A week after the Blogosphere Christmas Market, I headed back to London for a very different kind of event. After spending one weekend being showered with gifts and samples from generous brands, it was time to give something back to the world.
The Blogger Box Appeal, organised by the wonderful Lauren of Blonde Vision and LDNMeetup, saw a small group of bloggers meet up in Shoreditch for a day of packing up Christmas boxes for a school in Ghana. Myself and the bloggers in attendance each brought along a selection of medical suppliers (plasters and bandages), stationery and other fun goodies to fill the boxes with. Meanwhile, a crowdfunding campaign had been set up to raise money for actually posting the boxes to Ghana.
Our first task of the day was to create some Christmas cards to accompany our Christmas boxes. It has been ages since I've done anything even remotely crafty and I had a really good time playing with glittery festive stickers and felt tip pens. My final product may have resembled something a child would make but I had a very good time making it, and everyone else did a seriously good job too!
Christmas cards ready to go, it was time to start packing the boxes themselves. Despite a sadly small turnout to this event, we still ended up having more stuff than boxes which I thought was a really great reflection on the lovely bloggers in attendance. Packing the boxes ended up being quite a feat in itself. The weight limit for posting to Ghana is a mere 2KG so we had to do a lot of reshuffling to make sure this limit wasn't exceeded. With some excellent team work though, we managed it.
Before I end this post, I really want to take a moment to praise the venue the #BloggerBoxAppeal was held at, Shoreditch Platform. Shoreditch Platform is a pay-by-the-hour co-working space in, you guessed it, Shoreditch London, located a very short walk away from Shoreditch High Street tube station.
It's a gorgeous venue, converted from an old train station. I loved the mix of arty decor contrasted with original feature of the building, including lots of exposed brickwork. I found myself wishing I lived a bit closer to London because I would totally be up for taking my laptop there to do some blogging on a regular basis. If you are in easy reach of Shoreditch and need a great place to sit down and get some work done, I'd recommend Shoreditch platform.
After we'd finished putting together our charity boxes, a few of us headed to The Diner to grab some dinner together. I had a delicious chicken burger and nabbed a few of Fran's garlic fries and it really was the perfect way to end such a lovely day.
If you are on Lauren's LDNMeetup database, I urge you to pay more attention to her charity events. Look, I love a night out or a goodie bag as much as the next blogger, but it's such a shame that when given an opportunity to make someone else happy, so many of us don't take it. This event in particular took place in a gorgeous, warm building and it was great to have a more intimate and laid back meetup with fellow bloggers.
Thank you again Lauren for organising such a great event, and thank you Fran, Urika, Laila, Emma, Louise and Eli for being such good company!