The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge: What do our charity partners say?

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It has been over two months since we officially launched the 2014/15 North Herts and Stevenage Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. We asked some of our charity partners to share their experiences of the Challenge so far. Here’s what they have to say.

Sande Nuttall, Up on Downs

Team Mercury of St Francis’ College are hard at work organising an auction at a cricket club to sell beanie hats with the logo of their charity. They hope to entice their target audience with live music and an auction within the school. Sande Nuttall of Up on Downs said, “It’s an interesting process and very enjoyable to meet the young people and hear their ideas.”

Team Mercury have been inspired by their charity which supports the families of children with Downs’ Syndrome in Hertfordshire. The team have got involved as helpers and attended meetings to get a feel for what their charity does. Sande said, “I have high hopes for our lovely team. As young people themselves they have really tuned into the children and played brilliantly with them.”

“It’s a small time commitment and very refreshing to be with a new group of people with a different perspective – as well as lucrative.”

Pictured below: The Beanie hat created by Team Mercury with an interpretation of the Up on Downs logo embroidered on it.


Joan Lomas, Just Sing!

Just Sing! Community Choir exists to promote the health and social benefits of singing. Joan Lomas told us she is very grateful to be included in the Challenge for the second year running. Last year’s Apprentice team raised £700 which helped enormously towards the running costs of the choir. This year they have been matched with Team Caterer & Co of the Barclay School. They intend to hold a dodge ball tournament and musical performance as part of their business venture.

Joan said, “The Challenge is a great way to raise funds, provide students with some real life experience and help to raise our profile at the same time.”

“I’d definitely say apply and get involved. It’s great fun and really interesting to see what the students and Dragons come up with on your behalf. Everyone needs to be enthusiastic, up for the challenge and get involved.”

Pictured below: The choir with their apprentice team last year.

Just Sing with Power of Seven

Gerry Reilly, Dr Hadwen Trust

Team Onslaught of Dragons of the Priory School ditched their textbooks for the day and held a stall at their school’s Christmas Fair. They sold Christmas cards, a variety of cakes along with their charity’s soft toy mascot ‘Hadwen’ to raise funds for Dr Hadwen Trust, the non-animal medical research charity. The team have also set up a text donate facility and are planning a pie and mash quiz night on the 10th January at the Priory School. Tickets for the event can be purchased by emailing

Gerry Reilly told us he has particularly liked being actively involved with his team and Dragon. Fortnightly planning meetings have proved to be lively and productive. He said, “We have enjoyed our involvement with our team, their enthusiasm and watching their ideas flourish and plans develop.

Pictured below: The team went to a lot of effort to sell their products and promote awareness of their charity.


Linda Cudmore, Carers in Hertfordshire

Team Luna of St Francis’ College are well on their way to get the show on the road. They are planning to make programs for their school play ‘Bugsy Malone’. They have also produced calendars which feature interesting facts about their charity. All proceeds will go towards the charity to help improve the lives of carers. A calendar can be purchased from our offices for £8.

Since the launch event Linda Cudmore has met with her team to explain how Carers in Hertfordshire provides supports to thousands of carers so they can focus on their own health and wellbeing.

Linda said, “We have met twice to talk about what makes someone an unpaid carer and the fact that our youngest carers are eight years old. This really resonated with the team.”

“I have enjoyed talking to the team and working with them to understand and raise the profile of unpaid carers.”

Pictured below: The calendars feature lovely artwork and facts about the charity.

Team Luna calendars

If you would like to find out more or participate in the next Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge please email or call 01462 689400.