Rubber Cheese staff raise £12,000 for charity after death of boss' premature twins
A Sawbridgeworth company has raised more than £12,000 for a charity that helps grieving parents of twins and triplets after its boss faced the death of her own premature daughters.
Staff at web design and development agency Rubber Cheese raised the money over the past year by taking part in a number of wild and wacky fundraising stunts for Tamba’s bereavement support group.
Kelly Molson, co-owner of the web design and development agency in the Maltings, lost her twin girls when they were born at 18 weeks in 2017.
“Our girls came after a second round of IVF and after a previous miscarriage,” said Kelly. “As any IVF parent will tell you, we thought we'd got the dream. Everyone imagines the perfect scenario and my partner Lee and I felt so incredibly lucky to be having twins.”
But Kelly went into early labour and Lily May was born on June 30 and her twin sister Ava Allison arrived on July 9. Their daughters were just too premature to survive.
Kelly and Lee were already booked onto a Tamba course to prepare for the birth of their babies, so when Kelly emailed to cancel, she was put in touch with the bereavement support group.
“Everyone in that group is so incredibly supportive – you can say exactly how you feel and no one will judge you,” said Kelly.
“I’m in touch with a befriender and we message and chat all the time, she has been incredible.”
Kelly had always wanted to mark Rubber Cheese’s 15th anniversary in 2018 and decided she would like to support Tamba’s service.
“So we attacked the fundraising ideas with gusto!” said Kelly.
There were a whole load of ‘cheesy’ challenges to get stuck into all themed around the number 15 and including breaking the world record for the fastest time to eat a can of Cheddar Cheese Pringles, a 15-hour fancy dress danceathon, and a 15-hour team cycle challenge, all whilst interviewing other business owners.
Kelly’s friends Helen and Matt did a massive challenge – a motorcycle event where they rode through 15 countries in 15,000 minutes – roughly 10.5 days.
The year of fundraising has just come to an end, and although they aimed to raised £15,000, the Rubber Cheese team are delighted with what they have achieved.
Shelley Smith, head of fundraising at Tamba, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Rubber Cheese for all their fantastic efforts raising money for Tamba.
“They so nearly reached their target and we know from experience that it’s a tough fundraising climate so we are extremely grateful for their amazing efforts. The money will go towards supporting so many more families at a time when they need it the most.”