Can you turn £100 into £1000?
Pupils from secondary schools across North Herts attempted this challenge and succeeded in raising over £10,000 for fantastic causes in the local area.
Organised by the North Herts Centre for Voluntary Service, the annual Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge saw teams, partnered with a nominated charity and a ‘dragon’ business advisor, develop innovative business plans to raise money for their appointed charity.
Provisio, UHY Hacker Young and Virtual Business Source supported three teams this year, all reaching the final.
Director, Martin Gorvett, represented Provisio in team Mercury as the ‘dragon’ business advisor and together with pupils from St Francis, worked in support of the Up On Downs charity. Mercury won ‘Best Presentation’ and ‘Most Money Raised’ on the night, making £5,534.86 overall by selling beanie hats with the charity’s sunflower logo on them and hosting an auction. Sande Nuttall from the Downs Syndrome support group had this to say, ‘I am blown away by the amount they have raised, five times more than their target’.
Team Luna, also made up of St Francis pupils, saw Virtual Business Source’s managing director, Robin Mead, take on the role of ‘dragon’ business advisor and together they won ‘Most Innovative Business Idea’ at the awards ceremony after creating a personalised calendar featuring facts about their charity, Carers in Herts.
UHY Hacker Young was represented by consultant, Chris Maylin, in team Onslaught of Dragons which was made up of pupils from the Priory School; they came away from the awards ceremony with ‘Best Co-Operation with their Charity’, Dr Hadwen Trust.
Similar schemes across the country have raised £80,000 so far this year, an overwhelming success that we look forward to continuing when the next challenge starts in September!
If you would like to read the full write up in The Comet, please click here.