Exmouth ‘Apprentices’ help boost Devon Air Ambulance Trust funds
PUBLISHED: 06:55 16 November 2013
NATWEST employees from Exmouth and Exeter recently wore bear suits and offered ritzy raffle prizes as they battled it out to raise nearly £650 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
The two teams – from Exmouth’s Rolle Street branch and Exeter’s Cowick Street branch – were competing in an ‘Apprentice’-style challenge to raise money.
‘Tasked’ with ‘maximising’ the income of their nearest DAAT shops for the day, the NatWest teams used an imaginative mix of fundraising ideas.
These included selling cakes, coffee and secondhand books, dressing up in a bear suit and getting passers-by to make donations, plus a prize raffle. The raffle’s first prize was afternoon tea for two at London’s Ritz hotel, donated by Phil Smith from electrical test implement manufacturer Kewtech.
Lois Harrison from Exmouth - who works at the Grapevine pub – was the lucky winner.
She plans to make a day of it, going shopping with her mother in the new year.
“To be honest I didn’t believe I’d won the raffle,” said Lois. “I’m really excited.”
After a tough day’s challenge, the Exmouth NatWest branch proved victorious, raising £439, while the Exeter branch brought in just over £200.
Caroline Creer, fundraising director for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, was delighted with the success of the event.
“It was great to see the way the two branches embraced the challenge of fundraising for the trust,” she said.
“From acquiring fantastic raffle prizes to making cakes and even putting on a bear suit and walking the streets, everyone involved was determined to make the day a success.
“Business support is hugely important for us, and it’s really rewarding when we can work alongside our charity partners for the benefit of both.”
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