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From Small Acorns Mug Raises Funds For West Berks Mencap

November 19, 2013 - 11:50 am 1,001 Comments

It’s always great working with charities – particularly when local businesses get involved with a simple piece of csr which is picked up by nationals and internationals, raising funds for a great local charity….

To celebrate the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, L Interiors (the only shop in the village of Bucklebury where the Duchess of Cambridge spent her formative years) commissioned a limited edition mug to mark the occasion. The mug has been sold in the shop and online, with sales across the world! As a special celebration, L Interiors has made a fantastic donation of £500 to local charity West Berks Mencap from the sale of the mugs.

Lynda Tilotson of L-Interoris celebrates with Leila Ferguson CEO of West Berks Mencap

Lynda Tillotson of L-Interoris celebrates with Leila Ferguson CEO of West Berks Mencap


Designed by a British company, Doris and Co, the stylish piece of home-ware is set to be a treasured souvenir of a unique moment in time. A simple design, created in classic cream-ware bears the inscription ‘From Small Acorns’, making it perfect not only as a celebration of the birth of the heir to the throne, but a cleverly stylish gift for anyone expecting their own little ‘arrival’ or indeed new venture! With its simple depiction of a crown and acorn in charcoal, the design was created in collaboration with Lynda Tillotson, the owner of L Interiors.

“We were thrilled when we found out that West Berkshire Mencap would benefit from the sale of the ‘From Small Acorns’ commemorative mug at L-Interiors,” commented Leila Ferguson, CEO of West Berkshire Mencap. “Lynda Tillotson is so supportive of our charity, as are here customers and friends. They really understand that we are a local charity and need to find our own funds to keep providing great services for children and adults with learning disabilities. This £500 will go towards training our many teenage volunteers, who work on a one to one basis with the children with learning disabilities who come to the sessions at our centre. This is great for the volunteer, the child and the family who gets some much needed respite.”

Snowy The West Berks Mencap Therapy Dog (With Leila Ferguson) Receives A Cheque From L Interiors

Snowy The West Berks Mencap Therapy Dog (With Leila Ferguson) Receives A Cheque From L Interiors


“West Berkshire Mencap does fantastic work with people with learning disabilities and provide a highly valued service in our local community,” said Lynda Tilotson, Owner of L Interiors. “Our specially designed ‘From Small Acorns’ mug was extremely popular locally, as well as internationally. So, I am delighted that we are able to give a donatation to West Berks Mencap, which will help them to continue to train teenage volunteers to work with children with learning disabilities.

From Small Acorns

July 18, 2013 - 2:43 pm 1,607 Comments

How time flies!

It certainly has over the past few days we’ve been busy liaising with a local company called L-Interiors which is doing a lovely little bit of CSR.

Here’s the story so far…

As speculation mounts in Bucklebury regarding the imminent birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, the only shop in the village, L Interiors, has commissioned a unique keepsake – the limited edition ‘From Small Acorns’ mug – to mark the occasion. And, as a special celebration, to mark the occasion L Interiors will be making a donation from every sale of the mug to West Berkshire Mencap.

From Small Acorns Mu

L Interiors From Small Acorns Mug

Designed by a British company, Doris and Co, the stylish piece of home-ware is set to be a treasured souvenir of a unique moment in time. A simple design, created in classic cream-ware bears the inscription ‘From Small Acorns’, making it perfect not only as a celebration of the birth of the heir to the throne, but a cleverly stylish gift for anyone expecting their own little ‘arrival’ or indeed new venture! With its simple depiction of a crown and acorn in charcoal, the design was created in collaboration with Lynda Tillotson, the owner of L Interiors. The mug is available from the shop in Bucklebury Village or on-line at www.llifestyle.com for £19.95* with a donation of £1.00 being made to local charity West Berks Mencap from the sale of every ‘From Small Acorns’ mug.

