Local pensioners were invited to a morning of live entertainment and high tea; fundraising initiatives to support the charity War Child and rare Spitfire performance.
It was a summer’s day to remember: fully dressed up in 1940s attire, Media 10 embarked on a time travel to WWII, complete with original coaches, an air raid shelter and even authentic Spitfire stunts!
Every year, Media 10 throws a themed, lavish summer party for staff in recognition of their hard work and accomplishments, as well as a celebration for a successful delivery in the first half of the year.
Not the ordinary staff party
Hosting all its London 270 plus staff, Media 10 did not disappoint organising a 1940s themed extravaganza at the renowned Squadron at North Weald Airfield in Essex. With the venue fully decorated and staff impressively dressed within the theme; you would be forgiven for mistaking the party for a period drama or a movie set.
The party started with staff transported from Media 10’s Loughton headquarters in original vintage Lodge’s coaches to the venue, where they were greeted with a drink of Pimm’s and plenty of sunshine. A trademark vintage London bus was transformed into a bar and ‘distilled’ the best tipples available; while the ‘Medical Tent’ was stocked with a top notch hog roast meal.
The highlight, however, came from the sky. An original Spitfire performed heart-stopping stunts and was available on full display for staff to experience and inspect: with only 54 airworthy aircrafts in the world, this was indeed an historic event for all: “What an ecstatic experience to witness this graceful aircraft flying, the icon which changed the course of history! I can’t imagine anything more thrilling; I absolutely loved it. Plus, it was one of the best parties of my life!” recalled Barbara Beltramo, also staff at Media 10.
Giving something back
There was a twist however, as the irreverent company brought the community to the party, with two initiatives reaching locally and overseas.
Media 10 prepared a morning of high tea and live entertainment for pensioners from local residential homes The Mellows, Woodland Grove in Loughton and Treetops in Epping. Guests of honour, they joined CEO Lee Newton and Managing Director Richard Morey for the 1940s-themed event, served by impressively dressed Media 10 staff volunteers.
A spokesperson from Woodland Grove Activities said: “What a smashing venue and didn't everyone look the part? The costumes, the energy that is so obvious from the pictures, the hospitality shown was beyond expectation. I wanted to thank you all at Media 10 for arranging such a wonderful afternoon for our residents. They all had a great time and were telling everyone about it at dinner.”
Praising Media 10 staff, CEO Lee Newton commented: “I am so proud that the management team and the staff agreed to put some of their annual party budget towards giving a wonderful day to some of the local pensioners.”
Partnering with charity War Child, Media 10 fundraised during the event with staff donating generously. The company also offered four thrill seeker helicopter flight experiences, which were available in a raffle draw. All the proceeds were donated to the charity, supporting children affected by conflicts around the globe.