Since our beginning, Nimble Media have been proud to work with some incredible charities – both locally and nationally. From organising dedicated events on steam trains – to sponsoring the local youth football team – to supporting through vital PR work, Nimble Media have worked closely and built relationships with the amazing people behind these causes and we hope to continue supporting them for many years to come.
Women in Rail
Nimble Media are proud to support industry charity, Women in Rail, a charity created to improve diversity in the UK rail industry through providing networking opportunities and support for all women within the sector, encourage undertakings and stakeholders to adopt diversity as a business strategy and devising initiatives aimed at positioning rail as an attractive career choice for young people.
In 2016, Nimble Media collaborated with Women in Rail to launch The Big Rail Diversity Challenge, an industry wide event which has adopted the apt tagline: ‘Where Krypton Factor meets It’s a Knockout’. The event hosts over 600 rail industry colleagues, in teams made up of both males and females, competing in a series of mental, physical and skill-based challenges promoting the business benefits attained when engaging a gender diverse workforce.
The event is suitable for all abilities and provides participants with the opportunity to network, team build and fundraise, whilst completing a series of fun gender-balanced team activities promoting Women in Rail’s key message: Gender Diversity: Better for People Better for Business Better for Rail.
The Big Rail Diversity Challenge raises funds for the charity to continue their important work, by hosting hamper raffles and tuck shops, offering a selection of goodies and treats for the teams to indulge in.
In 2018, we also worked with Women in Rail to launch their own award ceremonies, The Women in Rail Awards; aiming to celebrate, showcase and reward individuals and companies (large and small) who make a significant contribution to improving diversity and gender balance within the UK rail workforce, as well as raising vital funds to continue the charity’s work across the UK rail industry.
Women in Rail Reverse Advent Calendar 2020
As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, vulnerable people and families are struggling to provide for their loved ones even more than ever. Charities seeking to support these families are finding it harder too; The Trussell Trust, for example, forecast a 61% increase in food parcels needed across its UK Foodbank network from October to December. That is six parcels handed out every minute.
Nimble Media – as well as some of our family and friends – promoted and took part in the Reverse Advent Calendar initiative which was launched by Women in Rail in November; as well as being a tangible way to support struggling local families we have been promoting the initiative via social media to encourage our lovely loyal followers to join in.
Nimble Media are proud to support industry charity, Railway Children; an international charity who fight for and support vulnerable children across the UK, India and Africa, saving them and preventing them from enduring abuse and exploitation.
Over the years, Nimble Media have raised money for the charity to continue their work supporting these young people who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
In June 2015, Nimble Media raised a staggering £283,000 for the charity by delivering a special event to commemorate 20 years of excellence for the international charity, The Railway Children – aptly titled, ‘The Steam Special’. As a complete sell-out, all 226 guests aboard the Belmond British Pullman Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience with rousing performances from a variety of well-known acts, including: Scotland’s finest bag-rock band ‘The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’. As the evening drew to a close – the River Thames was closed to mariners as the guests paused on the Grosvenor Bridge to witness a first-class firework display, delivered by the 2012 Olympics pyrotechnics team. (See more about this in our events portfolio!)
Railway Children were also our chosen charity at the inaugural Big Rail Diversity Challenge in 2016. A grand prize of dinner for two on board the Belmond British Pullman Venice Simplon-Orient-Express or Belmond Northern Belle. The raffle drew lots of attention from guests on the day, raising £886.00 for the charity.
In January 2019, Nimble Media swapped their warm beds at home for the cold floor of Birmingham New Street Railway Station for Railway Children, helping to raise awareness (as well as vital funds) to continue their support of the hundreds of children who face this ordeal every day around the world. The team rallied friends, family and colleagues to raise £1,435.00!
Railway Children 2.6 Challenge 2020
Nimble Media took part in the 2.6 Challenge, an initiative launched to fill the funding gap (or rather, abyss) which opened up when The London Marathon (aka ‘the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event’) was cancelled.
Inspiring people from all over the UK to come up with challenges of their choice, it seized our imaginations here at the Home of the Ridiculously creative; some ran for 2.6 minutes, cycled 26 miles, baked 26 cookies and even tried on 26 fancy dress costumes, all to raise vital funds for Railway Children.
