Pop ‘N’ Grow Charity Competition Winners Update Posted by: by Andrew Pocock The winner of our 2012 Annual Charity Competition was Pop ‘n’ Grow. To win, we asked organisations to tell us what it would mean for them. The winner, chosen by a public vote then went on to receive £300 worth of Marler Haley vouchers. With an amazing 49% of the votes, Pop ‘N’ Grow stole the show and our hearts. Here’s their story of how they have used the prize to increase awareness and funds. Winning charity Pop ‘n’ Grow’s goal is to give every neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and special care baby unit (SCBU) a stock of their own unique baby-grows completely free of charge, to make life just that little bit easier for babies, parents and nursing staff during a very difficult time. Their heartfelt mission and values struck a chord with many people through our charity competition and resulted in a well deserved victory. Being noticed Having a strong presence at crowded events is really important in order to increase the chance of a passer-by being drawn to your stand. This is doubly important for charities, which need to raise funds and awareness to continue their vital work. To increase their presence, Pop ‘N’ Grow chose to use their vouchers to get a branded tablecloth and two banner stands. Paula Smith from Pop N Grow told us what a difference these items have made: “We often lay out all our clothing at events so people can handle them and see how they work. Being able to lay them on our own branded tablecloth is a real treat in comparison to the old one we used before.” So far, Pop ‘N’ Grow have used the items at quite a few events to raise vital awareness and funds to supply their special baby-grows free of charge to local hospitals where they’re needed most. Paula explains, “The photo is of us in front of one banner stand at the Bath cider festival where we raised £1,300 and donated a large supply to Bath NICU, it’s a really eye catching banner.” Paula continues, “We would like to thank Marler Haley so much for the invaluable items which really do help us stand out and help others understand our work.” Thank you again to everybody who voted last year which has helped Pop ‘N’ Grow to continue to raise awareness and funds for their work.