Media 10 invited local pensioners to a morning of live entertainment and high tea, with fundraising initiatives to support the charity War Child and rare Spitfire performance.
Fully dressed up in 1940s attire, Media 10 embarked on a time travel to WWII, complete with original coaches, an air raid shelter and Spitfire stunts.
The Loughton-based events and media company threw a themed summer party for staff in recognition of their hard work and accomplishments, as well as a celebration for a successful delivery in the first half of the year; which included the biggest lifestyle launch of 2017: This Morning Live.
Hosting all its London 270 plus staff, Media 10 held a 1940s themed extravaganza at the Squadron at North Weald Airfield in Essex.
The party started with staff transported from Media 10’s Loughton headquarters in original vintage Lodge’s coaches to the venue, where they were greeted with a drink of Pimm’s and plenty of sunshine.
A trademark vintage London bus was transformed into a bar and ‘distilled’ the best tipples available; while the ‘Medical Tent’ was stocked with a top notch hog roast meal.
The highlight, however, came from the sky. An original Spitfire performed heart-stopping stunts and was available on full display for staff to experience and inspect: with only 54 such airworthy aircrafts in the world, this was a historic event for all.
Emily Barton, one of Media 10 staff at the party, said: “Seeing the Spitfire performing a fly past fitted the theme of the party perfectly and it was a wonderful spectacle. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience being up close and personal with a piece of history. Knowing that there are such a limited number of working Spitfires left, I felt really privileged to have experienced the sight, sound and feeling of the unique engine and could feel the history as it taxied past me to leave at the end of the evening.
“It was something I told my friends and family about straight away and will definitely be something I remember and share for a long time to come.”
Barbara Beltramo, also staff at Media 10, added: “What an ecstatic experience to witness this graceful aircraft flying, the icon which changed the course of history! I can’t imagine anything more thrilling; I absolutely loved it. Plus, it was one of the best parties of my life.”
Dee Lacey, who joined Media 10 recently, said: “What a summer party that was. The effort that a company makes into looking after their staff means a lot but wow, Media 10 surpassed all expectations. Not only did they make the entire staff feel thanked and appreciated, they also included the local pensioners to a treat of high-tea whilst listening to The Andrews Sisters. So thoughtful.
“Having been at Media 10 for a few months now, I have noticed their passion for progression and inclusiveness. Not only when working towards their goals as a company, but for the employees’ ambition and career development. They really want to include everyone in their journey and make everyone feel part of it.”
Giving something back
Media 10 prepared a morning of high tea and live entertainment for pensioners from local residential homes The Mellows, Woodland Grove in Loughton and Treetops in Epping. Guests of honour, they joined CEO Lee Newton and managing director Richard Morey for the 1940s-themed event, served by impressively dressed Media 10 staff volunteers.
A spokesperson from Woodland Grove Activities said: “What a smashing venue and didn’t everyone look the part? The costumes, the energy that is so obvious from the pictures, the hospitality shown was beyond expectation. Our carer said she could have stayed all day (and night!). I wanted to thank you all at Media 10 for arranging such a wonderful afternoon for our residents. They all had a great time and were telling everyone about it at dinner. They particularly liked the Humming Birds and the way they looked, especially our gents.”
Praising Media 10 staff, CEO Lee Newton said: “I am so proud that the management team and the staff agreed to put some of their annual party budget towards giving a wonderful day to some of the local pensioners.”
Partnering with charity War Child, Media 10 fundraised during the event with staff donating to the cause. The company also offered four thrill seeker helicopter flight experiences, which were available in a raffle draw. All the proceeds were donated to the charity, supporting children affected by conflicts around the globe.