In 2016, our Charity of the Year was Children First Derby (CFD). The CFD Team works very hard to provide support services for vulnerable children living in the Derby area.
We raised £3,000 for the charity during 2016, with fundraising activity including quiz nights, prize donations, face-painting, raffles and the Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally Challenge. And, we finished the year in style with a Milkshake design competition for children supported by CFD. We asked the young entrants to choose their very favourite ingredients from our menu and think about their Shake creations. Would they be wild and wacky or simply scrummy? What syrups, sauces and toppings would they add? What would they look like and, most importantly, what would the children call their Shakes? We couldn't wait to see!
It was too hard to choose just one winner from the 15 entries so we decided to pick two yummy Shake designs from two age ranges. The lucky winners were then invited along to make their Shakes with help from Leigh (Chief Shakeologist) and Leanne (Assistant Chief Shakeologist). Leanne's view was that both children have the "S-Factor" which means they could become Super Shakeologists one day!
The under-10 winner was the Mixed-Delight Shake, a flavour combination of Galaxy milk chocolate, strawberry sauce with marshmallows and extra sauce on top!
The older children's category winning Shake was The Oreo-Nation, a tempting combination of creamy Oreo Cookies (our most popular flavour) with fudge, shortbread biscuit, chocolate sauce and whipped cream topping.
Both winners loved making their Shakes and checked they had just the right amount of ingredients in the mix. It was just like TV's Master Chef with lots of tasting going on! We noticed the flavour combinations got the thumbs up from friends and family. Everyone had a taste and we are sure we spotted Pat Dixon (CFD Trustee) having a sneaky sip too!)
The Mixed-Delight and Oreo-Nation Shakes went on sale during December with 25p from each sale donated directly to CFD. That helped us to reach our grand fundraising total of £3,000. The Shakeologists have loved supporting CFD in 2016 and this event was a great way to end our busy charity year. A big "thank you" goes to our own friends, family and suppliers who have supported us - the smiles on everyone's faces here says it all!
Ssshhh! We had to keep a big secret recently...we were nominated in four categories at the first ever intu Derby Retailer Awards! During the summer, intu Derby Shopping Centre invited the people of Derby to vote for their favourite stores,
At the end of August, we handed over £2,700 to Children First Derby, our charity of the year for 2016. We're super proud that we managed to raise this amount of money from one event and we asked Chief Shakeologist,
Here at Shakin' it, we hear from lots of under16s looking for a weekend or holiday job (we think this might be something to do with our delicious Milkshakes). We are happy to consider age 14 upwards to help us
We wish our customers and friends a happy and shakeylicious new year. It is two years since we introduced a range of Hot Shakes (after a customer asked for a Hot Chocolate Hob Nob Shake). For the first time ever,