If you’ve ever met the Adopstar team, you’ll know that we’re rugby mad! We are so excited to announce that we are now the official sponsor of Christ Tshiunza from the Exeter Chiefs. Described as “a rising star within the modern-day game”, the 6ft 6in forward is realising his phenomenal potential. He made his full first-team debut for the Exeter Chiefs in the 2021/22 season and we can’t wait to see what this talented young player will achieve next.
The two things that we are passionate about (over and above advertising and marketing) is sports and the Cullompton community. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to rebrand Cullompton Rugby Club’s rugby posts, which have been transformed from looking a little dated to looking fabulous. Adopstar has a long history of getting involved in local sports. Last year, we sponsored shirts for the under-18 Cullompton Rangers Football Club and we have had a long association with the Exeter Chiefs. We firmly believe that being active is an important part of life, and we support the local sporting legends of today and tomorrow whenever we can.
2021 was a tough year for everyone but when we heard that due to a lack of funding, the school wouldn’t be able to take the children to watch A Christmas Carol, at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, we knew we had to take action. As small children, many of us were lucky enough to go to the Christmas pantomime and we couldn’t bear the thought of the children missing out so as a company we jumped in to help pay, to ensure no child missed out!
After spotting a post asking for donations to CHAT who fight homelessness and support families in the local community, we quickly decided to go to Tescos and carry out our own version of Supermarket Sweep. We loaded up our trolley with soups, crisps, cereals and pasta to name a few and delivered it to the organiser of this great initiative, Miss Ewelina at St Andrews School in Cullompton. Hopefully this will help make a small difference to families struggling this year.
Thanks to our close collaboration with Cullompton Rugby Club, Adopstar is now the official headline sponsor of the Cullompton Rugby Football Club’s festival, which happens every two years. The club puts on this music festival to help raise funds to cover its operational costs, and it’s a great day out for the whole family. There’s live music, entertainment, food stalls and beer and ale from local breweries. Team Adopstar has shone the spotlight on this event by creating and maintaining the website, managing social media and advertising and taking care of admin behind the scenes.
Sometimes money isn’t everything and a little bit of TLC can be just as helpful. In the Summer of 2017, a group of Adopstar employees went to CLIC House in Bristol for the day to give the communal garden a little bit of a refresh. Our team went armed with some electrical sanders and tins of varnish, to sand down and redo all their benches. We also took along a brand-new BBQ and gazebo, which we bought with money raised from a local quiz night, for the families to enjoy in the garden, when they are not in the hospitals.
In January 2015 members of the Adopstar team braved the shave for CLIC Sargent (now called Young Lives vs Cancer). We even had a female employee taking part – and an employee who is normally bald grow his hair for the event. It was all well worth it and raised over £1,300 for the cause!
2020 was a tough year for everyone! With most of the world in lockdown and many households on furlough or worse, without jobs, the thought of Christmas was daunting for many. The big question was being asked, “How will we feed the family?” Even for those families who still had their jobs but were in isolation – they were unable to get out to buy the ingredients for themselves. Here at Adopstar we joined forces with The Globe, one of our local pubs, Morrisons and our local farm shop to provide as many families as possible, with the vital ingredients for their much-loved Christmas dinner. Ingredients included meat, a wide selection of vegetables, stuffing, mince pies and even some Christmas crackers to decorate the table. This allowed many families to reduce their worries and enjoy Christmas. We delivered over 100 food boxes including 16 of them being sent to Bristol to support CLIC Sargent families in CLIC House and Sam’s House during the festive season.
We were delighted to become a platinum sponsor of the Testimonial Year for Exeter Chief’s Ben Moon. Throughout the testimonial year, Adopstar staff were lucky enough to attend some spectacular fundraising events, among them a 007 Gala Ball, a fashion show, a barn dance, changing room experiences, pre-match meal and the testimonial match on 4th September 2021. I think it’s fair to say that we all had a fantastic time celebrating the achievements of a great rugby player as well as a lovely guy!