Firstly, we hope you, your colleagues, friends and family are all well and safe.
We thought we would collate a bunch of things that may be useful and informative or simply just make you smile. If you would like us to add anything, please tag us on social media via Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and use the #EllisWinesolation or pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
16th April 2020
Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS
99 year old, war veteran, Captain Tom Moore, is aiming to walk a hundred lengths of the back garden (which is 25m in length) before he is 100 years old at the end of the month.
He completed his final lap this morning and has raised an astonishing amount of over 13 million for NHS Charities Together. He had originally wanted to raise £1,000.
What a hero! You can donate to his challenge here.
Our office is blooming!
Our office is looking very spring like, with the blossom trees and blue skies.
Clap for our Carers:
Join us tonight at 8pm, every Thursday to give a huge round of applause to our fantastic NHS workers. #clapforourcarers. You can also give them a virtual high five here.
9th April 2020
Thank you to Otira, for cooking and donating 60 meals to the NHS workers at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Our Sales Manager Chris, donated some of our wines too, so they can enjoy a well deserved drink along side a delicious home cooked meal.
Jancis Robinson is offering temporarily unemployed hospitality professionals free access to their Purple Pages until the end of May. Find out more about this great offer here.
6th April 2020
Salute the NHS
Salute the NHS has an ambitious goal: to serve 1 million nutritious meals to the NHS frontline over the next 3 months. What an incredible initiative to support our NHS heroes. A big shoutout to all who are involved, including our friends at Absolute Taste. If you would like to be a part of this you can donate via their Just Giving page: https://lnkd.in/dE4vC4z
26th March 2020
Clap for our Carers:
Join us on the 26th March at 8pm, to give a huge round of applause to our fantastic NHS workers. #clapforourcarers. You can also give them a virtual high five here.
Do you want a pizza me?
Our friends at Lardo were sending out pizzas to Homerton Hospital. Fab job guys!
Free parking for NHS staff:
We are delighted to hear that parking will now be free of charge to NHS staff. Read more here.
Get Baking with Bread Ahead:
Bread Ahead are running live baking classes over on their Instagram daily at 2pm. Our Designer, Maria says "Baking really helps to calm me down after a stressful day, is great for mindfulness, and the cherry on top is that you get something delicious at the end of it!" Why not give it a go, and be sure to show us your bakes by tagging #EllisWinesolation.
23rd March 2020
Ellis Cork Challenge:
We are having a bit of fun amongst the chaos, and challenging our team to the cork challenge. Place a cork on your elbow, with your hand by your shoulder (if you don’t have one, it’s the perfect excuse to open a bottle, or use something else – the limits are endless!) extend your arm and try your best to catch the cork. Send us your videos including any outtakes – as they are often the funniest part. See our Designer, Maria having a go...
Raymond Blanc brought to our attention this fantastic charity. Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and has since offered vital assistance to all who work or have worked within hospitality in the UK. If you want some advice, visit their website and get in touch with them.
Headspace have unlocked a free section of their app, called ‘Weathering the Storm’: A free selection of meditation, sleep and other experiences designed to support you during the current global crisis. Their ‘Walking at Home’ guided exercise could be good to get you moving if you are working at home, or they have a ‘Stress Release’ workout if you fancy something a little more intense. As well as movement they have guided meditation tapes, which can help should you be left feeling a little panicked or overwhelmed.
Painting by Numbers:
Our very own Holly has been practising mindfulness whilst being creative with painting by numbers. She says, “I’ve been painting for less than an hour and my mind has instantly calmed, distracting me from all this craziness”. Have you been painting, drawing or picking up any of your hobbies that may have become a little neglected? Show us, using our #EllisWinesolation.
We recently put together a bunch of charity boxes filled with 12 bottles of wine. These were sold to our staff for £10 each. They flew off the shelves, and we raised a total of £250. We have decided to donate this money to the Trussell Trust, a charity who support a Nationwide network of food banks.
PE with Joe Wicks:
If any of you are entertaining children, or you just want to get moving yourself, Joe Wicks is broadcasting a live PE session every weekday morning at 9am over on his YouTube channel: The Body Coach TV. Our Head of Marketing, Rupert took part in this morning’s session, with his two boys and said it was quite a shock to the system!
Dogs always make you smile, right?
Our office pup Bertie is so oblivious to everything going on in the world right now. Our furry friends are also a great way to make you smile. Here he is dreaming of all the Pawsecco, and Chateauneuf du Pup... Send us your pictures of your furry pals. We would love to see and share them! Use #EllisWinesolation.
Here’s some flowers to brighten your day:
Our lovely Head Buyer Matthew brought in these beautiful lilies to cheer up our wonderful team and brighten up the office whilst supporting our neighbours @fleurametz_official.
Scottish Craft Gin Distilleries make hand sanitizer:
Our friends at Badachro Gin along with other craft gin distilleries in Scotland, are rallying together to produce hand gel to support their local care firms, food banks, charities and front-line services. What a fantastic idea!
Hippo Inns Pub Quiz:
Are you a pub quiz go-er? Just because you can’t go out, doesn’t mean you need to miss out! Our pals at Hippo Inns are doing an online pub quiz each Monday, starting this evening. Head over to their Instagram stories to get involved!
Everyday Taskmaster’s Alex Horne will be setting challenges for all the family to have a go at. They are designed to be appropriate for home/garden and most importantly great fun and the chance to get creative!
Sam’s Riverside is turning to his customers in these turbulent times, by introducing Sam’s Pledge. You can buy a voucher to support them, and as a thank you, you will receive a 10% discount when redeeming the voucher. Those pledging £200 or more, will also receive a bottle of something delicious.
At the end of the rainbow:
Our head of Marketing, Rupert, has been getting crafty with his children and has put some beautiful rainbows in his window. This began to trend after schools shut on Friday, and aims to spread hope for children and families through this difficult time.