“At the time of the Royal Wedding we were asked by many of our clients if we had a souvenir of the occasion that they could purchase, sadly we didn’t. So, when I heard that Kate was pregnant, I decided to create something unique to mark the occasion,” commented Lynda Tillotson, of L Interiors. “Kate spent her formative years enjoying the wonderful surroundings of the village, where the backdrop is the ‘Avenue of Oaks’, which were originally planted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Bucklebury. Therefore, it seemed only fitting to mark this momentous occasion by including a little of Kate’s heritage perfectly balanced with an acknowledgement of royalty. I believe the ‘From Small Acorns’ mug we created is an exquisite, commemorative nod to the Royal Baby, which is subtle enough to endure as a favourite piece in any home.”

Classically timeless from Small Acorns Mug

The From Small Acorns Mug is classically timeless

Leila Ferguson, CEO of West Berks Mencap added: “Lynda at L Interiors has been supporting us throughout 2013, so we were particularly delighted when she said she would make a donation from the sale of every ‘From Small Acorns’ mug to help with our fundraising. It’s a beautiful piece and would make a lovely gift, whether to celebrate the Royal Baby’s birth or another special occasion, and you’ll be making a donation to a much-needed local charity too! We hope that this special gift sells out! West Berks Mencap works with people with learning disabilities throughout West Berkshire, as such this is a particularly lovely way to celebrate the birth of the Royal Baby”.

An elegant design to mark a special occasion

The side view of the L-Interiors Small Acorns Mug

West Berks Mencap Receive Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service

December 6, 2011 - 12:36 pm 1,515 Comments

West Berks Mencap receive the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service

West Berks Mencap receive the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service


It’s all been happening here at Gecko! So we have some catching up to do… firstly one of our favourite charities, West Berks Mencap, received their much deserved Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service from HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.

Leila Ferguson, CEO commented “We were absolutely thrilled to receive the award,” commented Leila Ferguson, CEO West Berks Mencap. “West Berks Mencap provides a wide range of services for people of all ages who have learning disabilities, but, it wouldn’t be possible for the charity to continue without the enormous contribution that our volunteers make. I am often in awe of our volunteers, we have some as young as 14 coming to the centre to help with the children at Bubble Club, and of course there are older ones like our President, Arthur Heffernan and his wife Jean, who keep helping for many years. There are so many volunteers I can’t name them all, but every single one of them deserves an award for the fabulous work they do to ensure that we can provide some of the best services in the whole of the country and each one helps to make West Berks Mencap one big, happy family! So, all the staff, clients, parents and families say a huge thank you our volunteers – we are extremely grateful to every single one of our them and are happy to welcome anyone who wants to come and join us.”

We send our heartfelt congratulations to all the volunteers, and the fabulous staff who work so hard at West Berks Mencap

Lest we forget – The Poppy – 90 years old and not political

November 13, 2011 - 12:23 pm 1,574 Comments

Lest we forget, today is Remembrance Sunday – and even if one doesn’t agree with war, here at Gecko we believe we should always acknowledge those who (whether they agreed or not with the war they were part of) gave their lives, so that we could live, so that those who would steam-roll over common men were not given power.

England Football Squad Poppy Armband

England Football Squad Poppy Armband

We are pleased that FIFA allowed the poppy – a symbol of remembrance for ‘the fallen’ – to be worn on the players black armbands. And, I think we should be thankful to FIFA for raising awareness of the Poppy Appeal – they did a brilliant PR campaign for the British Legion!

Misery Bear – hero of our time!

November 1, 2011 - 9:34 am 1,009 Comments

Misery Bear is the saddest, loneliest, most suicidal teddy bear in the whole world. A borderline alcoholic with anger management issues, the furry little critter is the star of a series of BBC short films – and a marketing phenomena

The furry anti-hero has 34,500+ fans on Facebook , around 17,000 followers on Twitter, his videos reach millions of viewers, he’s raised a huge amount of money for comic relief (via a video with Kate Moss which was broadcast on BBC1 Red Nose Day) and he’s even written a book (Misery Bear’s Guide to Love & Heartbreak).

