Young apprentices took on a charity challenge to prove themselves the most fantastic fundraisers.
Apprentices from the First Ark Group, which includes Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT), went head-to-head to see who could raise the most money for the Group’s Charity of the Year, Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Three teams were each given £50 and tasked with turning it into as much money as possible.
‘The Budgeteers’ team – Chloe Gilfoyle, customer involvement apprentice, James McKeown, who works in choice based lettings and independent living apprentice Lisa Gardner – decided to organise a BBQ and bingo at one of KHT’s sheltered schemes.
IT apprentice Keith Lawrenson and client services apprentice Rebecca Feeney – team ‘Apprentice Ark’ – held a hot pot night for some of KHT’s sheltered scheme residents, selling tickets for £5. All food was donated by local businesses and the team used their £50 budget to buy decorations and event support materials. They also held a bag packing session at a local supermarket, raising a total of £519.00.
Finally, ‘Triple C for KHT’ were crowned the winners after raising £1,112.82 through organising a raffle. Siobhan Carey, income apprentice, Megan Connor, client services apprentice and Jess White, an apprentice in KHT’s housing development department, secured raffle prizes from a host of local businesses and partner companies and also held a silent auction for First Ark staff – prizes included a washing machine and power tools.
The initiative was devised to celebrate International Youth Day on August 12 – and showcase the creativity, enthusiasm and hard work of First Ark apprentices and the contribution young people can make to their communities.
Sheila Tolley, KHT Executive Director of Customers and Communities, said: “Well done to all our apprentices that took part and raised such a fantastic amount for Alder Hey, and to everyone that supported their efforts.
“It proves what a positive difference young people can make when engaged and challenged.
“This is just one of the innovative ways we ensure that we give back to our communities – adding extra value beyond the services they expect.”
Alder Hey is the busiest children's hospital in the UK caring for over 270,000 young patients each year. The charity raises funds to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital's pioneering work and aims to improve the quality of life for patients and, through innovations and research, the quality of life for children across the world.
Pictured : The apprentices who took part in the challenge with Laura McCumiskey, CSR Coordinator for First Ark (Left).