Chal­lenge in­spires teams to find fresh ideas to raise funds

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AN enterprise chal­lenge launched by BPE Solic­i­tors in May has raised £1,600 for the firm’s char­ity of the year, Win­ston’s Wish.

Teams from across Glouces­ter­shire and Bris­tol were each given a £50 seed fund with the task of turn­ing it into as much money as pos­si­ble.

Putting their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to the test the teams, which in­cluded BPE em­ploy­ees, clients and sup­pli­ers, or­gan­ised events in­clud­ing a car wash, a tuck shop and a quiz night.

An­other team sold the in­gre­di­ents needed to cook a roast din­ner to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to come to­gether for a meal.

The over­all win­ner of the chal­lenge was Kelly’s Eye who or­gan­ised a raf­fle and bingo night at their lo­cal pub and raised £700.

The prize for the most in­no­va­tive idea went to Rain­mak­ers who cre­ated a wish­ing well for peo­ple to drop mes­sages of pos­i­tiv­ity into, which would later be used to stuff teddy bears and given to chil­dren.

The mes­sages could then be taken out and read if the child was feel­ing down.

Win­ston’s Wish head of cor­po­rate part­ner­ships Paul Moore said, “This was a fan­tas­tic way to get busi­nesses across the re­gion in­volved in fundrais­ing for Win­ston’s Wish.

“We’re re­ally impressed by the ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity the teams put into this chal­lenge and, as a di­rect re­sult of the money raised, we will be able to pro­vide sup­port to a be­reaved child for a whole year.”

Philip Rad­ford, BPE eq­uity part­ner and mem­ber of the Win­ston’s Wish South West Cor­po­rate De­vel­op­ment Board, said: “This was a won­der­ful chal­lenge that the teams fully em­braced.

“I was de­lighted to see the ef­fort that was made and I’m pleased that so many peo­ple gave up their time to be in­volved.”

David Drakely from Bit­ter Lemon Creative and Nik Ve­nios from THEIA who made up the Rain­mak­ers team which won the prize for most in­no­va­tive idea

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