Charity Goods incorporating TOGs Calendar.
TOGs Calendar, in its original form, was started in 2000. Previously in 1999 Hugh Again and Mick Sturbs had produced and sold a small calendar out of the St Andrews TOG Convention. With nothing taking shape for the following year, Hellen Bach picked up the baton and queued at a book signing in Bournemouth to ask Sir Terry if she could carry on and produce a calendar. His reply of "If you are daft enough to risk your time and money on it, go ahead" led to the start of a very successful venture. Hells first produced a small Black and White calendar of the TOGs Newsletter Front Covers and following a meeting the following year with what was to become the core of the "Calendar Crew", the TOGs Celebrity Calendar, in support of BBC Children in Need, was born.
The first TOGs Celebrity Calendar raised just over £23,000, and, with our merchandise sales as well, we passed the £1/2Million mark in 2006. Hellen had the wonderful idea of producing a CD of songs from a bygone era, BANDAGED - with a little help from my friends, and with quite exceptional sales, and a spin-off No 3 single in the charts for Sir Terry and Aled Jones, the 2008 total of £400,871 meant that we reached the £1MILLION mark for donations to the BBC Children in Need Appeal. That has now grown to over £1.25Million!
Well TOGs Calendar evolved beyond even our imagination of where it was going, with the introduction of more and more merchandise. The evolutionary starting point was when our dearly missed Pauly Walters said to Hells "We are thinking of doing a Janet & John CD for Children in Need, will you sell it on your website?" A few years later and here we are, having raised over £4MILLION pounds for BBC Children in Need from the sales of over 500,000 Janet & John CDs!
One landmark of note, in 2006 the Chancellor of the day (one Gordon Brown) finally gave in to Sir Terry's on-air pressure, and millions of TOG letters, well quite a lot anyway, and a cheque for £299,364 was paid into the BBC Children in Need Appeal as a "One-off exceptional donation", equivalent to the VAT paid on the J&J CD and TOGs Calendar sales for that year! TOG Power at work.
Charity Goods was created so we could take on the sale of official BBC Children in Need Merchandise, side by side with TOGs Calendar Merchandise , and our total fundraising has now topped £5MILLION
None of this would have been possible without that core Calendar Crew, our volunteers, the continued support of Sir Terry Wogan, Phil Hughes and the BBC Radio 2 crews and the celebrities who agree to appear in our calendar.
2010 turned out to be the challenging year we expected but, with the help of Cunard and the TOGs Voyage and an unexpected bonus from a DVD we sold on behalf of BBC Yorkshire, we still managed to raise a
phenomenal amount of money for BBC Children in Need. We also ran some competitions for Barnardo's, very successful in execution, but without the necessary publicity, not as successful as fundraisers. The 2012 TOGs Celebrity Calendar was the last one produced, although we also helped out the RAF Benevolent Fund over the summer of 2012 with bucket collections at Cardiff Airport and helped one of our Facebook TOGs, Sue Gadsby, with a small calendar project for the nursery where she works.
The Charity Goods on-line shop closed its doors for the final time on 1st April 2013! The end of an era!
We will continue our fundraising activities under the auspices of TOGs and Sir Terry Wogan, albeit as part time volunteers, so will still be around to ask you all to help out or buy stuff for some time yet!We hope you like our website, if you have any problems, or find any errors, please email HERE
Norman & Hells