Dragon’s Apprentices raise over 1,000 for local Cambridgeshire charities

Last Thursday evening Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS), one partner of Support Cambridgeshire hosted an awards ceremony for the Cambridgeshire heat of the 2017 Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, a business programme for students in Year 12.  The event took place at The Cambridge Junction, and was attended by Councillor Benstead, the Mayor of Cambridge and Councillor Townsend, the Mayor of St Ives Town Council.

All the teams came up with brilliant fundraising activities from selling hand-made items and running a quiz night to bake offs and discos to raise money for their chosen charities.  They developed their activities as business ideas with the support of a business mentors from the local Cambridge branch of professional services firm, Deloitte.

The three teams of Year 12 pupils went on to compete for a series of awards and were judged by a panel of Super Dragons of local business people to win the Dragon trophy for overall winner in Cambridgeshire.

The overall prize was taken by Team Empire from St Ivo school in St Ives, who raised £861 for their chosen charity, Centre 33.  Team Kozy from St Mary’s School Cambridge won the prize for innovation and raised £246 for their chosen charity Blue Smile.   Team 7 marketeers won the prize for Best Display and Presentation and raised £386 for their charity, Friends of the Rosie.

Team Empire will now qualify to compete with 50 other teams from elsewhere in UK for The Dragons’ Master Prize competition.

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge is an annual business programme for students in Year 12 started in 2009 by the Centre for Voluntary Service St Albans.

Julie Farrow, Acting Chief Executive of CCVS and lead CEO of Support Cambridgeshire said:

‘This is an exciting new opportunity for everyone and brought together young people, business and local good causes. As a ‘super dragon’ it was very difficult to choose the overall winner as all the young people had such good ideas.’

Paul Schofield, Senior Partner of Deloitte in Cambridge who gave the key note speech and whose company provided the Dragon mentors: Devon Leaver, Andrew Harper and Pierre Fabry said

‘We are proud to support Dragon’s Apprentice which is consistent with our ethos of encouraging young talent and supporting the wider Cambridgeshire community.’

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