Published on:

23 June 2022

Updated on:

08 November 2023

Read time:

3 minutes

Child bereavement charity, the Ruth Strauss Foundation, is set to receive a donation in excess of £20,000 following a special event in Birmingham.

Office Principles North and Marcus Hayes of Bespoke Office Space Solutions (“BOSS”) raised the funds at 13 Not Out, a jointly hosted lunchtime event at the city’s Zen Metro on Thursday 16 June 2022.

The firms devised the cricket-themed celebration to mark a combined 13 years in business and invited more than 130 colleagues, clients and business contacts from the commercial property sector to join them.

Headlined by former England cricketers, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard, the event also featured comedian Rod Woodward and live music from singer-songwriter, Edwina Hayes.

Every attendee was given a raffle prize donated by local businesses, in exchange for a charitable contribution.

The funds were boosted by a live auction hosted by Ed Gamble, partner at ACRE Real Estate, which featured a range of sporting related memorabilia.

It included a signed Mark Wood England cricket shirt, tickets to the opening ceremony of Birmingham 2022 and a rare signed print commemorating Usain Bolt’s world 100 metre record time of 9:58 seconds at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Gary Tailby of Office Principles North, said that the event had provided an opportunity for him and fellow joint managing director, Tina Batham, to thank people for their support following the launch of the business three years ago.

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Gary Tailby of Office Principles North, said:

We have enjoyed an incredible period of growth since Tina and I established the business and that’s due in no small part to the support we have received from the commercial property community in the Midlands. In particular we are hugely grateful to Marcus Hayes for his time and expertise, the introductions he has given us have been a huge part of our success. Since the pandemic, few of us have been able to attend large scale events of this type, so it was brilliant to be able to bring so many people together to help us celebrate and very fitting that we could do so in partnership with BOSS UK. We’re thrilled that the event has raised so much money for such a fantastic cause.

Marcus Hayes, director of BOSS, said:

Gary, Tina and I wanted to thank our clients, colleagues and advisors in a fun environment whilst raising money for a great cause and we were really pleased to tick all three boxes. It was a tremendous event that has far exceeded our original fundraising target and we’re grateful to everyone who has donated.

The Ruth Strauss Foundation was founded by former England cricket captain, Andrew Strauss, following the death of his wife from an incurable lung cancer. She was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.

The charity named in her honour helps to raise awareness of the need for more research and collaboration in the fight against non-smoking lung cancers and assists families facing the loss of a parent with professional emotional support.

Donations can still be made via the 13 Not Out Just Giving page: click here for more information.