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Hats on for Charity!!

So last Friday we all donned hats for a local charity, so local in fact that they work next door to PAL Hq. So for a real sense of ‘Love thy Neighbour’ we all donated to Retrak, a charity which helps street children in Africa. Take a look at the brilliant work they do here

Here are some of the array of hats Party Luke Skywalker Soldier Cowboy

And here are James’ assortment of hats, obviously one wasn’t sufficient Snicker

Thanks for taking part everyone!!



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This Year’s Secret Santa

For this year we thought we would do something a little different this Christmas and instead of just spending on each other we would help out a brilliant charity too.

Wood Street’s mission is to help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help and their Christmas mission has been going since 1869.  Families in poverty are struggling on a daily basis to provide the basic items of food and clothing for their children.  Treats are one of the first things to go and we continue to try and help provide these to ensure the overall well being of a child affected by poverty should not feel less valued or spoilt even just for a day. At no time is this more keenly felt by children and families than at Christmas.  The pressures of advertising and the huge build up to the festive season really can add a huge amount of stress and expectation onto parents.

So what we are going to do is give a gift for a child or you can give food, and the gifts need to be in by next Thursday 6th PM

These are the requirements:

  • Donate new toys suitable for girls and boys aged from newborn to 13 years old.
  • Please do not wrap any presents as we will have to remove any wrapping paper before distributing your kind gifts.  If you wish you can donate a sheet or roll of wrapping paper which we can distribute to families to help them with the costs of these. Alongside wrapping paper we also welcome packs of Christmas cards to give to families at Christmas as well.
  • Donate items of non-perishable food for including within the food hampers for the families. Items required each year include:

- Tins of fruit, meat, fish, vegetables, beans and soups
- Packets of pasta, noodles and rice
- Packets of tea, coffee or other beverages
- Boxes of cereals or savoury snacks
- Sauces
- Puddings and biscuits
(All food donated should have an expiry date of no earlier than the 31st December)

If anyone has any questions please email Georgia or Louise

Thanks everyone Smile


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The End of Movember

So today marks the end of the 30 days of growth on the top lips of a few of our PALovians. They have persisted throughout, and each gained a quite substantial moustache

They are doing this all in aid of raising money for prostate cancer, so if you can, please click on the links next to their names, and donate whatever you can Cute

Here are the day 1 pics and the day 30 pics!!





And here they are all together, well done guys!!! Clap


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Birthday Time!!

So yesterday we celebrated the birthday of Hollie, who turned 26 Cake

Here she is with her cake!

The candles were meant to be a 26!!

Party  Happy Birthday Holl!!!  Party



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PALovian of the Week!!!

As we didn’t have one last week, we thought we would treat you to Miss Louise Malpas, one of the very original PALovians!

Hi Louise, thanks for being our PALovian of the week, can you explain exactly what you do here at PAL?
I’m editor of two magazines, I keep the websites associated with the magazines up to date, and I help with the upkeep and copywriting of the other websites.

What would you say has been your biggest achievement?
I guess being here the longest! I was here right back at the very beginning, when it was just me and a telephone in an asbestos-ridden industrial estate in the middle of nowhere. Dark, but exciting, days.

What is the best thing about working for PAL?
I like the variety of work, the company ethos and the group of people I work alongside.

What is your favourite movie and why?
Billy Liar. It’s a film about a boy growing up in the 60s, who is bored with his life, indulges in fantasies, strings two girlfriends along and ultimately walks away from the opportunity to change his life. It’s a mixture of tragedy and comedy – and shows an England that I don’t recognise, but find very romantic.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
I was an avid fan of the 1960s Batman series which used to be screened of a morning in the 1980s. One of the caped crusader’s arch enemies was a complex character called Mr Freeze – he would use his Cold Gun to temporarily freeze people in time. I’d like to do that – nothing sinister – maybe I could draw on people’s faces or stick daft hats on them. Cer-azy!

