Training for family fun – all part of the Higgs experience
Despite being in the early stages of my training contract I have already had the opportunity to get involved with several events. Most recently, the first year trainees helped with the annual 'Higgs Family Fun Day', an event organised by the second year trainees.
We arrived fairly early at Stourbridge Football Club to set up and after wrestling with the gazebo for a good half an hour (cue the 'how many trainees does it take to put up a gazebo?' jokes...) we were ready to welcome the stall holders. The second years had done a brilliant job ensuring there was a wide selection of items to purchase, food and drink to enjoy and activities to keep us entertained.
Unfortunately, despite our initial relief at the sunshine the clouds took over and failed to provide the sunny backdrop we were hoping for. Thankfully, the arrival of Higgs' staff, their families and a host of locals ensured the atmosphere was not dampened. The shrieks of excitement coming from the stall where one could revel in (or suffer through) the opportunity to hold giant snakes and tarantulas, coupled with the laughter from the big bouncy slide and zorbing were testament to the great day our visitors were enjoying.
The afternoon brought us the highly anticipated football match - Higgs v The Wolves All Stars. The Higgs team put up a spirited performance but were narrowly beaten by the Wolves All Stars 2-1. Man of the match went to Lee Capewell, goal scorer to Kieran Large and best effort to Nick Benton. After the match, it was time for the raffle and thanks to the generosity of the stall holders the selection of prizes was pretty impressive.
Tim Jones, Head of Employment at Higgs and Sons delivered a heartfelt speech thanking all the attendees. The crowd was delighted to learn the day raised over £2000 for the Alzheimer's Society, bringing the firm's total for the charity to £8000! Wolves legend, and manager of the Wolves All Stars, Mel Eves thanked everyone for their very vocal support and congratulated the Higgs' players on their valiant effort. The day ended with a well deserved drink for all the (exhausted) players and attendees.
Overall, whether the guests left feeling triumphant at having held the giant yellow snake; full to the brim with fish and chips, ice cream and cupcakes; happy with their new beauty products and handmade goodies; or victorious after winning on the raffle; they all had words of encouragement, thanks and support for a wonderful afternoon.
Roll on next year!
Blog post written by Georgia Stott.