Friday 13th March just happened to be a rather chilly day – perfect for soaking people with icy buckets of water for Comic Relief!
Audley’s US division opened its doors in Boston’s North End one year ago on 3rd March, 2014. Now, one year later, Audley Boston has sent clients to more than 77 destinations around the world and grown from 12 employees to 40.
We are pleased to announce that Audley has been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for, achieving position 51!
The list is compiled from the results of the Best Companies Staff Survey which is circulated to staff each year, and we are proud to have been accredited with two stars again for 2015. The awards work in the same way as Michelin stars for restaurants, with three stars being exceptional. The awards acknowledge excellence in the workplace and provide a benchmark to measure ourselves against.
We are lucky to receive many perks for working at Audley. Staff in the gorgeous riverside setting of our Witney office benefit from a fully-equipped free gym, allotments, free fruit and smoothies as well as regular sports and social activities. Staff at our London office benefit from similar sports and social activities, free fruit and smoothies as well as a subsidised café on site. There are also opportunities for our staff to move between offices, including our new office in Boston, USA.
To find out more about life at Audley visit our careers website.
There are no excuses for making healthy New Year’s resolutions at Audley this year.
We have a new gym opening at the end of February, plenty of exercise classes after work and even nutrition lectures during lunchtimes. Our London office are proud of their new space hoppers – ideal for taking a break from your desk, and much use is made of the table tennis, or ‘ping pong’ in our Boston office. During January there were even stretchercise classes on offer, as well as massages. We’re definitely well looked after!
Movember has once again come to an end. Our Mo-brothers can shave off their top lips, smug in the knowledge that they’ve raised a whopping £2,358 so far, with the total still rising!
Movember is a charity that raises money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health problems.
1 in 9 men in the UK are likely to face prostate cancer in their lifetime.
To find out more visit the official Movember charity website.
If you wish to make a donation to the Audley Mo-brothers you can do so here:
Well done to everyone who took part in all three of our offices.
Last Friday we held another very successful cake sale here at New Mill to raise money for ‘wear it pink’, a campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Many cakes were consumed and raffle tickets bought. In the afternoon there was even a cotton candy machine and staff showed their support by wearing pink all day.
A total of £215.65 was raised for this worthwhile cause.
Around 1000 women die from breast cancer every month in the UK. You can find out more on the Cancer Research UK website.
In November 2013, Claire, one of our ticketing agents here at New Mill went on a gorilla trekking trip to Rwanda with Audley.
On her return, and knowing that she’d like to help with gorilla conservation in some way, she recently completed the Gorilla Run. Along with nearly 1,000 other people (naturally all dressed in gorilla suits) she ran the eight kilometer course in London in order to raise money.
As if this wasn’t enough, prior to this she also organised a cake sale here at Audley – always a favourite with staff. This, together with the run means she has managed to raise over £1,000 to date, a great achievement.
The proceeds of her efforts will go to The Gorilla Organisation, a UK based charity at the forefront of gorilla conservation.
Well done Claire.
Claire describes her encounter with a troop of wild gorillas in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains
The weather was perfect: it wasn’t raining or too hot so the gorillas were quite active. After maybe an hour and a half of hiking up the mountain we had our first glimpse of the group.
First, we saw a few females and adolescents, then a mother and maybe a three year old infant. Finally, the huge silverback male turned up. It’s very hard to describe quite how amazing it was to see them all and so close as well.
They seemed very relaxed and quite accepting of us. Some people have asked me if I felt scared or anxious but I can honestly say no, not at all. In fact, I felt truly exhilarated and in awe that I was getting to spend an hour with these wonderful wild animals in their nature habitat.
The group sat around grooming each other and eating bamboo and other vegetation. A few times the adolescents got quite close to us and we were told to step aside so there would be no contact with us (gorillas are susceptible to human viruses such as colds).
At one point two of them got quite playful and whilst running by us one of them grabbed my leg as if to steady himself on the uneven ground. I couldn’t believe this had really happened. I was filming them at the time and you can hear the surprise and elation in my voice.
After the group dispersed into the jungle slowly, and with the guides showing us the way, we followed them into another clearing where they had settled again.
This time the young ones were up in the trees above, climbing and swinging happily. I had my back to them whilst filming when one of them suddenly released the branch he had just climbed down on, instantly catapulting all the leaves into the air and then back down onto our heads. We really were in among them all and it felt incredible.
In this clearing there was a mother and tiny baby, who we could just about see poking his head out of his mother’s arms: he was adorable.
When our hour was up the guides told us we had to leave them. I can freely admit at this point I had tears in my eyes as I was totally overwhelmed with emotion and sadness that I had to go.
It truly was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.
If you would like to find out more about an Audley tailor-made trip to see wild gorillas in Rwanda, please ring one of our specialists on 01993 838 580 or contact us online.
Alternatively, browse our Rwanda or Uganda gorilla trekking guide, which also includes itinerary ideas, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual preferences.
FRANK Water are making a splash for World Water Week this week (1st – 7th September) and our India team are joining them.
They’ll be bravely giving up all tea, coffee, squash and juice for a whole week to raise money for the ‘Join Jon‘ fundraising campaign.
Our Latin America team have been busy fundraising over the last couple of weeks for their favourite charities.
They held cake sales in our Witney and London offices, raising over £270, and also a penalty shoot out between the different departments in our Witney office (strangely the South America team won!).
The total raised is just shy of £500, meaning we could pay for a nurse at Casa Mantay in Peru for three months, or buy food for everyone at the house for ten days.
We will be splitting the money with Amigos de Santa Cruz in Guatemala, and many families will benefit from the nutrition classes that the association gives.
Find out more about the charities we support on our website.