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IFDS scores big at the Million Makers challenge

23 Mar
Never one to shy away from a challenge, IFDS has taken on its fair share of charitable endeavours in recent months (including the City Yacht Club Charity Regatta and the Pramathlon, to name just two). One that we’re particularly proud of is the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Corporate Challenge, which we started preparations for all the way back in March 2016. With six months, £1,500 seed funding and a £10,000 target, we’re thrilled to announce we knocked this challenge out of the park, raising more money than any other organisation in the East of England.



The IFDS Totes Personal team achieved their success by creating, marketing and selling personalised tote bags. To celebrate the win, the team was invited to attend a red carpet event at the London Palladium last week to join exceptional young people across the country who have changed their lives with support from The Prince’s Trust. Details of all of these amazing young people can be found on The Prince’s Trust website.

The team were joined on the red carpet by an array of celebrities, including Philip Schofield, Robert Lindsay, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gemma Arterton, Nick Grimshaw, Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna and Thierry Henry. The awards ceremony was presented by Ant and Dec, and the audience were entertained with performances by The School of Rock West End Show and the 2016 X Factor Winner, Matt Terry. To top it off, each winner was personally congratulated by HRH the Prince of Wales.

After the ceremony, the team crossed over to Cavendish Square, where they were congratulated by special guest Deborah Meaden for their efforts at an informal party with the other winning Million Makers teams from across the country.

Team member Joanna Renshaw said the challenge had been a real highlight for her: “Attending the Celebrate Success awards was a great way to get together with the rest of the Totes Personal team to celebrate all of our hard work that we put into the competition. We heard some heart-breaking stories during the awards ceremony and with the help from the amazing charity, it was fantastic to hear that from the money raised through our efforts, The Prince’s Trust has been able to use it to change the lives of young people. Meeting one of my inspirations, Deborah Meaden afterwards was just the icing on the cake. If you get the opportunity to join the future Million Makers team, I would definitely recommend joining to anyone in the company, new or long-term employees, as it gives you the opportunity to meet lots of new people and you get the chance to learn so many new skills that will help you in the workplace as well as on a personal level. It has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever been involved in and I am currently in the process of becoming a volunteer for future events with The Prince’s Trust.” 

Team member Emma Trowse added: “The Million Makers Challenge exceeded all of my expectations and more. I initially joined to be involved in an opportunity to raise as much money for Charity as possible, but what I did not expect was the number of challenges and hurdles we would come across to get to where we needed to. This has been one of the hardest, yet most rewarding experiences I have ever completed and I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to be able to take part in this. Thank you to IFDS and The Princes Trust”
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A big congratulations to the IFDS team: Deborah Meaden, Emma Trowse, Joanna Renshaw, Phillip Barlow, Emma Bolger, Suzanne Attersley, Tony Marshall and Shirley Grant. Special thanks to Liz Glasgow who was a fantastic IFDS mentor for the team.
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