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Giving back to the community: The IFDS way

11 Apr

IFDS is always looking for ways to give back to the community, actively supporting more than 20 charities and offering staff two different community involvement programmes. It’s no surprise then that our best and brightest have now won an award for their charitable endeavours.

A team of IFDS employees has raised a whopping £17,362.10 for youth charity The Prince’s Trust, taking home the title of East of England Regional Winners in the Million Makers competition. The Essex employees dug deep for the youth charity, which celebrated the results of the national competition at the London Palladium on March 7.

Thinking outside the box

The annual competition requires entrants to launch their own mini-enterprises through which to raise funds. IFDS’ temporary company was named ‘What’s in the box?’ and involved marketing and selling children’s activity boxes to people within IFDS.

In addition to the children’s boxes, the team ran fundraising activities such as selling mini hampers filled with treats and Valentine’s Day gifts, along with running various corporate projects.

The competition saw partnerships with a range of different departments throughout IFDS and it was amazing to see the company get behind such a fantastic cause. With start-up funding of £1,500, a £17,362.10 result was a massive success for IFDS and The Prince’s Trust, helping disadvantaged young people make positive life steps.

Lois Mclean, Group Director of Human Resources and Million Makers project sponsor, is thrilled with the result.

“Not only did the people involved raise much needed funds for this wonderful charity but they also received the opportunity to personally develop both team and business skills. We are very proud of their achievement and growth during this very worthwhile charitable event,” she says.

What is the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Competition?

The Prince’s Trust National Million Makers Competition runs over six months each year, giving UK businesses the challenge to raise as much money as possible from the creation of their own mini-enterprises. Seed profit is turned into profits of £10,000 or more per enterprise, with a collective national aim of raising £1 million. Funds raised are used directly to support unemployed young people in work, education or training.

The latest Million Makers competition has been a resounding success for The Prince’s Trust, and Director of Corporate Partnerships Ben Marson has been impressed with the enthusiasm and determination of competing teams.

“Between them they’ve smashed the million pound fundraising target and their success just goes to show what can be achieved through great teamwork and a bit of entrepreneurial spirit.”

If you’re interested in a workplace that encourages teamwork and has a real charitable spirit, take a look at the range of vacancies at IFDS.

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