Barratt London holds charity gala dinner for Prince’s Trust

Barratt London graduates take on the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge, to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Barratt Developments first year ASPIRE Programme graduates are once again taking on The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge to turn £1,500 of seed funding into £10,000 for charity in just six months. The graduate trainees are tasked with raising as much money as possible for the charity through business and fundraising strategies. Teams from across the UK aim to raise over £1m this year for The Prince's Trust.
The Barratt London graduates held a Rugby World Cup themed gala dinner at Twickenham Stadium last night to help raise funds for the challenge. Guests were treated to a range of activities throughout the night, including speeches from VIP guests such as England World Cup players Mike Tindall and Iain Balshaw, and TV presenter John Inverdale.
A live auction was held at the end of night, with prizes such as tickets to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final and Bronze Final (including three nights in London), a seven-day holiday in Bali with a mansion for up to ten people, and a race day at Ascot in the Royal box for twelve.

Other events on the night included traditional New Zealand Haka performance by the London Maori Club, pitch-side drinks, and access to changing rooms. The 23 tables for the dinner sold out quickly, with nearly 300 attendees from suppliers such as Erith Group, JS Wright & Co, Getjar and Whitecode Design Associates, raising £24,000 in total.
Nikul Patel, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Prince’s trust, commented: “A huge congratulations to the Barratt London Million Makers team on the success of the gala dinner. This is the third consecutive team to enter the challenge over the years and their efforts make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people. We are grateful for their enthusiasm and invaluable support.”
Through donations, table purchases and the auction on the night, Barratt London was able to raise £42,000 for Prince’s Trust.

Guest speakers Mike Tindall, Iain Balshaw and John Inverdale.

Guest speaker Tyrone Brennand, Young Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

The Prince’s Trust supports 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. They run a number of programmes, which give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. The Prince’s Trust helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, and enables young people to move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust needs to raise £60m this year to continue its work, helping 58,000 young people in the UK.

Together the Barratt Developments PLC graduates are undertaking six projects for the challenge:

  • Rugby World Cup themed gala dinner
  • Barratt Cup, a five-a-side football tournament, with events in the Midlands and London
  • Paving the Way, a sponsored bricks scheme at the Ridgeway Development in Dunstable
  • Creating a Homebuilder Careers app, encouraging young people to join the house-building industry
  • Sponsored tree planting workshops at a school in North East England
  • 16 graduates are undertaking a gruelling Ten Peaks Challenge in the Lake District

Previously, the graduates achieved first place in the regional competition with their ‘Look again, Wellie!’ storybook and artwork auction, and went on to win the ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurial Team Award’ at the national finals.

Follow the link to read more about Prince’s Trust Million Makers Challenge on princes-trust.org.uk. If you would like to sponsor one of the Barratt London graduates, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/barrattgraduate.