely to see Naomi Dymond, CHSW Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, there with her Mum, and the whole evening raised £482.50. This made a grand total of £653.77 for February, bringing the total amount raised so far to £3,361.38

January 2013 | Total raised so far is £2,706.21

A lot of time has been spent during January preparing and scheduling events for the forthcoming months, whilst this was all taking place donations have still been filtering through! We have had a fantastic response from our customers adding donations to their orders when speaking with our Customer Services Team, thank you to those that have donated when placing your order...a staggering £623.13 has been donated!  There are several events taking place in February so please come back to check our progress and view the pictures! 

December 2012 | Total raised so far is £2,060.48Victorian Evening

Every year Newton Abbot hold a Victorian Evening Market where you can hire a stall and sell goods, hold a draw etc. This year the Charity Committee thought this would be a brilliant idea, so that’s what we did! The willing volunteers all dressed in their best Victorian outfits and we stocked the stall with dance costumes, acccessories, home baked goods and we held a Tombola for a selection of prizes, which was a great success!. Altogether the team raised a wonderful £168.50 during the evening.

Meanwhile back at IDS, we held a raffle and an auction. Charity Committee members & our Management Team put together a luxury Christmas hamper to be raffled and this was won by Vikki in our Warehouse Team. 

We also held a closedChristmas 2012 auction for a hand painted Whittards Tea Set which had been kindly donated, the starting bid was £7.00 and the winning bid of £11.50 was made by Amy our Personalised Printing Co-ordinator.

There was also a Christmas Jumper Day where staff were charged 50p to wear a Christmas jumper or seasonal themed attire and £1.00 for normal dress. Lots of people took part in the Christmas theme, and the Customer Services Team created their own giant jumper to fit them all in! Altogether we raised £28.50 for dress-up/ dress-down.

The total amount raised for December was £512.12, well done & thank you to all that took part and donated during the month.


November 2012 | Total raised so far is £1,578.27

Funding was added to this month with donations from our cardboard recycling, a local company collects our cardboard and we receive a charity donation - helping us stay green! We also had money raised through the IDS vending machine, with 5p from each purchase going to CHSW, this is a great reason to keep eating chocolate!

Although November was a quieter month on the fundraising front at IDS, the committee have been busy spending time behind the scenes working on some forthcoming events which will take place in December so watch this space for an update and pictures.

October 2012 | Total raised so far is £1,553.27

Halloween 20125 members of IDS staff took part in a 6 mile moonlight memory walk around Exeter, Devon.  The walk started at 11pm and finished at 1.30am, it was pouring with rain but high spirits were kept throughout.  The team were greeted with a very welcome hot cup of tea at the finish line!

This month also saw IDS raising money by having a spookily fun Halloween day, which of course in true IDS style involved fancy dress and home baked horrors, fun was had by all!   
¬ Here’s the spooktacular looking team


September 2012 | Total raised so far is £1,127.83Sky Dive

The first month of our new charity fundraising has begun and the usual gusto and enthusiasm has continued with this year’s new charity. An amazing figure has been raised already.  During September our efforts included:

Grace (Credit Controller) took part in a local sky dive held in Perranporth, Cornwall. Falling a magnificent 10,000 feet, she raised a staggering £1,000! Well done from all at IDS....here's Grace in action. 

We also held a raffle for 2 luxury boxes of chocolates and raised £10.60.  A collection box for refreshment donations at our International Dance Teachers Conference in London and a raffle for tickets to the Newton Abbot Town Ball also added a further £95.68.  A great start to the year! 

Please take a look at our past efforts:
View our recap of the fundraising success for ShelterBox (IDS Charity Of The Year 2010-2012).