The results are in for an Apprentice-style charity competition, which featured Top Gun – and a giant python!
Charlie House hosted Venture 2019 to raise money for its Big Build Appeal, which aims to see £8 million in its funding pot for the building of a new state-of-the-art specialist support centre.
Venture saw a number of teams gifted £100 by their employers and they were asked to turn the money into as much as they could over the space of eight weeks.
Law firm Ledingham Chalmers’ team “The LEDS Factor” were crowned champions of the initiative and members won tickets to attend judge Bob Keiller’s Effective Business Storytelling workshop, which is valued at £1,000 per person.
The team undertook a number of fundraising initiatives in their project.
As well as traditional methods such as bake sales, an evening talk with SAS Who Dares Win champion Louise McCullough was arranged and a screening of 80s classic movie Top Gun.
Jennifer Young, chairwoman and partner at Ledingham Chalmers, said: “Venture 2019 was all about raising money for Charlie House’s Big Build campaign to help fund a specialist support centre that will transform the lives of families across the north-east.
“So thank you to everyone who generously donated, and of course to those who supported us. And a well done to all the other teams that took part, helping raise just over £13,800 in total.”
Susan Crighton, director of fundraising for Charlie House, said: “It was a wonderful evening recognising the incredible fundraising ideas and efforts of all the teams involved.
“The fundraising campaigns submitted were imaginative, carefully thought out and very well executed.
“Ideas ranged from selling a mindfulness colouring book to braving staff fears with a visit from a giant python, a talk from a Channel 4 reality TV star and a one-off piece of artwork incorporating hand-drawn images from the families we support.
“The winning team was based on the most money from their £100 start point but all ideas that entered were so diverse that it made it very difficult to choose the other recognised awards.
“The teams collectively raised a fantastic amount.”
Charlie House is hoping to raise £8 million for its Big Build Appeal to build and maintain the new centre.
A whopping £1m of the funds has already been secured through generous supporters but now a public fundraising campaign has been launched. To donate visit bit.ly/2ROBktF or call 01224 313333.