Railway Children’s services help vulnerable children who are alone and at risk on the streets and railways of the world. The dangers created in the wake of Covid-19 mean that the charity’s work is even more urgently needed. Over the last 22 years, Railway Children has helped over 300,000 street children. Now, more than ever, the charity is a vital lifeline.
The pandemic forced the cancellation of its biggest annual fundraiser, the Railway Ball, so if you’d like to make a contribution or find out more about this amazing cause, visit the website.
Through collaboration with HeavyTorque Magazine, Nimble Media delivers the Heavies Awards, an exclusive event which was established to ‘recognise industry excellence’ and reward those organisations (both large and small) that have made a significant contribution to the effective and efficient running of the UK’s heavy and abnormal load industry. Each year, the awards raise vital funds for Transaid, an international development charity that identifies, champions, implements and shares local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries.
Through combining the expertise of the UK Transport and Logistics industry with our experience in international development, Transaid partner with local community organisations, governments, institutions and donors to achieve our aims. This collaborative approach enables Transaid to provide innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing transport and development today.
Over the years, the Heavies Awards have hosted ‘Heads and Tails’ icebreakers and sponsored auctions as part of the gala dinner, raising a fantastic £23,500.00 over the years for the charity.
For 2020, we have also invited Transaid to become the Charity Partner of The Big Logistics Diversity Challenge.
Railway Benefit Fund
Nimble Media are proud to support industry charity, the Railway Benefit Fund; a charity that operates across the UK railways, supporting individuals whether they are currently employed within the industry or are retired. The RBF offers a range of financial, legal and advisory services on a short or long term basis; each of which is specifically tailored to each individual’s situation.
Over the years, Nimble Media have raised money for the charity to continue their work including sponsoring raffle prizes at various industry events, including the RBF Annual Dinner. In 2019, Nimble Media were sponsors of the dinner’s Fortune Cookie Game; a fun initiative that saw the charity sell fortune cookies to guests, with one lucky winner holding a golden ticket that won them an exclusive tapas and drinks experience in London.
The RBF are also regular faces at The Big Rail Diversity Challenge, where each year they run their own challenge for teams to compete in, with an underlying message from the charity, such as Bring on the Beans! which saw teams creating makeshift transportation pods for polystyrene beads, which then had to be carried through an inflatable obstacle course.
Nimble Media are also delighted to support the RBF as their PR and Communications Agency. We are currently working with them to deliver a series of press releases promoting the charity’s recent rebranding, as well as their services and offerings to the rail industry’s workforce.
Corby Kingswood Juniors Football Club
Nimble Media were a proud sponsor of the Corby Kingswood Juniors FC Race Night 2019. Established in 1970 to promote competitive football in Corby and the surrounding area for youngsters from the ages of four to eighteen, Corby Kingswood Juniors FC are one of the leading clubs in the county when it comes to size and stature. A number of their young stars have been accepted into major club training schemes, in the hopes that they will become the Rooney’s of the future!
Harley Staples Cancer Trust
Nimble Media are a proud supporter of the Harley Staples Cancer Trust; a charity set up in memory of Harley Staples, who lost his battle with a rare leukaemia B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Burkitt type in 2009 aged just 9 years-old.
Harley’s family run two holiday homes, one in Rutland and a caravan in Overstrand, Norfolk – which they offer to other children who are battling with cancer to take a free holiday for up to a week; giving them a much-needed opportunity to relax and escape from hospitals to spend quality family time together, creating memories to cherish forever. These breaks are also available for bereaved parents who have lost a child, providing them with a space to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
For those children unable to leave hospital, they also donate Art and Craft materials, to enable them to have respite whilst still undergoing treatment.
Nimble Media were thrilled to be a raffle prize sponsor at the 2019 Harley’s Summer Party, with the event raising £2000 to enable this amazing charity to continue their fantastic work.
Oakham Rugby Football Club
As local rugby supporters, Nimble Media were delighted to sponsor the Oakham Rugby Football Club for the 2019 season. ORFC provide a safe, encouraging environment for rugby lovers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport. From minis to senior teams, Oakham Rugby Football Club is open to all ages and abilities, honing skills that have resulted in success across local leagues.
Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club
Nimble Media were delighted to sponsor the Wakerley and Barrowden Cricket Club for the 2019 season. WBCC are a village team based on the Rutland-Northamptonshire border who compete in the Leicestershire & Rutland League. They also run a Friendly X1 team, as well as an under 11s teams, inspiring the next generation to get involved with this traditional pastime.