For Halloween Misery Bear dressed as a pirate – scary eh!
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Treats Not Tricks For West Berkshire Mencap

October 31, 2011 - 2:20 pm 1,606 Comments

West Berkshire Mencap is a fantastic, local charity providing a wide range of outstanding services for people (of all ages) in West Berkshire and the surrounding area – and it’s one of Gecko’s favourite clients!

This morning we went to the ‘home’ of West Berks Link-Up at the Slater Centre, Greenham Common, to see West Berks Council hand over the keys to a brand new bus to Leila Ferguson, CEO of West Berks Mencap.

Leila Ferguson of West Berks Mencap receives the keys to its new bus

Leila Ferguson of West Berks Mencap receives the keys to its new bus

The bus will be used during the week to transport West Berks Mencap service users to activities and work organised by Link-Up and Growing4All, as well as collecting and delivering light goods, taking large mail outs to the main post office and updating noticeboards around town for Newbury District Council. Then at other times it will be used for outings too!

The New West Berks Mencap Bus and Service Users

The New West Berks Mencap Bus and Service Users

And, the great thing is that West Berks Mencap has bought the old bus which will be used by the residents of Heffernan House (WBM’s independent living accomodation for young adults with learning disabilities ) and the wider West Berks Mencap ‘family’… all helping to ensure that people with learning disabilities in the West Berks area can be part of the local community.

More From Downton Abbey

October 20, 2011 - 12:04 pm No Comments
Downton Abbey Autographs

Downton Abbey Autographs

Having undertaken the frightfully British pastime of queuing for what seemed an eternity (45minutes) Gecko was able to meet some of the cast of Downton Abbey, who very kindly signed their autographs and smiled for pictures too.

There was plenty to look at as we waited…

Vintage Uniformed US Soldiers

Vintage Uniformed US Soldiers

Of course we gave a donation to the various charities – we have been told that the unconfirmed total is £100,000 – how fantastic is that!

As we walked to the car park, we were able to watch ‘The Blades’ give a fantastic aeronautic display… it was breath-taking!

Old Ladies Of The Sky At Downton Abbey

October 19, 2011 - 10:07 am No Comments
Stylish lady flying over Highclere

Stylish lady flying over Highclere

It was wonderful to see two of the greatest ladies of the sky flying over Highclere at the weekend… we need to ensure that these wonderful aeroplanes are kept flying!

The wonder of a spitfire

The wonder of a spitfire

As the unmistakable sound of the Spitfire’s engines could be heard everyone looked to the skies to see the fabulous display. The warmth from the crowd was like a group greeting old friend!
And then later in the day we were treated to the fabulous Vulcan.

The Vulcan

The Vulcan

Gecko supports www.vulcantothesky.org

A Day At Downton Abbey

October 18, 2011 - 11:11 am No Comments

Sunday, 16th October – what a beautiful day… to spend at Highclere Castle (or Downton Abbey as we at Gecko call it) for their Heroes At Highclere event – raising funds for armed forces charities.

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

The Heroes event was a great way to raise funds for some fabulous charities, including: Help For Heroes, Royal British Legion, ABF, Horses For Heroes and the Florence Nightingale Foundation. There was masses to see and do, including watching the Kings Troop & Royal Artillery, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and Heroes Help Horses

We also saw the fantastic War Horse, which is amazingly realistic – people watching obviously felt genuine emotion for the horse!

War Horse

War Horse

Various fabulous actors in vintage dress…

Vintage Dress

Vintage Dress

…and we were able to meet The Earl of Grantham, Isobel Crawley, Mr Carson, Mrs Patmore, Daisy Robinson and Tom Branson

Downton Abbey's Mr Carson

Downton Abbey's Mr Carson

A great day in great surroundings – and we have more to tell…

Giant Dogs Trust Dog Spotted

August 12, 2011 - 1:38 pm No Comments

Giant Dogs Trust Dog

Giant Dogs Trust Dog


Driving down the famous A34 at West Ilsley, Gecko spotted the Giant Dogs Trust Dog – Dogcilla. He was no doubt heading off to raise funds for fabulous charity, the Dogs Trust.