Here’s Neil with Max McMurdo and Dorothee from Gumtree with his award, and £500 which he chose to donate to the NSPCC.
It was a brilliant, brilliant night, and it really did feel like we were at the start of a genuine #UpcycleRevolution!
The passion and talent of all the people in the room was so evident, and everyone was so warm and friendly.
The only minor downside was that I clearly hadn’t thought through my choice of project, as whenever I was asked which was our project, I was greeted by the response “Oh, you’re the rat lady!”….
Here’s some more pics-apologies for the quality of mine-they were snapped on my phone, in dodgy lighting..!
I spoke to several of the Gumtree team, and I really do believe that they are supporting upcycling and upcyclers because they believe it’s a fab thing to do, rather than as a PR stunt.
I’m looking forwards to seeing where they take this, and being involved if I can help in any way.
Max McMurdo, him off the TV, was there, and was the judge.
He gave a rousing speech about the changes he has seen in the 13 years he has been upcycling, and the need to get our kids involved in making, designing and upcycling.
I couldn’t agree more with Max on this, and I had a chat with him during the evening about whether we could somehow emulate Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, but for upcycling, and get schools and kids involved with learning a whole host of new skills, and encouraging them to have a go (and get it wrong, and try again!).
Here’s a video that Gumtree have put together about the event, and about the #UpcycleRevolution
Gumtree have declared 24th June as National Upcycling Day-I’m just finalising a plan to get the whole upcycling community inspiring others and spreading the word-stay tuned…!
Huge thanks to Gumtree and to Max McMurdo, for making this happen and for a great night.
Viva La Revolution!