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Two of our guys, Tom Bostock and Dan Cooper, are involved in futurefinest’s take on ‘The Apprentice’ in a challenge to test their business acumen, whilst raising funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. There are two teams competing to raise the most money through a number of different ways.

The main challenge will take place on 14 November, when the two teams will be given full reign over Donna Louise’s ‘Your Shops’ in Leek and Stoke. The whole day will be judged by various ‘Nicks’ and ‘Karrens’ just like in the show, and the winning team who has raised the most money will be announced during the evening results event. Both Tom and Dan are members of the Leek team, ‘Champions For Charity’ and are in need of all the support we can send their way! If you’d like to help, why not pop into Donna Louise’s Leek shop on Friday and help our guys get the biggest total.

In true ‘Apprentice’ style, here are Tom and Dan’s testimonials for taking part in the challenge:

“I learnt everything I needed to know in my first job as a paper boy.  It’s got me to where I am today, the experience I gained was invaluable and you can always count on me to deliver!!” – Tom

“My first job as a trainee vision enhancement technician (window cleaner) involved long days standing at the foot of the ladder, holding it steady. This job gave me a drive and ambition very early in my working life, because I knew that with enough hard work and perseverance…I could reach the top of that ladder!” – Dan

Accompanying the challenge are some upcycling workshops, special offers on beauty and cream tea, and a number of sponsored events you can sign up for – all funds contribute to the team’s overall total, and of course go straight to the hospice. The 2015 events include: tough guy 15km assault course (1 Feb), Stafford half marathon (22 March), UK 24 peaks (5-7 June), Donna Louise’s annual ball (June – day TBC) and many more.

There’s also a raffle taking place with some very generous prizes available. Tickets cost £1, or £5 for a strip of 5. Prizes include: 2 x Michael Bublé tickets, 2 x Strictly Come Dancing tour tickets, paintballing for 4 with lunch included, 3 x professional golf lessons at the Trentham Golf Club, £50 Debenhams voucher and many more! Perhaps there may be a suitable Christmas gift amongst the prizes! Alternatively, if you win something you’d rather sell on, we’ll be happy to help you with this.

To sign up to any of the events, workshops or purchase raffle tickets, please get in touch with either Tom or Dan on 01782 279615.

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