The international courier ParcelHero is organising a special Winter Workshop charity event for Great Ormand Street Hospital (GOSH) this Christmas; recapturing the excitement of traditional Christmas boxes. For many centuries servants, employees and tenants would receive an exciting Christmas box from their lord or boss on the day after Christmas: Boxing Day. ParcelHero’s charity make and auction captures the spirit of these exciting boxes.
#PHWinterWorkshop aims to raise £1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by asking some of the world’s most talented craft makers and bloggers to decorate small wooden gift boxes with their own designs. They then fill these colourful boxes with delightful items that they wish to include; before ParcelHero collects them and auctions them on eBay.
ParcelHero’s head of consumer research, David Jinks, says: “Across the UK, Europe and America, small wooden boxes have been sent to artists and craftsmen to turn into beautiful works. Inspired by our Advent Calendar auction last year, which raised nearly £1,000 for Oxfam, each box is being individually auctioned on eBay – with all funds heading straight to G.O.S.H. What better way to give something special to a loved one this Christmas than a box decorated by a renowned artist?
“ParcelHero’s new target – £1,500 – is enough to cover the cost of a portable heart monitor. It has been hugely exciting seeing the humble wooden boxes we shipped to well-known artists and craftsmen and women, as far afield as Iceland, the US and Australia, come back transformed into beautiful creations, filled with miniature delights. These boxes make wonderful unique gifts and are raising money for a truly worthwhile cause. Each winning bidder will also receive a free £20 ParcelHero worldwide shipping voucher.
“Amongst the well-known contributors are cult jazz pianist Louise Vause; gothic Icelandic painter and musician Jón Sæmundur Auðarson of Dead.is, and Chicago-based blogger Heidei Gustad of Hands Occupied.
“You can see the first of these unique boxes being auctioned on eBay right now at https://www.parcelhero.com/blog/news-updates/phwinterworkshop-now-live.”