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I have a few. I used to work in a pub in London that had a venue attached to it. I needed the loo during the day shift while a band were soundchecking. Without going in to too much detail, I’d had a particularly powerful curry the night before, so it was a ‘I’d give that ten minutes’ type of scenario. Unfortunately, someone was waiting to use the loo after me, and when I opened the toilet door, I came face to face with Shinga from The Noisettes, who had the misfortune to inhale the noxious fumes. Beautiful Shinga with her magnificent voice and fantastical clothes. As Morrissey sang, I can laugh about it now, but at the time it was terrible.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take and why?
I’d take Boz (My Fiancée), Ernie (My little boy) and a fully stocked kitchen. Boz can pop in the kitchen and cook us delicious island food, and I can build sand castles and swim in the sea with Ernie.

Haha!! Thanks for telling us all about your encounter with The Noisettes Lou!!

So there you go, now you all know a little bit more about the original PALovian Blush



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Children in Need 2012- The final Amount

As you know PAL got into the fund-raising spirit on Friday and helped raise lots of money for Children in Need.

Everyone dressed up as characters from Movies or books and we had movie themed games throughout the day.

The grand total of how much we raised was £272.06 which is brilliant!!

A big thank you though must go to Matt, one of Twitter followers, who gave us £200 for a pic of Ant and Jodie Grin   Have a look at it here

So here are a few pics from the day- lots more to come Smile

Where’s Wally??



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Movember- Week Three’s Growth

So its that time of the week again when we update you with the goings on with a couple of our PALovian’s top lips!

So here are this week’s photos- Click on the link to see each of their Movember profiles, and of course to donate Smile






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PALovian of the Week!!

For this week’s PALovian, we called on the lovely Liz, to let us know all about herself.

Hi Liz, thanks so much for being our PALovian of the week, can you explain exactly what you do here at PAL?
I’m the web designer, which means I design websites.

What has been your biggest achievement?
I guess getting my first-class degree at University. I had to work really hard so it feels like a bigger achievement.

What is the best thing about working for PAL?
The variety! I never work on the same project for very long and the websites I design are so varied. One day I’m working on a solicitors website, the next day I’m working on a personal trainer website, the next day goalkeeper magazine – I never get bored.

What is your favourite food and the food you hate the most?
My favourite food is chicken fajitas. I had squid once by accident. I don’t like the idea of squid.

Tell us 1 interesting fact that no one would know about you?
I’ve spent 6 weeks camping in the middle of a forest in Chelyabinsk in central Russia. It was an unforgettable experience. We had no running water, no electricity, no showers or toilets – it was very basic. We took two woodcutters with us who would chop down trees to make space for any extra tents and would make furniture in the night. I also played in a Scottish ceilidh band there, which was fine until it got dark, then people fell over a lot. And my now-husband proposed to me by the lake. So good times Smile

What is the best thing that happened to you so far this year?
My brother and sister-in-law had a baby last month, so now I have a little nephew called Thomas. I think meeting him for the first time is the best thing that’s happened this year. I made him a quilt. (Ed- Which is extremely beautiful, all hand made by Liz she is very talented as quilting is very difficult  Big Smile )

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you take and why?
My husband Pete, a CD player and Blue by Joni Mitchell.


Thanks a lot Liz, how amazing would it have been to camp in Russia, what an experience!!

Who shall we have as next weeks??!!



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Children in Need – 1 Week to Go!!

So the countdown is on now for Children in Need, we have 7 days to get ready!!

Have you all got your costumes ready? What character are you coming as?

Also guys, we have some ideas for next Friday, but we need lots more ideas for challenges!!

Get thinking and write some suggestions below- or it will be the chilli eating challenge for everyone!!  Sick



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Movember Update!

As you know a couple of PALovians are taking part in the yearly tradition of Movember by growing a moustache all in aid of prostate cancer. If you want to know more click here —>

So this is the weekly update of how they are doing, and of course with a link to their donation pages Grin




Only 22 days to go!! Laugh



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