Escape rooms…

After what has been a tough and testing time for so many of us, not being able to see each other in a social setting and losing many loved ones, it was great to finally be able to go out and have some fun with the team at Escape rooms.

If you’ve not seen the movie, you may very well ask ‘what is an escape room?’ As our guide Adam put it. It is a room you escape from. Sounds simple enough, right?

We started off by splitting into two teams of six, each embarking upon our own rooms. It was quite interesting seeing everyone debate on whom they did, or did not want in their teams. We did get it sorted eventually and I had, what I thought at the time, the A team.

My team, formally known as the A team, were in the bio holocaust room where we had to escape before a lethal toxin was released into the London sewage system, potentially wiping out London as we know it “ahhhhh!” In the blazing heat of our room you would have been forgiven for believing the toxins had already been released, however despite the soaring temperature, we battled on courageously. Teammates became frustrated with each other and the natural competitiveness of our team was spilling out as we battled to save London. I’m not too sure why, considering I was doing most of the work.

We were allowed to ask our guide, Adam, for clues and please believe there were many times we sought assistance; Adam most certainly earnt his crust. On most occasions when we were given a little helping hand there were looks of dumb foundedness. The clues were very tough and there’s very high probability that without Adam, London wouldn’t be the place it is today!

Before our allocated escape time elapsed we were given some, light inspiration. Our colleagues in the other team had completed their task with time to spare and were very vocal in letting us know, Fantastic!

After finally managing to save London (luckily the lethal toxin was delayed by 10mins, and a bloke called Adam) both teams had a new mission. The winners from the first tasks embarked upon the ‘Jokers Asylum,’ (one team member down due to an extreme fear of clowns) and my team got stuck into – no pun intended, a prison escape, based on a notorious serial killer entering a room and fleeing without anyone knowing how he did it.

Once again, despite my brilliance and the other team being a lady down, the other team managed to escape their room before us, great. With suspicions on my team growing that the other team had probably just asked for clue upon clue in order to escape, we begrudgingly offered our congratulations before commencing with the final challenge of the evening….London’s underground.

All in all, it was a great team bonding evening with the Truuli family. I would highly recommend a visit to your local escape room!

Leigh Thomas

Truuli property expert

The Truuli team give a helping hand to Whitechapel Missions

Instead of a 9am team meeting, Olivia, Michael, Leigh and I met at 5:30am at the Whitechapel Mission. Instead of smart wear, it was Truuli T-shirts and aprons with name tags on them. Once we were checked in and introduced to the lovely team it was all hands on deck for the us to prepare the kitchen and ready ourselves to serve the homeless and those in need. 

At 7am the shutters went up. Michael and Leigh on Tea and Coffee duty, with Olivia serving biscuits. I was in given the task of assisting the chef to prep food for the cooked full English breakfast. By 7:30 it was time for the shutters to go down whilst we altered the set up to get ready to serve cooked breakfast. Michael and Olivia took orders and served the hot food and Leigh was on cereal/porridge duty. My task was ensuring all of the serving dishes remained replenished at all times. 

From 7:45 until 11 we rotated and changing roles given everyone an opportunity to interact with our customers and ensuring all hands were on deck at all times. 

The atmosphere and energy in the building was second to none and there was such a positive spirit and drive to help. The staff’s length of service ranged from seven months to as long as 16 years, one common factor within them all was their will to help and personal affection with those in need. Charley was able to reel off a lot of people’s meal preferences before they could even step forward! I also feel the same could be said for those who we served whom greeted each other in enthusiastic ways and socialised whilst enjoying their food before going about their day.

For me it was such a rewarding day and left me with a different kind of satisfaction at the end of the day, very heart warming. The team and I were able to connect and engage with people of all walks of life. I also gained a sense of unity and care between those in need. For me, it was beautiful day to help out and I can’t thank Michelle and the team enough for allowing us to join them for the day… Hopefully they will have us back soon!

Ryan Morgan

Truuli Property Expert

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