Archive for February, 2010

Christmas Playground Competition Winners

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The elves have had great difficulty choosing the winners of the Christmas Playground competitions from the hundreds of excellent entries received in the special post box at QUAD over the festive season. However, the winners were announced at QUAD yesterday and were given their wonderful prizes, gratefully donated by Cycle Derby, Royal Crown Derby, QUAD and Derby County Football Club.


The winner of the ‘Name the Bear’ competition is nine-year-old Amelia Averis who has named the Royal Crown Derby, Christmas Playground bear ‘Waffles’. Amelia has won a cuddly bear and a fine bone china bear from Royal Crown Derby.


The winner of the Colour the Soldier Competition, 5-10 years category is seven-year-old Bertie Esposito who wins a brilliant Derby County Football Club prize which includes eight match tickets, a kick about with Rammie at Pride Park before the match, leading the team out with Rammie and signed DCFC football shirt!


The winner of the Colour the Solider Competition, Under 5’s category is four-year-old Christopher Jackaman who has won a brand new bike courtesy of Cycle Derby, along with some cycle training lessons.

The two runners-up, Joseph Law, aged 10, and Karam Toor, aged 4, have each won 4 QUAD cinema tickets to a film of their choice.



Book your stay in a Finesse hotel

Friday, February 19th, 2010


Having recently completed a brand development project for the Finesse Collection, it’s great to see the new website live and taking bookings.

The Finesse Collection is a group of hotels within the East Midlands: Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham, Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby, Donington Manor Hotel in Castle Donington and The Lion Hotel in Belper. Our brief was to create better internal and external understanding of the group brand whilst retaining the personality and profile of the hotel sub-brands – the resultant brand framework had to communicate that each Finesse Collection hotel is individual and a different offering from the next as well as the shared group experience through the level of service and high standards.

See for yourself at:

In memory of Dora Brittain

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010


Cathy and Ashley Brittain are close personal friends and Cathy worked here at Katapult for 4 years as our Office Manager, leaving after the birth of her third child Eddie. As many of you may already be aware Cathy and Ashley’s little girl Dora Rose passed away on the 21st January, the day before her 6th birthday. So healthy, bright and caring,  in the space of a few days taken away so utterly unexpectedly. Just so, so sad.  Yesterday a number of us attended the memorial of Dora, at the moment no sense can be made of why this happened, she was ‘a gift’, a little girl who was surrounded by love and who gave so much in return.

Martin and myself worked with them to create a memorial book for the service, a page of this is shown above  or you can view the Dora’s memorial book online which gives you a glimpse into her life. One thing we do know is Dora will live on through all those that she touched. Our thoughts and support are channelled to Cathy & Ashley, her little brothers Joey & Eddie and the rest of the family for the long journey ahead.

In order to bring some good out of the tragedy, Cathy & Ashley have asked to encourage those who wanted to show their support or give something, to be directed to Medair. A project whom Dora’s Aunty Alice and Uncle Nico worked on which helps children who are in desperate need of medical care in Southern Sudan and the work there continues to save the lives of children with preventable, curable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition.  Cathy and Ashley think Dora would like it if we remembered, as she put it ‘the poorly children in Africa’ and our gifts can bring many children the hope of a healthy life.

Donations given in memory of Dora will be used for the health projects focussed on

  • With only a small gift, you can make a life-saving difference.
  • Children can receive a full set of vaccinations for just £10, giving them a fighting chance for a healthy life.
  • A gift of £15 can provide testing and treatment for children with malaria and provide them with a mosquito net to help prevent further infection.

Medair will use 100% of the money donated in Southern Sudan. For more information anout Medair and their work in Southern Sudan and other countries can be found on their web site

Cathy and Ashley have set up a giving website at were you can give anonymously or leave a message.

Dora Rose